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About Wednesday 6 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Easter Sunday is 10 April 1664 -- so the money is due Monday, April 11. All this tension probably gave Sam "wind". This Easter could be very expensive for Sam, what with William Joyce's adventures so far unresolved, and Mr. Noble's "debt".

About Wednesday 6 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Definition of scrivener from Merriam-Webster:
noun pronounced: scriv·en·er \ˈskriv-nər, ˈskri-və-\
1: a professional or public copyist or writer : scribe
2: notary public

About Wednesday 6 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Tom’s first plott was to go on the other side the water and give a beggar woman something to take the child. They did once go, but did nothing, ..."

Does this mean they intended to go to Ireland or France and pay off someone to take the child? "the other side of the water" doesn't sound like the Thames.

About Margaret (Tom Pepys' servant)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Wednesday 10 September 1662
"... So to my brother’s, and there finding both door and hatch open, I went in and knocked 3 or 4 times, and nobody came to me, which troubled me mightily; at last came Margaret, who complained of Peter, who by and by came in, and I did rattle him soundly for it.

I did afterwards take occasion to talk seriously alone with Margaret, who I find a very discreet, good woman, and tells me, upon my demand, that her master is a very good husband, and minds his business well, but his fault is that he has not command over his two men, but they do what they list, and care not for his commands, ..."

Sounds like Pepys liked Margaret.

About Thursday 14 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Presumably the coach departed from the north side of Cripplegate (a point close to where the Museum of London now stands) so as to avoid the congestion of the City of London. From there it seems most likely that it would have taken the western route north to Brampton using the Great North Road."

Previously it has been established that on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays there was regular service to Buckden (close to Brampton). But this is Thursday, and my geography isn't the best, but they don't seem to be walking to The George at Holborn:

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/07/28/

Monday 28 July 1662 "..., after my wife was ready, I walked with her to the George, at Holborn Conduit, where the coach stood ready to carry her and her maid to Bugden, ..."

The George Inn was used as London's point of departure for stage coaches after the 1650s. See advert in Mercurius Politicus, April 8, 1658, quoted in Martim de Albuquerque's "Notes and Queries" No. 14, page 146, published 1850: "All persons who desire to travel into the cities, towns and roads, herein herafter mentioned ... let them repair to the George Inn at Holborn Bridge, London, and thence they shall be in good coaches with good horses, upon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at and for reasonable rates" Pepys took his wife there on Monday 28 July, 1662, to take the coach to Bugden (Buckden in Cambridgeshire).

Anyone got any ideas? Maybe it was a short-lived alternative service? And it doesn't sound like dad took that big puppy Pepys wanted to get rid of last month.

About Tuesday 5 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"This day great numbers of merchants came to a Grand Committee of the House to bring in their claims against the Dutch."

Does L&M indicate anything about this Grand Committee, and to which House would it report?

About William Joyce (sen.)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

some bits from L&M Companion
William and his brother Anthony were tallow chandlers. They "were made free of the Leathersellers' by patrimony in 1654, and inherited their father's business. William, the elder, conducted his trade from the Eagle and Child on Snow Hill, near the Holborn conduit (rated at seven hearths).

About Tuesday 5 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... I returned, but finding them gone out to look after it, only Will and his wife and sister left ..."

Does L&M clarify whether or not Will and Anthony had a sister, or does this mean that the Fenner sisters were there?

About Tuesday 5 April 1664

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Ahhhh ... I missed the end of Will's bail and housing story:

"I went to W. Joyce, where I find the order come, and bail (his father and brother) given; and he paying his fees, which come to above 2l., besides 5l. he is to give one man, and his charges of eating and drinking here, and 10s. a-day as many days as he stands under bail: ..."

Since the House of Lords is adjourned until after Easter ... which was April 10 in 1664 ... so that's 10 shillings a night for at least another week ... plus food and drink. Much nicer than being in the Westminster Gatehouse, especially if your boy can also be with you, and kept company by visitors.