Samuel Pepys Diary - in code 1667

The Complete Diary


First read a commentary based on Claire Tomalin's The Unequalled Self

Secretive Passages in Chronological Order

In cooperation with my colleague Prizzlesprung, who is sifting the Diary again for secretive passages, we present the following:

| 1660-1665 | 1666 |


| January 2nd | January 6th | January 10th | January 13th | January 15th | January 24th | January 27th | January 30th |
| February 1st | February 5th | February 11th | February 16th | February 17th | February 18th |
| March 4th | March 6th | March 8th | March 13th | March 15th | March 19th | March 20th | March 22nd | March 24th | March 31st|
| April 1st | April 5th | April 8th | April 9th | April 13th | April 23rd |
| May 1st | May 20th | May 23rd | May 26th |
| June 9th | June 18th | July 3rd | July 6th |
| August 12th | August 21st | August 25th |
| September 1st | September 6th | September 17th | September 30th |
| October 4th | October 13th | October 14th | October 23rd | October 31st |
| November 22nd | December 24th | December 31st |

January 2nd, 1667
“So down to the Hall and to the Rose tavern, while Doll Lane came to me and we did biber a good deal de vino, et jo did give ella 12 solidos para comprar ella gans for a new ano’s gift. I did tocar et no mas su cosa, but in fit time and place jo creo que je pouvais faire whatever I would con ella.”

January 6th, 1667
Lords day. Up pretty well in the morning; and then to church, where a dull doctor, a stranger, made a dull sermon. Then home, and Betty Michell and her husband came by invitation to dine with us; and she I find the same as ever (which I was afeared to the contrary) notwithstanding what yo haze ella hazer cum ego the last Sunday but one when we were abroad together. Here came also Mr. How to dine with me. And a good dinner – and good merry discourse, with much pleasure, I enjoying myself mightily to have friends at my table.”

January 10th, 1667
“… maister and Mates being examined-which I took and keep. And so broke up, and I to my letters by the post; and so home and to supper with my mind at pretty good ease, being entered upon minding my business; and so to bed. <This noon Mrs. Burroughs came to me about busi[ness], whom I did besar and haza ella tocar mi chose.>”

January 13th, 1667
Lords day. Up, and to church, where young Lowder came to church with Sir W. Pen and his Lady and daughter; and my wife tells me that either they are married or the match is quite perfected; which I am apt to believe, because all the peoples eyes in the church were much fixed upon them. At noon sent for Mercer, who dined with us, and very merry; and so after dinner walked to the old Swan, thinking to have got a boat to White-hall; but could not, for was there anybody at home at Michells, where I thought to have sat with her – et peut etre obtain algo de her-which I did intend para essayer. So home to church, a dull sermon; and then home at my chamber all the evening. So to supper and to bed.”

January 15th, 1667
“… coming on to be a great actor. But I am so fell to my business, that I, though against my inclination, will not go. At noon dined with my wife – and were pleasant; and then to the office, where I got Mrs. Burroughs sola cum ego – and did tocar su mamelles so as to hazer me hazer. She gone, I to my business and did much; and among other things tonight, we were all ….”

January 24th, 1667
“The company being all gone to their homes, I up and with Mrs. Pierce to Knipp, who was in bed; and we waked her and there I handled her breasts and did baiser la and sing my song, lying by her on the bed; and then left my wife to see Mrs. Pierce in bed with me in our best chamber, and so to bed myself – my mind being mightily satisfied with all this evening’s work, ….”

January 27th, 1667
“After walking up and down the Court with him, it being now dark and past 6 at night, I walked to the Swan in the Palace yard and there with much ado did get a waterman; and so I sent for the Michells and they came, and their father Howlett and his wife with them, and there we drank; and so into the boat – poor Betty’s head akeing. We home by water, a fine moonshine and warm night, it having been also a very summers day for warmth. I did get her hand to me under my cloak and did oter sa gans, but ella ne voudroit tocar mi cosa today, whatever the matter was, and I was loath to contrendre her to faire, de peur qu’ell faisait son mari prendre notice thereof. So there we parted at their house, and he walked almost home with me; and I to supper, and to read a little and to bed.”

