Samuel Pepys diary January 1662

JANUARY 1661-1662

January 1st. Waking this morning out of my sleep on a sudden, I did with
my elbow hit my wife a great blow over her face and nose, which waked her
with pain, at which I was sorry, and to sleep again. Up and went forth
with Sir W. Pen by coach towards Westminster, and in my way seeing that
the Spanish Curate was acted today, I light and let him go alone, and I
home again and sent to young Mr. Pen and his sister to go anon with my
wife and I to the Theatre. That done, Mr. W. Pen came to me and he and I
walked out, and to the Stacioners, and looked over some pictures and
traps for my house, and so home again to dinner, and by and by came the
two young Pens, and after we had eat a barrel of oysters we went by coach
to the play, and there saw it well acted, and a good play it is, only
Diego the Sexton did overdo his part too much. From thence home, and they
sat with us till late at night at cards very merry, but the jest was Mr.
W. Pen had left his sword in the coach, and so my boy and he run out after
the coach, and by very great chance did at the Exchange meet with the
coach and got his sword again. So to bed.

2nd. An invitation sent us before we were up from my Lady Sandwichs, to
come and dine with her: so at the office all the morning, and at noon
thither to dinner, where there was a good and great dinner, and the
company, Mr. William Montagu and his Lady (but she seemed so far from the
beauty that I expected her from my Ladys talk to be, that it put me into
an ill humour all the day, to find my expectation so lost), Mr. Rurttball
and Townsend and their wives. After dinner, borne by water, and so to the
office till night, and then I went forth, by appointment, to meet with Mr.
Grant, who promised to meet me at the Coffee-house to bring me acquainted
with Cooper the great limner in little, but they deceived me, and so I
went home, and there sat at my lute and singing till almost twelve at
night, and so to bed. Sir Richd. Fanshaw is come suddenly from Portugall,
but nobody knows what his business is.

3rd. Lay long in bed, and so up and abroad to several places about petty
businesses. Among others to Toms, who I find great hopes of that he will
do well, which I am glad of, and am not now so hasty to get a wife for him
as I was before. So to dinner to my Lord Crews with him and his Lady, and
after dinner to Faithornes, and there bought some pictures of him; and
while I was there, comes by the Kings life-guard, he being gone to
Lincolns Inn this afternoon to see the Revells there; there being,
according to an old custom, a prince and all his nobles, and other matters
of sport and charge. So home, and up to my chamber to look over my papers
and other things, my mind being much troubled for these four or five days
because of my present great expense, and will be so till I cast up and see
how my estate stands, and that I am loth to do for fear I have spent too
much, and delay it the rather that I may pay for my pictures and my
wifes, and the book that I am buying for Pauls School before I do cast
up my accompts.

4th. At home most of the morning hanging up pictures, and seeing how my
pewter sconces that I have bought will become my stayres and entry, and
then with my wife by water to Westminster, whither she to her fathers and
I to Westminster Hall, and there walked a turn or two with Mr. Chetwin
(who had a dog challenged of him by another man that said it was his, but
Mr. Chetwin called the dog, and the dog at last would follow him, and not
his old master, and so Chetwin got the dog) and W. Symons, and thence to
my wife, who met me at my Lords lodgings, and she and I and old East to
Wilkinsons to dinner, where we had some rost beef and a mutton pie, and a
mince-pie, but none of them pleased me. After dinner by coach my wife and
I home, and I to the office, and there till late, and then I and my wife
to Sir W. Pens to cards and supper, and were merry, and much
correspondence there has been between our two families all this Christmas.
So home and to bed.

