Wednesday 22 August 1666

Up and by coach with 100l. to the Exchequer to pay fees there. There left it, and I to St. James’s, and there with; the Duke of Yorke. I had opportunity of much talk with Sir. W. Pen to-day (he being newly come from the fleete); and he, do much undervalue the honour that is given to the conduct of the late business of Holmes in burning the ships and town1 saying it was a great thing indeed, and of great profit to us in being of great losse to the enemy, but that it was wholly a business of chance, and no conduct employed in it. I find Sir W. Pen do hold up his head at this time higher than ever he did in his life. I perceive he do look after Sir J. Minnes’s place if he dies, and though I love him not nor do desire to have him in, yet I do think [he] is the first man in England for it. To the Exchequer, and there received my tallys, and paid my fees in good order, and so home, and there find Mrs. Knipp and my wife going to dinner. She tells me my song, of “Beauty Retire” is mightily cried up, which I am not a little proud of; and do think I have done “It is Decreed” better, but I have not finished it. My closett is doing by upholsters, which I am pleased with, but fear my purple will be too sad for that melancholy roome. After dinner and doing something at the office, I with my wife, Knipp, and Mercer, by coach to Moorefields, and there saw “Polichinello,” which pleases me mightily, and here I saw our Mary, our last chamber-maid, who is gone from Mrs. Pierces it seems. Thence carried Knipp home, calling at the Cocke alehouse at the doore and drank, and so home, and there find Reeves, and so up to look upon the stars, and do like my glasse very well, and did even with him for it and a little perspective and the Lanthorne that shows tricks, altogether costing me 9l. 5s. 0d. So to bed, he lying at our house.

12 Annotations

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Gresham College — from the Hooke Folio Online

Aug. 22. 1666. (mercators pendulum for equatio) [ ]

mr Hooke was desired to bring in next day his new watch which he formerly mentiond as exact as a pendulum. the same was orderd to obserue whether circular motion were compounded of sines

(stag teers.) Russia lamb plant) ants eggs.) ants hills mites in wheat) ants bite would kill caterpiller) mr. Hooke mentiond that he had obserued wth a microscope how the Leaping chese maggot put their . . taile to their mouth & when they leap spring it out wth great force and Leap a great way like fleas.
( [ Sir Theodore ] De vaux of Enlumineure. Enamelling.).

mr Pouey Intimated that at the Societies desire mr Lilly [ Lely ] mr cooper and mr streator would not be vnwilling to communicate seuerall Curiosity & varitys of Painting. orderd hereupon that Sr Th: de vaux mr Pouey mr Euelyn mr Henshaw & mr Hook or any two or more of them should be desired to meet & consider together what particular were fit to be inquired into and therevpon to inquire of the said masters concerning the same.

(wallis letter about tides) [his hobby-horse, contra Galileo ]

mr. Hooke mentiond a new astronomicall instrument wth it to make obseruations of Distance by Reflection he was desired to giue order for the construction of it & produce it before the Society.

the same [Mr. Hooke ] affirmed to haue obserued a kind of shellfish calld Limpits to eat holes in the Rocks of the sea. about an inch deep Iust of the bignesse of the shell. which was of the figure of a snaile [ ]

The expt. of transfusing blood out of one animall into another, being againe mentiond it was orderd that Dr. Ball
mr. Dan Cox Mr. Tho: Cox. mr King & mr Hooke should be desired to vndertake the making of this xpt. And hauing considerd wt. apparatus was necessary to perform it set speedily vpon the work

(crone. letter from Steno. [ ] scheme of french chariots
ways of preparing alkermis verdigrese & white wax) [ ]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"home, and there find Reeves, and so up to look upon the stars, and do like my glasse very well, and did even with him for it and a little perspective and the Lanthorne that shows tricks,...."

Not Gresham College but the Royal Society D.I.Y. at home on the leads.

cgs  •  Link

"...She tells me my song, of “Beauty Retire” is mightily cried up, which I am not a little proud of..."

UCSB has available Samuel's Ballad selection that does not include his creation
sample: Pepys 1.182-183 I smell a rat.

English Broadside
Ballad Archive
University of California-Santa Barbara

Michael L  •  Link

I am guessing that Pepys has to go to Moorefields outside the city gates to see the play "Polchinello" because plays were still banned in London on account of the plague. Is that correct?

Mary  •  Link


The fact that the theatres have been closed because of the plague would probably not have affected the playing of 'Punchinello.' It appears to have been an itinerant entertainment like its successor, "Punch and Judy," being set up in places of popular resort such as Moorfields and Covent Garden Piazza.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...there find Mrs. Knipp and my wife going to dinner." Bess apparently prefers to keep the enemy in close proximity.

A. Hamilton  •  Link

Mrs. Knipp seems to seek out the Pepyses, and certainly knows how to flatter Sam.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

I wonder whether Mrs. Knepp's a social butterfly by nature, a bit promiscuously making the rounds, seeking good times and, incidentally, good eats.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Perhaps the ladies Betty K and Bess have hit it off...Considering they both have such interesting mates. And of course Knipp is just recovering from a pregnancy, so Bess may be feeling more sympathy and less danger.

If so...Woe be onto Sam.

cgs  •  Link

(ways of preparing alkermis verdigrese & white wax)

history alchemists

e.g., verdigris can form on copper pots used to cook acidic foods such as tomatoes. Verdigris is used as a mordant in dyeing, as a pigment, and in making Paris green Paris green, also called Schweinfurt green, an extremely poisonous, bright green powder that was formerly used extensively as a pigment (e.g., in wallpaper) and that is sometimes used as an insecticide or to kill plant fungi; it must be used with great caution
..... Click the link for more information. . Verdigris may also be used to mean patina patina (păt`ənə), coating of carbonate of copper on articles of copper or bronze, formed after long exposure to a moist

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"Beauty Retire"
and so to bed

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.