Tuesday 13 November 1666

At the office all the morning, at noon home to dinner, and out to Bishopsgate Street, and there bought some drinking-glasses, a case of knives, and other things, against tomorrow, in expectation of my Lord Hinchingbroke’s coming to dine with me. So home, and having set some things in the way of doing, also against to-morrow, I to my office, there to dispatch business, and do here receive notice from my Lord Hinchingbroke that he is not well, and so not in condition to come to dine with me to-morrow, which I am not in much trouble for, because of the disorder my house is in, by the bricklayers coming to mend the chimney in my dining-room for smoking, which they were upon almost till midnight, and have now made it very pretty, and do carry smoke exceeding well. This evening come all the Houblons to me, to invite me to sup with them to-morrow night. I did take them home, and there we sat and talked a good while, and a glass of wine, and then parted till to-morrow night. So at night, well satisfied in the alteration of my chimney, to bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

That must have been quite charming...The Houblons seem like a gracious set of fellows who know how to live well.

And yet even as he moves into new circles, Sam doesn't forget to pay respects to the family who gave him his start...Even if young Hinchingbroke can't come.

Bradford   Link to this

Apparently the oaths contra wine-drinking dropped by the wayside somewhere?

cape henry   Link to this

"...and have now made it very pretty, and do carry smoke exceeding well." Unlike modern bricklayers who would knock off at 3.15, miss two days for outlandish reasons, and take four more to finish the job they estimated at one day.

Jack   Link to this

As always, great post Samuel. Glad to hear you like your new chimney. I hope you've the chance to catch up with Lord Hinchingbroke soon.

CGS   Link to this

House of Commons has spoken " find the king some money, no other business till King gets more monies".

Publick Business.

RESOLVED, &c. That no new Business be entertained, until the publick Business of his Majesty's Supply be dispatched.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Conway to Ormond
Written from: London

Date: 13 November 1666

Continues his account of proceedings in Parliament, - chiefly upon Irish affairs. ... Adds that the King will never give his assent to the Cattle Bill; ... that the writer is "a little scandalized" at Lord Arlington's course; ... and that Lord Ashley is trying, in a Committee of Privileges, "to have all the Irish nobility degraded from having any place in England, & is likewise designing to alter our 'Book of Rates' & to compel us to receive all foreign commodities out of England" ... If such proceedings go further, they will force Ireland "into the hands of the French or of the Dutch". ..

http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

Mary   Link to this

the new drinking glasses.

Interesting in view of Sam's comments about the Wights' substandard tableware.

Perhaps the old glasses were chipped? Or closer to Wooworths' standard than Stuart Crystal? Sam has had stocks of wine at home for a long time and I can't imagine that he has been drinking it out of pewter vessels all the while, so the household glassware must have been insufficient in quantity or not up to snuff in some other way.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... and there bought some drinking-glasses, a case of knives, and other things, against tomorrow, in expectation of my Lord Hinchingbroke’s coming to dine with me. "

Perhaps forgotten or not mentioned:

" ... my new bottles made, with my crest upon them, ..."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/10/23/

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... the bricklayers coming to mend the chimney in my dining-room for smoking, which they were upon almost till midnight, and have now made it very pretty, and do carry smoke exceeding well. ..."

Rumford's progenitors?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumford_fireplace#...

Robin Peters   Link to this

Did Rumford just document what the ordinary bricklayers had been doing for generations?

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