5th (Lords day). Left my wife in bed not well… and I to church, and so
home to dinner, and dined alone upon some marrow bones, and had a fine
piece of rost beef, but being alone I eat none. So after dinner comes in
my brother Tom, and he tells me how he hath seen the father and mother of
the girl which my cozen Joyces would have him to have for a wife, and they
are much for it, but we are in a great quandary what to do therein, L200
being but a little money; and I hope, if he continues as he begins, he may
look out for one with more. To church, and before sermon there was a long
psalm, and half another sung out while the Sexton gathered what the church
would give him for this last year. I gave him 3s., and have the last week
given the Clerk 2s., which I set down that I may know what to do the next
year, if it please the Lord that I live so long; but the jest was, the
Clerk begins the 25th psalm, which hath a proper tune to it, and then the
116th, which cannot be sung with that tune, which seemed very ridiculous.
After church to Sir W. Battens, where on purpose I have not been this
fortnight, and I am resolved to keep myself more reserved to avoyd the
contempt which otherwise I must fall into, and so home and six and talked
and supped with my wife, and so up to prayers and to bed, having wrote a
letter this night to Sir J. Mennes in the Downs for his opinion in the
business of striking of flags.

6th (Twelfth day). This morning I sent my lute to the Paynters, and there
I staid with him all the morning to see him paint the neck of my lute in
my picture, which I was not pleased with after it was done. Thence to
dinner to Sir W. Pens, it being a solemn feast day with him, his wedding
day, and we had, besides a good chine of beef and other good cheer,
eighteen mince pies in a dish, the number of the years that he hath been
married, where Sir W. Batten and his Lady, and daughter was, and Colonel
Treswell and Major Holmes, who I perceive would fain get to be free and
friends with my wife, but I shall prevent it, and she herself hath also a
defyance against him. After dinner they set in to drinking, so that I
would stay no longer, but went away home, and Captain Cock, who was quite
drunk, comes after me, and there sat awhile and so away, and anon I went
again after the company was gone, and sat and played at cards with Sir W.
Pen and his children, and so after supper home, and there I hear that my
man Gull was gone to bed, and upon enquiry I hear that he did vomit before
he went to bed, and complained his head ached, and thereupon though he was
asleep I sent for him out of his bed, and he rose and came up to me, and I
appeared very angry and did tax him with being drunk, and he told me that
he had been with Mr. Southerne and Homewood at the Dolphin, and drank a
quart of sack, but that his head did ache before he went out. But I do
believe he has drunk too much, and so I did threaten him to bid his uncle
dispose of him some other way, and sent him down to bed and do resolve to
continue to be angry with him. So to bed to my wife, and told her what had
passed.

7th. Long in bed, and then rose and went along with Sir W. Pen on foot to
Stepny to Mrs. Chappells (who has the pretty boy to her son), and there
met my wife and Sir W. Pens children all, and Mrs. Poole and her boy, and
there dined and were very merry, and home again by coach and so to the
office. In the afternoon and at night to Sir W. Pens, there supped and
played at cards with them and were merry, the children being to go all
away to school again to-morrow. Thence home and to bed.

8th. I rose and went to Westminster Hall, and there walked up and down
upon several businesses, and among others I met with Sir W. Pen, who told
me that he had this morning heard Sir G. Carteret extremely angry against
my man Will that he is every other day with the Commissioners of
Parliament at Westminster, and that his uncle was a rogue, and that he did
tell his uncle every thing that passes at the office, and Sir William,
though he loves the lad, did advise me to part with him, which did with
this surprise mightily trouble me, though I was already angry with him,
and so to the Wardrobe by water, and all the way did examine Will about
the business, but did not tell him upon what score, but I find that the
poor lad do suspect something. To dinner with my Lady, and after dinner
talked long with her, and so home, and to Sir W. Battens, and sat and
talked with him, and so home troubled in mind, and so up to my study and
read the two treaties before Mr. Seldens Mare Clausum, and so to bed.
This night come about L100 from Brampton by carrier to me, in holsters
from my father, which made me laugh.

9th. At the office all the morning private with Sir G. Carteret (who I
expected something from about yesterdays business, but he said nothing),
Sir W. Batten, and Sir W. Pen, about drawing; up an answer to several
demands of my Lord Treasurer, and late at it till 2 oclock. Then to
dinner, and my wife to Sir W. Pens, and so to the office again and sat
till late; and so home, where I found Mr. Armiger below talking with my
wife, but being offended with him for his leaving of my brother Tom I
shewed him no countenance, but did take notice of it to him plainly, and I
perceive he was troubled at it, but I am glad I told him of it. Then (when
he was gone) up to write several letters by the post, and so to set my
papers and things in order, and to bed. This morning we agreed upon some
things to answer to the Duke about the practice of striking of the flags,
which will now put me upon finishing my resolution of writing something
upon the subject.