January 30th, 1667
“… I do. So to dinner. Then to my chamber all the afternoon; and in the evening my wife and I and Mercer and Barker to little Michells, walked, with some neats tounges and cake and wine; and there sat with the little Couple with great pleasure, and talked and eat and drank and saw their little house, which is very pretty – and I much pleased therewith; and so walked home about 8 at night, it being little Mooneshine and fair weather; and so into the garden and with Mercer sang till my wife put me in mind of it being a fast-day, and so I was sorry for it and stopped; and home to Cards a while, and had opportunity para besar Mercer several times, and so to bed.”

February 1st, 1667
“Up and to the office, where I was all the morning doing business. At noon home to dinner; and after dinner down by the water, though it was a thick misty and raining day, and walked to Depford from Redriffe and there to Bagwells by appointment – where the moher erat within expecting mi venida. And did sensa alguna difficulty monter los degrees and lie, comme jo desired it, upon lo lectum; and there I did la cosa con much voluptas. Je besa also her venter and cons and saw the poyle thereof. She would seem alguns veces very religious, but yet did permit me to hazer todo esto et quicquid amplius volebam. By and by su marido came in, and there, without any notice taken by him, we discoursed of our business of getting him the new ship building by Mr. Deane, which I shall do for him.”
[later ...]

“Thence by water to Billinsgate and thence to the Old Swan and there took boat, it now being night, to Westminster; there to the Hall and find Doll Lane, and con ella I went to the Bell tavern, and ibi jo did do what I would con ella as well as I could, she sedento sobra una chair and making some little resistance – but all with much content, and jo tena much plazer cum ista. There parted, and I by coach home and to the office, where pretty late doing business; and then home and merry with my wife, and to supper.”

February 5th, 1667
“…. I was troubled with my pain, having got a bruise on my right testicle, I know not how. But this I did make good use of to make my wife shift sides with me, and I did come to sit avec Betty Michell and there had her mano, which ella did give me very frankly now, and did hazer whatever I voudrais avec la – which did plazer me grandement. ….”

February 11th, 1667
“….Having done what we had to do there, my Lord carried me and set me down at the New Exchange, where I stayed at Pottle’s shop till B. Michell came, which she did about 5 a-clock and was surprised not to trover mi moher there. But I did make an excuse good enough, and so I took ella down and over the way to the cabinet-makers, and there bought a dressing-box for her for 20s, but would require an hours time to make fit. This I was glad of, thinking to have got ella to andar to a caca de biber; but ella would not, so I did not much press it but suffered ella to andar a la casa de uno de sos hermanos, and I passed my time walking up and down; and among other places, to one Drumbelby, a maker of flagelettes, the best in town.”
[later ...]
“…. And the mistress of the shop took us into the kitchen and there talked and used us very prettily; and took her for my wife, which I owned and her big belly; and there very merry till my thing done, and then took coach and home, in the way tomando su mano and putting it where I used to do; which ella did suffer, but not avec tant de freedom as heretofore, I perceiving plainly she had alguns apprehensions de me, but I did offer natha more than what I had often done. But now comes our trouble; I did begin to fear that su marido might go to my house to enquire por ella, and there trovando mi moher at home, would not only think himself, but give my femme occasion to think strange things. This did trouble me mightily; so though ella would not seem to have me trouble myself about it, yet did agree to the stopping the coach at street’s end; and yo allays con ella home and there presently hear by him that he had newly sent su maid to my house to see for her mistress. This doth much perplex me, and I did go presently home (Betty whispering me, behind the tergo de her mari, that if I would say that we did come home by water, ella could make up la cosa well satis). And there in a sweat did walk in the entry antes my door, thinking what I should say a my femme; and as God would have it, while I was in this case (the worst in reference a my femme that ever I was in in my life), a little woman comes stumbling to the entry-steps in the dark; whom asking whom she was, she enquired for my house; so knowing her voice and telling her su donna is come home, she went away. ….”

February 16th, 1667
“…. At noon home to dinner and there find Mr. Andrews and Pierce and Hollyard, and they dined with us and merry; but we did rise soon for saving of my wife’s seeing a new play this afternoon, and so away by coach and left her at Mrs. Pierces; myself to the Excise Office about business, and thence to the Temple to walk a little only, and then to Westminster to pass away time till noon. And here I went to Mrs. Martin’s to thank her for her oysters and there yo did hazer tout ce que je would con her, and she grown la plus bold moher of the orbis – so that I was almost defessus of the pleasure que ego was used para tener with ella.”

