Friday 18 May 1666

Up by 5 o’clock, and so down by water to Deptford and Blackewall to dispatch some business. So walked to Dickeshoare, and there took boat again and home, and thence to Westminster, and attended all the morning on the Exchequer for a quarter’s tallys for Tangier. But, Lord! to see what a dull, heavy sort of people they are there would make a man mad. At noon had them and carried them home, and there dined with great content with my people, and within and at the office all the afternoon and night, and so home to settle some papers there, and so to bed, being not very well, having eaten too much lobster at noon at dinner with Mr. Hollyard, he coming in and commending it so much.

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Michael L   Link to this

I wonder if eating too much lobster might also make one a dull, heavy sort of person?

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Eating too much lobthter. Impothible, Prepothterouth. My wife eath lobther, I have haddock, and we all thalute Thamuel Pepyth on the dock of the bay.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"all the morning on the Exchequer for a quarter’s tallys for Tangier. But, Lord! to see what a dull, heavy sort of people they are there would make a man mad."

Pepys was amongst 'em in 1660; he was driven to begin a Journall (the Diary).

cape henry   Link to this

"But, Lord!" I always chuckle when I see that particular exclamation turn up because I know we are about to receive one of Pepys' critiques on the performance of someone or another. In this case we find that the clerks in the Exchequer move a bit ponderously for his taste. Clerks. Moving slowly. Imagine. Lord!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"I never said for you to eat 5 of them, Mr. Pepys." Hollier notes.

A. Hamilton   Link to this

What, no sympathy for the poor Exchequer drudges with whom he used to toil? He deserves his indigestion.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Ah, he was among them ... but never *of* them. Sam's timeless lament -- "But, Lord! to see what a dull, heavy sort of people they are there would make a man mad" -- is that of the Type A personality among B's. Surely others can empathize with Sam and me...

JWB   Link to this

"...good advice about his deportment..."

Perhaps an expanded list as to where next year's Christmas turkeys are to go.

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