Monday 3 February 1667/68

Up, and to the office, where with my clerks all the morning very busy about several things there wherein I was behindhand. At noon home to dinner, and thence after dinner to the Duke of York’s house, to the play, “The Tempest,” which we have often seen, but yet I was pleased again, and shall be again to see it, it is so full of variety, and particularly this day I took pleasure to learn the tune of the seaman’s dance, which I have much desired to be perfect in, and have made myself so. So home with my wife and Deb., and there at the office met to my trouble with a warrant from the Commissioners of Accounts for my attending them and Cocke two days hence, which I apprehend by Captain Cocke’s being to go also, to be about the prizes. But, however, there is nothing of crime can be laid to my charge, and the worst that can be is to refund my 500l. profit, and who can help it. So I resolve not to be troubled at it, though I fear I cannot bear it so, my spirit being very poor and mean as to the bearing with trouble that I do find of myself. So home, and there to my chamber and did some business, — and thence to supper and to bed.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

I dunno Sam, the potential loss of 500Ls in 1668 currency would probably dampen anyone's spirits.

Eric Walla  •  Link

For most mortal men, it would be a catastrophe. At least we know our Sam didn't rush out and spend it.

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

It's also an indication of his growing wealth -- several years ago a loss like this could have wiped him out, and the threat of it would have caused much gnashing of Diary teeth.

cum salis grano  •  Link

500 pounds a loss maybe enough to keep 10 layabouts not a running, or keep his Pop in a living for 10 years
numbers mean nutin' , half the amount that could have purchase a nice title Sir

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Interesting that Sam is not being handled with kid gloves by the CofA. You would think that someone so well placed with the Duke would merely have to note his position to have them nervously fleeing but in truth quite a few of the reasonably high-ups in the Stuart adminstration seem to meet their comeupance in the Diary. The Navy Office team constantly trembles in their boots at the thought of Parliament scanning their books and having them kicked out of office...It's not consistent and never fair but there is a healthy degree of accountability. Seems a little strange that Coventry, a wise and practical reformer in many respects, seems blind to this advantage over the absolutism/technocratic benevolent despotism he has long seemed to desire for England. On the other hand, for all his conversion to King's man, Sam still occasionally can't help expressing a bit of approval for the checks and balances of Parliament over the Court.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

"it is so full of variety, and particularly this day I took pleasure to learn the tune of the seaman’s dance"
"Tempest - The Musical!"
Next winter maybe, On Ice!

Phoenix  •  Link

Interesting chart. Conclusion? Samuel Pepys war profiteer.

Australian Susan  •  Link

The Tempest

Probably not the pure Shakespeare we are now used to. Even up into the 19th century (think Bowlder), and certainly at this time, theatrical impresarios happily tampered with Shakespeare to achieve popular success according to the mores of the time (or zeitgeist maybe)And possibly just about as appealing to those who truly appreciate the play as the Tempest On Ice version suggested by Tony, which might have happened in our lifetimes if we had less respect for the Bard. Shudder. Shudder.
Genre shifting *can* work, for example with Oliver! - but that started out life with a lot of sentimental twaddle anyway.

nix  •  Link

Tampering with the Bard --

Don't shudder, Susan. Hum some tuns from "West Side Story."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the worst that can be is to refund my 500l. profit"

Pepys had sold his share of the prize-goods to Cocke for this amount. (L&M)

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"after dinner to the Duke of York’s house, to the play, “The Tempest,” which we have often seen,"

L&M note Pepys had already seen the play four times.

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