Thursday 14 December 1665

Up, and to the office a while with my Lord Bruncker, where we directed Sir W. Warren in the business of the insurance as I desired, and ended some other businesses of his, and so at noon I to London, but the ‘Change was done before I got thither, so I to the Pope’s Head Taverne, and there find Mr. Gawden and Captain Beckford and Nick Osborne going to dinner, and I dined with them and very exceeding merry we were as I had [not] been a great while, and dinner being done I to the East India House and there had an assignment on Mr. Temple for the 2,000l. of Cocke’s, which joyed my heart; so, having seen my wife in the way, I home by water and to write my letters and then home to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"with my Lord Bruncker, where we directed Sir W. Warren in the business of the insurance as I desired"

L&M reveal that tomorrow, 15 December, Pepys and Brouncker will lay out £500 in insurance on the Gothenburg fleet.

gingerd  •  Link

"Nick Osborne going to dinner..."
I don't recall Sam using Christian names very often.

Dudley  •  Link

Pope's Head Ally is across the street from the Royal Exchange it connects Cornhill with Lombard St, a lot closer than Chancery Lane.

cgs  •  Link

old nick, been on good terms, has been on first name basis since the 60's, neither lesser nor better.
I being of the class ancient cannot remember the christian names of the period, but doth remember "nick" names .

Jesse  •  Link

'Sam [rarely] using Christian names' ... 'neither lesser nor better'

Might this be evidence that Pepys is in somewhat of a unique, something of a nascent middle, social class enabled by the opportunities provided by the transition to a more organized, administrative type of government? [/awful syntax]

cgs  •  Link

‘neither lesser nor better’
A lesser gets the title of "hey you" or an nice expletive or even the the family name on a good day.
A better gets the well larded, "your eminence" or other such title, letting the recipient know thee know he be higher up in the food chain.
One must know thy place in the pecking order, unless thee be a Quaker that does not quake at the sight of laudly one, even if he does doff his tittver , there be a cap to hide his tonsure.

An equal would get the use of his Christian name or pet moniker, a rare privilege, only a handful got that personnel, unlike the modern comradeship of the equality driven democratic society that leads the world.

Of course one can use over ripe sulphated eggs to express thy non acceptance of a better or by sending thy shoes as gift through the air.

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Dudley: You're right about the location of the Pope's Head. I linked to the wrong one in this and several previous diary entries -- I've corrected them all now.

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