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About Monday 12 December 1664

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"comes Cutler to tell us that the King of France hath forbid any canvass to be carried out of his kingdom,."

No such order has been found. Writing to Coventry on this day, Pepys expressed the suspicion that Cutler's news (given to Pepys as a secret) might be the 'foreunner of a tender'. There was a shortage of canvas and prices rose, but imports from France continued to get through. Pepys himself on 20 July 1665 would be charged with the arrangements for importing canvas from St Malo. Pepys was later to point out (in a parliamentary debate of 4 November 1675) the extent of the country's dependence on foreign supplies. Four-fifths, he said, came from abroad, and mostly from France as Vitry and Morlaix canvas. Further Corr., p. 32; CSPD 1665-6 p. 132; CSPD 1664-5, 483.
(Per L&M footnote)

About Friday 9 December 1664

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"This day I had several letters from several places, of our bringing in great numbers of Dutch ships."

Prizes brought into Dover, Plymouth and Portsmouth: CSPD and The Newes, 8 December. (Per L&M footnote)

About Wednesday 7 December 1664

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Another electronic edition of the Danforth text (JWB's URL having expired)

An astronomical description of the late comet or blazing star, as it appeared in New-England in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and the beginning of the 12th moneth, 1664. : Together with a brief theological application thereof. / By S. Danforth. ; [Seven lines of Scripture text]
Danforth, Samuel, 1626-1674.
Cambridge [Mass.]: Printed by Samuel Green,, 1665.
Evans Early American Imprint Collection

About Tuesday 6 December 1664

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"Creed do come and demand it every three months the interest to be paid him, which Povy looks upon as a cunning and mean tricke of him"

The payment of interest at three-monthly intervals was most unusual; both bankers and the Exchequer made up their interest accounts every six months. Moreover, Creed was not entitled to 10%: the legal limit was 6%. The additional 4% which the King gave at this time was a 'gratuity' given of grace and authorised by special warrant. (L&M footnote)

About Friday 2 December 1664

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"Cocke, from the King’s own mouth, being then entrusted himself much do know particularly that the King’s credulity to Cromwell’s promises, private to him, against the advice of his friends and the certain discovery of the practices and discourses of Cromwell in council (by Major Huntington) did take away his life and nothing else."

Maj. Robert Huntingdon, who commanded Cromwell's own troop, had acted as intermediary between Cromwell and Charles I in 1647-8, but had resigned his commission in 1648. Several pamphlets were published on his defection to Charles, but neither there nor elsewhere has any mention been found of Cocke's associatrion at this time with the King. (Per L&M footnote)