Tuesday 3 November 1668

Up, and all the morning at the Office. At noon to dinner, and then to the Office, and there busy till 12 at night, without much pain to my eyes, but I did not use them to read or write, and so did hold out very well. So home, and there to supper, and I observed my wife to eye my eyes whether I did ever look upon Deb., which I could not but do now and then (and to my grief did see the poor wretch look on me and see me look on her, and then let drop a tear or two, which do make my heart relent at this minute that I am writing this with great trouble of mind, for she is indeed my sacrifice, poor girle); and my wife did tell me in bed by the by of my looking on other people, and that the only way is to put things out of sight, and this I know she means by Deb., for she tells me that her Aunt was here on Monday, and she did tell her of her desire of parting with Deb., but in such kind terms on both sides that my wife is mightily taken with her. I see it will be, and it is but necessary, and therefore, though it cannot but grieve me, yet I must bring my mind to give way to it. We had a great deal of do this day at the Office about Clutterbucke, —[See note to February 4th, 1663-64]— I declaring my dissent against the whole Board’s proceedings, and I believe I shall go near to shew W. Pen a very knave in it, whatever I find my Lord Brouncker.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

Seems the sensible thing Sam and kudos to Bess for handling the interview in classy style rather than understandably losing it with the aunt.


"Any chance...?"

"Mrs. Pepys will not be joining us for tea today." sigh. "This will be another bad day in a bad week, Will..." Sam shakes head. "Always tis..."

"It was going a bit far calling Willet 'poor wretch', sir...Begging your pardon, sir. That was crossing a line, sir."

"How was I to know she'd read the damned thing one day...?"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"We had a great deal of do this day at the Office about Clutterbucke "

L&M clarify: Thomas Clutterbuck, Consul at Leghorn [ Livorno ], had taken it upon himself to provision ships and now presented an invoice to the Navy Board. Pepys made note in a memo-book of "foule play...lately observed by mee" by Penn and Brouncker in the management of accounts related to Clutterbuck.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"[See note to February 4th, 1663-64] "

Here Wheatley refers to Lord Braybrooke's footnote to 2/4/1663-64, which Phil Gyford used a link in the text to inform readers of: "Probably Alderman [ Richard ] Clutterbuck, one of the proposed knights of the Royal Oak for Middlesex. There was a Sir Thomas Clutterbuck of London, circiter 1670. ­ B.": http://goo.gl/vx0oP

In 1674, SP, Secretary to the Admiralty Commission, writes the Navy Board a letter concerning a vexed contract for Mediterranean victualing with Sir Thomas Clutterbuck. http://goo.gl/qqaOI

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