Wednesday 13 July 1664

Up and to my office, at noon (after having at an alehouse hard by discoursed with one Mr. Tyler, a neighbour, and one Captain Sanders about the discovery of some pursers that have sold their provisions) I to my Lord Sandwich, thinking to have dined there, but they not dining at home, I with Captain Ferrers to Mr. Barwell the King’s Squire Sadler, where about this time twelvemonths I dined before at a good venison pasty. The like we had now, and very good company, Mr. Tresham and others.

Thence to White Hall to the Fishery, and there did little. So by water home, and there met Lanyon, &c., about Tangier matters, and so late to my office, and thence home and to bed.

Mr. Moore was with me late to desire me to come to my Lord Sandwich tomorrow morning, which I shall, but I wonder what my business is.

13 Annotations

First Reading

Australian Susan  •  Link

"very good company"
Sam deliberately seeks out people to eat with after yesterday's sad little solitary repast. Seems Ferrars was hanging about the Sandwich household for free food too.

Terry F  •  Link

And Ferrers is not where Elizabeth Pepys is AND to be et is venison pasty!

cape henry  •  Link

"...but I wonder what my business is." Often, when this happens, one suddenly finds out one is 'redundant'(as our British friends term it). Obviously Pepys isn't in for that, but he might be worried a bit about his money.

Alan  •  Link

Is it that a certain "class" went about daily looking for dinner? Or just now when Sam's wife is away?

Bradford  •  Link

In fiction that last line would seem a rather elementary grade of teaser, but befitting "Remembrance of Pasties Past." How did Ferrers just happen to pop up, one wonders? What was His Daily Round like?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Venison pasty, eh?...Lets see whether wind and pain return tomorrow.

"... which I shall, but I wonder what my business is."

Heh, heh...Namely that you be here whilst I be off to Brampton, Sandwich chuckles.

Seriously, I think it's reasonably safe to imagine money's the matter.

JWB  •  Link

venison pasty

"1634: this summer I remember it was in venison season (July
or August)..." Thomas Hobbes

Cumsalisgrano  •  Link

As Samuell was mewing and spewing,in '34 the ref from:
Thomas Hobbes venison 1634
A Brief Life of Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679
by John Aubrey…

Second Reading

Bridget Carrie Davis  •  Link

Up and to my office, at noon (after having at an alehouse hard by discoursed with one Mr. Tyler, a neighbour, and

At an alehouse hard by discourse...?

Tonyel  •  Link

" hard by" means nearby, or near the office. It's another nautical term that old sea dogs like Sam enjoy.

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

Re: ‘ . . at an alehouse hard by . . ‘

‘hard by, prep. and adv.
A. prep. In close proximity to; very near to . .
B. adv. In very close proximity; nearby. Formerly also: †close in time (obs.).
. . 1667 S. Pepys Diary 14 July (1974) VIII. 338 Then I carried them to see my Cosen Pepys's house..and then I walked them to the wood hard by.
Re: ‘ . . King’s Squire Sadler, 
. . ‘

‘squire, n. < Old French . .
. . 2. Applied to personages of ancient history or mythology regarded as holding a position or rank similar to that of the mediæval squire.
Frequently, esp. in or after Biblical use, with the literal sense ‘shield-bearer’ or ‘armour-bearer’. .

3.†a. squire of (or for) the body (or household)), an officer charged with personal attendance upon a sovereign, nobleman, or other high dignitary. Obs.

Compounds - attrib. and Comb.
a. Appositive, in early use chiefly in senses related to 3a, as squire beadle (see beadle n. 3), squire carver, squire fruiterer, squire priest, squire saddler; . .
1618 A. Munday Stow's Survey of London (new ed.) 184 M. Thomas Cure, Sadler, and Squire Sadler to Queene Elizabeth . . ' (OED)

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