Tuesday 6 March 1665/66

Up betimes and did much business before office time. Then to the office and there till noon and so home to dinner and to the office again till night. In the evening being at Sir W. Batten’s, stepped in (for I have not used to go thither a good while), I find my Lord Bruncker and Mrs. Williams, and they would of their own accord, though I had never obliged them (nor my wife neither) with one visit for many of theirs, go see my house and my wife; which I showed them and made them welcome with wine and China oranges (now a great rarity since the war, none to be had). There being also Captain Cocke and Mrs. Turner, who had never been in my house since I come to the office before, and Mrs. Carcasse, wife of Mr. Carcasses. My house happened to be mighty clean, and did me great honour, and they mightily pleased with it. They gone I to the office and did some business, and then home to supper and to bed. My mind troubled through a doubtfulness of my having incurred Sir W. Coventry’s displeasure by not having waited on him since his coming to towne, which is a mighty faulte and that I can bear the fear of the bad effects of till I have been with him, which shall be to-morrow, God willing. So to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"My mind troubled through a doubtfulness of my having incurred Sir W. Coventry's displeasure "

"a doubtfulness"

We would say "fear" (L&M Large Glossary)

cgs   Link to this

doubtfulness OED
2. The quality of giving ground for fear. Obs.
1576 ...1606..

cgs   Link to this

"...China oranges (now a great rarity since the war, none to be had)..." good old boys network, under the table for cash only. Poor Nell Gwyn and Pals, no work?

JWB   Link to this

China oranges

The old German name for oranges is Apfelcine=China apple. Sweet china oranges are Mandarin. The Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=mandarin states the name comes from the color of robes worn by Mandarin. Looking at derivation of the word Mandarin itself, I see it does not jibe with Mr. Li, my Chinese instructor for a summer's intensive course a long time ago. He said the word derived from Man=Manchu + da=big + ren=man. Who ye gonna believe?

JWB   Link to this

The Carcasses
What a tough time little Jimmy must have had in school.

cape henry   Link to this

"...though I had never obliged them (nor my wife neither) with one visit for many of theirs..." Oddly, this is something I had been pondering recently. Over the years, Pepys have received far more hospitality than he has rendered. (This occurred to me most lately when he was doing his accounting. The meals he has eaten in the homes of others would amount to a terrific savings over the course of time.)When he has entertained, it has been primarily family and on special days. It is probable that in the early days of the diary the differential in status accounts for much of the reason for this. It will be interesting to see - now that he is wealthy and has a clean home and rare oranges - if this begins to change.

Mark Peaty [aka xodarap]   Link to this

"China oranges"

[many thanks to an old [gain of?] salt]:

mandarin Look up mandarin at Dictionary.com
"Chinese official," 1589, via Port. mandarim or Du. mandorijn from Malay mantri, from Hindi mantri "councilor, minister of state," from Skt. mantri, nom. of mantrin- "advisor," from mantra "counsel," from PIE base *men- "to think" (see mind). Form infl. in Port. by mandar "to command, order." Used generically for the several grades of Chinese officials; sense of "chief dialect of Chinese" (spoken by officials and educated people) is from 1604. The type of small, deep-colored orange so called from 1771, from resemblance of its color to that of robes worn by mandarins.

... which segues harmoniously to ...

tangerine Look up tangerine at Dictionary.com
1842, from tangerine orange (1841) "an orange from Tangier," seaport in northern Morocco, from which it was originally imported to Britain. The place name is from L. Tinge.
As a color name, attested from 1899.

which all hints at divers subtle connections and the possibility that even in 1665/6 most of the knowable universe was already within just 6 degrees of separation from the inimitable Samuel Pepys Esq.

... and from Wikipedia:
The modern Tanjah (Anglicised as Tangier) is an ancient Phoenician town, founded by Carthaginian colonists in the early 5th century BC. Its name is possibly derived from the Berber goddess Tinjis (or Tinga), and it remains an important city for the Berbers. Ancient coins call it Tenga, Tinga, and Titga with Greek and Latin authors giving numerous variations of the name.

Nate   Link to this

Mandarin Orange, apfelcine, or tangerine: I bought a tree Friday, will prepare ground today, plant it tomorrow (Sunday), and harvest a few next year, I hope. It will remind me of Christmas during WWII when we get a few as a special treat for children.

Nate   Link to this

The meals he has eaten in the homes of others would amount to a terrific savings over the course of time.

I think that the savings has been primarily in not having to prepare special, and possibly expensive, meals for guests. His everyday fare was probably more simple and cheaper most of the time.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

Social/political obligations weigh on Sam

To entertain Lord Brouncker; to be appropriately solicitous of Sir William Coventry.

Comes with the territory

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Coventry the technocrat strikes me as one more interested in hearing provisions and munitions are going out on time rather than having his bottom kissed, but he probably expects regular reports from his fair-haired boy in the office.

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