10th. To White Hall, and there spoke with Sir Paul Neale about a
mathematical request of my Lords to him, which I did deliver to him, and
he promised to employ somebody to answer it, something about observation
of the moon and stars, but what I did not mind. Here I met with Mr. Moore,
who tells me that an injuncon is granted in Chancery against T. Trice, at
which I was very glad, being before in some trouble for it. With him to
Westminster Hall, where I walked till noon talking with one or other, and
so to the Wardrobe to dinner, where tired with Mr. Pickerings company I
returned to Westminster, by appointment, to meet my wife at Mrs. Hunts to
gossip with her, which we did alone, and were very merry, and did give her
a cup and spoon for my wifes god-child, and so home by coach, and I late
reading in my chamber and then to bed, my wife being angry that I keep the
house so late up.

11th. My brother Tom came to me, and he and I to Mr. Turner the Drapers,
and paid L15 to him for cloth owing to him by my father for his mourning
for my uncle, and so to his house, and there invited all the Honiwoods to
dinner on Monday next. So to the Exchange, and there all the news is of
the French and Dutch joyning against us; but I do not think it yet true.
So home to dinner, and in the afternoon to the office, and so to Sir W.
Battens, where in discourse I heard the custom of the election of the
Dukes of Genoa, who for two years are every day attended in the greatest
state; and four or five hundred men always waiting upon him as a king; and
when the two years are out, and another is chose, a messenger is, sent to
him, who stands at the bottom of the stairs, and he at the top, and says,
Va. Illustrissima Serenita sta finita, et puede andar en casa.—Your
serenity is now ended; and now you may be going home, and so claps on his
hat. And the old Duke (having by custom sent his goods home before), walks
away, it may be but with one man at his heels; and the new one brought
immediately in his room, in the greatest state in the world. Another
account was told us, how in the Dukedom of Ragusa, in the Adriatique (a
State that is little, but more ancient, they say, than Venice, and is
called the mother of Venice, and the Turks lie round about it), that they
change all the officers of their guard, for fear of conspiracy, every
twenty-four hours, so that nobody knows who shall be captain of the guard
to-night; but two men come to a man, and lay hold of him as a prisoner,
and carry him to the place; and there he hath the keys of the garrison
given him, and he presently issues his orders for that nights watch: and
so always from night to night. Sir Win. Rider told the first of his own
knowledge; and both he and Sir W. Batten confirm the last. Hence home and
to read, and so to bed, but very late again.

12th (Lords day). To church, where a stranger made a very good sermon. At
noon Sir W. Pen and my good friend Dean Fuller, by appointment, and my
wifes brother by chance, dined with me very merry and handsomely. After
dinner the Dean, my wife and I by Sir W. Pens coach left us, he to
Whitehall, and my wife and I to visit Mrs. Pierce and thence Mrs. Turner,
who continues very ill still, and The. is also fallen sick, which do
trouble me for the poor mother. So home and to read, I being troubled to
hear my wife rate though not without cause at her mayd Nell, who is a lazy
slut. So to prayers and to bed.

