Sunday 12 April 1668

(Sunday). Dined at Brouncker’s, and saw the new book. Peace. Cutting away sails.

[The entries from April 10th to April 19th are transcribed from three leaves (six pages) of rough notes, which are inserted in the MS. The rough notes were made to serve for a sort of account book, but the amounts paid are often not registered in the fair copy when he came to transcribe his notes into the Diary.]

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Lines on a loose leaf this date prepared by Pepys for transfer to his accompt-book then stricken-through (per L&M):

spent at Chequer ________________ 0 - 0 - 6
Lord Br[ouncker's] coach from park __ 0 - 2 - 6
hackney _______________________ 0 - 1 - 0
W P[enn's] coach ________________ 0 - 2 - 0
spent at Swan Frank [Frances Udall] __ 0 - 0 - 6

NJM   Link to this

Am I correct in thinking that this period when there are "notes", rather than the usual journal entries, is a time when Elizabeth & Debs are out of town and in the countryside ?
If so perhaps Sam is too busy being a "man about town" (with female friends ?)to have time to do more than jot a few notes down in haste !

Don McCahill   Link to this

>If so perhaps Sam is too busy being a “man about town” (with female friends ?)to have time to do more than jot a few notes down in haste !

Unlikely. His rendezvous are generally front and center in the diary. I'm sure he would have added names to the notes if there were any.

This gap in the diary intrigues me. It would make an excellent Masters or Doctoral study for a grad student (if it has not been done already).

nix   Link to this

Note that one of today's expenditures was on Frances Udall, one of the bar maids at the Swan.

Australian Susan   Link to this

It looks as though, from the brief notes published by TF (for which much thanks!), that Sam had to tip Lord B's coachman when he rode with him. If this is so, it's an interesting bit of social insight. And cost more than the Hackney coach later.

Mary   Link to this

Such a tip would not be surprising. Didn't we earlier establish that it was accepted practice for a visitor to tip the doorman/gatekeeper when visiting the residence of someone of status?

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