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Pauline   Link to this

Balty enters the diary on February 8:
"At home my wife's brother brought her a pretty black dog which I liked very well, and went away again."

Claire Tomalin notes in her biography of Pepys that this going away again without asking Sam for something was unusual.

Pauline   Link to this

L&M Companion states that his letters to Sam "perfectly reflect the man" in "their comic extravagance of language and feeling."

Richard Ollard wrote:
"If Balthasar St Michel had not existed. only Dickens could have invented him."

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

Known as my wife's brother or Her Brother, sums up the relationship.

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

How old be this brother in LAW, older or younger, only found two refs: one 18 mths younger, the other 1 yr older, his behaviour suggests younger?

jeannine   Link to this

Additional background information about Balty, including his much quoted and "famous" letter to Sam can be found in the article on Elizabeth at


Bill   Link to this

Pepys seems to have done well for his brother-in-law in later life, although, from the entries in the Diary, he does not appear to have had a high opinion of him. St. Michel was Muster Master at Deal in 1674, Storekeeper at Tangier in 1681, and Naval Commissioner at Deptford in 1685.
---Wheatley, 1899.

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