Tuesday 10 April 1660

This morning many or most of the commanders in the Fleet came on board and dined here, so that some of them and I dined together in the Round-house, where we were very merry. Hither came the Vice-Admiral to us, and sat and talked and seemed a very good-natured man. At night as I was all alone in my cabin, in a melancholy fit playing on my viallin, my Lord and Sir R. Stayner came into the coach1 and supped there, and called me out to supper with them. After that up to the Lieutenant’s cabin, where he and I and Sir Richard sat till 11 o’clock talking, and so to bed. This day my Lord Goring returned from France, and landed at Dover.

  1. “A sort of chamber or apartment in a large ship of war, just before the great cabin. The floor of it is formed by the aftmost part of the quarter deck, and the roof of it by the poop: it is generally the habitation of the flag-captain.” — Smyth’s Sailor’s Word-Book.

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Roger Miller   Link to this

Round-house

The Round-house is an apartment above the Great Cabin.

See under DECKS here: http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Etymo...

Click on 'The Maritime History Virtual Archives' link at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the site.

vk   Link to this

Lambert escapes!
Lambert escapes from the tower today. I do not know where he goes, but he wants to rally the supporters of the republic against any attempt to bring the King back in.

Glyn   Link to this

Thanks vk! - I wondered what was happening to General Lambert but it's best to write this in the next entry, that is the day after it happens rather than before.

I had wrongly assumed that the journey yesterday was going to last rather longer. Someone said earlier that basically, Montagu doesn't know himself when he will be sailing to the Continent because it depends on when they get an agreement with King Charles.

Maybe Lambert and the other diehards think that time is running out if they want to save the English Republic.

Pauline   Link to this

"This day my Lord Goring returned from France."
Sounds like he is just coming home from exile, but he could be a player in the ongoing negotiations. He would be about 77.

I've added some biographical information in Background.

nando pereira   Link to this

I've translated the post of April 10th, 1660 to portuguese and published in my weblog, I hope this helps to spread the word and inspire brazilians to know the annotations of Mr.Pepys. It's an amazing, super-interesting work, a truly pearl of ancient "notelogging". Congratulations.

language hat   Link to this

nando: Well done!
A quibble: You say Pepys "em 1660... era Secretário de Almirantado"; my Portuguese isn't the greatest, but if this means he was Secretary of the Admiralty, it's an exalted post he won't attain for (SPOILER!) another 13 years. At this point he was merely a clerk working for Downing in the Exchequer Office (and, of course, a servant of Mountagu's).

nando pereira   Link to this

You're right, language hat, I've read he was Secretary of Admiralty then, but he wasn't. I've just fixed that, thank you. Hope it's perfect now.

jeannine   Link to this

Lord Sandwich's Journal Entry today

"Tuesday. Mr. Edward Pickering, who came with me out of the River went ashore bound for London. And the Hon. Edward Mountagu Esq. came on board the Naseby about noon and went off again in the evening. [In margin-To the King in Flanders}."

TerryF   Link to this

Historic Pepys papers uncovered, 10 April, 2003

Historic documents relating to the 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys have been rediscovered in an archive in Cambridgeshire. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/camb...

dirk   Link to this

From the BBC site terry refers to:

"This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Pepys."

Anybody any ideas? A grand reunion?

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

There I be blowed, I dothe thinke it was in '03 that he passed away??? Buried June 4 1703? the Beebe by line be Thursday, 10 April, 2003,

dirk   Link to this

I should have seen that I.A.S. - my mistake :-)

Just got over-enthousiastic, I guess.

Capt. Petrus.S. Dorpmans   Link to this

10th APR 1660.
"...my Lord and Sir Stayner came into the coach..."

name for the quarters commonly assigned to the Flag-captain in a large warship.

Bryan   Link to this

Putting together Sam's journal entry for today and that of Mountagu/Sandwich (see Jeannine's post above), the meeting of of the senior officers of the fleet must have been a significant one.

It's interesting that Sam missed the presence of "Ned" Mountagu. He must have come aboard amongst the crowd of commanders, stayed with the senior officers while Sam was mixing with the others in the roundhouse, then quietly left. Maybe Sam isn't "in the loop" quite as much as has sometimes been assumed.

Spoiler
Sam definitely notices when Ned returns so he isn't just being discrete in this entry.

Dick Wilson   Link to this

The flagship arrives and anchors amid the fleet. Whether it signals for captains to come aboard or not, the commanders of the other ships will come aboard as soon as waves and weather permit. They want to know from Sandwich "Is the King coming in or not? Are we going to fetch him, or what?" Also, the way to get ahead with one's career in those days was to ingratiate oneself with one's superiors. Times have not changed all that much. The captains want to make nice with Sandwich, and if there is an overflow at his table, they will make nice with his Secretary, Mr. Pepys. They are not aboard to make merry, or to be merry (a process that involves alcohol), exactly. The Vice-Admiral was also presenting himself as a good-natured fellow. But what these gents want most of all are sailing orders -- and they are not getting them.

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