Thursday 14 June 1666

Up, and to the office, and there sat all the morning. At noon dined at home, and thence with my wife and father to Hales’s, and there looked only on my father’s picture (which is mighty like); and so away to White Hall to a committee for Tangier, where the Duke of York was, and Sir W. Coventry, and a very full committee; and instead of having a very prejudiced meeting, they did, though indeed inclined against Yeabsly, yield to the greatest part of his account, so as to allow of his demands to the value of 7,000l. and more, and only give time for him to make good his pretence to the rest; which was mighty joy to me: and so we rose up. But I must observe the force of money, which did make my Lord Ashly to argue and behave himself in the business with the greatest friendship, and yet with all the discretion imaginable; and [it] will be a business of admonition and instruction to me concerning him (and other men, too, for aught I know) as long as I live. Thence took Creed with some kind of violence and some hard words between us to St. James’s, to have found out Sir W. Coventry to have signed the order for his payment among others that did stay on purpose to do it (and which is strange among the rest my Lord Ashly, who did cause Creed to write it presently and kept two or three of them with him by cunning to stay and sign it), but Creed’s ill nature (though never so well bribed, as it hath lately in this case by twenty pieces) will not be overcome from his usual delays. Thence failing of meeting Sir W. Coventry I took leave of Creed (very good friends) and away home, and there took out my father, wife, sister, and Mercer our grand Tour in the evening, and made it ten at night before we got home, only drink at the doore at Islington at the Katherine Wheel, and so home and to the office a little, and then to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I must observe the force of money, which did make my Lord Ashly to argue and behave himself in the business with the greatest friendship, and yet with all the discretion imaginable; and [it] will be a business of admonition and instruction to me concerning him (and other men, too, for aught I know) as long as I live."

It's the love of money produces such treachery, but ye are well-warned, Mr. Pepys!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"But..." John Sr. eyes Bess as Sam flags down a coach. "Though Samuel has ever been the hardest of workers with the mind, I've heard the Court is treacherous place for the unwary. Even our dear Lord Sandwich for all his savvy and skill could not negotiate its ways without piling on the rocks of scandal...Surely success has not gone to my boy's dear head? He's not slacked off, daughter-in-law?"

"Up we went, now down. Headed for perdition, Samuel is..." Pall notes solemnly.

"Oh, not at all, father-in-law. But his brushes with Death itself this year have taught my Sam'l a lesson. One he learned from you, in part, father-in-law."

"Ay?"

"The man who could work to exhaustion all a long day and then play music and teach his children the love of it...?" Bess, beaming eye. "Sam'l has realized he mustn't let the best of life slip by whilst he can still enjoy it."

"The boy's gone daft, girl. Life's success slips away in an instant. There's not time to be wasted in idle pleasures. Grimly work till your pile is made, nervously clutching to every penny, doing nothing to offend those who might grab it away in a moment, then if ye manage to hide it long enough, pray ye may ike out a year or two of tepid enjoyment before you rupture like an old tire and die, that's me motto now."

"Pa." Sam frowns. "That's not the man who taught me during the worst of my illness...This..." Pulls out sheet.

"There's music to play,
Places to go, people to see!
Sam, boy, everything is out there for you and for me!

There are maids just ripe for some kissin'
And this prick-louse means to kiss him a few!
Then those chicks don't know what they're missin',
Son, we got a lot of living to do!

Yes, Sam, there's music to play,
Places to go, people to see!
Everything's out there for you and for me!

Sizzlin' steaks-all ready for tastin'
Sam, look at that fine cloth, all shiny and new!
Gotta move, cause time is a-wastin',
There's such a lot of livin' to do!

There are girls of nineteen or twenty
Who are cute and reckless and true
And older girls who give a lad plenty
Sam, you've gotta a lot of livin' to do!

There's music to play,
Places to go, people to see!
Everything
For you and me!"

Chorus-(Sam, Bess, Mercer...)

"Boy, life's a ball
if only you know it
And it's all just waiting for you!!
Son, you're alive,
So come on and show it!
We got a lot of livin'
Such a lot of livin'
We both got a lot of livin' to do!"

Pall blinking...

Father?

"You never showed your mother that...?" John eyes Sam.

"Certainly not, Father."

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Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... but Creed’s ill nature (though never so well bribed, as it hath lately in this case by twenty pieces) will not be overcome from his usual delays."

I assume the 20 pieces are literal not metaphorical however SP was very probably familiar with Genesis 37:28: "Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt."

Michael Robinson   Link to this

which did make my Lord Ashly to argue and behave himself in the business with the greatest friendship, and yet with all the discretion imaginable; and [it] will be a business of admonition and instruction to me concerning him (and other men, too, for aught I know) as long as I live."

In the immortal words of Simon Cameron, Ashley is 'An honest politician one who, when he is bought, will stay bought,' unlike Creed ...

A. Hamilton   Link to this

The Age of Observation

Sam employs the analytical language of the early Royal Society in his arresting phrase, "But I must observe the force of money."

cgs   Link to this

"It’s the love of money produces such treachery,"
true but the lack of money causes even more treachery.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the lack of money causes even more treachery [than the love of it]"
Granted, cgs, there is a baseline NEED of money, but that isn't Lawd Ashly's problem -- nor that of most of the landed court. Lust of it is loose!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

There's probably considerable fear even among the landed gentry right now. Charlie's regime is increasingly shaky and Society has been completely overturned twice in recent memory...Even the most obtuse, pleasure-seeking young fop must have a nervous fear that the party will eventually end. Seize the day, grab what you can, and the divil take the hindmost...

"Bruce...You can never have too much power.[or cash]" Max Shreck, "Batman Returns"

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... [it] will be a business of admonition and instruction to me concerning him (and other men, too, for aught I know) as long as I live."

There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory -- when that fails,
Wealth, vice , corruption, -- barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page,

Byron, Childe Harold, Canto IV, cviii

cgs   Link to this

"a baseline NEED of money," yea, there is never enough, 'tis why we build pyramids.
The bio feedback of success of more loot always requests more pleasure 'til the revolt 'its.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Can someone explain the whole Creed transaction? I'm a little lost here...

Michael Robinson   Link to this

the whole Creed transaction ...

Creed is the Secretary to the Tangier Committee. SP, as Treasurer, needs the equivalent of a written warrant prepared by Creed as the secretary and signed by a sufficient number of members witnessing the committee's assent, for SP to make the payment to Yearsby either in tally's or cash. Ashley has pushed Creed into preparing the document immediately after the meeting and also made certain enough have stayed behind to sign it -- SP has to bully Creed into going to St. James to get Coventry's signature also only to find Creed has this already, once they are there!

SP is annoyed because, though Creed has been given 20 pieces up front to ensure he complete the paper-work quickly for Yearsby to collect his cash from SP, Creed still is quite deliberately making delays. And SP himself is Yearsby's silent business partner ...

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