Monday 14 January 1666/67

Up, and to the office, where busy getting beforehand with my business as fast as I can. At noon home to dinner, and presently afterward at my office again. I understand my father is pretty well again, blessed be God! and would have my Br[other] John comedown to him for a little while. Busy till night, pleasing myself mightily to see what a deal of business goes off of a man’s hands when he stays by it, and then, at night, before it was late (yet much business done) home to supper, discourse with my wife, and to bed. Sir W. Batten tells me the Lords do agree at last with the Commons about the word “Nuisance” in the Irish Bill, and do desire a good correspondence between the two Houses; and that the King do intend to prorogue them the last of this month.

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cape henry   Link to this

"...pleasing myself mightily to see what a deal of business goes off of a man’s hands when he stays by it..." This line probably awakens pleasant memories in everyone reading the diary, of school right on up until the present. Who is not pleased and self congratulatory during such bursts of productivity, which usually involve a good deal of creativity and innovation.

CGS   Link to this

an RG moment
"...discourse with my wife,..."

Oh! fly on the wall or be it on the leg of Lamb , "wot" be said?

classicist   Link to this

Off topic: 'Empire of the Seas' on BBC 2--about the rise of the Royal Navy--had a lengthy section on Sam's reform of naval administration.

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