February 17th, 1667
Lords Day. Up, and called at Michell’s and took him and his wife and carried them to Westminster, I landing at White-hall and having no pleasure in the way con ella; and so to the Duke’s, where we all met and had a hot encounter before the Duke of York about the business of our payments at the Ticket Office; where we urged that we had nothing to do to be troubled with the pay, having examined the tickets. ….”
[later ...]
“…. Old Michell and his wife came to see me, and there we drank and laughed a little; and then the young ones and I took boat, it being a fine moonshine. I did to my trouble see all the way that ella did get as close to su marido as ella could, and turn her manos away quando yo did endeavor to take one de los – so that I had no pleasure at all con ella ce night. When we landed, I did take occasion to send him back a the bateau while I did get un baiser or two, and would have taken la by the hand; but ella did turn away, and quando I said “Shall I not tocar te” answered “Yo no love touching”, in a slight modo. I seemed not to take notice of it, but parted kindly et su marido did andar with me almost a mi casa, and there parted; and so home troubled at this; but I think I shall make good use of it and mind my business more. ….”
“…. And I to supper and then to read my vows, and to bed – my mind troubled about Betty Michell pour sa carriage this night envers moy, but do hope it will put me upon doing mi mismo some bonum. ….”
[and finally ...]
“…. Having discoursed all this and much more, he away. And I to supper and then to read my vows, and to bed – my mind troubled about Betty Michell pour sa carriage this night envers moy, but do hope it will put me upon doing mi mismo some bonum. ….”

February 18th, 1667
“ …. Then by coach to the Exchequer about some tallies; and thence back again home, by the way meeting Mr. Weaver of Huntington, and did discourse our business of law together; which did ease my mind, for I was afeared I have omitted the doing what I in prudence ought to have done. So home and to dinner; and after dinner to the office, where yo had Mrs. Burrows all sola a my closet, and there did besar and tocar su mamelles as much as yo quisere hasta a hazer me hazer, but ella would not suffer that yo should poner mi mano abaxo ses jupes, which yo endeavoured. ….”

March 4th, 1667
“…. But by this time Sir W. Batten was come to be in much pain in his foot, so as he was forced to be carried down in a chair to the barge again; and so away to Deptford, and there I a little in the yard; and then to Bagwells, where I find his wife washing, and I did hazer todo que jo voudrais con her; and then sent for her husband and discoursed of his going to Harwich this week to his charge of the new ship building there which I have got him – and so away, walked to Redriffe and there took boat and away home, upon Tower-hill, near the Ticket Office, meeting with my old acquaintance Mr. Chaplin the cheesemonger; and there fell to talk of news and he tells me that for certain the King of France is denied passage with his army through Flanders – and that he hears that the Dutch do stand upon high terms with us, and will have a promise of not being obliged to strike the flag to us before they will treat with us, and other high things which I am ashamed of and do hope will never be yielded to. ….”

March 6th, 1667
“…. Thence by coach home and stayed a very little; and then down by water to Redriffe and walked to Bagwells; where la moher was dentro sed would not have me demorer there parceque Mrs. Batters and one of my ancillas, I believe Jane (for she was gone abroad today), was in the town and coming thither; so I away presently, esteeming it a great escape. So to the yard and spoke a word or two; and then by water home, wondrous cold and reading a ridiculous ballad made in praise of the Duke of Albemarle to the tune of St. George, the tune being printed too. ….”

March 8th, 1667
“ …. So to the Swan, and there have three or four besados of the little ancilla there; and so to Westminster hall, where I saw Mr. Martin the purser come through with a picture in his hand which he had bought, and observed how all the people of the Hall did fleer and laugh upon him, crying, “There is plenty grown up on a sudden!” and the truth is, I was a little troubled that my favor should fall on so vain a fellow as he; and the more because methought the people do gaze upon me as the man that had raised him, and as if they guessed whence my kindness to him springs.”

March 13th, 1667
“…. So home by water, and stepped into Michells and there did besar my Betty, que egrotat a little. At home find Mr. Holliard and made him eat a bit of victuals. ….”

