Thursday 30 August 1666

Up and all the morning at the office, dined at home, and in the afternoon, and at night till two in the morning, framing my great letter to Mr. Hayes about the victualling of the fleete, about which there has been so much ado and exceptions taken by the Generalls.


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Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Letter from Mr. Pepys, eh? Well, Hayes?"

"All twenty-five pages, sir?"

"Hayes..."

"To sum up, sir. 'We dinna do it.' In twenty-five closely spaced pages."

"I see. Well, send back thirty...Closely spaced pages, in sum... 'God-damn ye, sir ye did.'"

"Yes, sir."

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

Spoiler alert

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has posted a free on-line essay on the Great Fire of London that broke out Sunday Sept. 2, 1666 (essentially three days hence in the diary timeline).

http://www.oxforddnb.com/public/themes/95/95647.h…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"framing my great letter to Mr. Hayes about the victualling of the fleete, about which there has been so much ado and exceptions taken by the Generalls."

I imagined a letter in a glass frame hanging on the wall, and thought that curious ... and then I realized Pepys meant that they were drafting and revising their response.

How curious that Pepys never mentioned receiving this letter ... he was so exciting about his new closet nothing else mattered. That gives us a clue about how many interesting details are missing. I've been waiting to hear the gist of the letter he was warned about, and guess this was it.

Jane Gentleman  •  Link

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