Friday 15 June 1660

All the morning at the Commissioners of the Navy about getting out my bill for 50l. for the last quarter, which I got done with a great deal of ease, which is not common.

After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drunk, and so by water to W. Symons, where D. Scobell with his wife, a pretty and rich woman. Mrs. Symons, a very fine woman, very merry after dinner with marrying of Luellin and D. Scobell’s kinswoman that was there. Then to my Lord who told me how the King has given him the place of the great Wardrobe.

My Lord resolves to have Sarah again. I to my father’s, and then to see my uncle and aunt Fenner. So home and to bed.

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Paul Brewster  •  Link

L&M translate the phrase: "After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drunk"
as "After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drank" ... Sounds more likely. The result may have been the same but I'm not sure SP would have described it as such.

Paul Chapin  •  Link

Who is Sarah?
And does "My lord resolves to have Sarah again" mean what it sounds like?

vincent  •  Link

"and drunk" maybe meaning "and got drunk" : No wonder Bar tabs can be paid??? Now he can pay off all those "iou's" warrants etc. Thanks Paul
"My Lord resolves to have Sarah again"
This could mean a nice piece of scandal in the works: Long time!! at sea, and now with new titles and FUNDS to support the Ego:
Claire T in her Book, does mention that there is viper around, but I cannot find the name of this Distraction from work:

Mary  •  Link

The remark about Sarah

is not what Paul thinks it sounds like and I doubt Mountagu would have confided as much to Pepys even if it were. Sarah, according to L&M, was a former housekeeper who had been in trouble for misbehaviour (unspecified) in 1657 but who was, apparently being given a second chance.

helena murphy  •  Link

As well as being appointed master of the Wardrobe, the Earl of Sandwich becomes Vice-Admiral of the fleet, and a member of The Privy Council which consists of Royalists and former Parliamentary leaders. This body of appointments involves lesser posts for him to disribute to those whom he favours .

Glyn  •  Link

Is he paying money to people on behalf of the Commissioners of the Navy; or is he getting money from them that's due to him? We know that the Navy is very short of cash, so his surprise at getting the money so easily is understandable.

"a very fine woman, very merry after dinner with marrying of Luellin" Not an actual wedding - a game between men and women that we've come across before.

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