Tuesday 14 July 1668

Up, and to my office, where sat all the morning. At noon home to dinner, and thence all the afternoon hard at the office, we meeting about the Victualler’s new contract; and so into the garden, my Lady Pen, Mrs. Turner and her daughter, my wife and I, and there supped in the dark and were merry, and so to bed. This day Bosse finished his copy of my picture, which I confess I do not admire, though my wife prefers him to Browne; nor do I think it like. He do it for W. Hewer, who hath my wife’s also, which I like less. This afternoon my Lady Pickering come to see us: I busy, saw her not. But how natural it is for us to slight people out of power, and for people out of power to stoop to see those that while in power they contemned!

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Eric Walla  •  Link

Nice observation, Sam. Now having written such wise words, why again did you slight her?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Why-ever would Pepys diss Lord Sandwich's sister-in-law?

Jesse  •  Link

RE: Why-ever would Pepys diss Lord Sandwich’s sister-in-law?

Sister wasn't she? My guess was that she was considered more Pickering than Montagu and all that that entails.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Jesse, you are right!! Apologies, and perhaps props to Pepys. However, Eric Walla makes a good point. I wonder whether SP doesn't fear finding himself in her position -- stooping "to see those that while in power [he contemns]!"

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

I wonder if Rupert Murdoch reads this? I'd love to think he does.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

On further reflection, perhaps Pepys provided not a summary but a pointed application of the Latin verse that Carl Orff set to such memorable music.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"This afternoon my Lady Pickering come...."

In a note here L&M say Lady Pickering was Sandwich's sister-in-law. This is an error -- see the "Pickering" entry in the L&M Companion.

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