Monday 19 October 1668

Up, and to my office to set down my Journall for some days past, and so to other business. At the office all the morning upon some business of Sir W. Warren’s, and at noon home to dinner, and thence out by coach with my wife and Deb. and Mr. Harman, the upholster, and carried them to take measure of Mr. Wren’s bed at St. James’s, I being resolved to have just such another made me, and thence set him down in the Strand, and my wife and I to the Duke of York’s playhouse; and there saw, the first time acted, “The Queene of Arragon,” an old Blackfriars play, but an admirable one, so good that I am astonished at it, and wonder where it hath lain asleep all this while, that I have never heard of it before. Here met W. Batelier and Mrs. Hunt, Deb.’s aunt; and saw her home — a very witty woman, and one that knows this play, and understands a play mighty well. Left her at home in Jewen Street, and we home, and to supper, and my wife to read to me, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"all the morning upon some business of Sir W. Warren’s"

L&M note Warren's figures for how much was to be deducted (for short length) from his bill for New England masts had recently been challanged by a report from the Deptford yard.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"an old Blackfriars play"

"Blackfriars Theatre was the name of a theatre in the Blackfriars district of the City of London during the Renaissance. The theatre began as a venue for child actors associated with the Queen's chapel choirs; in this function, the theatre hosted some of the most innovative drama of Elizabeth and James's reigns, from the euphuism of John Lyly to the stinging satire of Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston. The theatre eventually passed into the control of the King's Men, who used it as their winter playhouse until the theatres were closed in 1642."

Don McCahill  •  Link

> Up, and to my office to set down my Journall for some days past

I wonder if this is a clue to the missing pages. SP may have today filled in the days since the gap, intending to get to the rest later, and never did.

Jesse  •  Link

"Yet you ne’er could reach my heart;
For we courtiers learn at school
Only with your sex to fool;­
You’re not worth the serious part."

See… (thanks TF!) Probably worth repeating here to add to the context of our hero's modus operandi.

Karol  •  Link

The Queene of Arragon is certainly an intriguing play. i had a chance to see it with my husband last year and it definitely made an impression.

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