Monday 21 September 1668

Up, and betimes Sir D. Gawden with me talking about the Victualling business, which is now under dispute for a new contract, or whether it shall be put into a Commission. He gone, comes Mr. Hill to talk with me about Lanyon’s business, and so being in haste I took him to the water with me, and so to White Hall, and there left him, and I to Sir W. Coventry, and shewed him my answer to the Duke of York’s great letter, which he likes well. We also discoursed about the Victualling business, which he thinks there is a design to put into a way of Commission, but do look upon all things to be managed with faction, and is grieved under it. So to St. James’s, and there the Duke of York did of his own accord come to me, and tell me that he had read, and do like of, my answers to the objections which he did give me the other day, about the Navy; and so did W. Coventry too, who told me that the Duke of York had shown him them: So to White Hall a little and the Chequer, and then by water home to dinner with my people, where Tong was also this day with me, whom I shall employ for a time, and so out again and by water to Somerset House, but when come thither I turned back and to Southwarke-Fair, very dirty, and there saw the puppet-show of Whittington, which was pretty to see; and how that idle thing do work upon people that see it, and even myself too! And thence to Jacob Hall’s dancing on the ropes, where I saw such action as I never saw before, and mightily worth seeing; and here took acquaintance with a fellow that carried me to a tavern, whither come the musick of this booth, and by and by Jacob Hall himself, with whom I had a mind to speak, to hear whether he had ever any mischief by falls in his time. He told me, “Yes, many; but never to the breaking of a limb:” he seems a mighty strong man. So giving them a bottle or two of wine, I away with Payne, the waterman. He, seeing me at the play, did get a link to light me, and so light me to the Beare, where Bland, my waterman, waited for me with gold and other things he kept for me, to the value of 40l. and more, which I had about me, for fear of my pockets being cut. So by link-light through the bridge, it being mighty dark, but still weather, and so home, where I find my draught of “The Resolution” come, finished, from Chatham; but will cost me, one way or other, about 12l. or 13l., in the board, frame, and garnishing, which is a little too much, but I will not be beholden to the King’s officers that do it. So to supper, and the boy to read to me, and so to bed. This day I met Mr. Moore in the New Exchange, and had much talk of my Lord’s concernments. This day also come out first the new five-pieces in gold, coined by the Guiny Company; and I did get two pieces of Mr. Holder.

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Glyn   Link to this

“He, seeing me at the play, did get a link to light me, and so light me to the Beare, where Bland, my waterman, waited for me”.

If it’s after 9 o’clock then the gates on London Bridge will have been closed, so Pepys would have to get a boat to take him across the Thames, but it might be earlier and he was going to use the boat anyway. It is interesting that he can now afford to keep a boatman waiting for him rather than just hire one. But I don’t understand why he didn’t go home first or get the money put somewhere safe as soon as possible.

By the way, this is the Bear at the south side of London Bridge, then owned by Abraham Browne whose very pretty and much younger wife had killed herself earlier in the year (see annotations and the entries for 8 March 1666 and 24 February 1668). The annotations about the Beare are well worth reading.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1283/#di...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my draught of “The Resolution” come, finished, from Chatham"

Ordered 15 July: "Captain Deane come and spent the evening with me, to draw some finishing lines on his fine draught of “The Resolution,...." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/07/15/

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

Hard to miss the comedy here. Sam shows his answers to the "Duke of York's great letter" (which he, Sam, wrote) to Coventry for his approbation. Then the Duke praises Sam's answer to the letter, and Coventry chimes in. Then Sam goes to see a puppet show.

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