Tuesday 31 March 1663

[continued from yesterday. P.G.] …and to that purpose I lay long talking with my wife about my father’s coming, which I expect to-day, coming up with the horses brought up for my Lord. Up and to my office, where doing business all the morning, and at Sir W. Batten’s, whither Mr. Gauden and many others came to us about business. Then home to dinner, where W. Joyce came, and he still a talking impertinent fellow. So to the office again, and hearing by and by that Madam Clerke, Pierce, and others were come to see my wife I stepped in and staid a little with them, and so to the office again, where late, and so home to supper and to bed.

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First Reading

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"W. Joyce came,and he still a talking impertinent fellow........Pierce...and I staid a little with them"
Ahh La Belle Pierce!!!!

Australian Susan  •  Link

"talking impertinent fellow" - we can't choose our relatives, can we? And this one is getting a free dinner in the Pepys household as well as irritating the socks off Sam.

But we can choose our friends - Sam v. keen to wait upon alluring ladies, but sticking to his concepts of duty and so back to the office again after only "a little while".

Australian Susan  •  Link

"Two minds with but a single purpose" and posting at the same time!

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Yes? And just what did you 'forget' this time, darling?" This being the fourth trip, Bess is understandably a bit put out.

Hmmn? Sam pulls his eyes away from Mrs. Pierce's...Face, interrupting his long-winded answer (the better to lengthily observe her...Face) to stare at Bess blankly.

"Forget? Oh, yes. Right, right. My...Ummn...My new slide rule, yes. Can't go about this afternoon's business without it."

"Will Hewer took it to the office with him this morning. I helped him find it." Bess notes coldly.

"Oh. Well, I mean my new slide rule, not the old one. Yes, a marvelous thing...Ummn, perhaps your guests would like me to demonstrate it? I'll just fetch it from my chamber."

"Mr. Pepys must be very busy these days to have so many things to forget." Mrs. Pierce notes to Bess.

dirk  •  Link

"my father’s coming, which I expect to-day, coming up with the horses brought up for my Lord"

Father Pepys getting a free ride...

TerryF  •  Link

"hearing by and by that Madam Clerke, Pierce, and others were come to see my wife"

Anybody else wonder how he heard all of this?

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Neigh, he be there with the feeding bags of oats and a few carrots, along with the clothe to rub down.

celtcahill  •  Link

“hearing by and by that Madam Clerke, Pierce, and others were come to see my wife”Anybody else wonder how he heard all of this?

Heh Heh, instructions to the lad, no doubt....

Ruben  •  Link

good you are back, escritura acuosa.

TerryF  •  Link

I will third that, O Magister Britanniae Histora Infune!

and can Latinize "Online" better than I

TerryF  •  Link

CORRECTION - Britanniae Historia Online

I am at the moment in LaLa Land myself.

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Addendum : Die Martis,XXXI [31] Martii, XV[15] Car. IIdi

To-day the House of C. took notice that walking on the wormwood covered floor be be very difficult for lady Palmer, as her ankles be awash, when showers in April from the leak in the Roof, and soon there be moonlit Hallway as there be decay. [bad for evading snooping Ladies in waiting, looking to earn some extra points]
To Day is advised that Samuel Pepys esquire can travel from Ware to Foulmere and on repaired roads, no longer falling in the Muddy vias of Watling street at Standon [ Puckeridge Roman Junction].
The King Desires the Boys of the Lower house and the Lordships Temperal & Spiritual to attend a Nice Soiree at the White Hall to convince one and all to go easy on Popery.
Clean Version. at

Second Reading

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

"... hearing by and by ..."
Remember that home and office are in the same building, so comings and goings are likely to be observed and, perhaps, attract comment.

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