March 15th, 1667
“ …. Then to Westminster-hall and then spent an hour or two walking up and down, thinking para aver got out Doll Lane, sed yo no could do it, having no opportunity de hazer le, ainsi lost the todo afternoon; and so away and called my wife and home, where a little at the office and then home to my closet to enter my Journalls, and so to supper and to bed. ….”
[later ...]
“…. This noon came little Mis Tooker, who is grown a little woman; ego had l’opportunity para besar her and tocar la abaxo con my hand. She is pretty still, but had no mind to be vido, being not habilado as ella would be. My wife did tell me the other day that she heard she had had the gran pecho, but I hope no such thing. I sum certain that I should have been glad para aver tempo and lugar to have hecho algo con her. ….”

March 19th, 1667
“ …. I would also remember to my shame how I was pleased yesterday to find the vetus maid of Magister Griffin sweeping of nostra office, ella con the Roman nariz and bon body which I did heretofore like, and doth still refresh me to think que ella is come otra vez to us, that I may ver her a lo cuando. ….”

March 20th, 1667
“…. Thence to Westminster-hall and drank at the Swan and besado the petite moza; and so to Mrs. Martins who I find in opposante and su hermana rising. So here I had opportunity para tocar tout sobra su body as I would, and did traher sus pernos out of the lecto and do hazer myself hazer. ….”
[later ...]
“…. Thence to Westminster-hall again, and there saw Betty Michell and bought a pair of gloves of her, she being fain to keep shop there, her mother being sick and father gathering the tax. I aime her de todo mi corazon. Thence, my mind wandering all this day upon mauvais amours which yo be merry for. ….”
[later ...]
“ …. So to the New Exchange, where I find my wife; and thence to Westminster, only out of idleness and to get some little pleasure to my mauvaises flammes; but sped not, so back and took up my wife and to Polichenelli at Charing-cross, which is prettier and prettier, and so full of variety that it is extraordinary good entertainment. ….’

March 22nd, 1667
“ …. So to White-hall, where the King at chapel; and I would not stay, but to Westminster to Herbert’s and there, he not being well, I sent for a quart of claret and burnt it and drank, and had a besado or three or four of Sarah, whom yo trouvais aqui; and so by coach to Sir Rob Viner’s about my accounts with him; and so to the Change, where I hear for certain that we are going on with our treaty of peace, and that we are to treat at Bredah. ….”

March 24th, 1667
“ …. So he and I parted, and I to Martin’s, where I find her within, and su hermano and la veuve Burroughs. Here I did demorar toda the afternoon bezando las and drank; and among other things, did by trick arrive at tocando el poil la thing the veuve abovesaid. ….”

March 31st, 1667
“ …. So away back by water; and left Balty at White-hall, and I to Mrs. Martin and there did haze todo which yo would hazer con her; and so by coach home and there to my chamber; and then to supper and bed – having not had time to make up my accounts of this month at this very day, but will in a day or two and pay my forfeit for not doing it, though business hath most hindered me. …”

April 1st, 1667

“…. Thence after dinner home, and by water to Redriffe, and walked (fine weather) to Deptford and there did business and so back again; walked, and pleased with a jolie femme that I saw going and coming in the way, which yo could aver sido contented para avec stayed with if yo could have ganar acquaintance con ella; but at such times as those I am at a great loss, having not confidence, ni alguno ready wit. ….”

April 5th, 1667

“And then down to the Old Swan and drank with Betty and her husband, but no opportunity para besar la.”

April 8th, 1667

“Up; and having dressed myself, and to the office a little and out, and expecting to have seen the pretty daughter of the Ship tavern at the hither end of Billiter lane (whom I never yet have opportunity to speak to), I in there to drink my morning draught of a half pint of Rhenish wine, but a mi dolor ella and their family are going away thence and a new man come to the house.”

April 9th, 1667

“…. After the play was done, as I came, so I went away alone; and had a mind to have taken out Knepp to have taken the ayre with her, and so to that end sent a porter in to her that she should take a coach and come to me to the piatza in Covent-garden; where I waited for her, but was doubtful I might have done ill in doing it if we should be visto ensemble; sed ella was gone out, and so I was eased of that care; and therefore away to Westminster to the Swan, and there did bezar la little mosa and hazer tocar mi thing <through mi chemise> con su mano, at which she was enojado; but I did donar ella algo, and so all well and drank; and then by water to the Old Swan and there found Betty Michell sitting at the door; it being darkish, I stayed and talked a little with her, but no osais bezar la, though she was to my thinking at this time una de las plus pretty mohers that ever I did ver in my vida. And God forgive me, my mind did run sobra ella all the vespre and night and la day suivante.

