Tuesday 31 March 1668

Up pretty betimes and to the office, where we sat all the morning, and at noon I home to dinner, where uncle Thomas dined with me, as he do every quarter, and I paid him his pension; and also comes Mr. Hollier a little fuddled, and so did talk nothing but Latin, and laugh, that it was very good sport to see a sober man in such a humour, though he was not drunk to scandal. At dinner comes a summons for this office and the Victualler to attend a Committee of Parliament this afternoon, with Sir D. Gawden, which I accordingly did, with my papers relating to the sending of victuals to Sir John Harman’s fleete; and there, Sir R. Brookes in the chair, we did give them a full account, but, Lord! to see how full they are and immoveable in their jealousy that some means are used to keep Harman from coming home, for they have an implacable desire to know the bottom of the not improving the first victory, and would lay it upon Brouncker. Having given them good satisfaction I away thence, up and down, wanting a little to see whether I could get Mrs. Burroughes out, but elle being in the shop ego did speak con her much, she could not then go far, and so I took coach and away to Unthanke’s, and there took up my wife and Deb., and to the Park, where, being in a hackney, and they undressed, was ashamed to go into the tour, but went round the park, and so with pleasure home, where Mr. Pelling come and sat and talked late with us, and he being gone, I called Deb. to take pen, ink, and paper and write down what things come into my head for my wife to do in order to her going into the country, and the girl, writing not so well as she would do, cried, and her mistress construed it to be sullenness, and so away angry with her too, but going to bed she undressed me, and there I did give her good advice and baiser la, elle weeping still…

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

The beginnings of Samuel Pepys's affair with Deb Willett cut short by Wheatley

"...and the girl, writing not so well as she would do, cried, and her mistress construed it to be sullenness and so was angry, and I seemed angry with her too; but going to bed, she undressed me, and there I did give her good advice and beso la, ella weeping still; and yo did take her, the first time in my life, sobra mi genu and did poner mi mano sub her jupes and toca su thigh, which did hazer me great pleasure; and so did no more, but besando-la went to my bed.".

L&M text.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...there took up my wife and Deb., and to the Park, where, being in a hackney, and they undressed, was ashamed to go into the tour, but went round the park, and so with pleasure home..."

Sounds like Sam's ultimate fantasy...Except that Betty Mitchell wasn't there as well.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Ah, if only Mrs Burroughs had been available...But inevitable, I suppose.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Ormond to Captain Forster
Written from: Dublin
Date: 31 March 1668

The letter of 17th inst brought to the Duke reflections on the question of his passing into England. ... He will only put himself in a readiness for the voyage, but will not embark, until he conceives it needful, for vindication of his honour, or for preservation of his interest, from which my Lord of Meath's 'Articles' must not fright him. ...

http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/ca...

Jesse   Link to this

"and yo did take her, the first time in my life"

I know it's bad form to blame the victim but Deb might be sneaking a little revenge on the mistress and currying favor con el jefe.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Lord! to see how full they are and immoveable in their jealousy that some means are used to keep Harman from coming home, for they have an implacable desire to know the bottom of the not improving the first victory, and would lay it upon Brouncker."

JEALOUS: fearful,suspicious, mistrustful. Also Jealousy. (L&M Select Glossary)

Adam   Link to this

best I can translate - "I put her on my knee and put my hand up her skirt and touched her thigh which gave me great pleasure, and so did no more but kissed her and went to my bed"

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I paid him his pension"

L&M note this was an annuity of £20 payable under the will of his brother Robert Pepys. http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3384/

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"the not improving the first victory"

Sc. the Battle of Lowestoft, 3 January 1665.
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/8643/

language hat   Link to this

"Deb might be sneaking a little revenge on the mistress and currying favor con el jefe."

Since Deb had absolutely zero agency in the matter and was essentially forced to do whatever her boss wanted, such speculation is indeed bad form.

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