Saturday 26 January 1666/67

Up, and at the office. Sat all the morning, where among other things I did the first unkind [thing] that ever I did design to Sir W. Warren, but I did it now to some purpose, to make him sensible how little any man’s friendship shall avail him if he wants money. I perceive he do nowadays court much my Lord Bruncker’s favour, who never did any man much courtesy at the board, nor ever will be able, at least so much as myself. Besides, my Lord would do him a kindness in concurrence with me, but he would have the danger of the thing to be done lie upon me, if there be any danger in it (in drawing up a letter to Sir W. Warren’s advantage), which I do not like, nor will endure. I was, I confess, very angry, and will venture the loss of Sir W. Warren’s kindnesses rather than he shall have any man’s friendship in greater esteem than mine.

At noon home to dinner, and after dinner to the office again, and there all the afternoon, and at night poor Mrs. Turner come and walked in the garden for my advice about her husband and her relating to my Lord Bruncker’s late proceedings with them. I do give her the best I can, but yet can lay aside some ends of my own in what advice I do give her. So she being gone I to make an end of my letters, and so home to supper and to bed, Balty lodging here with my brother, he being newly returned from mustering in the river.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"poor Mrs. Turner come and walked in the garden for my advice about her husband and her relating to my Lord Bruncker's late proceedings with them"

See 21 Jan: "After we had supped, and merry, we parted late, Mrs. Turner having staid behind to talk a little about her lodgings, which now my Lord Bruncker upon Sir W. Coventry's surrendering do claim, but I cannot think he will come to live in them so as to need to put them out."…

L&M note Brouncker had [indeed!] taken over the Turner's house.

cape henry  •  Link

From the latent heat in the writing here, it is likely that this entry was contemporary with the events. It is interesting that Pepys should conceive this anger at Warren, whom, unless I am mistaken, is one of his closest colleagues.

Michael L  •  Link

"I did the first unkind [thing] that ever I did design to Sir W. Warren", ... "will venture the loss of Sir W. Warren’s kindnesses rather than he shall have any man’s friendship in greater esteem than mine."

Yup. Mistreating Warren is a sure-fire way to get him to value you as his best friend. Being unkind will surely teach him to like you all the more!

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Sam is the heart-broken lover who finds their dear one attention's may have been interested...And now may be moving on to a new beau with more to offer.

More seriously, he's risked a lot for Warren in supporting his interests, and it seems, believed he had a real friend in him. He's not about to let Sir William quietly drop him...Especially for one of the titled boys.


"wants mine." rather than "wants money" is how it's read in the audio versions of the diary at least.


"How could Warren be so false and two-faced to me, Bess?! I trusted him, put my faith in him. How could he use me so badly after all we've been through together?"


Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Bess? Are you...?"


"Oh, good...Oh, Bess..."

"Not again...What time is it?"

"One o'clock and alls well..." faint cry.

"Thankee Jane." Sam calls.

I really ought to get paid more for this, Jane sighs.

"Sam'l..." groan.

"But Bess...I have been betrayed, Bess."

"Right, right..." sigh.

"Bess...Imagine if I'd committed adultery with one or perhaps more of our neighbors...Say Diana Crisp back in Axe Yard. And with say, on a long-term basis with a linen-seller in Whitehall...And her sister. And pressured several wives and widows of naval employees to become my mistresses. And had casual relations with any willing barmaid or barber's assistant who took my fancy and didn't fend me off. And with any desperately unhappy actress I could lure to our grand parties. And threatened to endanger our future and humilate you by forcing myself on young and innocent girls barely into their teens, daughters of our naval office employees. And on one or more of our young and innocent neighbors, like our dear Betty Mitchell. And sold you into sexual bondage for 800Ls to my Uncle Wight? How would you feel?"


"Oh, right...Knew I'd forgotten to tell you something important tonight. Anyway, Bess...Have some compassion for me."

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"Oh, go to sleep, Sam'l. Or take a walk on the leads."

