Friday 30 March 1660

I was saluted in the morning with two letters, from some that I had done a favour to, which brought me in each a piece of gold. This day, while my Lord and we were at dinner, the Nazeby came in sight towards us, and at last came to anchor close by us. After dinner my Lord and many others went on board her, where every thing was out of order, and a new chimney made for my Lord in his bedchamber, which he was much pleased with. My Lord, in his discourse, discovered a great deal of love to this ship.

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David Quidnunc   Link to this

Glyn's seen a letter Pepys wrote 'today'

It's part of an exhibit in London that you can still see. At Glyn's request, here's a link to his note (on Phil's page informing us of the exhibit):

Clearly, if you're anywhere near London and don't go to see this exhibition at the Public Records office before it closes on May 28, you will regret it bitterly to your dying day. Don't -- don't! -- let that horrible fate happen to you.

And here's what Glyn wrote:

I finally went to the exhibition of documents at the Public Record Office (see website above) which includes on display the earliest known letter from Pepys.

It is dated 30 March 1660, and was sent to Robert Blackburne, Secretary of the Admiralty, on behalf of Lord Montagu. The letter takes up about half of a sheet that is slightly smaller than a sheet of typing paper, and the ink has faded from black to brown. It is signed:

Jenny Doughty   Link to this

'My Lord, in his discourse, discovered a great deal of love to this ship.' I think this usage means 'revealed' rather than 'found' in this context.

Keith Wright   Link to this

"every thing was out of order": this sounds like grounds, rather, for displeasure. The "Shorter Pepys" has it thus, so apparently the reading is correct; what's wrong with this reader?

steve h   Link to this

out of order

It seems this phrase is equivalent to "extraordinary".

michael f vincent   Link to this

1:"I was saluted ....I had done a favour to, which brought me in each a piece of gold"
more loot Pay off time :
2: "After dinner ....was out of order, and a new chimney Lord in his bedchamber...pleased with"
The ship not ready for the old man, had to make the alterations to suit the new boss

3:"discovered a great deal of love to this ship" my thought He loved this ship it is big and powerful ,
this a new style Frigate
Within a decade, the word "frigate" was being used to denote either a ship with a higher than usual keel:beam ratio or one with a good turn of speed. It must be in this sense that the word was used in relation to the 90-gun Naseby.

Pauline   Link to this

"...a great deal of love to this ship..."
"In October 1655 [Montagu] was appointed an Admiralty commissioner....Oliver directed Montagu's career in a new direction, appointing him general-at-sea and joint commander, with Blake, of the English battle fleet. This was in January 1656, and he prepared to set sail for the Mediterranean almost at once, with instructions to seek a permanent station there for the English. As a complete novice at sea, he took navigation manuals and models of rigged ships to study in his cabin aboard his flagship, the Naseby. Pepys saw him off from Lambeth when he embarked."
Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Montagu was very familiar with the Naseby and probably ordered the new chimney in the bedchamber. Everything being out of order could be this kind of remodeling and getting the ship ready. Clearly Montagu is signalling his love of this ship in everything Sam hears him say this day.

mw   Link to this

Ah the love for comfort and ease should flight be necessary. I say a well appointed vessel with chimney
from my quarters in these interesting times. Yes love is just what I could call it.

Dick Wilson   Link to this

The Naseby has to have accomodations for The King, The Duke of York, and their entourages which are certain to include some very high ranking passengers, indeed. Monague will be lucky if he finds himself #3 ranking person aboard, and thus entitled to the #3 cabin. There is much to be "out of order" with the ship. I suspect that Montague will claim the #1 cabin, at least for now. We know that higher ranks will be coming aboard, and Montague might know, but most people aboard were wondering if it would come to pass, or not. Meanwhile, why not occupy the best available spaces?

Mary K   Link to this

What is the policy about 'spoilers' for this second trip through the diary? There may be some who are reading for the first time.

william wright   Link to this

The guidelines are here for all to see to see and hopefully adhered to.

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

The link to: doesn't work. The guidelines must have been moved.

I think we/you should refrain from spoilers and assume that most readers are new - as I am to this part of the diary - and as most readers will be in the many years, centuries indeed, to come when this version of the diary will be read.

I remember the shock I felt when someone posted, quite casually and unnecessarily, that we had now only a year to go before the end of the diary. The motto should be: 'if in doubt, leave it out!'

Mary K   Link to this

I fully agree with Chris Squire; much better to assume a number of first-time readers of either whole or part of the diary.

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