April 13th, 1667

….This afternoon came Mrs. Lowther to me to the office, and there yo did tocar su mamelles and did bezar them and su boca, which she took fort willingly, and perhaps yo posse in time a hazer mas to her.

April 23rd, 1667

…. Then to the office to do things towards the post; and then my wife I set down at her mother’s; and I up and down to do business, but did little, and so to Mrs. Martin’s and there did hazer what I would con her; and then called my wife, and to little Michell’s, where we saw the little child; which I like mightly, being I think very pretty, and asked her how she did, being might glad of her doing well; and so home to the office and then to my chamber and so to bed.

May 1st, 1667

…. Thence to Westminster, in the way meeting many milk-maids with their garlands upon their pails, dancing with a fiddler before them, and saw pretty Nelly standing at her lodgings door in Drury-lane in her smock-sleeves and bodice, looking upon one – she seemed a mighty pretty creature. To the Hall and there walked a while, it being term; and thence home to the Rose and there had Doll Lane vener para me; but it was in a lugar mighty ouvert, so as we no poda hazer algo; so parted and then met again at the Swan, where for la misma reason we no pode hazer, but put off to recontrar anon, which I only used as a put-off; and so parted and to my Lord Crew’s, where I found them at dinner; and among others, Mrs. Bocket, which I have not seen in a long time, and two little dirty children, and she as idle a prating, impertinent woman as ever she was.

May 20th, 1667

“…. Thence by water to Westminster-hall and there walked a while, talking at random with Sir Wm. Doyly; and so away to Mrs. Martin’s lodging, who was gone before expecting me; and there yo haze what yo vellem cum her, and drank; and so by coach home (but I have forgotten that I did in the morning go to the Swan; and there tumbling of la little fille, son uncle did trouver her cum su neckcloth off, which I was ashamed of, but made no great matter of it but let it pass with a laugh) and there spent the evening with my wife at our Flagelettes; and so to supper, and after a little reading, to bed. ….”

May 23rd, 1667

“ …. After dinner, I to my chamber and my wife and father to talk; and by and by they tell Mrs. Daniel would speak with me, so I down to the parlour to her and sat down together and talked about getting her husband a place; and here I did adventure etsi the porta etait operta para put my mano abajo su jupes two or three temps et touch her cosa con great pleasure, ella resisting pretty much, sed never the minus submitted. I do promise, and mean to do what kindness I can to her husband; and after having been there hasta yo was ashamed, de peur that my people pensaient to pragma de it, or lest they might espy nous through some trees, we parted, and I to the office and presently back home again, and there was asked by my wife, I know not whether simply or with design, how I came to look as I did, car yo was in much calor et de body and of animi; which I put off the heat of the season, and so to other business, and I had some fear hung upon me lest algo had sido decouvert. ….”

... “ …. This afternoon I had opportunity para jouer with Mrs. Pen, tocando her mamelles and besando ella – being sola in the casa of her pater – and she fort willing.”

May 26th, 1667

“ …. After dinner, I by water alone to Westminster, where not finding Mrs. Martin within, did go toward the parish church and in the way did overtake her, who resolved to go into the church with her that she was going with (Mrs. Hargrave, the little crooked woman, the vinter’s wife of the Dog) and then go out again; and so I to the church; and seeing her return, did go to go out again myself, but met with Mr. Howlett, who offering me a pew in the gallery, I had no excuse but up with him I must go, and there, much against my will, stayed out the whole church in pain, while she expected me at home; but I did entertain myself with my perspective glass up and down the church, by which I had the pleasure of seeing and gazing a great many very fine women; and what with that and sleeping, I passed away the time till sermon was done; and then to Mrs. Martin and there stayed with her an hour or two, and there did what jo would with her. ….”

June 9th, 1667

“ …. And so I to Westminster church and there stayed a good while, and saw Betty Michell there. So away thence; and after church to Mrs. Martins and there haze what jo would with her. ….”

