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.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

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.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

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

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"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.


Mae  •  Link

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

Paul Chapin  •  Link

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?

Paul Chapin  •  Link

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.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"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. She was born in 1652, so she's about 16 years old now and still unmarried. She will be mentioned again next 27 March.

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