13th. All the morning at home, and Mr. Berkenshaw (whom I have not seen a
great while, came to see me), who staid with me a great while talking of
musique, and I am resolved to begin to learn of him to compose, and to
begin to-morrow, he giving of me so great hopes that I shall soon do it.
Before twelve oclock comes, by appointment, Mr. Peter and the Dean, and
Collonel Noniwood, brothers, to dine with me; but so soon that I was
troubled at it. But, however, I entertained them with talk and oysters
till one oclock, and then we sat down to dinner, not staying for my uncle
and aunt Wight, at which I was troubled, but they came by and by, and so
we dined very merry, at least I seemed so, but the dinner does not please
me, and less the Dean and Collonel, whom I found to be pitiful sorry
gentlemen, though good-natured, but Mr. Peter above them both, who after
dinner did show us the experiment (which I had heard talk of) of the
chymicall glasses, which break all to dust by breaking off a little small
end; which is a great mystery to me. They being gone, my aunt Wight and my
wife and I to cards, she teaching of us how to play at gleeke, which is a
pretty game; but I have not my head so free as to be troubled with it. By
and by comes my uncle Wight back, and so to supper and talk, and then
again to cards, when my wife and I beat them two games and they us one,
and so good night and to bed.

14th. All the morning at home, Mr. Berkenshaw by appointment yesterday
coming to me, and begun composition of musique, and he being gone I to
settle my papers and things in my chamber, and so after dinner in the
afternoon to the office, and thence to my chamber about several businesses
of the office and my own, and then to supper and to bed. This day my brave
vellum covers to keep pictures in, come in, which pleases me very much.

15th. This morning Mr. Berkenshaw came again, and after he had examined me
and taught me something in my work, he and I went to breakfast in my
chamber upon a collar of brawn, and after we had eaten, asked me whether
we had not committed a fault in eating to-day; telling me that it is a
fast day ordered by the Parliament, to pray for more seasonable weather;
it having hitherto been summer weather, that it is, both as to warmth and
every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which do
threaten a plague (as all men think) to follow, for so it was almost the
last winter; and the whole year after hath been a very sickly time to this
day. I did not stir out of my house all day, but conned my musique, and at
night after supper to bed.

16th. Towards Cheapside; and in Pauls Churchyard saw the funeral of my
Lord Cornwallis, late Steward of the Kings House, a bold profane talking
man, go by, and thence I to the Paynters, and there paid him L6 for the
two pictures, and 36s. for the two frames. From thence home, and Mr.
Holliard and my brother Tom dined with me, and he did give me good advice
about my health. In the afternoon at the office, and at night to Sir W.
Batten, and there saw him and Captain Cock and Stokes play at cards, and
afterwards supped with them. Stokes told us, that notwithstanding the
country of Gambo is so unhealthy, yet the people of the place live very
long, so as the present king there is 150 years old, which they count by
rains: because every year it rains continually four months together. He
also told us, that the kings there have above 100 wives a-piece, and
offered him the choice of any of his wives to lie with, and so he did
Captain Holmes. So home and to bed.

17th. To Westminster with Mr. Moore, and there, after several walks up and
down to hear news, I met with Lany, the Frenchman, who told me that he had
a letter from France last night, that tells him that my Lord Hinchingbroke
is dead,—[proved false]—and that he did die yesterday was
sennight, which do surprise me exceedingly (though we know that he hath
been sick these two months), so I hardly ever was in my life; but being
fearfull that my Lady should come to hear it too suddenly, he and I went
up to my Lord Crews, and there I dined with him, and after dinner we told
him, and the whole family is much disturbed by it: so we consulted what to
do to tell my Lady of it; and at last we thought of my going first to Mr.
George Montagus to hear whether he had any news of it, which I did, and
there found all his house in great heaviness for the death of his son, Mr.
George Montagu, who did go with our young gentlemen into France, and that
they hear nothing at all of our young Lord; so believing that thence comes
the mistake, I returned to my Lord Crew (in my way in the Piazza seeing a
house on fire, and all the streets full of people to quench it), and told
them of it, which they are much glad of, and conclude, and so I hope, that
my Lord is well; and so I went to my Lady Sandwich, and told her all, and
after much talk I parted thence with my wife, who had been there all the
day, and so home to my musique, and then to bed.

