Wednesday 12 August 1668

Up, and all the morning busy at my office. Thence to the Excise Office, and so to the Temple to take counsel about Major Nicholls’s business for the King. So to several places about business, and among others to Drumbleby’s about the mouths for my paper tubes, and so to the ‘Change and home. Met Captain Cocke, who tells me that he hears for certain the Duke of York will lose the authority of an Admiral, and be governed by a Committee: and all our Office changed; only they are in dispute whether I shall continue or no, which puts new thoughts in me, but I know not whether to be glad or sorry. Home to dinner, where Pelling dines with us, and brings some partridges, which is very good meat; and, after dinner, I, and wife, and Mercer, and Deb., to the Duke of York’s house, and saw “Mackbeth,” to our great content, and then home, where the women went to the making of my tubes, and I to the office, and then come Mrs. Turner and her husband to advise about their son, the Chaplain, who is turned out of his ship, a sorrow to them, which I am troubled for, and do give them the best advice I can, and so they gone we to bed.


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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Captain Cocke...tells me that he hears for certain the Duke of York will lose the authority of an Admiral, and be governed by a Committee:"

Captain Cocke may for certain have heard this, but it did not happen, L&M note, until the Test Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_Act#1673_Act forced his resignation in 1672.

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Katherine  •  Link

Please, what is a tube?

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Mary  •  Link

the making of my tubes.

According to "The Big Brown Eyes of Samuel Pepys" ( cited earlier in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology) these tubes were 3 inches in length with small orifices at the lower end. They worked by eliminating binocular vision and glare. At first they seemed to offer Pepys some relief and hope and they became his favoured visual aid for some time.

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Jenny  •  Link

Restructuring the office. Perennial issue.

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Bryan M  •  Link

"these tubes were 3 inches in length with small orifices at the lower end ... they became his favoured visual aid for some time"

Oh, to to be privy to the comments of Tom Hayter and the other Navy clerks down at the Dolphin over the coming weeks. Staff can be sooo cruel.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the making of my tubes"

These contraptions were supported by scientific testimony -- such as it was --: “An easy help for decayed sight,” *The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society*, No. 37” http://goo.gl/k1S72

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Of course, their support in a publication of the Royal Society -- who were known to try, with great solemnity, to weigh air! -- might very well have rendered the "spectacular tubes" even more risible in the office!

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Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

"and all our Office changed; only they are in dispute whether I shall continue or no, which puts new thoughts in me, but I know not whether to be glad or sorry."

As Jenny points out, reorgs are a perennial issue, as is the ambivalence of the "survivor" that Sam is feeling...

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Adrianne  •  Link

Hmm... the mouseover for Thomas Turner, right next to a mention of his son Thomas Jr., says "... they had one son, Moses." Wiped Tommy Jr. from history, did they?

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