Monday 30 October 1665

Up, and to my office about business. At noon to dinner, and after some discourse of musique, he and I to the office awhile, and he to get Mr. Coleman, if he can, against night. By and by I back again home, and there find him returned with Mr. Coleman (his wife being ill) and Mr. Laneare, with whom with their Lute we had excellent company and good singing till midnight, and a good supper I did give them, but Coleman’s voice is quite spoiled, and when he begins to be drunk he is excellent company, but afterward troublesome and impertinent. Laneare sings in a melancholy method very well, and a sober man he seems to be. They being gone, we to bed. Captain Ferrers coming this day from my Lord is forced to lodge here, and I put him to Mr. Hill.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

La Boheme this week... Who'll be dropping by next?

"Hope we'll be no trouble, Pepys. Cathy'll sleep with me and if you can squeeze Jamie and Anne in the other room with Ferrers and young Hewer..."

"You're so kind to bear such trouble, Mr. Pepys." Catherine, apologetic.

"Oh, not at all, your Majesty. So sorry there were no better accomodations in town."

"Ah, believe me, Samuel...Jamie and I have known much worse. Eh, Jamie? My, is that a lute?" Charles eyes lute. "May I? I used to be pretty good back in Holland. Jamie, back me up with your viol."

jeannine   Link to this

As we peek out of our time machine
Where did we land on this Halloween?

Plague victims bodies randomly scattered
Leaving loved ones behind them quite shattered

In the streets only a few will remain
Burying hope along with the dead’s pain

Tonight Sam hosts his friend Captain Ferrers
Will the evening be filled with strange terrors?

Ferrers shares his bed with Mr. Hill
Who plays music that’s strangely shrill

Payoffs for prizes are made in the night
Clinking gold coins give sounds that might fright

A man counting his money seems to lurk
Could it be the Navy’s #1 clerk?

With a cape that shooshes and sweeps
Could it be our boy Samuel Pepys?

Best to leave this frightful creepy scene
Of a sixteen sixty five Halloween!

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/owner/MlunNnF2...

Background Lurker   Link to this

"A man counting his money seems to lurk
Could it be the Navy’s #1 clerk?"

Hmmm. Doesn't clerk rhyme with lark?

AussieRene   Link to this

Hmmm. Doesn’t clerk rhyme with lark?

Only where citizens speak English...Apparently not in the New World where American is spoke, Lurker.

Chris Faulkner   Link to this

Clerk - Lurk
Clerk - Lark

Are we speaking in English or American ???

JWB   Link to this

"Emerald twilights,--
Virginal shy lights,
Wrought of the leaves..."

Lanier family of musicians connected by Rowse to Shakespeare's Dark Lady & American Sidney Lanier who's line from "The Marches of Glenn quoted above.

jeannine   Link to this

Here’s a version for all of the English who I somehow seem to have offended because I am American. If there is an English version of the ‘rhyme zone’ online that you could share I’ll try to double check my rhymes for country neutral words next time I post a poem http://www.rhymezone.com/ In this version ‘clerk” = ”lurk”

For my English Friends…My apologies and Happy Halloween!

As we peek out of our time machine
Where did we land on this Halloween?

Plague victims bodies randomly scattered
Leaving loved ones behind them quite shattered

In the streets only a few will remain
Burying hope along with the dead’s pain

Tonight Sam hosts his friend Captain Ferrers
Will the evening be filled with strange terrors?

Ferrers shares his bed with Mr. Hill
Who plays music that’s strangely shrill

Payoffs for prizes are made in the night
Clinking gold coins give sounds that might fright

A man counting his money in the dark
Could it be the Navy’s #1 clerk?

With a cape that shooshes and sweeps
Could it be our boy Samuel Pepys?

Best to leave this frightful creepy scene
Of a sixteen sixty five Halloween!

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/owner/MlunNnF2...

Background Lurker   Link to this

"A man counting his money in the dark
Could it be the Navy’s #1 clerk?"

Ahhh. Equanimity is restored.

Happy Halloween!

Tom Carr   Link to this

"...and when he begins to be drunk he is excellent company, but afterward troublesome and impertinent."

Hey, I've been to supper with this guy!

A. Hamilton   Link to this

Lark clerk? For some of Sam's lesser behaviors, I prefer the rhyme jerk clerk.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

We to bed

Seems that Elizabeth sat in on the music-making.

JWB   Link to this

"La Boheme this week"

Michael Robinson: Thanks for the Hollars.

Ric Jerrom   Link to this

Clerk: "klurk" is how Chaucer (and everyone else at the time) pronounced this pesky word, and the earliest carriers of English to the new world took that sound of it with them. "Clark" became the sound of it in southern England in the 15th. century (when "vermin" became "varmint" and "person" (in a religious sense) "parson". In parts of the north of England the word still sounds urky, not arky. Sam probably practised the new, trendy "court" pronunciation....

Australian Susan   Link to this

"We to bed"

Could just mean the household - I think Bess would have made her presence known with all these potentially attractive women about.......

dirk   Link to this

From the Carte Papers, Bodleian Library
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

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George, Duke of Albemarle, to Sandwich

Written from: Cock-pitt
Date: 30 October 1665

Has received Lord Sandwich's letter of the 27th instant. Now that the Dutch fleet are gone off the Coast, it is not intended to remove the Lights, "for fear of our own ships being hazarded thereby". [Addressed to Lord Sandwich "at the Buoy of the Nore, near Queenborough".]

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Sir William Coventry, to Sandwich

Written from: Oxford
Date: 30 October 1665

Has shewn to the King, and to the Duke of York, Lord Sandwich's letter of 27 October. The proposition to send away Sir John Harman is approved of. "If he should only convoy home the Gottenburgh ships, it were a great service, as things stand." Adds that Harman's squadron would be of no use in the River if the Dutch should attempt anything; as there will remain more ships than can come to service, in so narrow a place. In case of such attempt, the best thing would be fire-ships. Mentions also that the Plague is pleaded as excuse for defaults of victuallers.

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