Sunday 21 July 1661

(Lord’s day). At home all the morning, putting my papers in order against my going to-morrow and doing many things else to that end. Had a good dinner, and Stankes and his wife with us. To my business again in the afternoon, and in the evening came the two Trices, Mr. Greene, and Mr. Philips, and so we began to argue. At last it came to some agreement that for our giving of my aunt 10l. she is to quit the house, and for other matters they are to be left to the law, which do please us all, and so we broke up, pretty well satisfyed.

Then came Mr. Barnwell and J. Bowles and supped with us, and after supper away, and so I having taken leave of them and put things in the best order I could against to-morrow I went to bed.

Old William Luffe having been here this afternoon and paid up his bond of 20l., and I did give him into his hand my uncle’s surrender of Sturtlow to me before Mr. Philips, R. Barnwell, and Mr. Pigott, which he did acknowledge to them my uncle did in his lifetime deliver to him.


22 Jul 2004, 2:04 a.m. - dirk

"for our giving of my aunt 10£ she is to quit the house” He’s simply buying her out! A sum worth slightly less than 1000£ in present day value seems rather low. Could it be that auntie is aware that she’s in a weak position judicially, and therefore willing to accept this not so favourable deal?

22 Jul 2004, 7:52 a.m. - Mary

Auntie's weak position? Perhaps it's the sons who appreciate the weakness of her position and see more to be gained in pursuing the matter of the £200 bond, entered into by Robert Pepys upon his marriage to Ann Trice. [We have seen already (annot. to 8-13 July)that son Jasper has had serious worries about his mother’s mental state for some years past]. Better to accept £10 as a goodwill payment on their mamma’s behalf and concentrate on the more promising judicial process regarding the bond.

22 Jul 2004, 3:41 p.m. - JWB

Trice Unusual nautical name that-Viking? Every morning aboard ship sailors trice up their racks so the sweepers can man their brooms, or they used to.

22 Jul 2004, 10:14 p.m. - A. De Araujo

"Trice" cf www.yourdictionary.com from middle english: trise: at one pull,from trisen: to hoist from middle dutch:trisen, from trise:pulley. I dont know;were those bloody vikings in Holland too?

23 Jul 2004, 12:04 a.m. - dirk

"were those bloody vikings in Holland too?" Yep! (And in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Constantinopel, Russia, ... and North America)

23 Jul 2004, 12:07 a.m. - Pedro.

"my aunt £10…. which do please us all, and so we broke up, pretty well satisfyed” Thomas Trice a lawyer and public notary, good job. Jasper lives in the family house in Brampton, roomy and taxed on 9 hearths. No problem where the aunt can live, in fact probably expected by the family on uncle Robert’s death. So everyone is satisfied with £10...a bever for Thomas, a bever for Jasper and 30 bob beer money for them in the Black Bull. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/06/27/

23 Jul 2004, 1:16 a.m. - dirk

Rev. Josselin's diary for today: July. 21. God good to us in many outward mercies, the harvest ripening(.) said a stop put to the eagerness of Episcopal men, lord send and continue peace and quietness in our habitation, men are slippery in their ways, the lord be good to us in his and fix our hearts upon him.

23 Jul 2004, 2:46 a.m. - vicente

Vikings and Guinness: the river Liffey the home to that ale and maker of the records was discovered by some characters from the Baltic region looking for labour to bring in the sommer crops, to help the wives left behind while the boys enjoyed the summer games: http://www.dublinuncovered.net/history.html one of many sites to review the corporate take overs of the 9th century style.

23 Jul 2004, 6:36 a.m. - Ruben

the only reason the Vikings are called "bloody" is bad publicity and the fact that their tribal institutions dissapeared. They were not more bloody than others in their time and their descendency and part of their culture is all around us.

23 Jul 2004, 7:32 a.m. - Mary

Vikings not bloody? But what about the Blood Eagle? No other group in Europe seems to have used quite such a ghastly form of ritualized vengeance on the enemy. Not surprising that this practice should gain more notoriety than the personal cleanliness that attracted numbers of the female vanquished. But this is getting seriously off-topic.

23 Jul 2004, 8:47 a.m. - Ruben

What about Viking man skins nailed to the Church doors?

23 Jul 2004, 11:42 a.m. - Mary

Viking skins Where analysed recently, have been shown to be not human skin at all, but of animal origin. Bang goes another legend.

24 Jul 2004, 3:10 a.m. - vicente

Legends are used to instill fear, or great deads of daring do.

24 Jul 2004, 1:28 p.m. - Todd Bernhardt

re: Bloody Vikings! Remember, there is another reason to call them bloody Vikings: http://web.archive.org/web/20040417090343/http://arago4.tn.utwente.nl/stonedead/tv-series/sketches/fc-25/spam-sketch.html [Link updated to archive.org version, 29 March 2015. P.G.]

21 Jul 2014, 8:42 a.m. - Sasha Clarkson

What is truly terrible about this, is that, without taking sides, the misundersanding/disagreement about the £200 bond must have poisoned decades of Robert and Anne's marriage: but in those days divorce would have been out of the question.