Monday 2 April 1666

Up, and to the office and thence with Mr. Gawden to Guildhall to see the bills and tallys there in the chamber (and by the way in the streete his new coach broke and we fain to take an old hackney). Thence to the Exchequer again to inform myself of some other points in the new Act in order to my lending Sir W. Warren 2000l. upon an order of his upon the Act, which they all encourage me to. There walking with Mr. Gawden in Westminster Hall, he and I to talke from one business to another and at last to the marriage of his daughter. He told me the story of Creed’s pretences to his daughter, and how he would not believe but she loved him, while his daughter was in great passion on the other hand against him. Thence to talke of his son Benjamin; and I propounded a match for him, and at last named my sister, which he embraces heartily, and speaking of the lowness of her portion, that it would be less than 1000l., he tells me if every thing else agrees, he will out of what he means to give me yearly, make a portion for her shall cost me nothing more than I intend freely. This did mightily rejoice me and full of it did go with him to London to the ‘Change; and there did much business and at the Coffee-house with Sir W. Warren, who very wisely did shew me that my matching my sister with Mr. Gawden would undo me in all my places, everybody suspecting me in all I do; and I shall neither be able to serve him, nor free myself from imputation of being of his faction, while I am placed for his severest check. I was convinced that it would be for neither of our interests to make this alliance, and so am quite off of it again, but with great satisfaction in the motion. Thence to the Crowne tavern behind the Exchange to meet with Cocke and Fenn and did so, and dined with them, and after dinner had the intent of our meeting, which was some private discourse with Fenn, telling him what I hear and think of his business, which he takes very kindly and says he will look about him. It was about his giving of ill language and answers to people that come to him about money and some other particulars. This morning Mrs. Barbary and little Mrs. Tooker went away homeward. Thence my wife by coach calling me at White Hall to visit my Lady Carteret, and she was not within. So to Westminster Hall, where I purposely tooke my wife well dressed into the Hall to see and be seen; and, among others, [met] Howlet’s daughter, who is newly married, and is she I call wife, and one I love mightily. So to Broad Streete and there met my Lady and Sir G. Carteret, and sat and talked with them a good while and so home, and to my accounts which I cannot get through with. But at it till I grew drowsy, and so to bed mightily vexed that I can come to no better issue in my accounts.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"So to Westminster Hall, where I purposely tooke my wife well dressed into the Hall to see and be seen"

along with many others...; and the parade continues to the present day....

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...Sir W. Warren, who very wisely did shew me that my matching my sister with Mr. Gawden would undo me in all my places, everybody suspecting me in all I do; and I shall neither be able to serve him, nor free myself from imputation of being of his faction, while I am placed for his severest check. I was convinced that it would be for neither of our interests to make this alliance, and so am quite off of it again..."

The course of true love never runs smooth...

Time to consider Hobson's Choice, Pall. And quickly...Before he tries to marry you off to Bagwell's third cousin.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"So to Westminster Hall, where I purposely tooke my wife well dressed into the Hall to see and be seen..."

Hoping for a better offer than Uncle Wight's?

Lets hope at least he sprang for a new dress...

cape henry   Link to this

"...his new coach broke and we fain to take an old hackney." About a hundred years later, Erasmus Darwin would break his knee when a carriage of his own design failed and crashed. Two hundred or so years later, someone would pick me up in a brand new Alfa Romeo Spyder and as we merrily tore along, the wiring in the dashboard caught fire. Disconnecting the battery saved the exterior of the car, but we were fain to ride home in the front seat of an old tow truck.

cgs   Link to this

Lots of wise advice, be careful of how thee mix genes and brass, could get very toxic, there be a lot derivative assets in that financial endeavor.

cgs   Link to this

Samuell has been running around in carriages for quite some time, this time it be Gawden's , so all those other times, whose coaches are they? a private hire for the day with livery and all the pomp? unlike the common hackney hired only by the trip.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"It was about his giving of ill language and answers to people that come to him about money and some other particulars."

Hmmn...Ill language, rude behavior...A perfect harmony of spirit...

As if I cared about that. Though it's sure to be love at first grouse.

Naval paymaster...Excellent job...And he operates on a level nearly...Yet properly below...On my own.

Not to mention...Have I ever seen a sailor actually get paid?

Angelic choir...Heavenly beam of light...

AHHHHH...

"Fenn! Welcome to the family Pepys, brother!!"

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"and is she I call wife"

He makes quite a point of repeating this, and so it must be for some dramatic effect, because it's certainly not to help himself remember...

Paul Chapin   Link to this

"Thence to the Exchequer again to inform myself of some other points in the new Act in order to my lending Sir W. Warren 2000l. upon an order of his upon the Act, which they all encourage me to."

This is the same transaction Sir G. Downing was urging on Sam last December, to the tune of 200L, and Sam was resisting strongly. Now he has convinced himself that it is safe, in part based on yesterday's conversation with Downing, and has decided to up the ante to 2000L. "They all encourage me to." I hope he doesn't regret it.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

1666...

"Pepys, this is a no-risk investment. There is no possible way you could lose your 2000L. You have, my word on it."

1720...

"Gentlemen, the South Sea Company is a guaranteed success. And you have the chance to join in 'For carrying-on an undertaking of great advantage but no-one to know what it is!!' This investment cannot fail."

1920...

"Double your money in 90 days..." You have Boston investor Charles Ponzi's word on it.

1929...

"The stock market's rise will never end."

1980...

Investing the Social Security trust fund in the stock market is the best way for the average American to secure his or her future. Over the long term the market can only go up so long as we deregulate and get the government out of the free market. You have Ronald Reagan's word on it.

2001...

Deregulate the financial markets and privatize the Social Security trust fund. With this administration's commitment over the long term the market can only go up so long as we continue to deregulate and get the government regulators out of the free market. American descendant of Sam Pepys, your investment toward retirement could not be safer. You have George Bush's word on it.

JWB   Link to this

Kool-Aid anyone?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Gauden and Pepys and delusional marriage-matters

"Creed’s pretences to his daughter, and how he would not believe but she loved him, while his daughter was in great passion on the other hand against him"

For "his son Benjamin...I propounded a match [with] my sister, which...shall cost me nothing.... This did mightily rejoice me and full of it did go with him to London to the ‘Change."

"full of it" -- yessir, and so is Creed.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

But Robert, the new Act put the full faith and credit of the British crown behind the talleys on display in the Guildhall! and everyone knows Croesus is King........

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"But...She was the love of my life." Creed stares, hollowly. "I even had a chance with Lord Sandwich's niece that I was willing to pass on for her."

"That is very sad, old fellow." Sam nods. "But the lady seems inclined against you. However..." broad smile. "Fate may yet smile upon you...My sister is still...Creed? Creed?"

"Pepys, you soulless bastard...How can you suggest such a thing in my hour of torment? Only the Thames is left for me now..." stumbles off.

Damn...Lost another one...

Wait...What was that about Miss Pickering? Surely he was joking? Lord Sandwich would never...

On the other hand...There was my aunt Paulina...

"Creed?!! I could go to 600Ls! Creed?!!"

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