Thursday 19 October 1665

Up, and to my accounts again, and stated them very clear and fair, and at noon dined at my lodgings with Mr. Hater and W. Hewer at table with me, I being come to an agreement yesterday with my landlady for 6l. per month, for so many rooms for myself, them, and my wife and mayde, when she shall come, and to pay besides for my dyett. After dinner I did give them my accounts and letters to write against I went to the Duke of Albemarle’s this evening, which I did; and among other things, spoke to him for my wife’s brother, Balty, to be of his guard, which he kindly answered that he should. My business of the Victualling goes on as I would have it; and now my head is full how to make some profit of it to myself or people. To that end, when I came home, I wrote a letter to Mr. Coventry, offering myself to be the Surveyor Generall, and am apt to think he will assist me in it, but I do not set my heart much on it, though it would be a good helpe. So back to my office, and there till past one before I could get all these letters and papers copied out, which vexed me, but so sent them away without hopes of saving the post, and so to my lodging to bed.

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A. Hamilton  •  Link

Sam's taking care of business
(and working overtime):

The accounts, settling with the landlady, lunch (dinner) and assignments for his clerks, finding a job for Balty (good brother-in-law points for Sam), making his pitch to be Surveyor General, and paperwork "til past one" AM. More than a full day's work.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

" my head is full how to make some profit of it to myself or people." Sam does take care of his own...And in more than money, considering his assistance to poor Hayter.

dirk  •  Link

Evelyn's diary today:

I went to Gravesend, next day to Chattam, thence to Maidstone, in order to the march of 500 Prisoners to Leeds-Castle which I had hired of my Lord Culpeper, and... [cont'd 19 Oct.]

Don McCahill  •  Link

Any ideas about what "saving the post" means?

language hat  •  Link

"saving the post"

OED save 14. 'To take or embrace opportunely, so as not to lose' (J[ohnson]); to be in time for, manage to catch.
[...] 1802 CANNING in G. Rose Diaries I. 456, I have but a moment to save the post. [...] 1849 THACKERAY 12 June in Scribner's Mag. I. 409/2 The note must go this instant to save the post.

(This Pepys entry is a considerable antedate.)

Mary  •  Link

Don't miss the new Pepys Family Tree that Phil has kindly added to the site.

Don McCahill  •  Link

Thanks, LH.

By the OED entry, it seems that saving the post means catching the mailman before he leaves. Your citation (very helpful) seems to be to a related meaning that eventually develops, while Sam is using the literal meaning. Thus his statement is not really an antedate to that definition.

language hat  •  Link

I don't know what you mean. All of the quotes, Sam's and the OED citations, are literal and clearly refer to getting something into the mail in time for the postman to take it. (I submitted it to the OED and they thanked me for the antedate.)

FJA  •  Link

Any ideas on when might have been the last post of the day, or the first of the next, such that by finishing earlier SP might successfully have met the post?
Given that he had no hope of doing so, by what means would he have sent all these papers and letters out at 1:00 in the morning?
How regular and reliable was the post in plague-ridden England?

dirk  •  Link

Evelyn’s diary today:


(cont'd from the 17th)...and dined with Mr. Harlakingdon, a worthy Gent: of Maid-stone, being earnestly desired by the Learned Sir Roger Twisden & Deputy Lieutenants, to spare that town from quartering any of my sick flock: Here Sir Ed: Brett sent me some horses to bring up the rere, which returned that night to Rochester:

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"spoke to [ the Duke of Albemarle ] for my wife’s brother, Balty, to be of his guard, which he kindly answered that he should"

L&M: After serving for about a year in the guards Balty was appointed a muster-master in the navy.

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