18th. This morning I went to Dr. Williams, and there he told me how T.
Trice had spoke to him about getting me to meet that our difference might
be made up between us by ourselves, which I am glad of, and have appointed
Monday next to be the day. Thence to the Wardrobe, and there hearing it
would be late before they went to dinner, I went and spent some time in
Pauls Churchyard among some books, and then returned thither, and there
dined with my Lady and Sir H. Wright and his lady, all glad of yesterdays
mistake, and after dinner to the office, and then home and wrote letters
by the post to my father, and by and by comes Mr. Moore to give me an
account how Mr. Montagu was gone away of a sudden with the fleet, in such
haste that he hath left behind some servants, and many things of
consequence; and among others, my Lords commission for Embassador.
Whereupon he and I took coach, and to White Hall to my Lords lodgings, to
have spoke with Mr. Ralph Montagu, his brother (and here we staid talking
with Sarah and the old man); but by and by hearing that he was in Covent
Garden, we went thither: and at my Lady Harvys, his sister, I spoke with
him, and he tells me that the commission is not left behind. And so I went
thence by the same coach (setting down Mr. Moore) home, and after having
wrote a letter to my Lord at 12 oclock at night by post I went to bed.

19th (Lords day). To church in the morning, where Mr. Mills preached upon
Christs being offered up for our sins, and there proving the equity with
what justice God would lay our sins upon his Son, he did make such a
sermon (among other things pleading, from Gods universal sovereignty over
all his creatures, the power he has of commanding what he would of his Son
by the same rule as that he might have made us all, and the whole world
from the beginning to have been in hell, arguing from the power the potter
has over his clay), that I could have wished he had let it alone; and
speaking again, the Father is now so satisfied by our security for our
debt, that we might say at the last day as many of us as have interest in
Christs death: Lord, we owe thee nothing, our debt is paid. We are not
beholden to, thee for anything, for thy debt is paid to thee to the full;
which methinks were very bold words. Home to dinner, and then my wife and
I on foot to see Mrs. Turner, who continues still sick, and thence into
the Old Bayly by appointment to speak with Mrs. Norbury who lies at (it
falls out) next door to my uncle Fenners; but as God would have it, we
having no desire to be seen by his people, he having lately married a
midwife that is old and ugly, and that hath already brought home to him a
daughter and three children, we were let in at a back door. And here she
offered me the refusall of some lands of hers at Brampton, if I have a
mind to buy, which I answered her I was not at present provided to do. She
took occasion to talk of her sister Wights making much of the Wights, who
for namesake only my uncle do shew great kindness to, so I fear may do us
that are nearer to him a great deal of wrong, if he should die without
children, which I am sorry for. Thence to my uncle Wights, and there we
supped and were merry, though my uncle hath lately lost 200 or 300 at sea,
and I am troubled to hear that the Turks do take more and more of our
ships in the Straights, and that our merchants here in London do daily
break, and are still likely to do so. So home, and I put in at Sir W.
Battens, where Major Holmes was, and in our discourse and drinking I did
give Sir J. Mennes health, which he swore he would not pledge, and called
him knave and coward (upon the business of Holmes with the Swedish ship
lately), which we all and I particularly did desire him to forbear, he
being of our fraternity, which he took in great dudgeon, and I was vexed
to hear him persist in calling him so, though I believe it to be true, but
however he is to blame and I am troubled at it. So home and to prayers,
and to bed.

20th. This morning Sir Win. Batten and Pen and I did begin the examining
the Treasurers accounts, the first time ever he had passed in the office,
which is very long, and we were all at it till noon, and then to dinner,
he providing a fine dinner for us, and we eat it at Sir W. Battens, where
we were very merry, there being at table the Treasurer and we three, Mr.
Wayth, Ferrer, Smith, Turner, and Mr. Morrice, the wine cooper, who this
day did divide the two butts, which we four did send for, of sherry from
Cales, and mine was put into a hogshead, and the vessel filled up with
four gallons of Malaga wine, but what it will stand us in I know not: but
it is the first great quantity of wine that I ever bought. And after
dinner to the office all the afternoon till late at night, and then home,
where my aunt and uncle Wight and Mrs. Anne Wight came to play at cards
(at gleek which she taught me and my wife last week) and so to supper, and
then to cards and so good night. Then I to my practice of musique and then
at 12 oclock to bed. This day the workmen began to make me a sellar door
out of the back yard, which will much please me.

