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About Tuesday 24 June 1662

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The L&M (editorial choice of) punctuation has the description of Mr. Spong printed as "(a pretty harmlesse and ingenious man)". If "pretty" may stand alone, modify "harmlesse" or modify "harmlesse and ingenious", it may be undecidable what Pepys's use of "pretty" means here.

About Saturday 27 August 1664

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"My Lord Sandwich is come back into the Downes with only eight sayle, which is or may be a prey to the Dutch, if they knew our weakness and inability to set out any more speedily."

Sandwich did not send any of his fleet to spy out the Dutch movements until 11 September: Sandwich, pp. 149, 151, 153. (L&M footnote)

About Saturday 27 August 1664

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"the Dutch are, with twenty-two sayle of ships of warr, crewsing up and down about Ostend; at which we are alarmed."

Tromp and Obdam's fleets had joined: Downing to Clarendon, 23 August/2 September (Lister, iii, 338+). They sailed north and convoyed home the E. India fleet. (L&M footnote)