Monday 29 June 1668

Called up by my Lady Peterborough’s servant about some business of hers, and so to the office. Thence by and by with Sir J. Minnes toward St. James’s, and I stop at Dr. Turberville’s, and there did receive a direction for some physic, and also a glass of something to drop into my eyes: who gives me hopes that I may do well. Thence to St. James’s, and thence to White Hall, where I find the Duke of York in the Council- chamber; where the Officers of the Navy were called in about Navy business, about calling in of more ships; the King of France having, as the Duke of York says, ordered his fleete to come in, notwithstanding what he had lately ordered for their staying abroad. Thence to the Chapel, it being St. Peter’s day, and did hear an anthem of Silas Taylor’s making; a dull, old-fashioned thing, of six and seven parts, that nobody could understand: and the Duke of York, when he come out, told me that he was a better store-keeper than anthem-maker, and that was bad enough, too. This morning Mr. May shewed me the King’s new buildings at White Hall, very fine; and among other things, his ceilings, and his houses of office. So home to dinner, and then with my wife to the King’s playhouse“The Mulberry Garden,” which she had not seen. So by coach to Islington, and round by Hackney home with much pleasure, and to supper and bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"What's this? 'Social change as theme in "The Mulberry Garden"' by Elisabeth St. Michel Pepys?"

"It's my commentary on the play...For the London Gazette...See I take the auction and destruction of the mulberry garden as a metaphor for the changes in our society...Not only the Civil War and Restoration, but the ending of feudal serfdom and..."

"'...Can be seen in the rise of certain prominent officials from the status of near servant to figures of authority...One such example being the current Clerk of the...' Bess?!"

"It's only true, Sam'l...You are a prime example of what I'm talking about here. You started as a servant to the Montagus, practically a serf despite your relation to the family, and now..."

"...'With the sound of the ax signifying the destruction not only of the mulberry garden but the Old Order...Emphasized by the implied death of the abandoned servant within the house...' we are giving an image of a changing England, for good or bad the author leaving it to us to..."

"I thought I wrapped it up rather well..." Bess beams.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I stop at Dr. Turberville’s, and there did receive a direction for some physic, and also a glass of something to drop into my eyes:"

Physic (a laxative) for better vision! There's a joke about cutting the nerve between the eyes and...Na, foggetit, it's unrepeatable here.

Jenny   Link to this

"So, Mr May, sir, this is the King's "throne room", ha ha"

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...and the Duke of York, when he come out, told me that he was a better store-keeper than anthem-maker, and that was bad enough, too." Wow, yet another joke by Jamie...The Duke is on a roll. If only Parliament had known what a card he really was on certain occasions...

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