Thursday 23 April 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning, and at noon comes Knepp and Mrs. Pierce, and her daughter, and one Mrs. Foster, and dined with me, and mighty merry, and after dinner carried them to the Tower, and shewed them all to be seen there, and, among other things, the Crown and Scepters and rich plate, which I myself never saw before, and indeed is noble, and I mightily pleased with it. Thence by water to the Temple, and there to the Cocke alehouse, and drank, and eat a lobster, and sang, and mighty merry. So, almost night, I carried Mrs. Pierce home, and then Knepp and I to the Temple again, and took boat, it being darkish, and to Fox Hall, it being now night, and a bonfire burning at Lambeth for the King’s coronation-day. And there she and I drank; … and so back, and led her home, it being now ten at night; and so got a link; and, walking towards home, just at my entrance into the ruines at St. Dunstan’s, I was met by two rogues with clubs, who come towards us. So I went back, and walked home quite round by the wall, and got well home, and to bed weary, but pleased at my day’s pleasure, but yet displeased at my expence, and time I lose.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M reveal what the above ellipsis hides:

"...And there she and I drank; and yo did tocar her corps all over and besar sans fin her, but did not offer algo mas; and so back, and led her home, it being now ten at night...."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

Ap: 23. 1668. The Expt. to shew that 2 mettalline bodys weigh more in Water where mixed than when weighed both together Apart was put off, the Beam of the Ballance not being well adiusted nor a set of weights acurately diuided ready which was orderd to be fitted against next meeting

(Dr. holder [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Holder ] about deafnesse for want of the tension of the Timpanum)

Dr. needhams [ http://munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk/Biography/Deta... ] letter Read conteining some obiections against mr Hooks deductions from the Expt. he formerly made of preserving animalls aliue by blowing into their Lungs aliue it was orderd to be Lent mr Hooke to consider it as also that Dr. Lower should be desired to make the expt. mentiond in the Sd Letter concerning the matter in debate & Dr. King to assist in it

(This Gaue occasion to Discourse of Respiration, wher mr D. Cox suggested that he thought it worth while to examine & separate the parts of air, to know what there may be in it that may make it soe necessary for Respiration & said he had done somewt in this particular)

minerall water from Milson in Wilts tinging galls) mr. Euelyn. shels from Brockly in kent found 50 foot deep)

http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/cell/Hooke/hooke_foli...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"This gave occasion to discourse of respiration; whereupon Mr. Daniel Coxe suggested, that it was proper to examine and separate the parts of the air, in order to know what there may be in it, that may make it so necessary for respiration. He being asked, whether himself had not done something in this particular, answered in the affirmative; and being desired to communicate it to the society, promised to do so, when he should have proceeded somewhat farther therein, and brought it to more maturity." http://is.gd/C3UCoB

It has been argued that phlogiston theory prevented the early recognition of oxygen and its roles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen#Phlogiston_...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...and, among other things, the Crown and Scepters and rich plate, which I myself never saw before, and indeed is noble, and I mightily pleased with it."

"Pepys, come back with that plate!!" Robinson giving chase.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"....and so back, and led her home, it being now ten at night; and so got a link; and, walking towards home, just at my entrance into the ruines at St. Dunstan’s, I was met by two rogues with clubs, who come towards us. So I went back, and walked home quite round by the wall, and got well home..."

"You hold them off, boy." Runs...

"Sir...?"

(Heck I was ready to believe he'd left Knepp there...But he did say he'd led her home first.)

"Well?"

"He run off, Mr. Knepp. Did our best, sir, but he tossed the linkboy at us and run off."

Christopher Squire   Link to this

A merry St George's Day indeed.

Salutary to be reminded that he was living next to acres of ruins, infested by thieves, vagabonds and robbers, some no doubt former honest working men thrown out of work by the Plague and the Fire. Not everyone was prospering as Our Hero was at this time.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Christopher, thanks for the reminder! Pity Pepys is distracted.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/6193/

Robin Peters   Link to this

A while ago he was a man proudly carrying a new sword. What has become of that?

