Monday 18 December 1665

[Continued from yesterday. P.G.] Betimes, up, it being a fine frost, and walked it to Redriffe, calling and drinking at Half-way house, thinking, indeed, to have overtaken some of the people of our house, the women, who were to walk the same walke, but I could not. So to London, and there visited my wife, and was a little displeased to find she is so forward all of a spurt to make much of her brother and sister since my last kindnesse to him in getting him a place, but all ended well presently, and I to the ‘Change and up and down to Kingdon and the goldsmith’s to meet Mr. Stephens, and did get all my money matters most excellently cleared to my complete satisfaction. Passing over Cornhill I spied young Mrs. Daniel and Sarah, my landlady’s daughter, who are come, as I expected, to towne, and did say they spied me and I dogged them to St. Martin’s, where I passed by them being shy, and walked down as low as Ducke Lane and enquired for some Spanish books, and so back again and they were gone. So to the ‘Change, hoping to see them in the streete, and missing them, went back again thither and back to the ‘Change, but no sight of them, so went after my business again, and, though late, was sent to by Sir W. Warren (who heard where I was) to intreat me to come dine with him, hearing that I lacked a dinner, at the Pope’s Head; and there with Mr. Hinton, the goldsmith, and others, very merry; but, Lord! to see how Dr. Hinton come in with a gallant or two from Court, and do so call “Cozen” Mr. Hinton, the goldsmith, but I that know him to be a beggar and a knave, did make great sport in my mind at it. After dinner Sir W. Warren and I alone in another room a little while talking about business, and so parted, and I hence, my mind full of content in my day’s worke, home by water to Greenwich, the river beginning to be very full of ice, so as I was a little frighted, but got home well, it being darke. So having no mind to do any business, went home to my lodgings, and there got little Mrs. Tooker, and Mrs. Daniel, the, daughter, and Sarah to my chamber to cards and sup with me, when in comes Mr. Pierce to me, who tells me how W. Howe has been examined on shipboard by my Lord Bruncker to-day, and others, and that he has charged him out of envy with sending goods under my Lord’s seale and in my Lord Bruncker’s name, thereby to get them safe passage, which, he tells me, is false, but that he did use my name to that purpose, and hath acknowledged it to my Lord Bruncker, but do also confess to me that one parcel he thinks he did use my Lord Bruncker’s name, which do vexe me mightily that my name should be brought in question about such things, though I did not say much to him of my discontent till I have spoke with my Lord Bruncker about it. So he being gone, being to go to Oxford to-morrow, we to cards again late, and so broke up, I having great pleasure with my little girle, Mrs. Tooker.

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Australian Susan   Link to this

"....I having great pleasure with my little girle, Mrs. Tooker....."

Please let this just be her skill at cards....

Sam obviously feels he has done his brotherly bit for Balthasar and Bess's pleas are in vain.

Wonder when the Navy Office will move back to London? Sam really does seem to be having a jolly time in his lodgings (pun intended), but as he has let his wife go back there, he can't argue against any proposed move of the office back to its proper place.

He really made himself look foolish today with his teenage stalking of the Greenwich women. Dear me.

And he is most vexed with Mr Howe's evasive wriggling about the charges brought against him.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

I take it the move of the Navy Office back to London is the Duke of York's, and not Pepys's to determine. There are logistical reasons for both locations at the moment -- the Court being at Oxford, and (if memory serves, most of) the Fleet being in Greenwich.

Samuel   Link to this

They ought to have made a movie about Pepys starring Benny Hill

A. Hamilton   Link to this

How convenient for Sam to have his wife in London while for him in Greenwich there are the consolations of Mrs. Pennington and the young ladies of his lodging.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"they spied me and I dogged them"

That'll teach the Clerke sisters!

Bryan M   Link to this

"Passing over Cornhill I spied young Mrs. Daniel and Sarah ... and did say they spied me and I dogged them to St. Martin’s"

This would make more sense if it was "did see they spied me". What do L & M have?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"So to London, and there visited my wife, and was a little displeased to find she is so forward all of a spurt to make much of her brother and sister since my last kindnesse to him in getting him a place..."

Poor Bess, likely grateful to have somebody paying her attentions and offering company whilst her husband is enjoying himself, Mrs. Pennington, and poor Miss Tooker.

