Friday 24 August 1666

Up, and dispatched several businesses at home in the morning, and then comes Sympson to set up my other new presses1 for my books, and so he and I fell in to the furnishing of my new closett, and taking out the things out of my old, and I kept him with me all day, and he dined with me, and so all the afternoon till it was quite darke hanging things, that is my maps and pictures and draughts, and setting up my books, and as much as we could do, to my most extraordinary satisfaction; so that I think it will be as noble a closett as any man hath, and light enough — though, indeed, it would be better to have had a little more light. He gone, my wife and I to talk, and sup, and then to setting right my Tangier accounts and enter my Journall, and then to bed with great content in my day’s worke. This afternoon comes Mrs. Barbary Sheldon, now Mrs. Wood, to see my wife. I was so busy I would not see her. But she came, it seems, mighty rich in rings and fine clothes, and like a lady, and says she is matched mighty well, at which I am very glad, but wonder at her good fortune and the folly of her husband, and vexed at myself for not paying her the respect of seeing her, but I will come out of her debt another time.

  1. These presses still exist, and, according to Pepys’s wish, they are placed in the second court of Magdalene College in a room which they exactly fit, and the books are arranged in the presses just as they were when presented to the college. — M. B.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Up, and dispatched several businesses at home in the morning, and then comes Sympson to set up my other new presses for my books, and so he and I fell in to the furnishing of my new closett, and taking out the things out of my old, and I kept him with me all day, and he dined with me, and so all the afternoon till it was quite darke hanging things, that is my maps and pictures and draughts, and setting up my books, and as much as we could do, to my most extraordinary satisfaction; so that I think it will be as noble a closett as any man hath, and light enough ­ though, indeed, it would be better to have had a little more light."

http://mercuriuspoliticus.wordpress.com/2008/11...
A discussion of the project and this entry begins about 1/3 down the page, which also includes this remark and link:

"You can make out the portraits and a map in this engraving of Pepys’s later house at Buckingham Street in 1693.
https://www.british-history.ac.uk/image.aspx?co... "

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Dining with a tradesman at his table again, so pleased is Pepys with Sympson's performance.

cgs   Link to this

nasus impecunias: hob nobbing only becomes a problem when the laudly [gentry] one is scared that the Artisan [tradesmen] might be better informed.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"D'oh!"

"Might have known Pepys would deduct dinner from my bill." Sympson at home frowns at bill.

Oh...Tomee...Marge Sympson shakes head in sympathy.

"Ah...Excellent." Sam rubs hands, proudly observing completed closet. "Oh, wretch?"

"Ah, yes sir...Er, Sam'l." Bess scurries.

"You may observe my glorious new study."

"Glorious, Sam'l."

"Yes, you'll be in it frequently...To clean. Ah, at last to have a closet worthy of me."

"It is, sir...Er, Sam'l."

"That will be all, wretch."

"Yes, Sam'l."

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"though, indeed, it would be better to have had a little more light"

Better find some, Sam -- working in one's closett with too little light can strain the eyes...

Ruben   Link to this

"working in one’s closett with too little light can strain the eyes…"
...specially if you neglect your multifocals...

cgs   Link to this

starlight be good for some activities.

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