Tuesday 21 April 1668

Up, and at the office all the morning, at noon dined at home, and thence took Mrs. Turner out and carried her to the King’s house, and saw “The Indian Emperour;” and after that done, took Knepp out, and to Kensington; and there walked in the garden, and then supped, and mighty merry, there being also in the house Sir Philip Howard, and some company, and had a dear reckoning, but merry, and away, it being quite night, home, and dark, about 9 o’clock or more, and in my coming had the opportunity the first time in my life to be bold with Knepp …, and so left her at home, and so Mrs. Turner and I home to my letters and to bed. Here hear how Sir W. Pen’s impeachment was read, and agreed to, in the House this day, and ordered to be engrossed; and he suspended the House —[From sitting as a member pending the impeachment.-B.]— Harman set at liberty; and Brouncker put out of the House, and a writ for a new election, and an impeachment ordered to be brought in against him, he being fled!1

  1. Sir Charles Berkeley, jun. was chosen in his room. In the sea- fight off Southwold Bay on June 3rd, 1665, the English triumphed over the Dutch, but the very considerable victory was not followed up. During the night, while the Duke of York slept, Henry Brouncker, his groom of the bedchamber, ordered the lieutenant to shorten sail, by which means the progress of the whole fleet was retarded, the Duke of York’s being the leading ship. The duke affirmed that he first heard of Brouncker’s unjustifiable action in July, and yet he kept the culprit in his service for nearly two years after the offence had come to his knowledge. After Brouncker had been dismissed from the duke’s service, the House of Commons ejected him. The whole matter is one of the unsolved difficulties of history. See Lister’s “Life of Clarendon,” ii., 334 335

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

The above ellipsis hides Pepys's embarking on a triumph he's long wished for....

"...and in my coming had the opportunity, the first time in my life, to be bold with Knepp by putting my hand abaxo de her coats and tocar su thighs and venter -- and a little of the other thing, ella but a little opposing me; su skin very douce and I mightily pleased with with this; and so left her at home, and so Mrs. Turner and I home to my letters and to bed."

L&M text.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Knepp, poised right on that social boundary...Sam nervously considering...Does he cross that Rubicon or no.

Though of course there's always the forbidding figure of Mr. Knepp, surly horse trader...Not a compliant Will Bagwell, ready to swallow any humiliation to further his career and, to be fair save his family from starvation.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Sam's boldness in a coach with others in it continues to astound me. Must have been mighty dark!

(Phil, you'll want to change the link above to Henry Brouncker, not William.)

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Sir W. Pen’s impeachment was read, and agreed to, in the House this day; and he suspended the House [,] Harman set at liberty; and Brouncker put out of the House"

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

Grey's Debates
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

House Journal

"The Articles of Impeachment [for breaking bulk and embezzling] were again read.

"The first Article of Impeachment was read the Second time; and the Words "the Earl of Sandwich," upon the Question, omitted; and the Words "with several Persons" inserted; and the Words "the said Sir Wm. Penn" inserted, was, upon the Question, agreed."

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

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Oh, the shark bites with his teeth, dear...
And he keeps them...Pearly white...
Now Sam Pepys has got his (mix of French and Spanish) hand in...But he keeps it out of sight..."

Until tonight...Knepp, a bit perturbed...

"In the Parliament's...Turbid chambers...Men abruptly tumble down...
Is it corruption...Is it incompetence...Or a sign that Pepys' in town?

And the near fall of Sir Will Penn, dear...
One Knavel (ha, ha) officer, about to go...
In the gallery stands Samuel Pepys, love...
Isn't asked and...Does not know...

Oh, Betty Martin, Elizabeth Burroughs, Betty Mitchell, and dear, dear Knepp...
Oh, line those Betties on the right, dear...Now
ole Bessie's out of..."

"Look out ole Bessie is back." grim voice at coach door.

"Mrs. Pepys." Knepp, brightly.

john   Link to this

"ella but a little opposing me"

Difficult to tell whether this is self-serving justification or actual intent on the other side.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Even the play is on theme -- conquests both amatory and political.

Clement   Link to this

"Difficult to tell whether this is self-serving justification or actual intent on the other side."

I often wonder that too, and assume that there is quick calculation done on the target's part, wondering "What can this man actually do for me, and how should I play his advances?"

Does Knepp go home and ask her husband if he wants a job on a ship? It's also a wonder that Sam doesn't seem to fear blackmail.

Sam's motives seem transparently prurient, but I don't assume that from his "tocar-ees".

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