Saturday 6 May 1665

Up, and all day at the office, but a little at dinner, and there late till past 12. So home to bed, pleased as I always am after I have rid a great deal of work, it being very satisfactory to me.

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Australian Susan  •  Link

I would love to know what Bess is getting up to with all these late nights at the office. Sam may be smug at work well done, but I bet she isn't.
OK, yes, I am subject to a lot of this and I don't have a Mercer to chat to. grumblegrumble.

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

Don't worry, Aussie Sue, she's got the staff to torture during these long, long evenings...

But seriously folks, I am struck by the universality of Sam's feelings here. Who hasn't felt satisfied by "being tired ... but it's a *good* tired" when they've gone to bed after a particularly productive day?

C.J.Darby  •  Link

Busy, busy, a few words from Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes several days ago have had their effect on Sam so its all dry diligence, for a while at least, with no socialising to oil the wheels of commerce. I hope he returns to his old habits soon.

cgs  •  Link

old habits die hard

cgs  •  Link

Varnish or some veneer [OED] [V-F]
[ad. OF. vernis (varnis), verniz (12th c.), = Prov. vernis, -nitz, Pg. verniz, It. vernice, Cat. barnis, Sp. barniz, of unknown origin. Cf. med.L. vernicium and vernix (bernix), med.
Gr. {beta}{epsilon}{rho}{nu}{giacu}{kappa}{eta}, mod.Gr. {beta}{epsilon}{rho}{nu}{giacu}{kappa}{iota}.

French is also the source of MHG. firnîs,
G. firnis(s, Du. vernis, Da. fernis, Sw. fernissa.]

1. a. Resinous matter dissolved in some liquid and used for spreading over a surface in order to give this a hard, shining, transparent coat, by which it is made more durable or ornamental.
In early use, dry resinous matter for making a solution of this kind.
1598 BARRET Theor. Warres 135 Aqua vitæ, liquid vernize, arsenike. 1633 HART Diet of Diseased I. xvii. 69 The oile of walnuts painters for vernice. 1638 JUNIUS Paint. Ancients 285 Apelles..did by an inimitable invention anoint his finished workes with..a thinne kinde of inke or vernish. .....

b. With a and pl. A special preparation of this nature.
Many varieties are enumerated in special works from Chambers' Cycl. Suppl. (1753) onwards.
{alpha} 1667 Phil. Trans. II. 417 How, in China and Japan, they make the Black-vernish. Ibid. 487 This Author mentions..their [sc. Chinese] Vernice, of which he sets down some Receipts both for the Red and Black. 1676 Ibid. XI. 714 An Oyl, of which the Persians make a Vernis.

............. c. A solution of this kind spread on a surface; the coating or surface so formed.
1643 Plain English 13 Posts whose varnish is..worne off. 1662 EVELYN Chalcogr. 9 Not much unlike to our Etching with points and Needles on the Vernish.

............... 2. fig. a. A specious gloss or outward show; a pretence.
1565 JEWEL Reply Harding (1611) 438 This of late yeeres was the Schoole-doctours Catholike meaning,..which now M. Harding and his Fellowes are faine for shame, to colour ouer with some finer Vernish.
1617 HIERON Wks. II. 362 God will not be dallyed with; this outward varnish cannot bleare His eyes.
1647 N. BACON Disc. Govt. Eng. I. xliv. (1739) 71 For the better varnish, the Duke would not be his own Judge.

3. a. A means of embellishment or adornment; a beautifying or improving quality or feature.

4. An external appearance or display of some quality without underlying reality. (Cf. VENEER n.)
1662 STILLINGFL. Orig. Sacræ II. ii. §8 He lived long enough to have..judgement to distinguish a meer outside and varnish, from what was solid and substantial.
[f. the vb.]

An act of varnishing; an application of varnish.
1601 HOLLAND Pliny II. 515 If you be desirous to keepe any yron-worke from rust, give it a vernish with cerusse, plastre, and tar, incorporat all together.

varnished, ppl. a.

1. Coated with varnish; {dag}painted.

1671 BOYLE Usef. Exp. Nat. Philos. II. v. 29, I am credibly inform'd, that the Art of making the like Varnish'd Wares, is now begun to be a Trade at Paris.