Of course Balty is probably rather full of himself these days...

Would like to know what he was up to in Holland earlier, though. Can't help thinking there was something strange about his going and returning and receiving a good position with the Navy so easily even given his brother-in-law (a generally rather circumspect fellow to take such a risk) and the easier-going wartime days of the 17th century. After all...(spoiler)

...he will prove a rather able agent for Sam in the future.

tonyt   Link to this

Benny Hill did do a Samuel Pepys sketch in one of his shows in, I think, the 1960s. It was based around a song with the chorus line 'It's all written down in his Diary'. That apart it was much the same as all other Benny Hill sketches.
The inspiration for this was a serious BBC docudrama in which a young Peter Sallis (of 'Last of the Summer Wine' and 'Wallace and Gromit') played Sam.

Mary   Link to this

"did see they spied me" is, indeed, the L&M reading.

Mary   Link to this

A Benny Hill/Sam Pepys sketch is one thing,

but not a whole film. Pepys was far from being the perfect man, but he certainly wasn't a grotesque.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

A hint of Benny Hill's take on the Naughty Mr. Peeps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepys'_Diary_(song)

Stacia   Link to this

I know we have no idea of Frances Tooker's age, but when Sam refers to her as "little Mrs Tooker" I always wonder if he is using "little" as a way to distinguish between the mother and daughter. Perhaps "little" doesn't necessarily mean "very young". Or perhaps I'm inadvertently projecting my modern mores onto Sam's behavior.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Clare Tomalin is of the opinion that Frances Tooker was a child and what Sam did with her constituted what we would call child abuse. See Tomalin's book (pbk) xxxi, 185, 423n and other refs.

cgs   Link to this

"...I having great pleasure with my little girle, Mrs. Tooker...."
Mrs meaning Mistress , courtesy of not being without family.
I am of the same opinion as AS, she be young, and in to-days world be in the same category as the Rev Dodgson, a DOM.

Bryan M   Link to this

Little Mrs Tooker as Sam first described her on October 11:

"and so, by Captain Cocke’s coach, had brought a very pretty child, a daughter of one Mrs. Tooker’s, next door to my lodging".

There doesn't appear to be much room for doubt in this instance.

Harvey   Link to this

'Dogged' (followed), not 'dodged'.

"...and did say they spied me and I dogged them to St. Martin’s, where I passed by them being shy, and walked down as low as Ducke Lane and enquired for some Spanish books, and so back again and they were gone. So to the ‘Change, hoping to see them in the streete, and missing them

cgs   Link to this

"...I dogged them to..."
hungered after them???
OED: A. adj.

1. gen. a. Like a dog; having the character, or some characteristic, of a dog. b. Of or pertaining to a dog or dogs, canine.dogged appetite, hunger: = CANINE appetite, BULIMY (obs.). (Now rare in gen. sense.)
c1440

2. Having the bad qualities of a dog; currish. a. Ill-conditioned, malicious, crabbed, spiteful, perverse; cruel. (Of persons, their actions, etc.) Obs.
a 1307 ...1663 BUTLER Hud. I. i. 632 Fortune unto them turn'd dogged. For they a sad Adventure met.

1684 Roxb. Ball. (1895) VIII. 40 This dogged answer cut this poor soul to the heart.

b. transf. Of things: Awkward, ‘crabbed’, difficult to deal with. Obs.
1634 ..
c. Ill-tempered, surly; sullen, morose. Now with some mixture of sense 3: Having an air of sullen obstinacy.
c1400 ...

1667 PEPYS Diary (1879) IV. 424 My wife in a dogged humour for my not dining at home.

3. Having the persistency or tenacity characteristic of various breeds of dogs; obstinate, stubborn; pertinacious. (The current use.) Esp. in colloq. phr. it's dogged as does it: persistency and tenacity win in the end.
1779 JOHNSON 1 Apr. in Boswell, [He commended one of the Dukes of Devonshire for] ‘a dogged veracity’.

4. Comb., as dogged-sprighted a., having a ‘dogged’ or malicious spirit (obs.).
1600...

B. as adv. ‘As a dog’; very, extremely. colloq. or slang. (Cf. DOG n.1 19d.)
1819 Sporting Mag. IV. 272 He [a horse] was dogged ‘rusty’ when your man passed our house.

cgs   Link to this

such a cur?

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