Sunday 19 July 1668

(Lord’s day). Up, and to my chamber, and there I up and down in the house spent the morning getting things ready against noon, when come Mr. Cooper, Hales, Harris, Mr. Butler, that wrote Hudibras, and Mr. Cooper’s cozen Jacke; and by and by comes Mr. Reeves and his wife, whom I never saw before: and there we dined: a good dinner, and company that pleased me mightily, being all eminent men in their way. Spent all the afternoon in talk and mirth, and in the evening parted, and then my wife and I to walk in the garden, and so home to supper, Mrs. Turner and husband and daughter with us, and then to bed.


20 Jul 2011, 12:16 a.m. - Robert Gertz

Quite a dinner party...Artists, actor, writer, and a famed eyeglassmaker thrown in. I'm surprised Sam didn't include a musician but he no doubt held up that end well in the conversation.

20 Jul 2011, 12:21 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Pedro posted: Cooper was said to be one of the best lutenists of his day.

20 Jul 2011, 1 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"Spent all the afternoon in talk and mirth" Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Oh-oh.

20 Jul 2011, 1:48 a.m. - Mae

Are these Turners relatives of Mrs. The Turner, or are they just other friends of Sam?

20 Jul 2011, 3:35 a.m. - Paul Chapin

Terry, I thought this Cooper was the artist who makes miniatures, as the link says. Was he also a lutenist, or was that a different Cooper?

20 Jul 2011, 3:36 a.m. - Paul Chapin

Samuel Butler as a dinner guest. Wow. Just, wow. Something I might have expected John Evelyn to report, but Sam’s circle is expanding to the truly illustrious now.

20 Jul 2011, 3:47 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Paul, Samuel Cooper is a man of many parts. http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3691/#c26167

20 Jul 2011, 4:43 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"Are these Turners relatives of Mrs. The Turner, or are they just other friends of Sam?" Mae, these Turners are neighbors who live in the same government compound. Thomas Turner (or Tourner) was General Clerk at the Navy Office. Thanks for the reminder of The. (Theophila) Turner, whom Pepys last mentioned 13 months ago. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1667/06/12/ She was born in 1652, so she's about 16 years old now and still unmarried. She will be mentioned again next 27 March. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/03/27/

8 Dec 2019, 3:59 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"spent the morning getting things ready against noon, when come Mr. Cooper, Hales, Harris, Mr. Butler, that wrote Hudibras, and Mr. Cooper’s cozen Jacke; and by and by comes Mr. Reeves and his wife, whom I never saw before: and there we dined: a good dinner, and company that pleased me mightily, being all eminent men in their way." L&M: Besides Samuel Butler the author, Pepys's guests were Samuel Cooper the miniaturist, John Hayls the portrait painter, Henry Harris the actor, and Richard Reeve, foremost among English makers of optical instruments.

29 Jun 2021, 12:01 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

'Charles II: July 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green (London, 1893), pp. 469-516. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/chas2/1667-8/pp469-516 @@@ July 19. 1668 Portsmouth. Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Several merchantmen for Cadiz and Lisbon are waiting for a convoy, being afraid to proceed alone because of the Turks, on account of what happened to the consul at Algiers. The ships under Sir Thos. Allin will soon be ready to take in their provisions. Capt. Hubbard has arrived to command the Royal Sovereign. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 75.] --- What happened to which consul at Algiers? This essay says Adm. Allin was later angry that 40 Spanish pilgrims had been captured and put into slavery. https://dspace.univ-adrar.edu.dz/jspui/bitstream/123456789/4783/1/The%20British%20%E2%80%93Algerian%20Relationships.pdf Perhaps the answer is nothing had happened; rumor central gone wild? @@@ July 19. 1668 The Mary. Portsmouth Capt. Rob. Clark to the Navy Commissioners. Finds no want of anything beyond flags, jacks, and vanes. Shall be ready to take in the beer from the Cambridge and York by Monday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 80.] @@@ And see 2 letters yesterday, posted in error https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/07/18/#c553526

20 Jul 2021, 3:20 p.m. - Gerald Berg

So sayeth the preacher. Very funny TF.