Robin Peters   Link to this

Second thoughts- a wise man runs just as fast as a coward.

JWB   Link to this

Seems an all-togeather fitting & proper manner for Pepys to celebrate Chas.II's coronation day.

jeannine   Link to this

Second thoughts- a wise man runs just as fast as a coward.

As children, when speaking of the local bully, our version of a famous quote was "He who turns and runs away, lives to run another day......"

Good thing Sam left his mighty sword at home as it could easily have been used against him. He may be 'our hero' but he's never been one of those fighting types of guys.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

He's a lover, not a fighter.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Lively day in Commons

Habeas Corpus.

A BILL to prevent the Refusal of Writs of Habeas Corpus, was read the First time....

Ordered, That the Committee of Grievance do sit on Monday next.

Navy Debts.

A Bill on the Behalf of the Navy Creditors, was read the First time....

Administrators' Accounts.

An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, for settling the Accounts of Administrators, was read the First time.....

Money received for indigent Officers....

Irish Land Adventurers....

Encouraging Navigation.

A BILL, on the Behalf of Dr. Chamberlaine, to improve the Art of Navigation, was read the Second time....

Impeachment of Pett.

Resolved, &c. That the Articles against Peter Pett be ingrossed.

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

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Two rogues with clubs may mean curtains for our boy...Link boy, that is...And the rich bloke writing notes behind him while looking for the nearest exit route.

"Meow." Rogues, link boy, Pepys the note writer, look up a mound of rubble to see a woman in black cat outfit hissing from atop said mound.

"Bloody Hell! It's either the devil herself or the mysterious Catwoman of the Ruins!!" Rogue #1 cries.

"Don't hurt us lady...We're just former solid workingmen forced to a life of intimidation. We never hurt anyone...And our net take's never more than a few pounds a week!"

"Crime overpaid for sure. Scat." Drawling hiss...Rake of rather long, artificially enhanced claw. Rogues dispursing with howls of fear. As does link-boy...As does rich note-writing bloke...

Though...Sam halts after one block.

I know that hiss...Turning.

Nothing...Long gone.

No...It couldn't be...

***

Brampton...Next morning...

"What twas that damned racket last night at three am? Sounded like cats runnin' over the fence through the garden." John Sr. frowns at the table...

And where's the damned cream got to?

"Mrs. Pepys?" Deb, nudging...Hmmn...Bess blinks awake...

"Country hours too much for ye, daughter-in-law?" John, narrow-eyed look. Probably those wild nights at Hinchingbroke with Lady Sandwich. She couldn't have gotten in bofore midnight last night.

"Oh, not at all, father-in-law..."

"What's that on yer hand, girl?" John eyes strange contraption on Bess' left forefinger.

"What, father-in-law? Oh...Just...A tool Sam'l gave me...Ummn...For pulling books down..."

"Oddest thing...Looks like a giant claw..."

"Works very well, father-in-law."

"Pa!" Pall's voice...Slam of front door. "Did ye all see the giant cat last night prowling roundabouts? Mr. Jackson took after it he did, but couldn't find a trace...Just a giant paw print in the mud outside the house here."

Bess, pensive...Deb uncertain...

"Did ye not hear or see of it, sister Bess?" Pall takes seat. "Mr. Jackson says it was a great black thing...And fast...Oh..."

Damned right...To make it all the way and back in one night...Bess thinks, yawning...

Australian Susan   Link to this

Although always called "boys", the people carrying the links could be mature men (possibly fallen on hard times). So one does wonder if the rogues with clubs might be league with the link boys sometimes.

Jim   Link to this

"I was met by two rogues with clubs, who come towards us. So I went back . . ."

"Better a live donkey, than a dead lion" Sir Ernest Shackleton

In 1908, Shackleton almost made it the South Pole, but because he didn't have enough food to reach the Pole he turned back. When asked why he "went back" he gave the above quote.
I think Sam would have agreed with him.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

"Lively day in Commons"
No doubt they got wind of the imminent prorogation. Legislatures everywhere tend to defer taking decisive action until the last possible moment.

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