Wednesday 15 April 1668

After playing a little upon my new little flageolet, that is so soft that pleases me mightily, betimes to my office, where most of the morning.
Then by coach, 1s.
and meeting Lord Brouncker, ‘light at the Exchange, and thence by water to White Hall, 1s.
and there to the Chapel, expecting wind musick and to the Harp-and-Ball, and drank all alone, 2d.
Back, and to the fiddling concert, and heard a practice mighty good of Grebus, and thence to Westminster Hall, where all cry out that the House will be severe with Pen; but do hope well concerning the buyers, that we shall have no difficulty, which God grant! Here met Creed, and, about noon, he and I, and Sir P. Neale to the Quaker’s, and there dined with a silly Executor of Bishop Juxon’s, and cozen Roger Pepys. Business of money goes on slowly in the House. Thence to White Hall by water, and there with the Duke of York a little, but stayed not, but saw him and his lady at his little pretty chapel, where I never was before: but silly devotion, God knows! Thence I left Creed, and to the King’s playhouse, into a corner of the 18d. box, and there saw “The Maid’s Tragedy,” a good play.
Coach, 1s.
play and oranges, 2s. 6d.
Creed come, dropping presently here, but he did not see me, and come to the same place, nor would I be seen by him. Thence to my Lord Crew’s, and there he come also after, and there with Sir T. Crew bemoaning my Lord’s folly in leaving his old interest, by which he hath now lost all. An ill discourse in the morning of my Lord’s being killed, but this evening Godolphin tells us here that my Lord is well.
Thence with Creed to the Cock ale-house, and there spent 6d.
and so by coach home, 2s. 6d.
and so 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.]

6 Annotations

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"all cry out that the House will be severe with Pen; but do hope well concerning the buyers" -- sc. of prize goods (L&M note).

Punishing the prostitute but not the "Johns" is apparently an old habit.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Today's entry's kinda musical......

Then by coach ____________ KA-CHING!
thence by water __________ KA-CHING!
Harp-and-Ball, and drank _ KA-CHING!
King’s playhouse _________ KA-CHING!

It's been that way every day in the Diary except when he was aboard ship, etc. Sometimes he tells us what he's paid for something, but too bad we don't have the account book for every day. ;-)

JWB   Link to this

Schoedinger's cat sat at the back...

"Creed come, dropping presently here, but he did not see me, and come to the same place, nor would I be seen by him."

Australian Susan   Link to this

The other day
Upon the stair
I met a man
Who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
I do so wish
He'd go away.

language hat   Link to this

I learned that rhyme as a kid with the ending "Gee, I wish/ He'd go away," so I googled to see if there was an identifiable original, and found this:

The things you learn! (Antigonish, by the way, is pronounced ant-i-go-NISH, main stress on the last syllable and lighter stress on the first.)

Ivan   Link to this

Mr Pepys does not want to be seen by Creed at the playhouse but quite content to go drinking with him in the evening. I wonder if they both managed to avoid mentioning the performance of The Maid's Tragedy they had both seen, but apparently unaware of each other's presence. Oh to have been a fly on the wall of the Cock alehouse!

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