Wednesday 23 October 1661

To Whitehall, and there, to drink our morning, Sir W. Pen and I to a friend’s lodging of his (Col. Pr. Swell), and at noon he and I dined together alone at the Legg in King Street, and so by coach to Chelsy to my Lord Privy Seal’s about business of Sir William’s, in which we had a fair admittance to talk with my Lord, and had his answer, and so back to the Opera, and there I saw again “Love and Honour,” and a very good play it is. And thence home, calling by the way to see Sir Robert Slingsby, who continues ill, and so home.

This day all our office is invited against Tuesday next, my Lord Mayor’s day, to dinner with him at Guildhall. This evening Mr. Holliard came and sat with us, and gave us both directions to observe.

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First Reading

Josh  •  Link

Might simply avoiding oaths not to drink, patronize the Opera, &c., relieve Sam of the bother of remorse?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Hmmn...good ole "doc" Holliard back to see his best advertisement (see Sam Pepys and his wonderously gigantic stone, both still kickin' round at Seething Lane!). And "gave us both" directions to observe? Treating Beth's ulcers and reviewing Sam's history since the Great Cut? Or perhaps dispensing Mr. Holliard's Couples Guide to Successful Pregnancy?

JWB  •  Link

Holliard's visit
Hummmm, seems to lend credence to Dr Newman's conjecture noted a while back when Sam's "late bruise" first noted, and subtract from my maintaining that a bruise was a bruise.

Mary  •  Link

"Col. Pr. Swell"

L&M edition amends this to Collonell Treswell.

Glyn  •  Link

Is today Elizabeth's 21st birthday?

According to Jeannine Kerwin's biography of her elsewhere on this site, Elizabeth was born on 23 October 1640, and that date is recorded on her epitaph in St Olave's church

Katherine  •  Link

In that case, Glyn, happy birthday to Elizabeth. It doesn't sound like birthdays were celebrated back in the day, does it.

Second Reading

Annie B  •  Link

Maybe not, but Sam has been mentioning his birthday in his diary at least!

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