✹ About Friday 3 June 1664 Doug Quixote on 17 Oct 2023 • Link A confusing sentence? The key is here:"The hyphen in the L&M text is a 'double hyphen,' which indicates that it represents Pepys' text."Michael Robinson, 2007 entry). Noting that Pepys' shorthand omitted nearly all punctuation, what we have is the editors' best guesses. If you punctuate: ". . . so as I would not have the buying of an acre of land bought by the -- ;Duke of York and Mr. Coventry for aught I see being the only two that do anything like men." Insert the words "Tangiers Committee" where the double hyphen is, (and where Pepys left a gap) as MR suggests. A less likely alternative, doing the text less violence, is the possibility that "the" is actually meant to read "them" in the shorthand.