Wednesday 31 March 1669

Up, and by water to Sir W. Coventry’s, there to talk with him about business of the Navy, and received from him direction what to advise the Duke of York at this time, which was, to submit and give way to the King’s naming a man or two, that the people about him have a mind should be brought into the Navy, and perhaps that may stop their fury in running further against the whole; and this, he believes, will do it. After much discourse with him, I walked out with him into St. James’s Park, where, being afeard to be seen with him, he having not leave yet to kiss the King’s hand, but notice taken, as I hear, of all that go to him, I did take the pretence of my attending the Tangier Committee, to take my leave, though to serve him I should, I think, stick at nothing. At the Committee, this morning, my Lord Middleton declares at last his being ready to go, as soon as ever money can be made ready to pay the garrison: and so I have orders to get money, but how soon I know not. Thence home, and there find Mr Sheres, for whom I find my moher of late to talk with mighty kindness; and particularly he hath shewn himself to be a poet, and that she do mightily value him for. He did not stay to dine with us, but we to dinner; and then, in the afternoon, my wife being very well dressed by her new maid, we abroad, to make a visit to Mrs. Pickering; but she abroad again, and so we never yet saw her. Thence to Dancre’s, and there, saw our pictures which are in doing; and I did choose a view of Rome instead of Hampton Court; and mightily pleased I shall be in them. Here were Sir Charles Cotterell and his son bespeaking something; both ingenious men. Thence my wife and I to the Park; and pretty store of company; and so home with great content the month, my mind in pretty good content for all things, but the designs on foot to bring alterations in the Office, which troubles me.

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Allen Appel   Link to this

It troubles me when it does not end, "So to bed." Sometimes I wonder if I'm not a little too involved with S. Pepys.

Jenny   Link to this

@ Allen

I think we are all a "little too involved with S Pepys". I'm dreading the end of the diary.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

being afeard to be seen with him, he having not leave yet to kiss the King’s hand, but notice taken, as I hear, of all that go to him, I did take the pretence of my attending the Tangier Committee, to take my leave, though to serve him I should, I think, stick at nothing.

Sam is torn between fear of the King's displeasure and admiration for Coventry.

DiPhi   Link to this

Yes, the turn of the calendar's page to April makes my heart heavy as the end approaches. What a great ride it's been, with all you guys as well as Sam and Elizabeth!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to Dancre’s, and there, saw our pictures which are in doing; and I did choose a view of Rome instead of Hampton Court"

See 22 January this year: "I met with Mr. Dancre, the famous landscape painter..., and he took measure of my panels in my dining-room, where, in the four, I intend to have the four houses of the King, White Hall, Hampton Court, Greenwich, and Windsor." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/01/22/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Ah, Mr. Sheres. Let us hope Sam has at least one good fit of jealousy over Bess' poetical engineer...Lord knows the girl deserves a little payback.

"'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day...Thou are more fair and more temperate'...Bess?"

"Oh, Mr. Sheres writes so elegantly."

"Oh, brother...Bess, that's Shakespeare."

"Yes...Who cares?"

"Fine then...'Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom'..."

"That's nice, Sam'l...Anyway next Mr. Sheres writes..."

Mary   Link to this

"Thou art more lovely and more temperate" is the line; "fair" doesn't scan. Also "impediment" (singular) is the correct reading.

Pedantic? Yes, but these misquotations are badly out of tune.

AnnieC   Link to this

Thank you, Mary. I don't know why pedantry has such a bad name. Without it, scholarship would be all over the place.

languagehat   Link to this

Hear, hear!

Australian Susan   Link to this

I think RG may have misquoted the first sonnet extraction on purpose to show that Sheres can't even get his stolen poetry right and that Bess doesn't notice as she is so flattered by the attention. But, yes it should be impediment in sonnet 116. And I echo LH's sentiment!

pepfie   Link to this

"... my Lord Middleton ..."
Mouse-over should link to John Middleton, not to Col. Thomas Middleton.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7228/#wi...

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