Friday 13 July 1666

Lay sleepy in bed till 8 in the morning, then up and to the office, where till about noon, then out to the ‘Change and several places, and so home to dinner. Then out again to Sir R. Viner, and there to my content settled the business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily, and so home and there to the office, where mighty busy, and then home to supper and to even my Journall and to bed.

Our fleete being now in all points ready to sayle, but for the carrying of the two or three new ships, which will keepe them a day or two or three more.

It is said the Dutch is gone off our coast, but I have no good reason to believe it, Sir W. Coventry not thinking any such thing.


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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"to even my Journall "

EVEN (of the Diary) to bring up to date (L&M Select Glossary)

Mary  •  Link

"the business of the two tallys .....my own money in hand"

So Sam is able to use tallies to advantage in his personal financial arrangements. What a pity that he hasn't given us any details of the transaction.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily

It sounds to me that he has swapped tallys for gold - real money.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Perhaps Sam had pledged himself to cover a few Navy debts on tallys, at interest of course, and has now simply repaid his loan to the Navy back.

FJA  •  Link

tallys.
Or else he is diversifying his investment portfolio, against an uncertain future.

cgs  •  Link

I guess a tally trumps state IOU's as banks will not 'onor an HIOU as banks fail to cash state IOU's.

Rakes Progress, La La land needs tallies not IOU's.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

... my owne money in my hand, ...

One does wonder what side deal SP may have cut with Viner; for the whole year past he has delivered and received notes drawn upon Viner and tallys, deposited personal cash at interest but till the past couple of days never received actual cash money from him.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Our fleete being now in all points ready to sayle, but for the carrying of the two or three new ships, which will keepe them a day or two or three more."

Kudos to everyone ... all the Commissioners, the men at the Yards, and the ship builders ... the Dutch did not believe they were up to doing that many repairs and refits, never mind get new ships ready to sail, so fast.

Remember Pepys' ship-building friend, Capt. John Taylor, who was appointed as Navy Commissioner to Harwich on Nov. 1, 1664?
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/11/04/

That was an excellent choice, because Harwick (a naval base since 1657 and heavily fortified) had to cope with a sudden and large amount of business because of the location of the naval campaigns during the Second Dutch Wars.

So the Court may have been a-bed, counting their woes and forming up a circular firing squad, but the men of England were hard at work.

Scube  •  Link

SDSarah - thanks for that observation! Remain in suspense on how the next round with the Dutch will turn out.

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