Monday 13 April 1668


Spent at Michel’s 6d.
in the Folly, 1s.
oysters, 1s.
coach to W. Coventry about Mrs. Pett 1s.
thence to Commissioners of Treasury, and so to Westminster Hall by water, 6d.
With G. Montagu and Roger Pepys, and spoke with Birch and Vaughan, all in trouble about the prize business. So to Lord Crew’s (calling for a low pipe by the way), where Creed and G. M. and G. C. come, 1s.
So with Creed to a play. Little laugh, 4s.
Thence towards the Park by coach, 2s. 6d.
Come home, met with order of Commissioners of Accounts, which put together with the rest vexed me, and so home to supper and to bed.

[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

"So with Creed to a play. Little Thief." (L&M)

The Night Walker, or The Little Thief is an early seventeenth-century stage play, a comedy written by John Fletcher and later revised by his younger contemporary James Shirley.

john   Link to this

Yet the last sentence is a full sentence. He must have been truly vexed.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

The Folly...Sounds like quite a place...And we get no description? Aw...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"So with Creed to a play...4s."
L&M note 4s was the price of a seat in the boxes.

Robert Gertz   Link to this



"You went...After you promised me you'd never go..."

"Oh...The Folly. Now, Bess...I made a lot of promises I only intended to keep while you were right in front of me."

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Besides...My exact words were...And I quote... 'You'll never hear of my going to the Folly.'"

"There's somewhere else you can yet still go to..."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"G. M."

I'm betting this is G. Montagu , who tomorrow will again be found in Pepys's company going to G. Carteret's.

andy   Link to this


interesting to see the rough notes and then to imagine what the entry might be like


"Betty - hazer con elle"


nix   Link to this

“1659 saw the first mention of the Twickenham Ferry, although ferrymen had already been operating in the area for many generations. Sometime before 1743 a ‘pirate’ ferry appears to have been started by Twickenham inhabitants. There is speculation that it operated to serve ‘The Folly’ — a floating hostelry of some kind. Several residents wrote to the Lord Mayor of the City of London:

”’…Complaining that there is lately fixed near the Shore of Twickenham on the River Thames a Vessell made like a Barge and called the Folly wherein divers loose and disorderly persons are frequently entertained who have behaved in a very indecent Manner and do frequently afront divers persons of Fashion and Distinction who often in an Evening Walk near that place, and desired so great a Nuisance might be removed,….’”

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Oh, now I'm truly vexed...Sam...The "Folly" sound more enthralling at each mention complete with gambling sharps, murderous thugs, and licentious women. Couldn't you have given us just a taste of her?

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