Tuesday 4 May 1669

Up, and to the office, and then my wife being gone to see her mother at Deptford, I before the office sat went to the Excise Office, and thence being alone stepped into Duck Lane, and thence tried to have sent a porter to Deb.’s, but durst not trust him, and therefore having bought a book to satisfy the bookseller for my stay there, a 12d. book, Andronicus of Tom Fuller, I took coach, and at the end of Jewen Street next Red Cross Street I sent the coachman to her lodging, and understand she is gone for Greenwich to one Marys’s, a tanner’s, at which I, was glad, hoping to have opportunity to find her out; and so, in great fear of being seen, I to the office, and there all the morning, dined at home, and presently after dinner comes home my wife, who I believe is jealous of my spending the day, and I had very good fortune in being at home, for if Deb. had been to have been found it is forty to one but I had been abroad, God forgive me. So the afternoon at the office, and at night walked with my wife in the garden, and my Lord Brouncker with us, who is newly come to W. Pen’s lodgings; and by and by comes Mr. Hooke; and my Lord, and he, and I into my Lord’s lodgings, and there discoursed of many fine things in philosophy, to my great content, and so home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"bought a book to satisfy the bookseller for my stay there...Andronicus"

Its subtitle tells a tale: "Andronicus, Or, The Unfortunate Politician: Shewing, Sin; Slowly Punished, Right; Surely Rescued"

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

Its subtitle tells a tale:

Sam's purchase shows he knows he is in need of moral courage.

Anonymous   Link to this

" . . . bought a book to satisfy the bookseller for my stay there, a 12d. book, Andronicus of Tom Fuller . . ."

I could not find a listing for this book by Fuller in the "Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College". It may be there, but I doubt Sam bought the book for his collection.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

I've a feeling these few entries will cause our boy many bitter tears one day.

Jesse   Link to this

From the pathetic "hoping to have opportunity to find her out" to the sublime "discourse of many fine things in philosophy" - with Hooke and L. Brouncker no less.

martinb   Link to this

"Up, and to the office, and then my wife being gone to see her mother at Deptford..."

Most of the rest of the entry drearily predictable. For once.

phoenix   Link to this

It is Deb, Tom, Jane, Betty etc. It is never Elizabeth - curious. Anyone know why?

Australian Susan   Link to this

For someone so obviously intelligent, Sam can be a right idiot sometimes. But it is so amazing that he rights up this behaviour with such candour.

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