✹ About Sunday 12 June 1664 San Diego Sarah on 25 May 2017 • Link "The Office patronage of Thomas by the officers still in London that I take it Sir J. Mennes envisions is perhaps appropriate, ..." My reading of this situation is that William Griffith invited Pepys, Mennes and Lady Batton to stand as Godparents for Thomas. After the invitations had been dispatched (and Elizabeth told that they would be attending the christening), Mennes told Griffith that it wasn't appropriate for Pepys to be one (probably because he isn't the social equal of Batten and Mennes), and Griffith "so sought for other." Pepys therefore decided not to attend the christening (not to embarrass the Griffiths, whatever) but Bess didn't get the memo and still planned on going. The annotations mention Sir William Batten possibly having a ward named William Griffith. Therefore, having Lady B as the Godmother would make sense. In answer to Terry's question, today Anglicans have three godparents. Girls have two Godmothers and one Godfather. Boys get two Godfathers and one Godmother. It sounds as if things haven't changed in 400 years. They can be relatives or close friends of the parents: people trusted to look out for the child's best interests if/when necessary (and to remember your birthday, Christmas, confirmation and wedding).