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Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 68: September/October 1668

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Diary of Samuel Pepys, September/October 1668, by Samuel PepysThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: Diary of Samuel Pepys, September/October 1668Author: Samuel PepysRelease Date: December 1, 2004 [EBook #4192]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, ***Produced by David WidgerTHE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS M.A. F.R.S.CLERK OF THE ACTS AND SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTYTRANSCRIBED FROM THE SHORTHAND MANUSCRIPT IN THE PEPYSIAN LIBRARY MAGDALENE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE BY THE REV. MYNORS BRIGHTM.A. LATE FELLOW AND PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE(Unabridged)WITH LORD BRAYBROOKE'S NOTESEDITED WITH ADDITIONS BYHENRY B. WHEATLEY F.S.A. DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 1668September 1st. Up and all the morning at the office busy, and after dinner to the office again busy till about four, and thenI abroad (my wife being gone to Hales's about drawing her hand new in her picture) and I to see Betty Michell, which I did,but su mari was dentro, and no pleasure. So to the Fair, and there saw several sights; among others, the mare that tellsmoney,[This is not the first learned horse of which we read. ...
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Diary of SamuelPepys, September/October 1668, by SamuelsypePThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere atno cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under theterms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTitle: Diary of Samuel Pepys, September/October8661Author: Samuel PepysRelease Date: December 1, 2004 [EBook #4192]Language: English*E**B OSTOAK RDTI AORFY  TOHIFS  SPARMOUJEELC PT EGPUYTS,E *N*B*ERGProduced by David Widger
THE DIARY OFSAMUEL PEPYS M.A.F.R.S.TCHLEE RAKD MOIFR TAHLET YACTS AND SECRETARY TOTRANSCRIBED FROM THE SHORTHANDMANUSCRIPT IN THE PEPYSIAN LIBRARYMAGDALENE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE BY THEREV. MYNORS BRIGHT M.A. LATE FELLOWAND PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE(Unabridged)WITH LORD BRAYBROOKE'S NOTESEDITED WITH ADDITIONS BYHENRY B. WHEATLEY F.S.A.                          DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS.                           SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER                                  1668September 1st. Up and all the morning at the office
busy, and after dinner to the office again busy tillabout four, and then I abroad (my wife being goneto Hales's about drawing her hand new in herpicture) and I to see Betty Michell, which I did, butsu mari was dentro, and no pleasure. So to theFair, and there saw several sights; among others,the mare that tells money,[This is not the first learned horse of whichwe read. Shakespeare, "Love's Labour'sLost," act i., SC. 2, mentions "the dancinghorse,"' and the commentators have addedmany particulars of Banks's bay horse.]and many things to admiration; and, among others,come to me, when she was bid to go to him of thecompany that most loved a pretty wench in acorner. And this did cost me 12d. to the horse,which I had flung him before, and did give meoccasion to baiser a mighty belle fille that was inthe house that was exceeding plain, but fort belle.At night going home I went to my bookseller's inDuck Lane, and find her weeping in the shop, so asego could not have any discourse con her nor askthe reason, so departed and took coach home, andtaking coach was set on by a wench that wasnaught, and would have gone along with me to herlodging in Shoe Lane, but ego did donner her ashilling . . . and left her, and home, where aftersupper, W. Batelier with us, we to bed. This dayMrs. Martin come to see us, and dined with us.o2bnsd.e rFvaesdt.- Id aayt  fhoor mthe e atb utrhnei nogf fiocf e Laolln ddoany,,  fsotrriectnloyon
and afternoon, about the Victualler's contract andother things, and at night home to supper, havinghad but a cold dinner, Mr. Gibson with me; and thisevening comes Mr. Hill to discourse with me aboutYeabsly and Lanyon's business, wherein they aretroubled, and I fear they have played the knave toofar for me to help or think fit to appear for them. Sohe gone, and after supper, to bed, being troubledwith a summons, though a kind one, from Mr.Jessop, to attend the Commissioners of Accountstomorrow.3rd. Up, and to the Office, where busy till it wastime to go to the Commissioners of Accounts,which I did about noon, and there was receivedwith all possible respect, their business being onlyto explain the meaning of one of their latedemands to us, which we had not answered in ouranswer to them, and, this being done, I away withgreat content, my mind being troubled before, andso to the Exchequer and several places, calling onseveral businesses, and particularly mybookseller's, among others, for "Hobbs'sLeviathan,"[o"fL ae vCiaothmamn:o norw tehaelt hm eacttcelre,s ifaorstmicea lla nadn dp ociwviellr,"by Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, firstpwiutbhl iistsh eodl di nd a1t6e5. 1H. oItb bweass' sr ecporimntpeledt ein  w1o6r8k0s,,EWnillgilaismh  aMnodl eLsawtionr,t hw ienr esi xptuebelins hveoldu bmye sS ir8vo.between 1839 and 1845.]