On leads...A pondering Sam stalks round...

"Just like Cain and Able...He's pulled a sneak attack.

I loved Warren like a brother, now he's stabbed me in the back.

Betrayed...Oh, boy am I betrayed.

Like Samson and Delilah his love began to fade.

Now I've taken all the risks and it's Bruncker who'll be paid.

Betrayed...Oh, how I am betrayed.

Boy, have I been taken..."

"Well, sir...Seems to be me." a sleepy but attentive Tom begins.

"Rhetorical, Tom, rhetorical."


"Oy, I'm so forsaken."


"Something very expressive the Jews say, Tom. We really must expand your cultural contacts."

"Thank you, sir."

"I should have guessed what would come to pass. Read my own Diary to watch my ass.

I feel like Othello, everything is lost.

Warren my Iago, Sam is double-crossed.

I'm so dismayed...Did I mention I'm


"Quite a few times tonight, sir."


"Rhetorical, sir?"

JWB  •  Link

Warren first entered the diary dealing with Sandwich and Sam doing the scut work. He appears to be trying to re-establish that relationship; i.e.. titled flying top cover.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I...will venture the loss of Sir W. Warren’s kindnesses rather than he shall have any man’s friendship in greater esteem than mine."

Per L&M note: Warren and the Coard were now negotiating about masts. For his newly-sprung friendship with Brouncker, see:… His estrangement from Pepys lasted until December,

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... Balty ..., he being newly returned from mustering in the river."

They were a hardy lot. Two weeks ago the Thames was frozen over. But apparently those troops at Brest were not people emigrating to the Caribbean after all, and so the Navy is manning what ships they have. Not much fun when your sailors are mutinying and unpaid.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Joseph Batalier is one of the petitioners sworn at the Bar of the House of Lords today to testify about the French goods (wine in Batalier's case) which was in the process of being imported when the ban when into effect. Their goods have been seized.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

And after the House of Commons adjourned, Lord Roos took everyone out to dinner. The story so far:

John Manners, Lord Roos obtained a separation from Anne Pierrepont Manners, Lady Roos in the ecclesiastical courts in 1666 and introduced a bill in the Lords in December 1666 to illegitimize the children born in his absence.

The bill to illegitimize Anne Pierrepont Manners, Lady Roos’ children ran into some difficulty in the Lords because the barony of Roos or Ros had descended in the female line to George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, but the bill was sent down to the Commons on 12 Jan. 1667.

In the Commons the measure received the status of a government bill, with Heneage Finch heading a committee of 50 and the queen’s attorney, the Hon. William Montagu, in the chair.

On 26 Jan. 1667 Lord Roos' family lawyer reported:
“I got six and forty of the House of Commons to the Dog Tavern in the Palace Yard at Westminster, where was present Mr. Attorney [Montagu] and Mr. George Montagu. My Lord Roos was taken with a fit of the colic, and was forced to run away before dinner, and, as soon as they had dined, we carried them all to the House of Commons and they passed the bill, as the committee, without any amendments, and ordered it to be reported the next day; since which time Mr. Attorney, who is to make the report, could not possibly get an opportunity, having offered at it every day. But on Monday we have spoken to all our friends to be here betimes in the morning, and so make no doubt in the least to pass the bill, since all is done but to get it read the last time, which will not be an hour’s work, and we are in the less fear to pass the bill (since nothing can give obstruction but shortness of time) because the Parliament will not be prorogued until Monday sennight at soonest.”

No amount of public business was likely to prevent the House of Commons from hearing the juicy scandals that had already entertained the Lords. Three days later the Hon. William Montagu was able to report the matter ‘at large’ and declare that the committee ‘found the bill just and fit to be passed without any alteration or amendment’.

The bachelor William Prynne objected that the bill allowed the bastardized children to inherit from their mother, and the libertine Edward Seymour also opposed it in ‘a long, impertinent speech’. But it passed without a division, and duly received the royal assent.


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