June 18th, 1667

“…. “Up, and did this morning dally with Nell and touch her thing, which I was afterward troubled for. To the office, and there all the morning. Peg Pen came to see me, and I was glad of it; and did resolve to have tried her this afternoon, but that there was company with ella at my house, whither I got her. ….”

July 3rd, 1667

“…. So home, and to enter my Journall of my late journy to this hour; and then to the office – where to do a little business; and then by water to White-hall (calling at Michells in my way, but the rogue would not invite me in, I having a mind para ver his wife); and there to the Council-chamber to deliver a letter to their Lordships about the state of six merchantmen which we have been so long fitting out.”

July 6th, 1667

“ …. After dinner away, leaving Creed there, by coach to Westminster, where to the Swan and drank; and then to the Hall and there a little, with great joy of the peace; and then to Mrs. Martin’s, where met I with the good news que esta no es con child <she having de estos upon her> [that she was not pregnant, as she was having her period] - the fear of which, which she did give me the other day, had troubled me much.  My joy in this made me send for wine, and thither came her sister and Mrs. Cragg and I stayed a good while there.  But her happened the best instance of a woman’s falseness in the world; that her sister Doll, who went for a bottle of wine, did come home all blubbering and swearing against one Captain Vandena, a Dutchman of the Rhenish wine-house, that pulled her into a stable by the Dog tavern and there did tumble and toss her; calling him all the rogues and toads in the world, when she knows that ella hath suffered me to do anything with her a hundred times. ….”

August 12th, 1667

“My wife waked betimes to call up her people to washing, and so to bed again; whom I then hugged, it being cold now in the mornings, and then did otra cosa con her, which I had not done con ella for these tres meses past, which I do believe is a great matter towards the making of her of late so indifferent towards me, and with good reason; but now she had much pleasure, and so go to sleep again. ….”

August 21st, 1667

“…. So to Westminster-hall and there stayed a while; and thence to Mrs. Martin’s and there did take a little pleasure both with her and her sister.  Here sat and talked, and it is a strange thing to see the impudence of the woman, that desires by all means to have her marido come home, only that she might be at liberty to have me para tocar her; which is a thing I do not so much desire. ….”

August 25th, 1667

“25.  Lords day.  Up, and to church and thence home; and Pelling comes by invitation to dine with me, and much pleasant discourse with him.  After dinner, away by water to Whitehall, where I landed Pelling, who is going to his wife where she is in the country at parson’s greene; and myself to Westminster and there at the Swan I did besar Frank. [Frances Udall, from The Swan] ….”

September 1st, 1667

“1.  Lord’s day.  Up, and betimes by water from the Tower; and called at the Old Swan for a glass of strong water and sent word to have little Michell and his wife come and dine with us today; and so, taking in a gentleman and his lady that wanted a boat, I to Westminster, setting them on shore at Charing-cross; I to Mrs. Martin’s, where I had two pair of cuffs which I bespoke, and there did sit and talk with her and no mas, ella having aquellos upon her; …..”

September 6th, 1667

“6.  Up, and to Westminster to the Exchequer and then into the Hall; and there bought Guillim’s Heraldry for my wife.  And so to the Swan, and thither came Doll Lane and yo did tocar her and drank and so away; I took a coach home, where I find my wife gone to Walthamstow by invitation with Sir W. Batten; and so I fallowed, talking to Mrs. Turner, and she and I much discourse all the way touching the baseness of Sir W. Penn and sluttishness of his family – and how the world doth suspect that his son Lowther, who is sick of a sore mouth, hath got the pox.”

September 17th, 1667

“17.  Up and at the office all the morning – where Mr. Wren came to us and sat with us, only to learn; and doth entend to come once or twice a week and sit with us.  In the afternoon I walked to the Old Swan, the way might dirty; and there called at Michell’s and there had opportunity para kiss su moher, but ella did receive it with a great deal of seeming regret, which did vex me.  But however, I do not doubt overcoming her as I did the moher of the menusier of Deptford.  So thence by water to Westminster to Burges, and there did receive my orders for 15000l more for Tanger.  Thence to the Hall and there talked a little with Mrs. Michell, and so to Mrs. Martin’s to pay for my cuffs and drink with her, and did hazer la cosa with her. ….”

