Tuesday 14 November 1665

Called up by break of day by Captain Cocke, by agreement, and he and I in his coach through Kent-streete (a sad place through the plague, people sitting sicke and with plaisters about them in the street begging) to Viner’s and Colvill’s about money business, and so to my house, and there I took 300l. in order to the carrying it down to my Lord Sandwich in part of the money I am to pay for Captain Cocke by our agreement. So I took it down, and down I went to Greenwich to my office, and there sat busy till noon, and so home to dinner, and thence to the office again, and by and by to the Duke of Albemarle’s by water late, where I find he had remembered that I had appointed to come to him this day about money, which I excused not doing sooner; but I see, a dull fellow, as he is, do sometimes remember what another thinks he mindeth not. My business was about getting money of the East India Company; but, Lord! to see how the Duke himself magnifies himself in what he had done with the Company; and my Lord Craven what the King could have done without my Lord Duke, and a deale of stir, but most mightily what a brave fellow I am. Back by water, it raining hard, and so to the office, and stopped my going, as I intended, to the buoy of the Nore, and great reason I had to rejoice at it, for it proved the night of as great a storme as was almost ever remembered. Late at the office, and so home to bed. This day, calling at Mr. Rawlinson’s to know how all did there, I hear that my pretty grocer’s wife, Mrs. Beversham, over the way there, her husband is lately dead of the plague at Bow, which I am sorry for, for fear of losing her neighbourhood.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"My business was about getting money of the East India Company"

See 23 October 1665: "They are getting themselves ready to deliver the goods all out to the East India Company, who are to have the goods in their possession and to advance two thirds of the moderate value thereof and sell them as well as they can" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/10/23/

Paul Chapin  •  Link

"for fear of losing her neighbourhood" = for fear of losing her as a neighbo(u)r

Terry Foreman  •  Link



Of Plaisters

1. The Greeks made their plaisters of divers simples, and put metals into the most of them, if not all; for having reduced their metals into powder, they mixed them with that fatty substance whereof the rest of the plaister consisted, whilst it was thus hot, continually stirring it up and down, lest it should sink to the bottom; so they continually stirred it till it was stiff; then they made it up in rolls, which when they needed for use, they could melt by the fire again.

2. The Arabians made up theirs with oil and fat, which needed not so long boiling.

3. The Greeks emplaisters consisted of these ingredients, metals, stones, divers sorts of earth, feces, juices, liquors, seeds, roots, herbs, excrements of creatures, wax, rosin, gums. http://www.bibliomania.com/2/1/66/113/21261/1/f...


Nix  •  Link

"a dull fellow, as he is" --

I don't recall Samuel being this negative about Monck in the past. Disillusion setting in?

JonTom in Cambridge  •  Link

"... and a deale of stir, but most mightily what a brave fellow I am."

I was a little puzzled figuring this out at first. I assume that "brave" here is in the sense of fine or wonderful, but still this self-congratulation by Pepys doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the sentence. My guess is that he's actually speaking in Ablemarle's voice. That is, to paraphrase, "The Duke went on and on, with Mr Craven joining in, about how much he had done and how the King could never get along without him, yadda, yadda, yadda, but mostly, 'what a wonderful fellow I am!'"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Pan-handling, lower- and upper-class:

"people sitting sicke and with plaisters about them in the street begging)
[ I ] to Viner’s and Colvill’s about money business"

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