which is now mightily called for; and what washeretofore sold for 8s. I now give 24s. for, at thesecond hand, and is sold for 30s., it being a bookthe Bishops will not let be printed again, and sohome to dinner, and then to the office all theafternoon, and towards evening by water to theCommissioners of the Treasury, and presentlyback again, and there met a little with W. Pen andthe rest about our Prize accounts, and so W. Penand Lord Brouncker and I at the lodging of thelatter to read over our new draft of the victualler'scontract, and so broke up and home to supper andto bed.4th. Up, and met at the Office all the morning; andat noon my wife, and Deb., and Mercer, and W.Hewer and I to the Fair, and there, at the oldhouse, did eat a pig, and was pretty merry, butsaw no sights, my wife having a mind to see theplay "Bartholomew-Fayre," with puppets. Which wedid, and it is an excellent play; the more I see it,the more I love the wit of it; only the business ofabusing the Puritans begins to grow stale, and ofno use, they being the people that, at last, will befound the wisest. And here Knepp come to us, andsat with us, and thence took coach in two coaches,and losing one another, my wife, and Knepp, and Ito Hercules Pillars, and there supped, and I didtake from her mouth the words and notes of hersong of "the Larke," which pleases me mightily.And so set her at home, and away we home,where our company come home before us. Thisnight Knepp tells us that there is a Spanish womanlately come over, that pretends to sing as well as
hMerasr..  KSnoi,g hatf;t ebro tshu popf ewr,h itcoh  bI edm.ust endeavour to5th. Up, and at the office all the morning. At noonhome to dinner, and to the office to work all theafternoon again till the evening, and then by coachto Mr. Hales's new house, where, I find, he hathfinished my wife's hand, which is better than theother; and here I find Harris's picture, done in hishabit of "Henry the Fifth;" mighty like a player, but Ido not think the picture near so good as any yet hehath made for me: however, it is pretty well, andthence through the fair home, but saw nothing, itbeing late, and so home to my business at theoffice, and thence to supper and to bed.6th (Lord's day). Up betimes, and got myself readyto go by water, and about nine o'clock took boatwith Henry Russell to Gravesend, coming thitherabout one, where, at the Ship, I dined; and thithercome to me Mr. Hosier, whom I went to speakwith, about several businesses of work that he isdoing, and I would have him do, of writing work, forme. And I did go with him to his lodging, and theredid see his wife, a pretty tolerable woman, and dofind him upon an extraordinary good work ofdesigning a method of keeping our Storekeeper'sAccounts, in the Navy. Here I should have met withMr. Wilson, but he is sick, and could not comefrom Chatham to me. So, having done with Hosier,I took boat again the beginning of the flood, andcome home by nine at night, with much pleasure, itbeing a fine day. Going down I spent reading of the"Five Sermons of Five Several Styles," worth
comparing one with another: but I do think, whenall is done, that, contrary to the design of the book,the Presbyterian style and the Independent are thebest of the five sermons to be preached in; this Ido, by the best of my present judgment think, andcoming back I spent reading of a book of warrantsof our office in the first Dutch war, and do find thatmy letters and warrants and method will be foundanother gate's business than this that the world somuch adores, and I am glad for my own sake tofind it so. My boy was with me, and read to me allday, and we sang a while together, and so home tosupper a little, and so to bed.7th. At the office all the morning, we met, and atnoon dined at home, and after dinner carried mywife and Deb. to Unthanke's, and I to White Hallwith Mr. Gibson, where the rest of our officers metus, and to the Commissioners of the Treasuryabout the Victualling contract, but staid not long,but thence, sending Gibson to my wife, I with LordBrouncker (who was this day in an unusual mannermerry, I believe with drink), J. Minnes, and W. Pento Bartholomew-Fair; and there saw the dancingmare again, which, to-day, I find to act much worsethan the other day, she forgetting many things,which her master beat her for, and was mightilyvexed; and then the dancing of the ropes, and alsothe little stage-play, which is very ridiculous, and sohome to the office with Lord Brouncker, W. Pen,and myself (J. Minnes being gone home before notwell), and so, after a little talk together, I home tosupper and to bed.
