Saturday 2 September 1665

This morning I wrote letters to Mr. Hill and Andrews to come to dine with me to-morrow, and then I to the office, where busy, and thence to dine with Sir J. Minnes, where merry, but only that Sir J. Minnes who hath lately lost two coach horses, dead in the stable, has a third now a dying. After dinner I to Deptford, and there took occasion to ‘entrar a la casa de la gunaica de ma Minusier’, and did what I had a mind … To Greenwich, where wrote some letters, and home in pretty good time.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Waste not, want not, eh, Pepys?" Sir John, beaming...

jean-paul   Link to this

Now, i know the origin of the expression "Honey, I'm home!"…

Carl in Boston   Link to this

who hath lately lost two coach horses, dead in the stable, has a third now a dying.
I marvel that Pepys can write so many letters and have them delivered. Evidently the Post Office delivers through fire, famine, pestilence, and plague.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"who hath lately lost two coach horses,dead in the stable,has a third now a dying."
From the Plague?

dirk   Link to this

and there took occasion to ‘entrar a la casa de la gunaica de ma Minusier’, and did what I had a mind...

L&M: "and there took occasion to andar a la casa de la gunaica de mi Minusier and did what I had a mind a hazer con [ella], and volvió"

"entrar a la casa de la gunaica de ma Minusier" = "to enter the house of the Minusier (?) girl"
(guniaca = Greek - cf gynaecologist)

"and did what I had a mind a hazer con ella, and volvió" = and did what I had a mind to do with her, and returned"

Martin   Link to this

gunaica - good woman (Greek)
menusier - carpenter (French)
The good woman of my carpenter.
In other words, Madame Bagwell, whose husband is a ship's carpenter.

Martin   Link to this

"thence to dine with Sir J. Minnes, where merry, but only that Sir J. Minnes who hath lately lost two coach horses, dead in the stable, has a third now a dying."

I'm trying to make sense of "but only that." Does he mean "except for the fact that..."?

Mary   Link to this

"but only that" = "except for the fact that" indeed.

The death of two coach horses with a further death expected represents a considerable loss of money: good coach horses did not come cheap. Although plague can be transmitted to other mammals than man I've no idea whether it is transmissible to horses. More common causes of sudden equine death are contaminated feed or careless treatment (leading to colic) by a stable-hand.

C.J.Darby   Link to this

Wham,Bam,Thank you mam and home in pretty good time. I does not seem to cost him a thought or moral scruple with death looking over his shoulder.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"gunaica"
Thank you Martin;Sam should stick to french and spanish;he had me all over the internet looking for guanica(I misread it).

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Mrs. B rates Greek? Is that some sort of Pepysian promotion for the favorite mistress?

Australian Susan   Link to this

Sudden horse death: could be equine flu, which is very contagious. I think if it had been colic caused by poor stable management, we would have heard about the iniquity of the stable boy etc. But food supplies could have been disrupted because of the plague, so contaminated food sounds likely.

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