Saturday 19 September 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning busy, and so dined with my people at home, and then to the King’s playhouse, and there saw “The Silent Woman;” the best comedy, I think, that ever was wrote; and sitting by Shadwell the poet, he was big with admiration of it. Here was my Lord Brouncker and W. Pen and their ladies in the box, being grown mighty kind of a sudden; but, God knows, it will last but a little while, I dare swear. Knepp did her part mighty well. And so home straight, and to work, and particularly to my cozen Roger, who, W. Hewer and my wife writes me, do use them with mighty plenty and noble entertainment: so home to supper, and to bed. All the news now is, that Mr. Trevor is for certain now to be Secretary, in Morrice’s place, which the Duke of York did himself tell me yesterday; and also that Parliament is to be adjourned to the 1st of March, which do please me well, hoping thereby to get my things in a little better order than I should have done; and the less attendances at that end of the town in winter. So home to supper and to bed.

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Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

"that end of town."

Presumably where James James Morrison's mother disappeared.

When I worked on Capitol Hill in 1952, Congress went home around the First of July. Now we in Washington never seem to see the last of them.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Ben Jonson"

Did but Ben. Johnson know how Follies rise
Swell and look big, how Poets do despise
The lawful charms of wit, and spend their days
In bawdy Prologues and licentious Plays,
He'd bid adieu to th' Elysian Field,
Gay with the splendour that the Muses yield,
And to the dusky world again repair,
To suck the thicker blasts of earthly air,
He'd leave his softer Rhymes, and would dispense
A hoarser sound, he'd Satirist commence
And try to lash the Ideots into Sence.

Thomas Shadwell, in The Tory Poets (1682) 9.…

arby  •  Link

Sam sure doesn't waste any time hitting Broadway after mama leaves town, does he?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"sitting by Shadwell the poet, he was big with admiration of it."

L&M note Thomas Shadwell's own realistic plays were strongly influenced by Jonson's.

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