Sunday 29 September 1667

(Lord’s day). Up, and put off first my summer’s silk suit, and put on a cloth one. Then to church, and so home to dinner, my wife and I alone to a good dinner. All the afternoon talking in my chamber with my wife, about my keeping a coach the next year, and doing some things to my house, which will cost money — that is, furnish our best chamber with tapestry, and other rooms with pictures. In the evening read good books — my wife to me; and I did even my kitchen accounts. Then to supper, and so to bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"All the afternoon talking in my chamber with my wife, about my keeping a coach the next year, and doing some things to my house, which will cost money — that is, furnish our best chamber with tapestry, and other rooms with pictures."

Definitely time to go a prospectin' out at Brampton for that buried gold. I'm surprised it's not a constant obsession with Sam to go and get it back.

Things seem to have certainly settled down since the Medway panic and our boy clearly feels fairly secure now. I wonder if Pett is still locked up.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Lovely, quiet domestic day. No adverse comments on the sermon but also no comments on pretty women in church, no faults to find with the cooking of dinner, no irritating company, but obviously happy with Bess as no comments on *not* having company. And no ranting at Bess for poor book-keeping. And lots of plans for the future furbishment of the house! Ripples of contentment spread outwards. For the time being......

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"'member boys..." the old sailor addressed his beleaguered, half-starved, some still suffering from untreated wounds, mates, gathered round him. "We vows here to kill any of them Court types who's been profitin' from this miserable war. If we see 'em in new coaches and with new furnishin's we singles 'em out, guts 'em in the dark, takes back what belongs to the King's poor sailors, loots and burns their houses to ground!!"

"Aye!!!"

"Any you soldier boys from Tangier colony and what was pressed on to the ships wit' us. Are you joinin' us in taking revenge on any who starved you with poor vittles and no supply of beer and left you without powder?"

"Aye!!!!"

"Lets kills 'em all right now!!" cry...

"Now, boys..." the old sailor shook head. "Wants to be fair about this. Only the ones who shows they've profitted while fobbin' us off with tickets and the like. But to them wes be grim death."

"Aye!!!!"

NJM   Link to this

http://royalsociety.org/Event.aspx?ID=4294972928

Anyone in London next week may be interested in booking for this evening lecture at the Royal Society about Pepys and the scientific advancement of the Royal Navy in his day.

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Lovely, quiet domestic day. I agree with Australian Susan. I thought the same before I read Susan's note. This is a rare and wondrous event, a quiet scene of domestic bliss with Elizabeth agreeing with Sam to spend money on tapestries and fixing up the house. Most agreeable, most agreeable indeed.

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