Saturday 29 September 1666

A little meeting at the office by Sir W. Batten, Sir W. Pen, and myself, being the first since the fire. We rose soon, and comes Sir W. Warren, by our desire, and with Sir W. Pen and I talked of our Scotch motion, which Sir W. Warren did seem to be stumbled at, and did give no ready answer, but proposed some thing previous to it, which he knows would find us work, or writing to Mr. Pett to be informed how matters go there as to cost and ways of providing sawyers or saw-mills. We were parted without coming to any good resolution in it, I discerning plainly that Sir W. Warren had no mind to it, but that he was surprised at our motion. He gone, I to some office business, and then home to dinner, and then to office again, and then got done by night the lists that are to be presented to the Parliament Committee of the ships, number of men, and time employed since the war, and then I with it (leaving my wife at Unthanke’s) to St. James’s, where Sir W. Coventry staid for me, and I perused our lists, and find to our great joy that wages, victuals, wear and tear, cast by the medium of the men, will come to above 3,000,000; and that the extraordinaries, which all the world will allow us, will arise to more than will justify the expence we have declared to have been at since the war, viz., 320,000l., he and I being both mightily satisfied, he saying to me, that if God send us over this rub we must take another course for a better Comptroller. So parted, and I to my wife [at Unthanke’s], who staid for the finishing her new best gowne (the best that ever I made her coloured tabby, flowered, and so took it and her home; and then I to my people, and having cut them out a little more work than they expected, viz., the writing over the lists in new method, I home to bed, being in good humour, and glad of the end we have brought this matter to.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

Septenber 29 Michaelmas-day [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas ], I went to visite my Bro: Richard, who was now indisposd in his health:

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Australian Susan   Link to this

Unthanke's the tailor's seems to operate rather like a Ladies' Club. I imagine a group of them sitting around drinking hot chocolate and eating macaroons discussing fabrics on display and matching up ribbons and trimmings and so on. And exchanging gossip.....

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...the best that ever I made her..."

You can take the boy out of the tailor's shop but...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Warren senses danger in this wheeler-dealer plan of Penn and Pepys...Fear that Parliament might frown at Navy officials involved in timber speculation at such a time?

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"...and so took it and her home; and then I to my people, and having cut them out a little more work than they expected, viz., the writing over the lists in new method, I home to bed, being in good humour,..."

Cute turn of phrase there...And nice to see him showing a little pleasure in making the Missus happy. I suspect someone will be laying long in bed tomorrow.

Mary   Link to this

"our Scotch motion"

Possible spoiler.

L&M footnotes tell us that nothing was to come of this proposal and, furthermore, that timber from Scotland was generally reckoned by the Navy to be of poorer quality than that from either England or foreign sources.

JWB   Link to this

2 jokes, 1 entry:

1)"..talked of our Scotch motion, which Sir W. Warren did seem to be stumbled at,"
2)"...best gowne (the best that ever I made her...and then I to my people, and having cut them out a little more work..."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the expence we have declared to have been at since the war, viz., 320,000l.,"

L&M note "Recte £3,200,000." and source it. "The expense was £3,200,516 (£2,195,560 being paid by the Navy Treasury and £74,460 by the Exchequer). Debts at 29 September stood at £930,496."

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