1893 text

Shepley was a servant of Admiral Sir Edward Montagu.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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First Reading

Stevie  •  Link

Shepley serves the Admiral well. However, the Admiral often serves Shepley into a well. It is most unfortunate for both respective stations.

language hat  •  Link

Description of Shepley
from Bryant's Pepys bio:

"Though Montagu's household in London was small enough, Pepys at its head was a member of a far vaster and more important organization. Down at Hinchingbrooke were the officers of a great rural magnate's establishment

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
Shipley (Shepley), [Edward]. Sandwich's steward. His main charge after 1662 was the Hinchingbrooke household, but from 1659 until 1662 he helped Pepys with the management of the Whitehall lodgings. He accompanied Sandwich on the Dutch and Mediterranean voyages in 1660 and 1661-2. The diary has many complaints of his inefficiency and in 1668 he was dismissed because of 'age and good-fellowship' (ix.475). He usually signed his name Shipley. The Pepys Library has a book given by him to Pepys.

Second Reading

Autumnbreeze Movies  •  Link

'Goodfellowship' probably meant that Mr Sheply liked drinking in alehouses and that it may have affected his work. The idiom of ‘good fellowship’ in alehouse culture included financial obligations, such paying for your share of the ‘pot’ and physical obligations, such as the expectation that you would be able to keep up with and match the drinking capacity of your companions. Old Mr Shepley may not have been able to keep up with such requirements.

(From: Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England
Mark Hailwood
Martlesham, Boydell and Brewer, 2014, ISBN: 9781843839422; 266pp.; Price: £60.00)

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