Friday 11 September 1668

Up, and at my Office all the morning, and after dinner all the afternoon in my house with Batelier shut up, drawing up my defence to the Duke of York upon his great letter, which I have industriously taken this opportunity of doing for my future use. At it late, and my mind and head mighty full of it all night.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"drawing up my defence to the Duke of York upon his great letter"

L&M note Pepys and other Principal Officers had been enjoined to reply to the 'great letter' of 26 August within fourteen days.

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

Who better to write the reply than the man who wrote the original letter? (Actually, I'm surprised that the other officers are allowing him to do this, if they suspect Pepys is the true author. Maybe they don't know he's taken it upon himself to reply...?)

Jesse  •  Link

"drawing up my defence..."

The 'great apology'? I'm somewhat surprised that Pepys has no further comment on this. Perhaps this is where we'll see something of Pepys the reformer since the original is now "his [DoY's] great letter".

Terry Foreman  •  Link

L&M say a copy of SP's rely is in the Pepysian Library in Gibson's hand.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

I wonder why he brought his wine merchant friend into the plot. Could it be they were enjoying their private joke?

"Your Grace is so correct in all your citicisms and suggestions. Why oh why did my colleagues and I not think of these brilliant ideas?"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Maybe Pepys needed to be fortified by an old friend without a dog in this fight.

Carl in Boston  •  Link

without a dog in this fight. An excellent turn of phrase, one I had forgotten. Thank you.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Carl in Boston, y'all come live in the South where it's common!

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