Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Wednesday 28 January 1662/63
The House of Lords today is concerned that the King might exercise arbitrary power in religious mattershttp://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...
List of all Acts, &c. relating to the King's Power in Ecclesiastical Affairs, to be brought in.
Upon Consideration of the Report made by the Lord Chamberlain, "That the Committee of the whole House have had some Debate concerning the First Enacting Clause in the Bill, intituled, "An Act concerning His Majesty's Power in Ecclesiastical Affairs," contained in these Words following, "Be it Enacted, by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by Advice, and with the Consent, of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority thereof, That the King's Majesty may, by Letters Patents under the Great Seal, or by such other Ways as to His Majesty shall seem meet, dispense with One Act or Law made the last Session of this present Parliament, intituled, "An Act for the Uniformity of Public Prayers and Administration of Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies, and for establishing the Form of making, ordaining, and consecrating, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in the Church of England," and with any other Laws or Statutes concerning the same, or requiring Oaths or Subscriptions, or which do enjoin Conformity to the Order, Discipline, and Worship, established in this Church, and the Penalties in the said Laws imposed, or any of them:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Attorney General is hereby required to bring into this House, on Thursday Morning next, a List of all those Acts and Oaths as the said Enacting Clause relates unto, and also all such Acts as concerns His Majesty's Power in Ecclesiastical Matters....
"...seeing my painters' work measured..."
"Pay by the foot?" - Exactly, Robert Gertz!
Measurements for the outside paintwork of the building are given in PRO [ Public Record Office, aka since 2003 The National Archives (TNA) ], Adm. 20/5. p. 363 (February 1663). Three coats of paint were given to 168 yards of pales and posts, and 181 'lights'. (L&M note)
About Tuesday 27 January 1662/63
The House of Commons today drafts a response to the King's Declaration of Tolerance of 26th December last http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co... beseeching the King to cling to the Act of (Anglican) Uniformity and, on the other hand tolerate other "Pretenders" (the sectaries and Presbyterians) as the Declaration of Breda had promised. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Breda
That Declaration had been defended by the King in Parliament 18 January as no support of Popery http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...
DNB -- Charles II"At this very time (December 1662), when Charles II had first involved himself in dangerous political intimacy with his powerful catholic neighbour, he made his earliest direct attempt to remedy the grievances of his catholic subjects. His effort to expand for their benefit his declaration of October 1660 had failed, and his promise to suspend the Act of Uniformity for three months had proved futile (Clarendon, Life, ii. 149). On 26 Dec. 1662 he issued his first Declaration of Indulgence, in which he undertook, with the concurrence of parliament, to exercise on behalf of religious dissidents the dispensing power which he conceived to be inherent on the crown. The hill founded on this declaration, opposed by Clarendon and Southampton, but supported hy Ashley, was shelved in committee by the lords, while an address from the commons insisted on the maintenance of the Act of Uniformity." https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Charles_II_%28DN...
" I have news this day from Cambridge that my brother hath had his bachelor’s cap put on;"
Bachelors degrees were normally conferred at General Admission in January. (L&M note) John was 22.
About Monday 26 January 1662/63
dirk's "spoiler" of Pepys's visit to the studio of Simon Pietersz Verelst 11 April 1669
"But by accident [ 'Jan Looten, the landscape-drawer, a Dutchman, living in St. James’s Market' ] did direct us to a painter that was then in the house with him, a Dutchman, newly come over, one Evarelst, who took us to his lodging close by, and did shew us a little flower-pot of his doing, the finest thing that ever, I think, I saw in my life; the drops of dew hanging on the leaves, so as I was forced, again and again, to put my finger to it, to feel whether my eyes were deceived or no. He do ask 70l. for it: I had the vanity to bid him 20l.; but a better picture I never saw in my whole life; and it is worth going twenty miles to see it. " http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/04/11/
About Friday 23 January 1662/63
"and here much discourse, but little to be learned, but of a design in the north of a rising, which is discovered, among some men of condition, and they sent for up."
A group of alleged conspirators had just been arrested in Yorkshire, among them Luke Robinson (who had sat for several Yorkshire constituencies since 1640), two members of the Lascelles family, Capt. Matthew Beckwith, Richard Cholmeley and Thomas Dickenson, Alderman of York. (L&M note)
"Mr. Grant...did fully make it out that the trade of England is as great as ever it was, only in more hands; and that of all trades there is a greater number than ever there was, by reason of men taking more ‘prentices, because of their having more money than heretofore."
Graunt had recently noted in his 'Natural and political observations made upon the bills of mortality' (1662, pp. 42 +)[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/8786/ ] that population was increasing (despite the common view to the contrary), and that the increase was particularly great in the towns. (L&M note)
About Sunday 11 January 1662/63
"a pitifull sermon of the young Scott"
Pepys suffered much from this young preacher, who served St Olave's sometimes for about a year from October 1662, and for Pepys always disastrously: e.g. "the Scott preached and I slept most of the afternoon.'' http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/10/25/ He is never named in the diary, and his identity can only be conjectured. (L&M note) "It is possible that he was the Alexander Mill, M.A., who received his preacher's license in Aug. 1662. An Alexander Milne took his M.A. at Aberdeen in 1658." (Companion, p. 393)
About Monday 12 January 1662/63
"Lawson’s description of Tangier and the place for the Mole,1 of which he brought a very pretty draught. Concerning the making of the Mole, Mr. Cholmely did also discourse very well, having had some experience in it."
Lawson was one of the contractors for the mole's construction; Hugh Cholmley (who had built Whitbey pier) the principal engineer. (L&M note)
"Whitby's harbour piers used to protect the fishing fleet which has declined but they're still a great tourist attraction.Whitby Abbey has got to be the pinnacle of tourist attractions in the town, but probably coming a close second at the twin harbour piers which were first mentioned in 1545 when they were at that time timber construction.
"In 1632 they were rebuilt using stone but still having a framework of timber and It is thought that the first pier was on the west side, with the east pier being built much later. A gentleman called Sir Hugh Cholmley took a great deal of interest in developing the harbour piers, but it took until 1702 for an act of Parliament to be granted for complete reconstruction of both [east and west] piers." http://www.endeavourcottage.co.uk/whitby-blog/w...
About St Catherine's Hill, Guildford
Artington: Braboeuf Manor and Gardens
Braboeuf Manor, formerly part of the Manor of Artington and the Manor of Godalming, was the property of the same family for over 700 years, a rare occurrence. The first mention of the manor is c.900 AD, when the manor was a possession of King Alfred the Great. In 1171, the Crown granted the Manor to Master David of London for his services as envoy to the Pope in Rome in the negotiations that followed the murder of Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1559, the Manor was held by Agnes, daughter of Joan and Robert Kemp, who married John Wight of London. The Manor remained in the the hands of the Wight family from 1559 to 1914. Samuel Pepys called on his uncle and aunt, the Wights, on August 8th 1668. The manor was purchased by The College of Law in 1964, which still own it today. http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/p...