Tuesday 27 March 1666

All the morning at the office busy. At noon dined at home, Mr. Cooke, our old acquaintance at my Lord Sandwich’s, come to see and dine with me, but I quite out of humour, having many other and better things to thinke of. Thence to the office to settle my people’s worke and then home to my publique accounts of Tangier, which it is strange by meddling with evening reckonings with Mr. Povy lately how I myself am become intangled therein, so that after all I could do, ready to breake my head and brains, I thought of another way, though not so perfect, yet the only one which this account is capable of. Upon this latter I sat up till past two in the morning and then to bed.

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cape henry   Link to this

"...ready to breake my head and brains..." It seems to me that Pepys forecast this moment some months ago when he regretted having taken the Tangier treasury position.It is impossible to account for the output of a cow being milked by many farmers.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Mr. Cooke, our old acquaintance at my Lord Sandwich’s, come to see and dine with me, but I quite out of humour, having many other and better things to thinke of."

Samuel surely has accounting problems on his mind when he associates Mr. Cooke mainly with the early days with Sandwich in 1660, and not with Cooke's unseemly dealings with brother Tom Pepys in 1662. At this more recent time Cooke abetted Tom's attempt to win a wife by promising his mistress an unauthorized sum as a jointure (a sum that SP was supposed to be good for): see the graph for those two periods of frequent mentions of Cooke. http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/662/#ref...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...which it is strange by meddling with evening reckonings with Mr. Povy lately how I myself am become intangled..."

All Povey's doing...

Perhaps Povey is one of those people who seem clear and well-reasoned at first until you start following the tortuous labyrinth that is their mind.

Spoiler...

This agony may well explain in part why Sam felt justified in denying Tom P any of the Tangier profits later on. Up to this time he seems to have cut Povey in as per their agreement.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... and then to bed."

Ed Rothstein has some interesting observations about C17th. sleep in his review of the current exhibition up at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/arts/design/2...

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... and then home to my publique accounts of Tangier, which it is strange by meddling with evening reckonings with Mr. Povy lately how I myself am become intangled therein, so that after all I could do, ready to breake my head and brains, I thought of another way, though not so perfect, yet the only one which this account is capable of."

Perhaps this is how the 'fool' Povy started life prosperous by inheritance lived as a well connected 'great merchant' and died a wealthy man.

cgs   Link to this

Samuell's version of toxic assets:
"...Thence to the office to settle my people’s worke and then home to my publique accounts of Tangier, which it is strange by meddling with evening reckonings with Mr. Povy lately how I myself am become intangled therein..."
Tangier, tangled assets? There be mole here somewhere.

A. Hamilton   Link to this

mole

Ho ho!

"ready to breake my head and brains, I thought of another way, though not so perfect, yet the only one which this account is capable of.”

Makes me think of a remark by George Buttrick, Preacher to the University at Harvard's Memorial Church in my day. He once defined "expert" as "x, an unknown quantity" and "spurt,a drip under pressure."

cgs   Link to this

ex or a has been as in ex- wife
pert = presumptuous or full of effluent
OED 2. In negative sense.

a. Of a person, esp. a young one, or one regarded as socially inferior: impertinent or saucy in speech or manners; malapert; cheeky.
or b. In negative sense: audacious, culpably bold or daring; presumptuous; insubordinate. Obs.
In early use having more force than sense A. 2a, but later merging with this.

Not accepted by macadamia
Thus cheeky has been

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