Sunday 5 August 1666

(Lord’s day). Up, and down to the Old Swan, and there called Betty Michell and her husband, and had two or three a long salutes from her out of sight of ‘su mari’, which pleased me mightily, and so carried them by water to West minster, and I to St. James’s, and there had a meeting before the Duke of Yorke, complaining of want of money, but nothing done to any purpose, for want we shall, so that now our advices to him signify nothing. Here Sir W. Coventry did acquaint the Duke of Yorke how the world do discourse of the ill method of our books, and that we would consider how to answer any enquiry which shall be made after our practice therein, which will I think concern the Controller most, but I shall make it a memento to myself.

Thence walked to the Parish Church to have one look upon Betty Michell, and so away homeward by water, and landed to go to the church, where, I believe, Mrs. Horsely goes, by Merchant-tailors’ Hall, and there I find in the pulpit Elborough, my old schoolfellow and a simple rogue, and yet I find him preaching a very good sermon, and in as right a parson-like manner, and in good manner too, as I have heard any body; and the church very full, which is a surprising consideration; but I did not see her.

So home, and had a good dinner, and after dinner with my wife, and Mercer, and Jane by water, all the afternoon up as high as Morclacke with great pleasure, and a fine day, reading over the second part of the, “Siege of Rhodes,” with great delight. We landed and walked at Barne-elmes, and then at the Neat Houses I landed and bought a millon, —[melon]— and we did also land and eat and drink at Wandsworth, and so to the Old Swan, and thence walked home. It being a mighty fine cool evening, and there being come, my wife and I spent an houre in the garden, talking of our living in the country, when I shall be turned out of the office, as I fear the Parliament may find faults enough with the office to remove us all, and I am joyed to think in how good a condition I am to retire thither, and have wherewith very well to subsist. Nan, at Sir W. Pen’s, lately married to one Markeham, a kinsman of Sir W. Pen’s, a pretty wench she is.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"had two or three long salutes from her out of sight of su marido" transcribe L&M.

"salutes" of course are kisses.

"so marido" = her husband

Jesse  •  Link

"Parliament may find faults ... to remove us all"

I'd wondered what kind of job security Pepys had, thinking it was mostly tied to the King and court rather than Parliament. Given the current economic times it's not hard to empathize with getting "turned out of the office."

cgs  •  Link

Job security, you serve at the wishes of "me liege" or he that has the mace.
Not unlike California, one is employed at will or by contract.

FJA  •  Link

cgs, you never cease to surprise me. With all your knowledge of England, the English language and country life, up you pop as a scholar of employment law in the "golden" state of California. Sam would have benefited greatly had he a friend such as you with whom to confer from time to time. Or rather may I say that you would have fit his time wonderfully with your inquiring mind. You are a window into other ways of thinking and a precious resource to us all.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Interesting about Nan...Maid marrying into the family Penn. And, no sarcastic comment by Sam... Of course, the fellow is likely low on the Penn totem pole, but it is interesting both as to social mobility and Sam's growing acceptance of Penn as a valuable colleague.

cgs  •  Link

Remember cgs means with a pinch of salt, my other moniker is "writ in water".
I see things? fru a Norman tower slit, there is much more out there, we all us see through Tinted filters.
I "rit" hoping that all will check and question.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Run, Betty, run!

"God knows I should have."

"Bess, the fellow means..."

"Yeah. Tell me again how I should be pleased so many of them were named Elisabeth."

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Sam, in his early thirties, is thinking of having to retire to the country, and realizing he is in a good condition for it. Remarkable.

JKM  •  Link

Sam had another experience today many of us can relate to: encountering an old schoolmate he didn't think was very bright, in a prominent job and doing well at it!

cgs  •  Link

Security is a myth fed by hope and Samuel has the best medicine, enough money , if necessary due to ill winds , to live better than Papa, for 5000l at 8 % yields better than 400 Quid per annum still enabling Sam to have his inhouse maydes and best of plonck, 24l silk suits but not as Baronette he would need 800l per annum. Only 14 thou would live better than he, based on income.

Glyn  •  Link

Sam is in his early 30s, but I don't think by retirement he means living a life of leisure. I think he means he would become a landowner in the country. The English ideal in the 17th century is to be a country gentleman, not an office worker.

At this point in time, an aristocrat looking after his country estate was doing his proper job. Becoming a member of parliament was a disagreeable necessity, not an end in itself.

After all, it won't be long before Coventry retires from Westminster to his country estates, and Pepys seems to model himself on Coventry.

Still, it's good to know that the Pepys family are financially secure based on what he's earned in the last 2 or 3 years.

Glyn  •  Link

"after dinner with my wife, and Mercer, and Jane by water, all the afternoon up as high as Morclaeke with great pleasure, and ... at Barne-elmes, and then at the Neat Houses I landed and bought a millon, —[melon]— and we did also land and eat and drink at Wandsworth, and so to the Old Swan, and thence walked home."

He's doing the equivalent of a Sunday drive in the country. Mortlake, Barn Elms, Wandsworth are all on the other side of town from the Tower of London.

cgs  •  Link

"a scholar of employment law"
just a POV and having suffered the differing schemes of terms of employment; having enjoyed the tenure of hard fought life of a British civil servant of not losing "'is" job when Government changes benches, unlike many other sovereign organisations** and risked the insecurity of a California work when a new broom [CEO] brings in his darlings [princes] or New York and its schemes.
[Yes Mr Minister]

Tenure or security for the Educated or servants of the people, has evolved from the results of insecurity of being employed by an unstable leaders
like the Profs. faced at Magdalene, those that lost their living when Inter Regnum started and finished and Preachers wished not to spout the Gospel according to CII.

**Thatcher returned security of employment back to Middle ages to get productivity up as security is one of the 3 deadly diseases to society , that is my cognition.

Tenure commonly refers to life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic's contractual right not to have their position terminated without just cause.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"landed to go to the church, where, I believe, Mrs. Horsely goes, by Merchant-tailors’ Hall"

L&M: conjecture this might be St Martin Outwich.

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