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About Thursday 3 March 1663/64

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"my Lord and Lady both are pleased with their children’s being at my father’s, and when the bigger ladies were there a little while ago"

Sandwich's two elder daughters (Lady Jemimah and Lady Paulina) had spent the winter at the Pepys house at Brampton. (L&M footnote)

About Monday 29 February 1663/64

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"if denied and he persists to take it of the people, it gives occasion to a civill war, which may, as it did in the late business of tonnage and poundage, prove fatal to the Crowne. "

Parliament refused to give Charles I the customary grant for life of tonnage and poundage (customs dues), both in 1625 at the beginning of the reign and in 1641 on the eve of the civil war. (L&M footnote)

About Monday 29 February 1663/64

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"That the Hollanders have the best manner of tax, which is only upon the expence of provisions, by an excise; and do conclude that no other tax is proper for England but a pound-rate, or excise upon the expence of provisions."

Introduced into England in 1643 and covering over half a dozen commodities, the excise after the Restoration was reduced to a charge on drinks (including coffee and tea but excluding wine). In Holland it was a small charge levied on a wide variety of goods. In 1673 Sir William Temple reckoned that the consumption of a single dish in a Dutch tavern might involve 30 separate excises. Many English commentators argued that a general excise was the most productive and least painful of taxes. (Per L&M footnote)

About Sunday 28 February 1663/64

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"None, it seems, of the prisoners in the Tower that are there now, though they may, will come to prayers there. "

The implication is that they were nonconformists. (L&M footnote)

About Monday 22 February 1663/64

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"the Princes of the Blood (though invited by our Embassador, which was the greatest absurdity that ever Embassador committed these 400 years) were not there; and so were not said to give place to our King’s Embassador."

A canard: Holles was not received in audience by Louis XIV until 10 March.
(Per L&M footnote)

About Monday 22 February 1663/64

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"The rape upon a woman at Turnstile the other day, her husband being bound in his shirt, they both being in bed together, it being night, by two Frenchmen, who did not only lye with her but abused her with a linke, is hushed up for 300l., being the Queen Mother's servants."

They were in fact condemned in the April sessions. (Per L&M footnote)