Wednesday 21 October 1668

Lay pretty long talking with content with my wife about our coach and things, and so to the office, where Sir D. Gawden was to do something in his accounts. At noon to dinner to Mr. Batelier’s, his mother coming this day a-housewarming to him, and several friends of his, to which he invited us. Here mighty merry, and his mother the same; I heretofore took her for a gentlewoman, and understanding. I rose from table before the rest, because under an obligation to go to my Lord Brouncker’s, where to meet several gentlemen of the Royal Society, to go and make a visit to the French Embassador Colbert, at Leicester House, he having endeavoured to make one or two to my Lord Brouncker, as our President, but he was not within, but I come too late, they being gone before: but I followed to Leicester House; but they are gone in and up before me; and so I away to the New Exchange, and there staid for my wife, and she come, we to Cow Lane, and there I shewed her the coach which I pitch on, and she is out of herself for joy almost. But the man not within, so did nothing more towards an agreement, but to Mr. Crow’s about a bed, to have his advice, and so home, and there had my wife to read to me, and so to supper and to bed. Memorandum: that from Crow’s, we went back to Charing Cross, and there left my people at their tailor’s, while I to my Lord Sandwich’s lodgings, who come to town the last night, and is come thither to lye: and met with him within: and among others my new cozen Creed, who looks mighty soberly; and he and I saluted one another with mighty gravity, till we come to a little more freedom of talk about it. But here I hear that Sir Gilbert Pickering is lately dead, about three days since, which makes some sorrow there, though not much, because of his being long expected to die, having been in a lethargy long. So waited on my Lord to Court, and there staid and saw the ladies awhile: and thence to my wife, and took them up; and so home, and to supper and bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Cozen Creed..."

"...he and I saluted one another with mighty gravity, till we come to a little more freedom of talk about it."

At which time we can expect to be throughly amused...

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"...out of herself for joy..." Yeah, I can see that...No more standing in the muck for hours trying to flag down a hackney, no longer begging favor of a ride from Penn or Minnes and their wives. And...The freedom of the road when Sam's busy at the office...

"Mrs. Pepys seems very pleased about the new coach, sir."

Hmmn? "Yes, Hewer...Perhaps a tad too pleased..."

"Life is a highway!...I plan to ride it!...All day long!!!"

Go, Bess, Go...

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘underˈstanding, adj.
1.a. Of persons (or animals): Possessed of understanding; having knowledge and judgement; intelligent. Very common in the 17th century.
. . 1613 G. Wither Abuses Stript ii. ii. sig. O5v, A selected Crew,‥the wisest, The vnderstandingst, yea and the precisest Of a whole Empire.
. . 1634 T. Herbert Relation Trav. 190 An Elephant (an vnderstanding beast).
1681 T. Otway Souldiers Fortune v. i. 67 Aristotle‥was an understanding Fellow.
1711 J. Addison Spectator No. 42. ¶6 The more understanding Part of the Audience immediately see through it and despise it.’ [OED]

Terry Foreman   Link to this

A coach, a Harley?

L&M note in 1665, Sir Edward Harley paid £38 foe the cheapest coach and harness he could find in London.

Pepys wrote yesterday he shopped for "a coach, and saw many; and did light on one for which I bid 50l., which do please me mightily" -- methinks not a Harley.

Jenny   Link to this

What a difference from the young man who had to borrow from the office to pay his rent. Well done, Sam, you've made it.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"several gentlemen of the Royal Society...go and make a visit to the French Embassador Colbert, at Leicester House, he having endeavoured to make one or two to my Lord Brouncker, as our President, but he was not within [when Colbert had come 'round for a courtesy call]"

"'Wednesday, 21st.—This afternoone the Lord Brounker, President of the Royall Society, together with severall members of that company appointed by the Society, mett at the president's lodgings, and thence went in a body, in the name of the company, to compliment the French ambassador in returne of the civility he had twice made to the company in goeing to visitt the president. They were received with great respects, and the ambassador has desired to be present one day in theire publicke assembly, which is granted him. " *The Bulstrode papers*: Volume I (1667-1675) By Sir Richard Bulstrode, p. 69. http://goo.gl/3D82E (L&M note)

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