Monday 22 June 1668

Up, and with Balty to St. James’s, and there presented him to Mr. Wren about his being Muster-Master this year, which will be done. So up to wait on the Duke of York, and thence, with W. Coventry, walked to White Hall good discourse about the Navy, where want of money undoes us. Thence to the Harp and Ball I to drink, and so to the Coffee-house in Covent Garden; but met with nobody but Sir Philip Howard, who shamed me before the whole house there, in commendation of my speech in Parliament, and thence I away home to dinner alone, my wife being at her tailor’s, and after dinner comes Creed, whom I hate, to speak with me, and before him comes Mrs. Daniel about business … She gone, Creed and I to the King’s playhouse, and saw an act or two of the new play [“Evening’s Love”] again, but like it not. Calling this day at Herringman’s, he tells me Dryden do himself call it but a fifth-rate play. Thence with him to my Lord Brouncker’s, where a Council of the Royall Society; and there heard Mr. Harry Howard’s noble offers about ground for our College, and his intentions of building his own house there most nobly. My business was to meet Mr. Boyle, which I did, and discoursed about my eyes; and he did give me the best advice he could, but refers me to one Turberville, of Salsbury, lately come to town, which I will go to. Thence home, where the streets full, at our end of the town, removing their wine against the Act begins, which will be two days hence, to raise the price. I did get my store in of Batelier this night. So home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

The ellipsis above suggests handy Pepys is on the prowl again; L&M confirm it:

"...and after dinner comes Creed, whom I hate, to speak with me, and before him comes Mrs. Daniel about business and yo did tocar su cosa with mi mano. She gone, Creed and I to the King's playhouse...."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

. "Thence [to] a Council of the Royall Society; and there heard Mr. Harry Howard's' [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/10586/ ] noble offers about ground for our College, and his intentions of building his own house there most nobly."

Records of the meeting in *The history of the Royal Society of London ...", Volume 2 By Thomas Birch http://goo.gl/hm1W7

(Howard's proposals were not carried out.)

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘muster-master, n.
a. An officer in charge of the muster roll of part of an army . . a person responsible for the accuracy of a muster roll.
1548 in Cal. State Papers: Domest. (1870) Add. 379 Instructions by the Lord Protector and Council for John Brende, muster master in the Northern parts.
. . 1622 F. Markham Five Decades Epist. of Warre iv. i. 122 Muster-Masters‥are very odious vnto Captaines; for in seruing of his Prince truly, and in mustering stricktly he wipeth much vndue profit from the Captaine.
. . 1667 S. Pepys Diary 18 Jan. (1974) VIII. 19 A letter from the Duke of York, commanding our payment of no wages to any of the muster-maisters of the fleet.

mustermastership n. Obs.
1665 S. Pepys Diary 12 Mar. (1972) VI. 54 We talked also of getting W. How to be put into the Muster-maistershipp in the room of Creed.’ [OED]

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Whenceforth this "hate", Sam? We knew you didn't like Creed and didn't trust him but loved his discourse and his sharp mind. Anything to do with Povy's prediction of "greatness" for Creed yesterday?

Jenny   Link to this

Imposition upon Retailers of Wines, Brandies, Spirits, and Strong Waters.

The Commons assembled in Parliament for the supply of your Majesties present Occasions have given and granted and by these Presents doe give and graunt unto your most excellent Majestie the Su[m]m of Three hundred and ten thousand pounds to be raised and levied upon the vending and retailing of Wines and other the Liquors hereafter mentioned in manner following and doe most humbly beseech your Majesty that it may be enacted and be it enacted by the Kings most excellent Majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and [of (fn. 1) ] the Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the authoritie of the same That all Vintners Taverners Wine Coopers Merchants or any other person or persons who do or shall utter or sell by way of Retaile any French Wines Spanish Wines or other Wines whatsoever between the four and twentieth day of June One thousand six hundred sixty eight and the four and twentieth day of June which shall be in the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred and seaventy And alsoe all and every the Strong water men Distillers and all and every other person and persons which do or shall utter or sell by way of Retail any imported Brandies or other Spirits and alsoe Strong waters [either or any of them & alsoe all Brandies or other Spirits and alsoe Strong waters (fn. 1) ] any or either of them made of Wine or Lees of Wine or any other Materials imported between the Four and twentieth day of June in the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred sixty eight and the Four and twentieth day of June which shall be in the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred and seventy shall yeild and pay unto your Majesty the Rates and Duties herein after following that is to say

Robin Peters   Link to this

"but met with nobody but Sir Philip Howard, who shamed me before the whole house there, in commendation of my speech in Parliament,"
Would this, in modern parlance read "who embarrassed me"?

Geoff Hallett   Link to this

I was in Cambridge on Tuesday and spent an hour, it is only open an hour morning and afternoon in Pepys library in Magdelene College. It gives a real feel of the time and events that we read about every day. The 3,000 books in the presses is an impressive sight. Every one beautifully bound and with gold embossing. Two diaries are on display, one opened at the final page. Interesting to see in the hundreds of panes of glass in the presses the small imperfections present in the glass manufacture of the time. Spoke at length with the keeper of the library and a very occasional annotator from Canada.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Calling this day at Herringman’s, he tells me Dryden do himself call it but a fifth-rate play."

Henry Herringman was Dryden’s publisher and apparently an honest man.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

To add to Jenny's helpful provision of the executive summary of the excise tax about to come into force, wherefore Pepys finds "the streets full, at our end of the town, removing their wine against the Act begins, which will be two days hence, to raise the price."

'Charles II, 1667 & 1668: An Act for raising Three hundred and ten thousand pounds by an Imposition on Wines and other Liquors.', Statutes of the Realm: volume 5: 1628-80 (1819), pp. 630-635. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

pepfie   Link to this

Tocando continuamente las cosas poco a poco el Señor Pepys me está tocando los cojones.

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