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About Sunday 31 May 1663

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"This day Sir W. Batten’s son’s child is christened in the country"

At Walthamstow, Essex; the child's father was William, elder son of Sir William. The child, too, was named William. (L&M footnote)

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About Friday 22 June 1660

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meech, Helena surely refers to the grandfather of the late husband of the beshitten Lady Middlesex. That husband had been Lionel Cranfield, 3rd Earl of Middlesex (1625 – 26 October 1674), styled Hon. Lionel Cranfield from 1640 until 1651.

Cranfield succeeded his brother as Earl of Middlesex in 1651. Around 1655, he married Rachel [1613-1680], daughter of the Earl of Westmorland and widow of Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath. In May 1660, he was one of the six peers deputed by the Convention Parliament to invite the return of Charles II of England. He was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Charles II in 1673. He died the following year without issue; his titles became extinct, and his estates passed to his nephew Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset.

Today she was probably 57. Here's an image of 'my old Lady Middlesex' in better days
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Cranfield,...

Her page on the interwebs http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukdevon/LadyR...

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About Thursday 20 September 1660

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"How many landlords were there? If Beale was the landlord who was Vanly? Is it something to do with leases?"

Indeed it does, and keenly noticed! The L&M Companion says Beale (Francis) was Pepys's landlord (1658-60) in Axe Yard. Beale had lived there since at least 1627-8, in a house whose freehold was owned by Valentine Wanley. Sometime before the diary opens, Beale moved to the Axe tavern. He died in 1662, and his widow Alice (b. Whitney), lived on till 1666.

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About Wednesday 27 May 1663

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The Pepys-Hayter league's other side

Today Pepys begs Tom Hayter "that if he did hear or know anything that could be said to my prejudice, that he would tell me, for in this wicked age (specially Sir W. Batten being so open to my reproaches, and Sir J. Minnes, for the neglect of their duty, and so will think themselves obliged to scandalize me all they can to right themselves if there shall be any inquiry into the matters of the Navy, as I doubt there will be"

Sc. "if there shall be any inquiry into the matters of the Navy, as I fear there will be"!

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About Wednesday 27 May 1663

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"He tells me that the King hath sent to them to hasten to make an end by midsummer, because of his going into the country; so they have set upon four bills to dispatch: "

Yesterday the House of Commons passed this Dispatch of Business.

Ordered, That the Matter of the King's Majesty's Revenue, the Bill for the Militia, the Bill against Conventicles, and the Bill against the Growth of Popery, shall have Preference of Dispatch before any other Business. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/v...

Parliament was nor prorogued until 27 July. The bills against conventicles and Popery (which the Upper House had shown no great hurry to deal with) thereupon lapsed, the measure against conventicles being passed in May 1664 (16 Car. II c. 4). (Per L&M footnote)

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About Wednesday 27 May 1663

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Roger Pepy's resolve to marry a widow of a certain sort

Already thrice widowed, Roger Pepys was not married again until February 1669. But he was then still of the same mind, and married a widow (Esther Dickenson) of about 40. (L&M footnote)

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About Wednesday 27 May 1663

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"settling the business of the accounts of persons to whom money is due before the King’s time in the Navy, and the clearing of their imprests for what little of their debts they have received"

These debts were to be stated before Lady-day [25 March, fiscal New Year's ]. (Per L&M footnote)

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About Wednesday 27 May 1663

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"Mr. Pett’s proceedings lately in the forest of Sherwood"

For Commissioner Pett's report (26 May) on the costs of felling and transporting timber from Sherwood Forest. CSPD 1663-4 p. 151 (L&M footnote)

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About Monday 25 May 1663

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"I met with some that say that the King of France is poisoned, but how true that is is not known."

It was not true, but made a good story. The sudden illness of a royal person was in England often attributed to poisoning, especially if he were foreign and had recently quarreled with the Pope.
(Per L&M footnote)

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About Monday 25 May 1663

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"He also tells me that things don’t go right in the House with Mr. Coventry; I suppose he means in the business of selling of places; but I am sorry for it."

Sale of Offices.

A Bill for Discovery, punishing, and preventing Frauds and Abuses in Buying and Selling of Offices, was this Day [18 May] read the Second time. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/v...

Sent to committee for study, it was never passed. Coventry sold certain offices in his gift but only warrant-offices, not commissions, and never in excess of was was customary. (Per L&M footnote)