Tuesday 14 April 1668

(Tuesday). Up betimes by water to the Temple. In the way read the Narrative about prizes; and so to Lord Crew’s bedside, and then to Westminster, where I hear Pen is, and sent for by messenger last night. Thence to Commissioners of Accounts and there examined, and so back to Westminster Hall, where all the talk of committing all to the Tower, and Creed and I to the Quaker’s, dined together. Thence to the House, where rose about four o’clock; and, with much ado, Pen got to Thursday to bring in his answer; so my Lord escapes to-day. Thence with Godage and G. Montagu to G. Carteret’s, and there sat their dinner-time: and hear myself, by many Parliament-men, mightily commended. Thence to a play, “Love’s Cruelty,” and so to my Lord Crew’s, who glad of this day’s time got, and so home, and there office, and then home to supper and to bed, my eyes being the better upon leaving drinking at night.

Water,1s.
Porter,6d.
Water,6d.
Dinner,3s. 6d.
Play part,2s.
Oranges,1s.
Home coach,1s. 6d.

[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

"to Westminster, where I hear Pen is, and sent for by messenger last night."

Grey's Debates - Tuesday, April 14.

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[A second narrative was brought in by Sir Thomas Lee, from the Commissioners of Accounts, and the matter relating to Sir William Penn, as to the embezzling of Prize Goods, was debated.]

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...my eyes being the better upon leaving drinking at night."

Bess gone and Sam spends the week so foxed he can't keep up the Diary? But perhaps as he picks himself up off the floor of the "Folly", escorted out by two grim-looking thugs having exhausted his penny purse (this is after all our Sam...He'll lose his head but not his fortune) it could lead to another major literary work, "The Lost Week"?

Oh, I know...C'mon.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...so back to Westminster Hall, where all the talk of committing all to the Tower..."

Whoa...Enough to make a man turn to drink and (the) Folly all week.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Play part,__________2s."

L&M note Pepys apparently went to the theatre after the first act and paid half-price for a seat in the boxes.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Arlington to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 14 April 1668

Lord Ossory's letter of the 6th mentions the Lord Lieutenant's readiness to come away for England, "which I wish", says the present writer, "this may come time enough to prevent, at least for a few days; because complaints are reviving again very warmly in the House of Commons; and that the session, according to his Majesty's message, must have its period on Monday the 4th of May - which is not like to be changed". ...

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

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Oranges,_______1s." L&M note usually 6d. each.

Jim   Link to this

Sam spent as much on oranges today as he spent at the "Folly" yesterday.
If I remember correctly there were "orange girls" selling oranges at the theater.
In fact Sam once said someone had dressed up as an "orange wench".
See http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/02/21/
Does anyone think that its odd that oranges would cost as much as the "Folly" ?

Margaret   Link to this

I find it interesting that he paid 1/6 for water. Does anyone know how this worked? Were water carriers walking the streets with especially good water from special sources?

These days a lot of people pay for bottled water when they could get the stuff out of the taps for free.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Margaret, I believe he is referring to transportation by water, i.e. a boat on the Thames, oared by a waterman for a fare.

JKM   Link to this

Yeah, I briefly thought "water" and "porter" were beverage items, then realized they are more likely to be services.

Margaret   Link to this

Okay, that makes a lot more sense. Thanks.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Yeah, I briefly thought “water” and “porter” were beverage items, then realized they are more likely to be services. "

The service-sector of the economy and Pepys's share of it grow apace. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_(economics)

"The seventeenth century saw major growth in the service sector of London's economy, in all areas from professional to personal." Nice discussion of the servant population's growth and distribution in certain London parishes as well: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/pip/pip.html#app

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