Sunday 1 November 1668

(Lord’s day). Up, and with W. Hewer at my chamber all this morning, going further in my great business for the Duke of York, and so at noon to dinner, and then W. Hewer to write fair what he had writ, and my wife to read to me all the afternoon, till anon Mr. Gibson come, and he and I to perfect it to my full mind, and so to supper and to bed, my mind yet at disquiet that I cannot be informed how poor Deb. stands with her mistress, but I fear she will put her away, and the truth is, though it be much against my mind and to my trouble, yet I think that it will be fit that she should be gone, for my wife’s peace and mine, for she cannot but be offended at the sight of her, my wife having conceived this jealousy of me with reason, and therefore for that, and other reasons of expense, it will be best for me to let her go, but I shall love and pity her. This noon Mr. Povy sent his coach for my wife and I to see, which we like mightily, and will endeavour to have him get us just such another.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link


"'...perfect it to my full mind...'? But, sir...You said I had done a perfect..."



"Well, well...Some coach, eh, Bess? Thank God for Tom Povy, eh, sweetheart? Yes, indeed...That is some coach..."

"Deb...Tomorrow...Gone..." Bess, coolly.


Ralph Berry  •  Link

"and other reasons of expense"

Sam, this is the bottom of the barrel. You have stuffed up this girls life, put her in an invidious position, you came on to her not her on to you. You are now trying to justify to yourself not standing up for her on "reasons of expense"! So you should be troubled.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

"that, and other reasons of expense,"

I'm not sure Sam is talking about money here. Could he be thinking of his emotional capital with Elizabeth? Whatever the case, at least he is concerned about Deb and not shrugging and casting her into the snow like some Victorian melodrama.

Not that this excuses his behaviour of course. Like many men before and since, his brain spends far too much time in his breeches.

john  •  Link

"Indeed I think her a little too good for my family, and so well carriaged as I hardly ever saw." 30 Sep 1667

"[My wife], I perceive, is already a little jealous of my being fond of Willet, but I will avoid giving her any cause to continue in that mind, as much as possible" 12 Oct 1667

"I perceive [my wife] is already jealous of my kindness to [Willet], so that I begin to fear this girle is not likely to stay long with us." 15 Oct 1667

So it began -- less than a month after being taken in.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Whatever else she is, Bess is clearly not indifferent to Sam...

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Recall Lord's Days past, when Pepys's life was simpler

He's take his family to church twice a day, record a sermon's text and its preacher's quality (perhaps remark on who else was or was not there, especially if she was attractive or if he was of some rank); and after Supper -- before bed -- he'd lead family prayers.

He might even lift up the liturgical season's observance, e.g. today's All Saints'

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