Monday 1 January 1665/66

(New-Yeare’s Day). Called up by five o’clock, by my order, by Mr. Tooker, who wrote, while I dictated to him, my business of the Pursers; and so, without eating or drinking, till three in the afternoon, and then, to my great content, finished it. So to dinner, Gibson and he and I, and then to copying it over, Mr. Gibson reading and I writing, and went a good way in it till interrupted by Sir W. Warren’s coming, of whom I always learne something or other, his discourse being very good and his brains also. He being gone we to our business again, and wrote more of it fair, and then late to bed.1

  1. This document is in the British Museum (Harleian MS. 6287), and is entitled, “A Letter from Mr. Pepys, dated at Greenwich, 1 Jan. 1665-6, which he calls his New Year’s Gift to his hon. friend, Sir Wm. Coventry, wherein he lays down a method for securing his Majesty in husbandly execution of the Victualling Part of the Naval Expence.” It consists of nineteen closely written folio pages, and is a remarkable specimen of Pepys’s business habits.—B. There are copies of several letters on the victualling of the navy, written by Pepys in 1666, among the Rawlinson MSS. in the Bodleian.

7 Annotations

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... and so, without eating or drinking, till three in the afternoon, ..."

None of last year's domestic accounting indulgence and gastronomic extravagance:-

" ... Now this day I am dividing my expense, to see what my clothes and every particular hath stood me in: I mean all the branches of my expense. At noon a good venison pasty and a turkey to ourselves without any body so much as invited by us, ..."

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/01/01/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So no relation between John and poor Frances Tooker that I see via the links? That's good. Hate to have to read of Sam being beaten to death or flayed alive by an angry father. Or worse to read of John doing nothing about his abused daughter.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Team Pepys at work-I wonder what Will Hewer is up to these days? Too important to be used for such clerical work nowadays, perhaps?

Toiv   Link to this

I'm very impressed! This blog is incredible! I think that Samuel Pepys is pretty grateful.

Best wishes, Toiv

Nix   Link to this

Thanks to Phil for making this possible for another year.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn, in his Diary, joins his friend SP in asking sanction for us all & this site

1 I beged the Protection of Almighty God, for the ensuing yeare &c:

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"A Letter from Mr. Pepys, dated at Greenwich, 1 Jan. 1665-6, which he calls his New Year’s Gift to his hon. friend, Sir Wm. Coventry, wherein he lays down a method for securing his Majesty in husbandly execution of the Victualling Part of the Naval Expence.”

L&M in part note that Pepys "examines several methods of holding the pursers to account, and suggests a reversion to the oldest method, whereby the pursers were held fully accountable for wages, but in respect of victuals were allowed the benefit of short allowances and absences."

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