Thursday 20 September 1660

At home, and at the office, and in the garden walking with both Sir Williams all the morning. After dinner to Whitehall to Mr. Dalton, and with him to my house and took away all my papers that were left in my closet, and so I have now nothing more in the house or to do with it. We called to speak with my Landlord Beale, but he was not within but spoke with the old woman, who takes it very ill that I did not let her have it, but I did give her an answer. From thence to Sir G. Downing and staid late there (he having sent for me to come to him), which was to tell me how my Lord Sandwich had disappointed him of a ship to bring over his child and goods, and made great complaint thereof; but I got him to write a letter to Lawson, which it may be may do the business for him, I writing another also about it. While he was writing, and his Lady and I had a great deal of discourse in praise of Holland.

By water to the Bridge, and so to Major Hart’s lodgings in Cannon-street, who used me very kindly with wine and good discourse, particularly upon the ill method which Colonel Birch and the Committee use in defending of the army and the navy; promising the Parliament to save them a great deal of money, when we judge that it will cost the King more than if they had nothing to do with it, by reason of their delays and scrupulous enquirys into the account of both.

So home and to bed.

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Paul Brewster   Link to this

disbanding of the army -- and the navy
L&M: Make the more believable choice of "disbanding" instead of "defending"

Paul Brewster   Link to this

spoke with the old woman, who takes it very ill that I did not let her have it
L&M identify "it" as "the lease which Pepys just sold to Dalton" and "the old woman" as "Alice, wife of Frances Beale."

vincent   Link to this

"...We called to speak with my Landlord Beale, but he was not within but spoke with the old woman, who takes it very ill that I did not let her have it, but I did give her an answer. ..." I wonder what he said to the poor old dear? Was it unfit to put to pen?

vincent   Link to this

"...disbanding of the army - and the navy …” No! I think defending, so they could keep charging for the victals etc., There is a method to the thinking, always watch the cash flow,watch those pennies.

Tim Doyle   Link to this

See this page for more information on the family of Francis and Alice (Whitney) Beale.

http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Family...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The page Tim Doyle linked to is on a site that has been reorganized. Francis and Alice (Whitney) Beale are now here:

http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Family...

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