Monday 24 August 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning upon considerations on the Victualler’s contract, and then home to dinner, where my wife is upon hanging the long chamber where the girl lies, with the sad stuff that was in the best chamber, in order to the hanging that with tapestry. So to dinner, and then to the office again, where all the afternoon till night, we met to discourse upon the alterations which are propounded to be made in the draft of the victualler’s contract which we did lately make, and then we being up comes Mr. Child, Papillion and Littleton, his partners, to discourse upon the matter with me, which I did, and spent all the evening with them at the office, and so, they being gone, I to supper and talk with my wife, and so to bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

Wonder what the "Pepys tapestry" shows?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"all the afternoon till night, we met to discourse upon the alterations which are propounded to be made in the draft of the victualler’s contract which we did lately make"

L&M note some of the potential contractors objected to some of the terms first specified by the Navy Board in its draft contract (cited by number, of course) .

This hardly need be noted: such back-and-forth between a government agency and its suppliers is SOP in military contacting; lots of time spent on this.

Australian Susan   Link to this

"sad" here means muted or sober colours (muddy green for example), not that it was past its best. Stuff was a plain material. It seems Sam can now afford bright colours (more expensive to produce) and a tapestry - a more expensive type of wall hanging. More display of conspicuous consumption. Party coming up??

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