8th. Up, and by water to White Hall, and to St.James's, there to talk a little with Mr. Wren aboutthe private business we are upon, in the Office,where he tells me he finds that they all suspect meto be the author of the great letter, which I valuenot, being satisfied that it is the best thing I couldever do for myself; and so, after some discourse ofthis kind more, I back to the Office, where all themorning; and after dinner to it again, all theafternoon, and very late, and then home to supper,where met W. Batelier and Betty Turner; and, aftersome talk with them, and supper, we to bed. Thisday, I received so earnest an invitation again fromRoger Pepys, to come to Sturbridge-Fair [atCambridge] that I resolve to let my wife go, whichshe shall do the next week, and so to bed. Thisday I received two letters from the Duke ofRichmond about his yacht, which is newly takeninto the King's service, and I am glad of it, hopinghereby to oblige him, and to have occasions ofseeing his noble Duchess, which I admire.9th. Up, and to the office, and thence to the Dukeof Richmond's lodgings by his desire, by letter,yesterday. I find him at his lodgings in the littlebuilding in the bowling-green, at White Hall, thatwas begun to be built by Captain Rolt. They arefine rooms. I did hope to see his lady, the beautifulMrs. Stuart, but she, I hear, is in the country. Hisbusiness was about his yacht, and he seems amighty good-natured man, and did presently writeme a warrant for a doe from Cobham, when theseason comes, bucks season being past. I shallmake much of this acquaintance, that I may live to
see his lady near. Thence to Westminster, to Sir R.Longs Office: and, going, met Mr. GeorgeMontagu, who talked and complimented memightily; and long discourse I had with him, who,for news, tells me for certain that Trevor do cometo be Secretary at Michaelmas, and that Morricegoes out, and he believes, without anycompensation. He tells me that now Buckinghamdoes rule all; and the other day, in the King'sjourney he is now on, at Bagshot, and that way, hecaused Prince Rupert's horses to be turned out ofan inne, and caused his own to be kept there,which the Prince complained of to the King, andthe Duke of York seconded the complaint; but theKing did over-rule it for Buckingham, by whichthere are high displeasures among them; andBuckingham and Arlington rule all. Thence by waterhome and to dinner, and after dinner by wateragain to White Hall, where Brouncker, W. Pen, andI attended the Commissioners of the Treasuryabout the victualling-contract, where high wordsbetween Sir Thomas Clifford and us, and myselfmore particularly, who told him that something, thathe said was told him about this business, was a flatuntruth. However, we went on to our business in,the examination of the draught, and so parted, andI vexed at what happened, and Brouncker and W.Pen and I home in a hackney coach. And I all thatnight so vexed that I did not sleep almost all night,which shows how unfit I am for trouble. So, after alittle supper, vexed, and spending a little timemelancholy in making a base to the Lark's song, Ito bed.
10th. Up, and by water to White Hall, and there toSir W. Coventry's house, where I staid in hisdining-room two hours thinking to speak with him,but I find Garraway and he are private, which I amglad of, Captain Cocke bringing them this daytogether. Cocke come out and talked to me, but itwas too late for me to stay longer, and therefore tothe Treasury chamber, where the rest met, and W.Coventry come presently after. And we spent themorning in finishing the Victualler's contract, and soI by water home, and there dined with me Batelierand his wife, and Mercer, and my people, at agood venison-pasty; and after dinner I and W.Howe, who come to see me, by water to theTemple, and met our four women, my wife, M.Batelier, Mercer, and Deb., at the Duke's play-house, and there saw "The Maid in the Mill,"revived—a pretty, harmless old play. Thence toUnthanke's, and 'Change, where wife did a littlebusiness, while Mercer and I staid in the coach;and, in a quarter of an hour, I taught her the wholeLarke's song perfectly, so excellent an eare shehath. Here we at Unthanke's 'light, and walkedthem to White Hall, my wife mighty angry at it, anddid give me ill words before Batelier, which vexedme, but I made no matter of it, but vexed tomyself. So landed them, it being fine moonshine, atthe Bear, and so took water to the other side, andhome. I to the office, where a child is laid at Sir J.Minnes's door, as there was one heretofore. Sobeing good friends again, my wife seeking, it, bymy being silent I overcoming her, we to bed.11th. Up, and at my Office all the morning, and
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