September 30th, 1667

“ …. Home at noon to dinner, where I expected to have had our new girle, my wife’s woman, but she is not yet come.  I abroad after dinner to White-hall and there, among other things, do hear that there will be Musique tomorrow night before the King. So to Westminster, where to the Swan; and there did I fling down the fille there upon the chair and did tocar her thigh with my hand; at which she begin to cry out, so I left off and drank, and away to the Hall and thence to Mrs. Martin’s to bespeak some linen, and there yo did hazer algo with ella and drank and away, having promised my god-daughter a new coat, her first coat.  So by coach home, and there find our pretty girl, Willet, come brought by Mr. Batelier; and she is very pretty, and so grave as I never saw little thing in my life.  Endeed, I think her a little too good for my family, and so well-carriaged as I hardly ever saw – I wish my wife may use her well. ….”

October 4th, 1667

“…. And so to my Lord Ashly’s, where after dinner, Sir H. Cholmly, Creed, and I with his Lordship about Mr. Yeabsly’s business – where having come to agreement with him, abating him 1000l of what he demands for ships lost, I to Westminster to Mrs. Martin’s lodging, whither I sent for her and there hear that her husband is come from sea, which is sooner then I expected.  And here stayed and drank, and so did tocar ella and away; ….”

October 13th, 1667

“…. Thence I to the Chapel and there heard the sermon and a pretty good anthemme; and so home by water to dinner, where Bowles and brother, and a good dinner; and in the afternoon to make good my Journall to this day, and so again by water again to White-hall.  And thence only walked to Mrs. Martin’s and there sat with her and her sister and Burroughs and did tocar la prima, and there drank and talked and away by water to home; ….”

October 14th, 1667

“ …. Thence I to Mrs. Martin’s, where by appointment comes to me Mrs. Howlett, which I was afeared was to have told me something of my freedom with her daughter; but it was not so, but only to complain to me of her son-in-law, how he abuses and makes a slave of her, and his mother is one that encourages him in it, so that they are at this time upon very bad terms one with another; and desires that I would take time to advise him and tell him what becomes him to do; which office I am very glad of, for some ends of my own also con us fila; and there drank and parted, I mightily satisfied with this business. ….”

October 23rd, 1667

“…. Thence to Mrs. Martin’s, and there stayed till 2 a-clock and drank and talked, and did give her 3l to buy my god-daughter her first new gowne – and did hazer algo con her; and so away homeward and in my way met Sir W. Penn in Cheapside, ….”

October 31st, 1667

“... we all parted; and I by water (calling at Michells, and saw and once kissed sa wife, but I do think he is jealous of her and so she dares not stand out of his sight).

November 22nd, 1667

“Up betimes; and drinking my morning draught of strong water with Betty Michell, but had not opportunity para besar la; I by water to White-hall and there met Creed; ….”

December 24th, 1667

            “Up, and all the morning at the office; and at noon with my clerks to dinner and then to the office again, busy at the office till 6 at night; and then by coach to St. James’s, it being now about 6 at night, my design being to see the Ceremonys, this night being the Eve of Christmas, at the Queen’s Chapel.  But it being not begun, I to Westminster hall and there stayed and walked; and then to the Swan and there drank and talked, and did besar a little Frank; and so to White-hall and sent my coach round, and I through the park to chapel, where I got in up almost to the rail and with a great deal of patience, stayed from 9 at night to 2 in the morning in a very great Crowd; and there expected but found nothing extraordinary, there being nothing but a high Masse.  The Queen was there and some ladies.  But Lord, what an odde thing it was for me to be in a crowd of people, here a footman, there a beggar, here a fine lady, there a zealous poor papist, and here a Protestant, two or three together, come to see the show.  I was afeared of my pocket being picked very much.  But here I did make myself to do la cosa by mere imagination, mirando a jolie mosa and with my eyes open, which I never did before – and God forgive me for it, it being in the chapel. ….”

December 31st, 1667

            “…. After dinner, with my wife and girl to Unthankes’, and there left her and I go to Westminster; and there to Mrs. Martin’s and did hazer con ella what I desired, and there did drink with her and find fault with her husband’s wearing too fine clothes, by which I perceive he will be a beggar. ….”


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