Today’s entry is quite short but introduces the use of scope to distinguish between sources.
The main events of the day are:
- Samuel and Elizabeth go to Wardrobe Court for dinner with “the children” (the youngest children of Sir Edward Montague). There they also visit Lady Jemima Montague.
- Samuel and Elizabeth then go on to a play which Sam does not like at all – possibly because of it being French…
- At the play Elizabeth meets a friend of hers, described only as a son of Lord Somerset.
Today’s entry is relatively straightforward. The following events are modelled.
- Samuel works at the Navy Office.
- Dinner at the Pepys’ house in Seething Lane with Sam’s parents and his aunt, Edith Bell.
- Margaret Pepys and Edith Bell visit Mary Wright. The place of the visit is not specified and so is not modelled here.
- Samuel spends some time with a bookseller.
- Samuel meets his father at Thomas Fenner’s house at 4pm.
- Samuel and his father meet with a Mr Evans to discuss marrying Thomas Pepys to Mr Evans’ daughter. Evans’ profession is given as a tailor and that is modelled here. The meeting occurs in a tavern, but no name is given.
- Samuel and his father walk together from the tavern as far as Holborn.
- Samuel walks home alone from Holborn.
Catching up with three diary entries.
One new use of the event-based structure has turned up in these entries. In the entry for 27th August, Samuel has a discussion with Lady Montague about the preparations Ned Montague is making for a journey to be undertaken by Sir Edward Montague. In particular, that Ned has spent some 5000 pounds on this. This is modelled as a discussion event, the subject of which is a purchasing event where the purchased item is the future journey which is itself represented as a travelling event.
A similar structure is used in the entry for 28th August where Samuel plays a prank on Sir William Penn by forging a letter which purports to be from the thief who stole a tankard from Penn recently. Hence the theft event is made the subject of the corresepondence event that represents the sending of the letter.
Today is a Sunday, so its off to church twice with dinner in between. Then the Pepys are visited by Lady Batten and an unidentified daughter. Later, John Pepys arrives and John and Samuel resolve what to do about Paulina. The two men then go to William Wight’s for supper before walking home together as far as St. Pauls where each go their separate ways.
In today’s entry Samuel works in the office, and then visits Sir William Batten to visit a ‘strange creature ’ (a primate of some species) from brought Guinea by Captain Holmes. He then visits Richard Ford with Colonel Slingsby to dicuss the rental of Ford’s house by the Navy Office (it is adjacent to the current premises). He is visited at home by Henry Isham, with whom he drinks in the Mitre. A commended performance of Hamlet is followed by more drinking with a John Spong in the Sampson.
Two forward entries today to match the retrospective entries yesterday.
On 22nd August 1661 Samuel works at the Privy Seal, attends a family gathering at his uncle Fenner’s (popping out for a drink with his father and uncle Wight), attends church, and then dines at his uncle Wight’s.
On 23rd August 1661 Samuel visits his father, with whom he visits Dr Williams, where they have a discussion (I think this probably about Robert Pepys’ will, but this is not stated explicity). They go on to Tom Trice’s, who they take to an alehouse. There they discuss and sign the will of Robert Pepys, and leave to swear this infront of a judge (in an unnamed location). They return to the alehouse for a while, and then Samuel and Dr Williams dine at a cookshop. Finally, Samuel goes to William Joyce’s to meet his wife, who he takes to the Opera.
I’ve started working backwards as well as forward, so here’s 29th June and 30th June 1661.
On the 29th, Samuel receives a letter from the Duke of York (James Stuart, the brother of the King), complaining about a delay in a fleet. As a result, Pepys goes with William Penn and William Batten to Deptford, where he examines the boats. He then goes to a tavern, the Bell, and meets friends (from ‘our old club’) with whom he stays and drinks; James Chetwind recommends a book.
On the 30th Samuel and wife go to church, and then dine at home. Samuel then goes with ‘Sir Williams both’ to Whitehall where they meet the Duke of York, and relay to him the cause of the above delays. Pepys then walks in Gray’s Inn Walk, and appreciates the ladies.
Pepys also comments on his wife being unwell, the Portuguese Ambassador visiting the King prior to returning to Portugal (the Queen, Catherine of Braganza is in Portugal and arrangements are being made for her coming over), and on his father going to Brampton to visit the ill Robert Pepys.
22nd August later today.
I’m back; Kal and I have decided to alternate weeks of updating to lighten the load.
In today’s entry, the following events are modelled:
- The birth of Catherine Montagu (on or before today).
- The engagement of Thomas Pepys (the brother) to a Miss Whately (before today).
- Samuel visits his father, and together they visit Dr Williams (but he is out), Mrs Terry (Miss Whately’s sister, with whom they discuss the engagement), and William Joyce.
- They drink in a tavern with Joyce.
- They visit Mrs Whately (the mother), but she is just going out, so they go to Whitehall, where they receive the news of the birth.
- They revisit Mrs Whately and discuss the engagement.
- They return to Samuel’s father’s house.
- Samuel dines at the Wardrobe with the Montagu’s (older) daughters.
You can take the boy out of editorial, but you can’t take editorial out of the boy. A frenzy of correcting and updating means that all the entries for July have been updated, mainly changing events to more suitable types introduced subsequent to the first version.
Just two working events today. Pepys works at the Navy Office and then at home.
There is mention in the diary of the Navy Office reaching an agreement with a neighbour to the office, but there is not really enough detail to warrant another event.