Friday 13 July 1666

Lay sleepy in bed till 8 in the morning, then up and to the office, where till about noon, then out to the ‘Change and several places, and so home to dinner. Then out again to Sir R. Viner, and there to my content settled the business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily, and so home and there to the office, where mighty busy, and then home to supper and to even my Journall and to bed. Our fleete being now in all points ready to sayle, but for the carrying of the two or three new ships, which will keepe them a day or two or three more. It is said the Dutch is gone off our coast, but I have no good reason to believe it, Sir W. Coventry not thinking any such thing.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to even my Journall "

EVEN (of the Diary) to bring up to date (L&M Select Glossary)

Mary   Link to this

"the business of the two tallys .....my own money in hand"

So Sam is able to use tallies to advantage in his personal financial arrangements. What a pity that he hasn't given us any details of the transaction.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily

It sounds to me that he has swapped tallys for gold - real money.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Perhaps Sam had pledged himself to cover a few Navy debts on tallys, at interest of course, and has now simply repaid his loan to the Navy back.

FJA   Link to this

tallys.
Or else he is diversifying his investment portfolio, against an uncertain future.

cgs   Link to this

I guess a tally trumps state IOU's as banks will not 'onor an HIOU as banks fail to cash state IOU's.

Rakes Progress, La La land needs tallies not IOU's.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

... my owne money in my hand, ...

One does wonder what side deal SP may have cut with Viner; for the whole year past he has delivered and received notes drawn upon Viner and tallys, deposited personal cash at interest but till the past couple of days never received actual cash money from him.

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