Wednesday 2 October 1667

Up, and very busy all the morning, upon my accounts of Tangier, to present to the Commissioners of the Treasury in the afternoon, and the like upon the accounts of the office. This morning come to me Mr. Gawden about business, with his gold chain about his neck, as being Sheriffe of the City this year. At noon to the Treasury Office again, and there dined and did business, and then by coach to the New Exchange, and there met my wife and girl, and took them to the King’s house to see “The Traytour,” which still I like as a very good play; and thence, round by the wall, home, having drunk at the Cock ale-house, as I of late have used to do, and so home and to my chamber to read, and so to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the like upon the accounts of the office"

L&M note, in addition to his Tangier business, "Pepys was arranging the transfer of Navy Office accounts from Carteret to Anglesey, and the payments of seamen's tickets."

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Ah, at last...A chance to do my favorite Randy Quade quote...

"But...Mr. Gawden, you can't do that. You're...The sheriff."

"I'm the what?!"

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"This morning come to me Mr. Gawden about business, with his gold chain about his neck, as being Sheriffe of the City this year."

There's something so charmingly innocent about this line...

Right up there with...

"He never stole more than was right."

"The senator's a good man, Bobby...He does as he's tole."

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Of course there's always the chance Gawden has had a dramatic change of heart, say like Chester A. Arthur when he became President and turned against patronage and corruption...After a political life in the Machine. Maybe he's come to tell Sam all "business" is off and he's here to clean up this here City of London.

Nah...

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