Saturday 17 October 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning sitting, and at noon home to dinner, and to the office all the afternoon, and then late home, and there with much pleasure getting Mr. Gibbs, that writes well, to write the name upon my new draught of “The Resolution;” and so set it up, and altered the situation of some of my pictures in my closet, to my extraordinary content, and at it with much pleasure till almost 12 at night. Mr. Moore and Seymour were with me this afternoon, who tell me that my Lord Sandwich was received mighty kindly by the King, and is in exceeding great esteem with him, and the rest about him; but I doubt it will be hard for him to please both the King and the Duke of York, which I shall be sorry for. Mr. Moore tells me the sad condition my Lord is in, in his estate and debts; and the way he now lives in, so high, and so many vain servants about him, that he must be ruined, if he do not take up, which, by the grace of God, I will put him upon, when I come to see him.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my new draught of “The Resolution”"

Recall 15 July: "Captain Deane come and spent the evening with me, to draw some finishing lines on his fine draught of “The Resolution,” the best ship, by all report, in the world" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/07/15/

Jesse   Link to this

"if he do not take up"

'To take up. To borrow upon credit or interest.' Courtesy of Dr. Johnson who credits Shakespeare.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Mr. Moore and Seymour were with me this afternoon, who tell me that my Lord Sandwich was received mighty kindly by the King"

L&M remind that Mr. Moore had taken care of Sandwich's affairs while he was absent and John Seymour had been with Sandwich in Madrid.

Aaron McDonald   Link to this

Poor Lord Sandwich.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Charlie has Sandwich on a pretty tight lease now...He can't turn to former disaffected Cromwellians easily having helped to hang so many at Restoration, he's been raised to a peerage that costs enormously to maintain at the "proper style" but lacks enough revenue so he's dependent on royal favor and pocketbook, and now he's been tarred with corruption serious enough to allow Charles to remove him from active naval command, his last power base, while being able to keep him under a severe sense of obligation. Nice job of political neutering.

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Heaven...

"Rather wish now I'd taken the CoA job and you'd got the title, cousin." Sandwich sighs.

"It did work out rather well for me, my Lord." Sam, contentedly.

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Don McCahill   Link to this

> Mr. Gibbs, that writes well, to write the name upon my new draught of “The Resolution;”

I other words, Gibbs is a bit of a Calligrapher, and since the Dynamo Lablemaker has yet to be invented ...

Dinah   Link to this

It is such a pleasure to read about Sam puttering about until midnight getting his house and art rearranged to his great satisfaction. Reading it three centuries later, we know exactly how good that feels.

Jenny   Link to this

I agree with you Dinah. I can just picture him holding his paintings to the wall, stepping back a bit, admiring them, moving them. Innocent pleasure.

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