Wednesday 11 November 1668

Up, and my wife with me as before, and so to the Office, where, by a speciall desire, the new Treasurers come, and there did shew their Patent, and the Great Seal for the suspension of my Lord Anglesey: and here did sit and discourse of the business of the Office: and brought Mr. Hutchinson with them, who, I hear, is to be their Paymaster, in the room of Mr. Waith. For it seems they do turn out every servant that belongs to the present Treasurer: and so for Fenn, do bring in Mr. Littleton, Sir Thomas’s brother, and oust all the rest. But Mr. Hutchinson do already see that his work now will be another kind of thing than before, as to the trouble of it. They gone, and, indeed, they appear, both of them, very intelligent men, I home to dinner, and there with my people dined, and so to my wife, who would not dine with [me] that she might not have the girle come in sight, and there sat and talked a while with her and pretty quiet, I giving no occasion of offence, and so to the office [and then by coach to my cozen Roger Pepys, who did, at my last being with him this day se’nnight, move me as to the supplying him with 500l. this term, and 500l. the next, for two years, upon a mortgage, he having that sum to pay, a debt left him by his father, which I did agree to, trusting to his honesty and ability, and am resolved to do it for him, that I may not have all I have lie in the King’s hands. Having promised him this I returned home again, where to the office], and there having done, I home and to supper and to bed, where, after lying a little while, my wife starts up, and with expressions of affright and madness, as one frantick, would rise, and I would not let her, but burst out in tears myself, and so continued almost half the night, the moon shining so that it was light, and after much sorrow and reproaches and little ravings (though I am apt to think they were counterfeit from her), and my promise again to discharge the girle myself, all was quiet again, and so to sleep.

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CGS  •  Link

Maybe for those that need to have insight to life of the female in a bad relationship in 1660-90 should read a book by a man born in Jan 1660 one Daniel DeFoe , who created a novel new to the world, from experience found by spending time in a famous goal for ne'redowells , the book be Moll Flanders.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...after much sorrow and reproaches and little ravings #though I am apt to think they were counterfeit from her#..."

So even Bess unable to maintain quite that level of ferocity indefinitely, although determined to try...Also, by the same token, one might question the sincerity of all your tears, Samuel. It's possible Bess on reflection has considered the fact that the worst so far has not equalled what she likely feared, Sam having behaved insultingly, foolishly, and badly but not gone all the way...With Deb. It's interesting she doesn't seem to be pressing him for info as to other women he might have been involved with, or if she is, he doesn't choose to mention it. Since Deb's testimony was doubtless sincere, unless some new disaster...Say a friend relating dangerous info to Bess on hearing of the Willet affair...Occurs, our boy may yet escape utter marital destruction. Fortunately it's unlikely Bagwell will speak up unless William decides it's the right time to put the screws to one Pepys...Or Mrs. Martin or her sister Doll likewise chooses to advance her husband's interests...Or Mrs. Burroughs decides her widow's mite needs serious enlargement...Or Diana Crisp decides on hearing of Bess' sorrow that she must unburden herself, being actually better than San thought she should be...Or that foolish maid Sam encountered once should decide...

"Diana Crisp?..."

"Bess, you must have read that entry...Didn't you? Bess?"

languagehat  •  Link

"who, I hear, is to be their Paymaster, in the room of Mr. Waith."

Just to be clear, this is not "room" in the modern sense; we would say "in place of Mr. Waith."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The very elements are in sympathy with the turmoil in the Pepys household

John Gadbury’s London Diary

Great winds and rain at night

FJA  •  Link

Great winds and rain at night, but "the moon shining so that it was light".

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