21st. To the finishing of the Treasurers accounts this morning, and then
to dinner again, and were merry as yesterday, and so home, and then to the
office till night, and then home to write letters, and to practise my
composition of musique, and then to bed. We have heard nothing yet how far
the fleet hath got toward Portugall, but the wind being changed again, we
fear they are stopped, and may be beat back again to the coast of Ireland.

22d. After musique-practice, to White Hall, and thence to Westminster, in
my way calling at Mr. George Montagus, to condole him the loss of his
son, who was a fine gentleman, and it is no doubt a great discomfort to
our two young gentlemen, his companions in France. After this discourse he
told me, among other news, the great jealousys that are now in the
Parliament House. The Lord Chancellor, it seems, taking occasion from this
late plot to raise fears in the people, did project the raising of an army
forthwith, besides the constant militia, thinking to make the Duke of York
General thereof. But the House did, in very open terms, say, they were
grown too wise to be fooled again into another army; and said they had
found how that man that hath the command of an army is not beholden to any
body to make him King. There are factions (private ones at Court) about
Madam Palmer; but what it is about I know not. But it is something about
the Kings favour to her now that the Queen is coming. He told me, too,
what sport the King and Court do make at Mr. Edward Montagus leaving his
things behind him. But the Chancellor (taking it a little more seriously)
did openly say to my Lord Chamberlain, that had it been such a gallant as
my Lord Mandeville his son, it might have; been taken as a frolique; but
for him that would be thought a grave coxcomb, it was very strange. Thence
to the Hall, where I heard the House had ordered all the Kings murderers,
that remain, to be executed, but Fleetwood and Downes. So to the Wardrobe
and there dined, meeting my wife there, who went after dinner with my Lady
to see Mr. George Montagus lady, and I to have a meeting by appointment
with Tho. Trice and Dr. Williams in order to a treating about the
difference between us, but I find there is no hopes of ending it but by
law, and so after a pint or two of wine we parted. So to the Wardrobe for
my wife again, and so home, and after writing and doing some things to
bed.

23rd. All the morning with Mr. Berkenshaw, and after him Mr. Moore in
discourse of business, and in the afternoon by coach by invitacon to my
uncle Fenners, where I found his new wife, a pitiful, old, ugly, illbred
woman in a hatt, a midwife. Here were many of his, and as many of her
relations, sorry, mean people; and after choosing our gloves, we all went
over to the Three Crane Tavern, and though the best room in the house, in
such a narrow dogg-hole we were crammed, and I believe we were near forty,
that it made me loathe my company and victuals; and a sorry poor dinner it
was too. After dinner, I took aside the two Joyces, and took occasion to
thank them for their kind thoughts for a wife for Tom: but that
considering the possibility there is of my having no child, and what then
I shall be able to leave him, I do think he may expect in that respect a
wife with more money, and so desired them to think no more of it. Now the
jest was Anthony mistakes and thinks that I did all this while encourage
him (from my thoughts of favour to Tom) to pursue the match till Will
Joyce tells him that he was mistaken. But how he takes it I know not, but
I endeavoured to tell it him in the most respectful way that I could. This
done with my wife by coach to my aunt Wights, where I left her, and I to
the office, and that being done to her again, and sat playing at cards
after supper till 12 at night, and so by moonshine home and to bed.

24th. This morning came my cozen Thos. Pepys the Executor, to speak with
me, and I had much talk with him both about matters of money which my Lord
Sandwich has of his and I am bond for, as also of my uncle Thomas, who I
hear by him do stand upon very high terms. Thence to my painters, and
there I saw our pictures in the frames, which please me well. Thence to
the Wardrobe, where very merry with my Lady, and after dinner I seat for
the pictures thither, and mine is well liked; but she is much offended
with my wifes, and I am of her opinion, that it do much wrong her; but I
will have it altered. So home, in my way calling at Popes Head alley, and
there bought me a pair of scissars and a brass square. So home and to my
study and to bed.

