Friday 18 September 1668

Up, and to St. James’s, and there took a turn or two in the Park; and then up to the Duke of York, and there had opportunity of delivering my answer to his late letter, which he did not read, but give to Mr. Wren, as looking on it as a thing I needed not have done, but only that I might not give occasion to the rest to suspect my communication with the Duke of York against them. So now I am at rest in that matter, and shall be more, when my copies are finished of their answers, which I am now taking with all speed. Thence to my several booksellers and elsewhere, about several errands, and so at noon home, and after dinner by coach to White Hall, and thither comes the Duke of York to us, and by and by met at the robe chamber upon our usual business, where the Duke of York I find somewhat sour, and particularly angry with Lord Anglesey for his not being there now, nor at other times so often as he should be with us. So to the King’s house, and saw a piece of “Henry the Fourth;” at the end of the play, thinking to have gone abroad with Knepp, but it was too late, and she to get her part against to-morrow, in “The Silent Woman,” and so I only set her at home, and away home myself, and there to read again and sup with Gibson, and so to bed.

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Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

The Duke's anger at Annesley (who was critical of Pepys in his letter on the Navy office) suggests how tense the politics of the Navy have become, and how big a chance James is taking in putting his money on Sam.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

True, Andrew. Interesting that someone who made such a bad king could be -- in this instance, anyway -- such a good judge of character.

Again, it's becoming more obvious why Sam stuck with James even when things fell apart for him.

Australian Susan   Link to this

This entry today gives us an insight, I think. of how Sam passed his post-Diary days when a widower - business, booksellers, the play, chasing women, dining and supping with colleagues. Not a bad single life really. Certainly no yearning for the quiet country life he occasionally extols.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the Duke of York['s]...late letter"

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/09/11/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

I wonder if it's not so much good judgment of character on Jamie's part as resolute loyalty, something he probably picked up during the military service he enjoyed so much during his and Charlie's exile. A man like Sam who's shown devoted loyalty during plague and fire and who's stepped up to offer assist during the Parliamentary investigations...And helped to save the office with an excellent speech...Has shown and earned James' loyalty. Unfortunately that resolute stance, excellent in an administrator supporting a worthy team, translated into other matters can prove disasterous for a political leader.

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