Monday 9 March 1667/68

Up betimes, and anon with Sir W. Warren, who come to speak with me, by coach to White Hall, and there met Lord Brouncker: and he and I to the Commissioners of the Treasury, where I find them mighty kind to me, more, I think, than was wont. And here I also met Colvill, the goldsmith; who tells me, with great joy, how the world upon the ‘Change talks of me; and how several Parliamentmen, viz., Boscawen and Major [Lionel] Walden, of Huntingdon, who, it seems, do deal with him, do say how bravely I did speak, and that the House was ready to have given me thanks for it; but that, I think, is a vanity. Thence I with Lord Brouncker, and did take up his mistress, Williams, and so to the ‘Change, only to shew myself, and did a little business there, and so home to dinner, and then to the office busy till the evening, and then to the Excize Office, where I find Mr. Ball in a mighty trouble that he is to be put out of his place at Midsummer, the whole Commission being to cease, and the truth is I think they are very fair dealing men, all of them. Here I did do a little business, and then to rights home, and there dispatched many papers, and so home late to supper and to bed, being eased of a great many thoughts, and yet have a great many more to remove as fast as I can, my mind being burdened with them, having been so much employed upon the public business of the office in their defence before the Parliament of late, and the further cases that do attend it.

6 Annotations

Peter Taylor  •  Link

As an aside what does Up betimes mean, sometimes Sam says Up very betimes as well, does it mean up early or up very early?

Carl in Boston  •  Link

As the rooster wrote in his diary: "up betimes, and crowed."

Christopher Squire  •  Link

‘betimes, adv.
. . 2. spec. At an early hour, early in the morning.
1481    Caxton tr. Hist. Reynard Fox (1970) 41,   I wil to morow bytymes as the sonne riseth take my waye to rome.
1535    Bible (Coverdale) Josh. vii. 16   Iosua gat him vp by tymes in the mornynge.
a1616    Shakespeare Twelfth Night (1623) ii. iii. 2   Not to bee a bedde after midnight, is to be vp betimes.
1663    S. Pepys Diary 1 Sept. (1971) IV. 293   Up pretty betimes and after a little at my Viall, to my office.’ [OED]

Wie mann sagt auf deutsch: morgen frueh!

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Mr. Ball in a mighty trouble that he is to be put out of his place at Midsummer, the whole Commission being to cease;"

L&M note a new Excise commission was appointed at Midsummer. John Ball (Receiver-General) was awarded a pension of £300 p.a,

Eric  •  Link

'Up pretty betimes' and woe betide you if you're not

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.