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About Tuesday 21 May 1661

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"a commission for enquiry into some of the King’s lands and houses thereabouts, that are given his brother"

Henry Slingsby, Deputy-Master of the Mint [to sustain Phil]. The Victualing Office was on Tower Hill, and the Royal Mint in the Tower. The Crown owned much leasehold property in the neighborhood, and this grant may have been for the benefit of Slingsby personally or for that of some of his workmen. Cf. CSPD 1661-2, p. 548. (L&M note)

About Monday 20 May 1661

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"But I did not go forth with him; only gave him a morning draught at home."

This is how L&M transcribe the shorthand.

About Sunday 19 May 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Captain Ferrer is NOT a neval officer

Captain Ferrer or Ferrers started out as Montague's "Cornet", and then as his "master of horse".

A Cornet is a low ranking cavalry officer that carried the troop flag (or cornet).

The family name means "horse-shoer and iron worker".
He seems from the diary to be a very dashing fellow, almost literally in the entry of May 19 1661 where he jumps from a balcony on a bet.

To have a "master of horse" at all seems to be somewhat of a luxury item, together with "a French cook" and "and his lady and child to wear black patches".

So maybe the dashing, the drinking, gambling and womanising were all part of the job profile.

Sjoerd Spoelstra posted this on the Capt. Robert Ferrer page http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/727/#c14490

About Saturday 18 May 1661

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"at Westminster; and to the Hall I went, where it was very pleasant to see the Hall in the condition it is now with the judges on the benches at the further end of it, which I had not seen all this term till now."

After the Restoration, Westminster Hall was renovated and the Courts of Chancery and King's Bench moved from the sides to the upper (southern) end of the hall. (L&M note)

About Saturday 18 May 1661

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"Being through bridge I found the Thames full of boats and gallys, and upon inquiry found that there was a wager to be run this morning. So spying of Payne in a galley, I went into him...." (so transcribe L&M)

About Saturday 18 May 1661

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"Being through bridge I found the Thames full of boats and gallys, and upon inquiry found that there was a wager to be run this morning."

Boat-races on the Thames were rare, partly because of the amount of river-traffic. (L&M note)