Friday 19 January 1665/66

Up and ready, called on by Mr. Moone, my Lord Bellases’ secretary, who and I good friends though I have failed him in some payments. Thence with Sir J. Minnes to the Duke of Albemarle’s, and carried all well, and met Norwood but prevented him in desiring a meeting of the Commissioners for Tangier. Thence to look for Sir H. [Cholmly], but he not within, he coming to town last night. It is a remarkable thing how infinitely naked all that end of the towne, Covent-Garden, is at this day of people; while the City is almost as full again of people as ever it was. To the ‘Change and so home to dinner and the office, whither anon comes Sir H. Cholmley to me, and he and I to my house, there to settle his accounts with me, and so with great pleasure we agreed and great friends become, I think, and he presented me upon the foot of our accounts for this year’s service for him 100l., whereof Povy must have half. Thence to the office and wrote a letter to Norwood to satisfy him about my nonpayment of his bill, for that do still stick in my mind. So at night home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Sir H. Cholmley to me....and he presented me upon the foot of our accounts for this year’s service for him 100l., whereof Povy must have half."

Not exactly what Cholmley, who is builing the mole at Tangier, had just promised on 23 November 1665 when he "do declare his resolution to give me 200 per annum." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/11/23/

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Povy must have half."

This was the cost to Pepys of taking over the post of Treasurer of the Tangier Op.

cgs   Link to this

100 quid:
I think be the quarter payment

Kenth   Link to this

Sad to see the absence of the posessive "s" on the singular ending in s. It should of course be "Lord Belasus's". The way it is currently written indicates that it is plural. The popular usage of dropping the 's on a singular ending with s creates ambiguity.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"... my Lord Bellases’ secretary, ..."

L&M text: "... my Lord Bellaces secretary, ..."

Ruben   Link to this

Nothing and everything to do with Samuel Pepys and friends is the inauguration of the new US President.
Let's not forget that the roots for Obama's reaching the Presidency of the strongest country in the planet is the Puritan egalitarian doctrine that led to the American Revolution and Constitution.
So much for Samuel's opinion concerning Penn and specially for young Penn.
Pepys was at Charles I decapitation and Charles II coronation.
Now it is my turn in history to see Obama's inauguration (TV, of course). I will not be available till after the ceremony!

A. De Araujo   Link to this

Myself I think Obama should thank Jean Baptiste Mars Belley, Toussaint L'ouverture and of course Martin Luther King and Teresa Heinz Kerry who invited him to speak at the Democratic Convention when her husband was the candidate.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Thence to the office and wrote a letter to Norwood to satisfy him about my nonpayment of his bill, for that do still stick in my mind."

Sort of an impossible labor isn't it, Sam? No one can ever be satisfied about nonpayment however skillfully one may attempt to explain one's way out of it.

I'm desperately repressing the urge...About the only way to fit today's events into context is to wonder if Sam had had an inspiring, dynamic leader at the head his England's government what he might have gone on to, given his ability and instinctive sense of duty? And to point out that once again we see that individuals do make a difference in history.

cgs   Link to this

"...we see that individuals do make a difference in history...."
so true.
Chemistry?!

Australian Susan   Link to this

Influence of individuals: - and also the What Ifs of history. For our period, I think the most intriguing is What If Catherine had had a male child who survived! And if Sam and Bess had had children, we would know a great deal more about 17th century child-rearing.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Or maybe we wouldn't have had a diary at all, children requiring as much time and attention as they do. Of course, Sam and Elizabeth had people for that, so maybe it wouldn't have made any difference.

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