25th. At home and the office all the morning. Walking in the garden to
give the gardener directions what to do this year (for I intend to have
the garden handsome), Sir W. Pen came to me, and did break a business to
me about removing his son from Oxford to Cambridge to some private
college. I proposed Magdalene, but cannot name a tutor at present; but I
shall think and write about it. Thence with him to the Trinity-house to
dinner; where Sir Richard Brown (one of the clerks of the Council, and who
is much concerned against Sir N. Crisps project of making a great sasse

     [A kind of weir with flood-gate, or a navigable sluice.  This
     project is mentioned by Evelyn, January 16th, 1661-62, and Lysons
     Environs vol. iv., p.  392.—B.]

in the Kings lands about Deptford, to be a wett-dock to hold 200 sail of
ships. But the ground, it seems, was long since given by the King to Sir
Richard) was, and after the Trinity-house men had done their business, the
master, Sir William Rider, came to bid us welcome; and so to dinner, where
good cheer and discourse, but I eat a little too much beef, which made me
sick, and so after dinner we went to the office, and there in a garden I
went in the dark and vomited, whereby I did much ease my stomach. Thence
to supper with my wife to Sir W. Pens, his daughter being come home
to-day, not being very well, and so while we were at supper comes Mr.
Moore with letters from my Lord Sandwich, speaking of his lying still at
Tangier, looking for the fleet; which, we hope, is now in a good way
thither. So home to write letters by the post to-night, and then again to
Sir W. Pens to cards, where very merry, and so home and to bed.

26th (Lords day). To church in the morning, and then home to dinner alone
with my wife, and so both to church in the afternoon and home again, and
so to read and talk with my wife, and to supper and to bed. It having been
a very fine clear frosty day-God send us more of them!—for the warm
weather all this winter makes us fear a sick summer. But thanks be to God,
since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find myself much better and do
mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in
idle company.

27th. This morning, both Sir Williams and I by barge to Deptford-yard to
give orders in businesses there; and called on several ships, also to give
orders, and so to Woolwich, and there dined at Mr. Falconers of victuals
we carried ourselves, and one Mr. Dekins, the father of my Morena, of whom
we have lately bought some hemp. That being done we went home again. This
morning, going to take water upon Tower-hill, we met with three sleddes
standing there to carry my Lord Monson and Sir H. Mildmay and another, to
the gallows and back again, with ropes about their necks; which is to be
repeated every year, this being the day of their sentencing the King.

28th. This morning (after my musique practice with Mr. Berkenshaw) with my
wife to the Paynters, where we staid very late to have her picture
mended, which at last is come to be very like her, and I think well done;
but the Paynter, though a very honest man, I found to be very silly as to
matter of skill in shadows, for we were long in discourse, till I was
almost angry to hear him talk so simply. So home to dinner and then to the
office, and so home for all night.

29th. To Westminster, and at the Parliament door spoke with Mr. Coventry
about business, and so to the Wardrobe to dinner, and thence to several
places, and so home, where I found Mrs. Pen and Mrs. Rooth and Smith, who
played at cards with my wife, and I did give them a barrel of oysters, and
had a pullet to supper for them, and when it was ready to come to table,
the foolish girl had not the manners to stay and sup with me, but went
away, which did vex me cruelly. So I saw her home, and then to supper, and
so to musique practice, and to bed.

30th. Fast-day for the murthering of the late King. I went to church, and
Mr. Mills made a good sermon upon Davids words, Who can lay his hands
upon the Lords Anoynted and be guiltless? So home and to dinner, and
employed all the afternoon in my chamber, setting things and papers to
rights, which pleased me very well, and I think I shall begin to take
pleasure in being at home and minding my business. I pray God I may, for I
find a great need thereof. At night to supper and to bed.

31st. All the morning, after musique practice, in my cellar, ordering some
alteracons therein, being much pleased with my new door into the back
yard. So to dinner, and all the afternoon thinking upon business. I did by
night set many things in order, which pleased me well, and puts me upon a
resolution of keeping within doors and minding my business and the
business of the office, which I pray God I may put in practice. At night
to bed.