Tuesday 15 January 1666/67

Up, and to the office, where busy all the morning. Here my Lord Bruncker would have made me promise to go with him to a play this afternoon, where Knipp acts Mrs. Weaver’s great part in “The Indian Emperour,” and he says is coming on to be a great actor. But I am so fell to my business, that I, though against my inclination, will not go. At noon, dined with my wife and were pleasant, and then to the office, where I got Mrs. Burroughs ‘sola cum ego, and did toucher ses mamailles’ … She gone, I to my business and did much, and among other things to-night we were all mightily troubled how to prevent the sale of a great deal of hemp, and timber-deals, and other good goods to-morrow at the candle by the Prize Office, where it will be sold for little, and we shall be found to want the same goods and buy at extraordinary prices, and perhaps the very same goods now sold, which is a most horrid evil and a shame. At night home to supper and to bed with my mind mighty light to see the fruits of my diligence in having my business go off my hand so merrily.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

“… coming on to be a great actor. But I am so fell to my business, that I, though against my inclination, will not go. At noon dined with my wife ­ and were pleasant; and then to the office, where I got Mrs. Burroughs sola cum ego ­ and did tocar su mamelles so as to hazer me hazer. She gone, I to my business and did much;...."

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Anglesey to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 15 January 1667

Yesterday unexpectedly proved a fatal day to Ireland by the passing of the Bill against importation of their Cattle, when we were generally resolved to have cast it out, & had certainly done so, if we had been left free to our own judgment ... The Duke of York had that very morning expressed great resolution against it; and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who had two proxies, came purposely to ... oppose it; having been absent near three weeks by the freezing of the Thames ... But his Majesty met the Duke at my Lord Chancellor's, and ... as I understand, against my Lord Chancellor's mind, it was resolved the Lords must yield to the Commons ... A copy of the Bill as it passed, and of the Protest which the writer and many of the Lords entered, is sent herewith .
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Terry Foreman   Link to this

A News-Letter, addressed to Sir George Lane [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2840/ ]
Written from: [Whitehall]
Date: 15 January 1667

Returns have been ordered of all seamen resident in the several counties of England, with their names, ages, and respective places of abode.

H.M.S. 'The Adventure' [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2650/ ], commanded by Captain Foxley, recently engaged four French men of war, and three Flushing privateers. Captain Foxley has been highly complimented at Court.

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A. De Araujo   Link to this

"I got Mrs Burroughs sola cum ego and did tocar su mamelles so as to hazer me hazer"
Tentatively-I got Mrs Burroughs alone with me and did touch her nipples so as to make me come-.

CGS   Link to this

"...She gone..." Samuel "ego sum prodige vincerim"

CGS   Link to this

Samuell is not worried about the price of coal and French wine but the man in the street truly is , war has brought inflation and not monies for for the Navy.
Where have I heard that before.
House of Commons today

"That they conceive, the most effectual Means to bring down the excessive Prices of Coals to moderate Proportion, is for this House to make an humble Address unto his Majesty, That a convenient Convoy may be speedily provided to guard the Coal Ships to and from Newcastle; and to grant a Protection to Four able Seamen in each Ship of One hundred Ton, and to Six in a Ship of Two hundred, and to Eight in a Ship of Three hundred Ton, from being pressed in his Majesty's Service."

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"At night home to supper and to bed with my mind mighty light to see the fruits of my diligence in having my business go off my hand so merrily."

Heaven...

"OW!!!...Bess?!"

"Even now you're still smiling at that one."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Seamen for the coal convoys

Hence the census in the News-Letter to Sir George Lane.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

"and other good goods to-morrow at the candle by the Prize Office"
Candle auctions still crop up occasionally - here in Somerset UK there is a candle auction annually for the use of several pieces of pasture on the Mendip hills. Great excitement one year when a faulty wick on one candle went out immediately after the first bid!

Mr. Gunning   Link to this

I don't understand the logic of candle auctions. Why would anyone want to do that? Why not have a traditional auction? Surely that would get a better price?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Interesting play...Sympathetic to the Aztecs yet making Cortez a hero, (By bizarrely bringing Pizarro in as villain). Apparently it didn't immediately change many minds as to treatment of colonial natives...Though certainly English policy was becoming much less brutal, at least in spirit, over the next century, than that of Spain. And of course was certainly better toward native Americans in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries than the new US...Perhaps Dryden had an effect over time.

I see Wikipedia lists Knipp as Mary Knipp, or Knep, Knip, rather than Elizabeth in its discussion of her role as Alibech.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"bizarrely bringing Pizarro in as villain"

RG, it's not the Pizarro you are thinking of and I did until I read this:
"Hernán [Cortes] was the second cousin once removed of Francisco Pizarro, who later conquered the Inca Empire of modern-day Peru (not to be confused with another Francisco Pizarro who joined Cortés to conquer the Aztecs) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hernán_Cortés

CGS   Link to this

auction by candle [auction by Ebay]
"Why would anyone want to do that" many methods tried to get people to "coff up", this was but one.
Auction, gets the juices to run and then over pay as Ego flays Ego.

Willy   Link to this

Mr. G.

A paper here ( http://www.ww.uni-magdeburg.de/fwwdeka/femm/a20... ) contends that a candle auction provides the seller with a better price than a hard close auction ( where bidding ends at a specified time, as in an eBay auction).

As the author explains: "In Candle auctions, where the bidders face the threat that the next bid is the last bid, the bidders submit serious bids earlier in he auction process than in Hard Close auctions, where bidding is allowed until a known deadline. Early bids in Candle auctions allow the bidders to gather further information and submit higher bids. Hence, prices in Candle auctions are at least as high as in Hard Close auctions."

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