Monday 29 October 1666

Up, and to the office to do business, and thither comes to me Sir Thomas Teddiman, and he and I walked a good while in the garden together, discoursing of the disorder and discipline of the fleete, wherein he told me how bad every thing is; but was very wary in speaking any thing to the dishonour of the Prince or Duke of Albemarle, but do magnify my Lord Sandwich much before them both, for ability to serve the King, and do heartily wish for him here. For he fears that we shall be undone the next year, but that he will, however, see an end of it. To prevent the necessity of his dining with me I was forced to pretend occasion of going to Westminster, so away I went, and Mr. Barber, the clerk, having a request to make to me to get him into employment, did walk along with me, and by water to Westminster with me, he professing great love to me, and an able clerk he is. When I come thither I find the new Lord Mayor Bolton a-swearing at the Exchequer, with some of the Aldermen and Livery; but, Lord! to see how meanely they now look, who upon this day used to be all little lords, is a sad sight and worthy consideration. And every body did reflect with pity upon the poor City, to which they are now coming to choose and swear their Lord Mayor, compared with what it heretofore was. Thence by coach (having in the Hall bought me a velvet riding cap, cost me 20s.) to my taylor’s, and there bespoke a plain vest, and so to my goldsmith to bid him look out for some gold for me; and he tells me that ginnys, which I bought 2,000 of not long ago, and cost me but 18 1/2d. change, will now cost me 22d.; and but very few to be had at any price. However, some more I will have, for they are very convenient, and of easy disposal. So home to dinner and to discourse with my brother upon his translation of my Lord Bacon’s “Faber Fortunae,” which I gave him to do and he has done it, but meanely; I am not pleased with it at all, having done it only literally, but without any life at all. About five o’clock I took my wife (who is mighty fine, and with a new fair pair of locks, which vex me, though like a foole I helped her the other night to buy them), and to Mrs. Pierces, and there staying a little I away before to White Hall, and into the new playhouse there, the first time I ever was there, and the first play I have seen since before the great plague. By and by Mr. Pierce comes, bringing my wife and his, and Knipp. By and by the King and Queene, Duke and Duchesse, and all the great ladies of the Court; which, indeed, was a fine sight. But the play being “Love in a Tub,” a silly play, and though done by the Duke’s people, yet having neither Betterton nor his wife, and the whole thing done ill, and being ill also, I had no manner of pleasure in the play. Besides, the House, though very fine, yet bad for the voice, for hearing. The sight of the ladies, indeed, was exceeding noble; and above all, my Lady Castlemayne. The play done by ten o’clock. I carried them all home, and then home myself, and well satisfied with the sight, but not the play, we with great content to bed.

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cape henry  •  Link

"...and of easy disposal." Our friend needeth only but a teenage daughter, and disposal would be rendered still easier, withal.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"...ginnys, which I bought 2,000 of not long ago, and cost me but 18 1/2d. change, will now cost me 22d..."

L&M refer us to 13 August 1666 for another mention of "the goldsmith's fee for supplying [exchanging] gold for silver": "After dinner, I abroad to Stokes, and there did receive 1000l. worth in gold, paying 18 1/2d. and 19d. for others exchange."

CGS  •  Link

jolly old inflation , war payments and the price of cheese and biscuits up as so many bakers ovens be out of commission.

Paul Chapin  •  Link

Sam today answers the question we were tossing around back when he bought the guineas. He bought 2,000 of them and paid the discount as a surcharge.

He doesn't mention, maybe it hasn't occurred to him, that his own store of gold has gone up in value with the increase in the discount.

Mary  •  Link

my wife (who is mighty fine, and with a new fair pair of locks......)

Poor old Sam. He is proud of his wife's beauty, but still ambivalent about her wish to adorn it with fashionable accessories. Might, perhaps, attract too much attention from others? We haven't heard about her patches for a very long time, but it appears that hair-pieces are now 'the thing.'

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...who is mighty fine, and with a new fair pair of locks, which vex me, though like a foole I helped her the other night to buy them..." So Bess can be a bewitching devil, eh? No wonder the family Pepys fears her if she can occassionally blind our hero to such flights of folly.

CGS  •  Link

", maybe it hasn’t occurred to him, that his own store of gold ".

Do not count the eggs before the chickens have layed the eggs, only count that is in ones hand, they have yet to discover derivatives which will come thanks to the new math of Newton.

CGS  •  Link

see H of C
Suits arising from Fire of London.

A Bill for present Prevention of Suits by Landlords against their Tenants, whose Houses were burnt in the late and sad Fire, was read the Second time.

CGS  •  Link

Lords duke it out: [see H o Laud]
D. Bucks and L. Butler, Quarrel.

This Day being appointed to take into Consideration what the Duke of Bucks acquainted their Lordships with on Friday of what passed between him and the Lord Butler; his Grace did upon his Honour aver, "That the Lord Butler told him, That he might remember he said something the other Day in the House, for which he would fight with him; which Challenge he accepted of; and confessed that Chelsey Feilds was the Place appointed to fight in."

Paul Chapin  •  Link

@CGS, the market value of a gold guinea has gone up 3 1/2d since Sam bought them, or about 1.4%. If Sam were to sell his gold now he would make a profit of over 20L (allowing for a bid/asked margin on the part of the gold dealers). No derivatives or other fancy financial machinery needed. Of course he would be foolish to sell it, since it is probably going to continue going up in value, and in any case he wants the tangible asset for portability.

language hat  •  Link

Yes, I'm sure Sam is aware of the profit potential, but as Paul says, it's worth more to him as it is.

Mary  •  Link

"he and I walked a good deal in the garden together"

Sam does a good deal of walking in the garden when visitors come to the office. I presume that this is often for privacy's sake, where the speakers would rather not have their conversation overheard by others in the office.

djc  •  Link

Walking in the garden.

Privacy certainly, but I think there is a sort of protocol here. They also walk in halls etc. Who sits and who stands matters. When the office 'sits' it is acting in a formal capacity and the supplicants for payment etc no doubt stand. Sitting is either formal or a if both parties sit then an entirely social situation. Walking/standing would appear to be the default mode in which to do business.

CGS  •  Link

"Walking in the garden."

neutral turf, not his office or mine, protocol very much in vogue, doffing , knee suppliant, dipping knee or flag, backside warming etc..

CGS  •  Link

See Canary in Encyclopedia. ans lies there.

Cactus Wren  •  Link

This is the first play that's been given since the Plague, isn't it? (I'm imagining one of the players asking a little plaintively, "Can we be funny?" and the King responding from the audience, "Why start now?")

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"I am not pleased with it at all,having done it only literally,but without any life"
Marcel Proust, even though he did not know english,translated Ruskin's "Sesame and Lilies"into french;he would ask someone to translate literally and then would put "life" into it.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

Yesterday:"Comes Captain Guy to dine with me, and he and I much talk together. He cries out of the discipline of the fleete..."

Today:"Thither comes to me Sir Thomas Teddiman, and he and I walked a good while in the garden together, discoursing of the disorder and discipline of the fleete..."

I'm reminded of a pillow Mrs. Longworth displayed on a sofa that said, "If you have no good to say about someone, come sit by me."

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

That should be "no good to say about anyone"

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