Monday 20 January 1667/68

Up, and all the morning at the office very busy, and at noon by coach to Westminster, to the ‘Chequer, about a warrant for Tangier money. In my way both coming and going I did stop at Drumbleby’s, the pipe- maker, there to advise about the making of a flageolet to go low and soft; and he do shew me a way which do do, and also a fashion of having two pipes of the same note fastened together, so as I can play on one, and then echo it upon the other, which is mighty pretty. So to my Lord Crew’s to dinner, where we hear all the good news of our making a league now with Holland against the French power coming over them, or us which is the first good act that hath been done a great while, and done secretly, and with great seeming wisdom; and is certainly good for us at this time, while we are in no condition to resist the French, if they should come over hither; and then a little time of peace will give us time to lay up something, which these Commissioners of the Treasury are doing; and the world do begin to see that they will do the King’s work for him, if he will let them. Here dined Mr. Case, the minister, who, Lord! do talk just as I remember he used to preach, and did tell a pretty story of a religious lady, Queen of Navarre; and my Lord also told a good story of Mr. Newman, the Minister in New England, who wrote the Concordance, of his foretelling his death and preaching a funeral sermon, and did at last bid the angels do their office, and died. It seems there is great presumption that there will be a Toleration granted: so that the Presbyterians do hold up their heads; but they will hardly trust the King or the Parliament what to yield them, though most of the sober party be for some kind of allowance to be given them. Thence and home, and then to the ‘Change in the evening, and there Mr. Cade told me how my Lord Gerard is likely to meet with trouble, the next sitting of Parliament, about [Carr] being set in the pillory; and I am glad of it; and it is mighty acceptable to the world to hear, that, among other reductions, the King do reduce his Guards, which do please mightily. So to my bookbinder’s with my boy, and there did stay late to see two or three things done that I had a mind to see done, and among others my Tangier papers of accounts, and so home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"a league now with Holland against the French power coming over them, or us "

L&M say ‘twas signed on the 13/23rd and within three days became http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Alliance_(1...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my Lord Gerard is likely to meet with trouble, the next sitting of Parliament, about [Carr] being set in the pillory"

See last 16 December: "And so to Westminster, where I find the House mighty busy upon a petition against my Lord Gerard, which lays heavy things to his charge, of his abusing the King in his Guards; and very hot the House is upon it. "
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1667/12/16/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...my Lord also told a good story of Mr. Newman, the Minister in New England, who wrote the Concordance, of his foretelling his death and preaching a funeral sermon, and did at last bid the angels do their office, and died."

We demand fair and proper return for our labors in New England. Nice to know the Almighty respects that.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...the good news of our making a league now with Holland against the French power coming over them..."

Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. Oceania has always been in alliance with Eurasia and at war with Eastasia.

Carl in Boston   Link to this

That Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia featured in George Orwell's 1984 has not passed unnoticed.

Phoenix   Link to this

"So to my bookbinder’s with my boy, and there did stay late to see two or three things done that I had a mind to see done ..."

Would this "boy" be at hand throughout the day, ready to run forward with a note or inquiry, pick up parcels, courier documents etc.? Is he the boy of Sam's house or office or both?

JWB   Link to this

'the Concordance'
The Presbyterian who will write 'the Commentary', Matthew Henry, is @ this diary time 5 or 6 years old, living in Shropshire with his Presbyterian minister father who lost his living under Act of Uniformity.

Mary   Link to this

"the boy"

He was part of the Pepys household and would certainly have been expected to run errands, take messages etc. whenever Sam required such service. He would also have been appropriately clothed so as to enhance the respect that his master was accorded by the world and would accompany him on his daily rounds - though presumably not on those occasions when Sam was in pursuit of Mrs. Bagwell or any of his other doxies. No doubt he spent much of his time kicking his heels outside offices and other meeting places whilst he waited for Sam either to reappear or to send him about a piece of business.

Sam has had several boys by 1667. This one seems to be doing quite well as we haven't heard of him being beaten lately.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the Commentary" by Matthew Henry, whose influence extends to the present day

"Matthew Henry's well-known six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–1710) or Complete Commentary, originally published in 1706, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible.[3] covering the whole of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament....

"Henry's commentaries are primarily exegetical, dealing with the scripture text as presented, with his prime intention being explanation, for practical and devotional purposes. While not being a work of textual research..., Henry's Exposition is seen to quietly give the result of an accurate critical knowledge of the original fully up to the best critics of his time, and excels at practical application,[5][6] displaying good sense, discrimination, high moral tone and simple piety, combined with the well-sustained flow of its English style, and was long celebrated as the best of English commentaries for devotional purposes, while still seeing wide use today." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Henry#Works

The unadbridged Commentary online http://www.ccel.org/ccel/henry/mhc.i.html

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Spoiler ahoy!...

The boy, Tom Edwards, apparently was not only talented enough to generally please Sam, but to win the heart of our dear Jane...

Australian Susan   Link to this

Pictures of flageolots, including a double one (last image) which may be something like Sam is describing in this diary entry, though probably more complex.

http://www.flageolets.com/images/

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