✹ About Tuesday 14 February 1659/60 Ensign Tom on 15 Feb 2023 • Link “Called out in the morning by Mr. Moore … “ This opening sentence leaves me with the mental image of Mr. Moore arriving at the Pepys’ residence early in the morning, knocking at the door, receiving no answer, and then feeling free to let himself in and halloo up the stairs to see if anyone was at home. One wonders where the servants were and why Mr. Moore had to announce himself in this fashion. Perhaps this explains why Elizabeth was in Sam’s “dressing-chamber”; she might have been helping him get dressed in the absence of the usual servants. Since Mr. Moore was Lord Sandwich’s “man of business” and Sam was enjoying the patronage of Lord Sandwich, Mr. Moore may have felt free to make himself at home at the Pepys’ as Sam was hardly in a position to object. In any case, unless I’m being overly analytical there seems to be something significant in the way Elizabeth quickly gets dressed as soon as she hears Mr. Moore’s voice and then runs downstairs “and challenged him for her valentine” before he and Sam could leave the house. This must be the same Mr. Moore whom Sam found at his home—presumably with Elizabeth—back on February 10th. Did Elizabeth find Mr. Moore attractive? Did they make plans on the 10th for him to be her valentine on the 14th? Or did Sam orchestrate this whole scene as a way of improving his standing with his patron by arranging for his comely young wife to ingratiate herself with Lord Sandwich’s representative by asking him to be her valentine?