2. fig. a. Embellished; speciously tricked out.

1607 T. WALKINGTON Opt. Glass 129 A smug neate stile,..vernished phrases.

1662 HOPKINS Funeral Serm. (1685) 103 Nor easily cousened by varnisht and plausible error.

b. Simulated, pretended.
1607 SHAKES. Timon IV. ii. 36 To haue his pompe..But onely painted like his varnisht Friends.

[f. as prec.]

1. One who varnishes; spec. one who makes a business or trade of varnishing.
1598 FLORIO, Inuernicatore, a varnisher.

1669 PEPYS Diary 26 Apr., To Lilly's, the Varnisher, who is lately ......
veneering, vbl. n.
[Veneer ]4[Later form (cf. next) of FINEER v., ad. G. furni(e)ren, fourni(e)ren, ad. F. fournir FURNISH v. Cf. Da. finere, Sw. fanéra.]

[Later form of faneering, fineering (cf. FINEER v.), ad. G. furni(e)rung, fourni(e)rung: see prec. and cf. Da. finering, Sw. fanering.

The form faneering occurs in 1670 in Evelyn Sylva xxiv. 121, and in 1685 in Cotton Montaigne's Ess. (1711)

III. 247. Fineering is common in the 18th cent.]

CGS  •  Link

Yes Samuell is in his own orbit that sometimes bumps into Eliza's orbit like a comet, that be life for most, occasionally the gravity will hold a fellow star, but then another more powerful mass will pull an orbiting one into their own orbit leaving the other in space on their own choice.

the piece on Varnish belongs in yesterdays comments..

CGS  •  Link

Another view of a husband:
He be like the moon.
You only see one side of him,
his other side be watching the world.
Mother earth you only see him
when every thing be rosy and starry
then only when and if he decides to show all
that once every 28 days if you be starry eyed,
I wonder why,
other wise
you only get a slither of him waxing and waning.
Of course you may be lucky and see every blue day.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

The office is so close Bess can probably look out and see Sam's candle blazing. We know she spent at least one evening sitting by him there, it might well be she even makes such a routine practice of going over to stay with him our boy doesn't find it necessary to record it.

Pedro  •  Link

Sir William Penn’s Son writes again…

At my arrival at Harwich, (which was about one of the clock on the Sabath, and where I stayed till three), I took post for London, and was at London the next morning by almost daylight.. I hastened to Whitehall, where, not finding the King up, I presented myself to Lord Arlington and Colonel Ashburnham. At his Majesty’s knocking, he was informed there was an express from the Duke; at which, earnestly skipping out of his bed he came only in his gown and slippers; who when he saw me said “Oh its you, how is Sir William?” He asked how you did at three several times. He was glad to hear your message about Ka. After interrogating me above half an hour, he bid me now go about your business and mine to. As to the Duchess, he was pleased to ask several questions, and so dismissed me. I delivered all the letters given to me. My mother was to see Lady Lawson, and she was here. I pray God be with you, and be your armour in the day of controversy! May that power be your salvation, and for his name’s sake! And so will he wish and pray, that is, with all true veneration.

Honoured father,

your obedient son and servant,

William Penn.

(Memorials of Sir William Penn by his grandson Granville Penn)

cgs  •  Link

Ah! Ha! traveled by [ moon light ] night, that I never heard of before, the over night post.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

In young Will Penn's letter with its rather touching informality among the great another strong indication that we should take Sam's rants against Admiral Sir Will with a very strong grain of salt... Indeed, given the high favor Penn seems to be in, we might ask if perhaps the Admiral either treated our impetuous young Mr. Pepys with tremendous patience and kindness or Sam was a first-rate actor in concealing his hatreds...A little of both I imagine.

Bryan M  •  Link

"we should take Sam’s rants against Admiral Sir Will with a very strong grain of salt…"

Indeed, RG, and perhaps the same applies to Sir William B and his good lady. How else do we reconcile Sam's sometimes venomous remarks about them with the following from 21 February:

"I dined with Sir W. Batten and my Lady, they being now a’days very fond of me."

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