Wednesday 19 August 1668

Up betimes, and all day and afternoon without going out, busy upon my great letter to the Duke of York, which goes on to my content. W. Hewer and Gibson I employ with me in it. This week my people wash, over the water, and so I little company at home. In the evening, being busy above, a great cry I hear, and go down; and what should it be but Jane, in a fit of direct raving, which lasted half-an-hour. Beyond four or five of our strength to keep her down; and, when all come to all, a fit of jealousy about Tom, with whom she is in love. So at night, I, and my wife, and W. Hewer called them to us, and there I did examine all the thing, and them, in league. She in love, and he hath got her to promise him to marry, and he is now cold in it, so that I must rid my hands of them, which troubles me, and the more because my head is now busy upon other greater things. I am vexed also to be told by W. Hewer that he is summoned to the Commissioners of Accounts about receiving a present of 30l. from Mr. Mason, the timber merchant, though there be no harm in it, that will appear on his part, he having done them several lawful kindnesses and never demanded anything, as they themselves have this day declared to the Commissioners, they being forced up by the discovery of somebody that they in confidence had once told it to. So to supper vexed and my head full of care, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"This week my people wash, over the water "

Tenter ground in Lambeth on the 1746 Rocque map
http://www.motco.com/Map/81002/SeriesSearchPlat...

Pepys's household's doing this earlier prompted these annotes:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1667/08/13/#c30...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

19th August, 1668. I saw the magnificent entry of the French Ambassador Colbert
[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/12779/ ], received in the banqueting house. I had never seen a richer coach than that which he came in to Whitehall. Standing by his Majesty at dinner in the presence, there was of that rare fruit called the king-pine [ http://goo.gl/l1sS5 ], growing in Barbadoes and the West Indies, the first of them I had ever seen. His Majesty having cut it up, was pleased to give me a piece off his own plate to taste of; but, in my opinion, it falls short of those ravishing varieties of deliciousness described in Captain Ligon's history, and others; but possibly it might, or certainly was, much impaired in coming so far; it has yet a grateful acidity, but tastes more like the quince and melon than of any other fruit he mentions.

http://goo.gl/QCXn5

Terry Foreman   Link to this

King Charles II, receiving gift of a pineapple from the Royal Gardener, John Rose. Painting, 1675, attributed to Hendrick Danckerts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_Gardene...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

God, I love Jane Birch. What a great heart she has. Tom, you'll be a fool to pass this one up. Though one wonders if Sam's "boy" has been learning from the Master. (Master of ..., that is).

"But Jane...Fondling a pretty-looking maid in a carriage is expected behavior of all true gents. Why, Mr. P. never lets an opportunity..."

"Tom, lets move on!" Sam cuts in. "So, you say you're not sure about marriage..."

"I think I'm becoming less sure myself by the minute." Bess, glaring.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...so I little company at home..."

Suggesting he does still have some, in spite of the washing?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"I am vexed also to be told by W. Hewer that he is summoned to the Commissioners of Accounts about receiving a present of 30l. from Mr. Mason, the timber merchant, though there be no harm in it, that will appear on his part, he having done them several lawful kindnesses and never demanded anything, as they themselves have this day declared to the Commissioners, they being forced up by the discovery of somebody that they in confidence had once told it to."

"Yes, he did accept the gift, didn't he, Mr. Pepys?"

"Yes...But it was only a gift."

"A gift of 30Ls, Mr. Pepys...Doesn't that suggest to you they might expect a favorable attitude on your chief clerk's part?"

"Gentlemen..." indignant stare... "You are dealing with the office of the Clerk of the Acts and as such I can assure you that no such favorable attitude can be purchased for a mere 30Ls."

Mason and co, listening... "You heard him, make it 100Ls next time..." Mason sighs.

john   Link to this

"So at night, I, and my wife, and W. Hewer called them to us, and there I did examine all the thing, and them, in league."

Interesting bit of 17th century counseling.

Bryan M   Link to this

"there was of that rare fruit called the king-pine"

Recent scholarly research has revealed that, while Charles shared some of his exotic fruit with Evelyn, he kept the greater part to give to Lady Castlemaine as a expression of his undying love. Barbara was so overcome that she recorded the occasion in a ballad whose charm was said only to be equalled by the well-known 'Beauty Retire'.

Miraculously, a recording exists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h02oh5Ri4Y0

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