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What happened to Sir Minnes?

I've been following the daily entries in Samuel Pepy's Diary for a while now, albeit not intensively. Maybe the sometimes archaic language has put me off, or the timely references I don't recognize, but reading the diary has been a very casual activity. But this entry from August 20, 1666 really grabbed my attention, in its mention of the stricken Sir. J. Minnes. (I've bolded the passages pertaining to him.)
Waked this morning, about six o’clock, with a violent knocking at Sir J. Minnes’s doore, to call up Mrs. Hammon, crying out that Sir J. Minnes is a-dying. He come home ill of an ague on Friday night. I saw him on Saturday, after his fit of the ague, and then was pretty lusty. Which troubles me mightily, for he is a very good, harmless, honest gentleman, though not fit for the business. But I much fear a worse may come, that may be more uneasy to me. Up, and to Deptford by water, reading “Othello, Moore of Venice,” which I ever heretofore esteemed a mighty good play, but having so lately read “The Adventures of Five Houres,” it seems a mean thing. Walked back, and so home, and then down to the Old Swan and drank at Betty Michell’s, and so to Westminster to the Exchequer about my quarter tallies, and so to Lumbard Streete to choose stuff to hang my new intended closet, and have chosen purple. So home to dinner, and all the afternoon till almost midnight upon my Tangier accounts, getting Tom Wilson to help me in writing as I read, and at night W. Hewer, and find myself most happy in the keeping of all my accounts, for that after all the changings and turnings necessary in such an account, I find myself right to a farthing in an account of 127,000l. This afternoon I visited Sir J. Minnes, who, poor man, is much impatient by these few days’ sickness, and I fear indeed it will kill him.

I'm struck by how Pepys suddenly introduces Minnes and his great concern for the gentleman, but then just as abruptly goes on to relate the innocuous remainder of his day, which then concludes with his visit to Minnes and his startling layman's diagnosis. So what happened to him? Did he finally succumb to the ague? Yes, I know I could easily Google the answer, but that would seem like cheating. I'm simply going to wait and let Pepys tell me himself.

August 23, 2009 in Books | Permalink

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