Friday 26 March 1669

Up, and with Middleton all the morning at the Docke, looking over the storehouses and Commissioner Pett’s house, in order to Captain Cox’s coming to live there in his stead, as Commissioner. But it is a mighty pretty house; and pretty to see how every thing is said to be out of repair for this new man, though 10l. would put it into as good condition in every thing as it ever was in, so free every body is of the King’s money. By and by to Mr. Wilson’s, and there drank, but did not see his wife, nor any woman in the yard, and so to dinner at the Hill-House; and after dinner, till eight at night, close, Middleton and I, examining the business of Mr. Pett, about selling a boat, and we find him a very knave; and some other quarrels of his, wherein, to justify himself, he hath made complaints of others. This being done, we to supper, and so to talk, Commissioner Middleton being mighty good company upon a journey, and so to bed, thinking how merry my people are at this time, putting Tom and Jane to bed, being to have been married this day, it being also my feast for my being cut of the stone, but how many years I do not remember, but I think it to be about ten or eleven.

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David Goldfarb   Link to this

A quick check of the entry for 26 March 1660 confirms that it is in fact eleven. (I wonder why Sam'l didn't think to do that himself.)

Terry Foreman   Link to this

1660 was a memorable year; his life began anew in several respects, as 'twere. Pepys never seems to look and see what he has written, but scanning notebooks even by date was rather a chore.

Mary   Link to this

"but did not see his wife, nor any woman in the yard"

Has Mr. Pepys's reputation gone before him?

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

"though 10l. would put it into as good condition in every thing as it ever was in, so free every body is of the King’s money."

Another example of Sam being an untypical civil servant, unwilling to waste money even though it's not his own.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Pepys has remarked before on the elegance of Pett's house as an example

"So to Mr. Pett’s, the shipwright, and there supped, where he did treat us very handsomely (and strange it is to see what neat houses all the officers of the King’s yards have)" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/14/

L&M note at that point how the officers of the yards used the King's workmen and materials to embellish their houses.

Hasn't Pepys his "own" more than once?
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john   Link to this

What would he consider acceptable improvement for only 10 l. -- a lick of paint here and there?

Australian Susan   Link to this

"...By and by to Mr. Wilson’s, and there drank, but did not see his wife, nor any woman in the yard,..."

Here we go again - "Dear Mr Wilson, A Word to the Wise........etc. yrs. W. Hewer "(keeping the peace between the Pepys!! We wish.

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