Thursday 2 August 1666

[Up] and to the office, where we sat, and in discourse at the table with Sir W. Batten, I was obliged to tell him it was an untruth, which did displease him mightily, and parted at noon very angry with me. At home find Lovett, who brought me some papers varnished, and showed me my crucifix, which will be very fine when done. He dined with me and Balty’s wife, who is in great pain for her husband, not hearing of him since the fight; but I understand he was not in it, going hence too late, and I am glad of it. Thence to the office, and thither comes to me Creed, and he and I walked a good while, and then to the victualling office together, and there with Mr. Gawden I did much business, and so away with Creed again, and by coach to see my Lord Bruncker, who it seems was not well yesterday, but being come thither, I find his coach ready to carry him abroad, but Tom, his footman, whatever the matter was, was lothe to desire me to come in, but I walked a great while in the Piatza till I was going away, but by and by my Lord himself comes down and coldly received me. So I soon parted, having enough for my over officious folly in troubling myself to visit him, and I am apt to think that he was fearfull that my coming was out of design to see how he spent his time [rather] than to enquire after his health. So parted, and I with Creed down to the New Exchange Stairs, and there I took water, and he parted, so home, and then down to Woolwich, reading and making an end of the “Rival Ladys,” and find it a very pretty play. At Woolwich, it being now night, I find my wife and Mercer, and Mr. Batelier and Mary there, and a supper getting ready. So I staid, in some pain, it being late, and post night. So supped and merrily home, but it was twelve at night first. However, sent away some letters, and home to bed.

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Mr. Gunning   Link to this

Told him WHAT was an untruth?

What is post night?

TIA

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"post night" is a night when mail goes out of London by carriage and/or courier.

As to what the "untruth" might have been, not even L&M offer a clue.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Did Sam bust Brouncker for "calling in sick"?

Martin   Link to this

"it was an untruth" would seem to refer to the passage two days ago, in which the gents at the office "were mightily joyed with newes brought by Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten of the death of De Ruyter, but when Sir W. Coventry come, he told us there was no such thing, which quite dashed me again..." [De Ruyter lived another 10 years.] So it could be that after Batten brought the newes, he departed, and wasn't informed of the untruth until today. Sam tends to write several days worth of entries in one sitting, so he sometimes leaves a dangling antecedent of this kind.

Mary   Link to this

"very angry with me"
Why? Is it because Sam has not taken care to inform Batten of the true situation earlier that this?

First Batten, then Brouncker: Sam seems to be rubbing people up the wrong way this morning.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"At home find Lovett, who brought me some papers varnished, and....He dined with me...."

What? A mere craftsman at your dinner-table?!

andy   Link to this

who brought me some papers varnished

I wonder if varnishing a written paper was a means of making it impossible to alter without detection? if you got a varnished note then you would know its veracity.

am just catching up, I am in Belarus, just south of the forest where the Princes of Lithuania used to cavort in Sam's day

cgs   Link to this

just the unvarnished truth:

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