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About Francis Willoughby (5th Baron Willoughby of Parham)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

A book about Francis Willoughby and Willoughbyland has been written:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/08/ the-strange-history-of-willoughbyland-modern-day-suriname/

Both links about his life and Willoughbyland are too long for this site, so I am cutting them both in two so you can copy and link together manually.

http://www.historytoday.com/matthew-parker/ britains-forgotten-south-american-colony?mc_cid=88f288d3f8&mc_eid=e844b859b2

About Ald. Sir John Robinson (Lord Mayor 1662-63, Lieutenant of the Tower 1660-80)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

“Before you can say Jack Robinson …”

Sir John Robinson, Lord Mayor of London in 1662, and Constable of the Tower. He is said to have inspired the phrase ‘before you can say Jack Robinson’.  Sir John held a judiciary appointment in the City of London and was known for being able to condemn a felon, have him transported to the Tower and command the execution ‘faster than you can say Jack Robinson’.

http://blog.hrp.org.uk/blog/the-constables-of-t...

About Sunday 28 February 1663/64

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... and he losing his way fell into the Tower ..."

The Lieutenant of the Tower by law owned anything that fell into the moat. That's good when it is a cow or a horse. It's a bit more difficult when it is an orphan boy.

About Sunday 28 February 1663/64

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... it was an extraordinary day for the Readers of the Inns of Court and all the Students to come to church ..."

Okay Legal Beagles ... what is a reader of the Inns of Court? Would that be what we now call an Article Clerk who is reading the law before taking exams to become a solicitor?

And I'm guessing "all the Students" refers to all the students at St. Paul's School (which provides the choir about which Pepys was so bitterly complaining),

About Sunday 28 February 1663/64

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"A Bishop is Bishop of a Diocese and it is the Dean who is in control of a cathedral, so maybe Sam was expecting the Dean of St Pauls to give the blessing."

I have read somewhere that St. Paul's was a church until it was rebuilt after the fire, at which time it became a Cathedral. I've read so much on the fire recently I have no idea where to look for citation!

About Saturday 27 February 1663/64

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"... had a very pleasing and condescending answer from my poor father to-day in answer to my angry discontentful letter to him the other day, which pleases me mightily."

Pepys is gleeful that his letter has put his father on the defensive, and so there are no new direct demands for more money -- even though we all know that he knows he could well afford a few more pounds. Not your finest moment, Sam.

About Saturday 27 February 1663/64

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

September 5, 1662 Pepys says, "I this day heard that Mr. Martin Noell is knighted by the King, which I much wonder at; but yet he is certainly a very useful man."

Noell is John Thurloe's brother-in-law and had thrived under the Commonwealth as a tax farmer, taking up farms of the excise or customs and advancing other sums, secure in the knowledge that he would get his money back. Charles II accepted Martin Noell as one of four London merchants — along with Thomas Povey, Nicholas Crispe and Andrew Riccard — to take their places with the Royalist courtiers on the Council for Plantations and as important councilors.

About Friday 5 September 1662

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

I'm not surprised Pepys says, "I this day heard that Mr. Martin Noell is knighted by the King, which I much wonder at; but yet he is certainly a very useful man."

Noell is John Thurloe's brother-in-law and had thrived under the Commonwealth as a tax farmer, taking up farms of the excise or customs and advancing other sums, secure in the knowledge that he would get his money back. Charles II accepted Martin Noell as one of four London merchants — along with Thomas Povey, Nicholas Crispe and Andrew Riccard — to take their places with the Royalist courtiers on the Council for Plantations and as important councilors.

About Friday 26 February 1663/64

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

It seems the Earl of Sandwich and family, plus maids and parson, William Howe and Mr. Povy are off to Hinchingbrooke. Some miles further on from Barnet, Sandwich owns an unnamed house at which they stop for the night. Despite being warmly welcomed by the Earl and Countess in their coach, and hearing he has been well-spoken of, Pepys leaves in a dudgeon and returns to London on Coventry's horse without saying goodbye.

What a peculiar outing. Why didn't Pepys -- in his finest riding outfit -- travel with the family from Lincoln's Inn, instead of the elaborate meet-up arrangements with Creed? Did Creed continue with the Montagus to Hinchingbrooke or go back to London with Pepys? Coventry must have thought the errand important, or he wouldn't have loaned Pepys the horse. I wonder if he took Towser with him, to be delivered to his father?

If old Uncle Wight hadn't been fondling Elizabeth, I bet this outing would have been explained better. I hope we can figure out the motivation in the next few days.