Saturday 7 December 1661

This morning comes Captain Ferrers and the German, Emanuel Luffe, who goes as one of my Lord’s footmen, though he deserves a much better preferment, to take their leave of me, and here I got the German to play upon my theorbo, which he did both below and in my wife’s chamber, who was in bed. He plays bravely. I find by him that my lute is a most excellent lute. I did give them a mince pie and a collar of brawn and some wine for their breakfast, and were very merry, and sent for Mr. Adams our neighbour to drink Mr. Shepley’s health. At last we all parted, but within a quarter of an hour after they were gone, and my wife and I were talking about buying of a fine scallop which is brought her this morning by a woman to be sold, which is to cost her 45s., in comes the German back again, all in a goare of blood, which I wondered at, and tells me that he is afeard that the Captain is killed by the watermen at Towre Stayres; so I presently went thither, and found that upon some rude pressing of the watermen to ply the Captain, he struck one of them with his cane, which they would not take, but struck him again, and then the German drew his sword and ran at one of them, but they were both soundly beaten.1 The Captain is, however, got to the boy that carries him and the pages to the Downs, and I went into the alehouse at the Stayres and got them to deliver the Captain’s feathers, which one from the Captain was come to demand, and went home again, and there found my wife dressing of the German’s head, and so did [give] him a cravett for his neck, and a crown in his purse, and sent him away again. Then came Mr. Moore, and he and I to Westminster and to Worcester House to see Mr. Montagu before he goes away (this night), but could not see him, nor do I think he has a mind to see us for fear of our demanding of money of him for anything. So back to Whitehall, and eat a bit of meat at Wilkinson’s, and then to the Privy Seal, and sealed there the first time this month; and, among other things that passed, there was a patent for Roger Palmer (Madam Palmer’s husband) to be Earl of Castlemaine and Baron of Limbricke in Ireland; but the honour is tied up to the males got of the body of this wife, the Lady Barbary: the reason whereof every body knows. That done, by water to the office, when I found Sir W. Pen had been alone all the night and was just rose, and so I to him, and with him I found Captain Holmes, who had wrote his case, and gives me a copy, as he hath many among his friends, and presented the same to the King and Council. Which I shall make use of in my attempt of writing something concerning the business of striking sail, which I am now about. But he do cry out against Sir John Minnes, as the veriest knave and rogue and coward in the world, which I was glad to hear, because he has given out bad words concerning my Lord, though I am sorry it is so. Here Captain Cox then came in, and he and I staid a good while and so good night. Home and wrote by the post to my father, and so to bed.

  1. See a similar outrage, committed by Captain Ferrers, September 12th, 1662. Swords were usually worn by footmen. See May 4th, 1662, host.—B.

26 Annotations

Glyn   Link to this

I think that Pepys behaves quite bravely and diplomatically here in going to confront the watermen in the alehouse although he seems to treat the incident very unemotionally. Note the contrast in that he persuades the men to return the feathers whereas one of the Captain

Eric Walla   Link to this

Yes, Captain Ferrers seems to be some larger-than-life figure, suited for a swashbuckler, except the fact that he never seems to come out on the winning side of things. And Mr. Luffe, charging with his sword, defending their honor, not mention their feathers--What a vision!

vicenzo   Link to this

money to burn. A years keep for a mollusk, It must be for the mother of pearl insides, not the din din . Only other idea is that it could be a nice scallopped 'dress' that has a very engaging neckline {like the one that Eliza was painted later date}.
"...about buying of a fine scallop ....which is to cost her 45s...."
Scallops are the family Pectinidae of bivalve molluscs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scallop
or http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/s1/scallop.asp

Bradford   Link to this

"scallop: scalloped lace collar"

"feathers: worn as ornaments in hatbands" (in case you were thinking boa).

---L&M Companion, Large Glossary

daniel   Link to this

What a vision!

indeed the whole entry could be a scene from a screenplay.

DrCari   Link to this

Cuckolded Roger Palmer aims to get his share of the goodies (the Earldom of Castlemaine) as compensation for tolerating his wife's frolics with Charles. I think Sam is making a sly reference to "the honor being attached to the son's of his wife's body" because everybody knows that Barbara Palmer is bearing royal bastards rather than the legitimate issue of Palmer.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Scallops and feathers
Perhaps the lady with the 45 shilling scallop has heard from fellow needlesmiths that Mrs P is in the market for fancy adornments (c.f. the lace of some time ago). Although I understood the feathers to be some type of cockade in his hat which the watermen had taken off Ferrers, the picture conjured up by Bradford of Ferrers in a feather boa is naughtily funny. Nice one!

Ruben   Link to this

from Google:

"Bobbin, June, 2000 TMA Sales Inc. has introduced the new DS332 decorative scallop attachment, which is mounted on new Juki FS and CS series sewing machines. The unit, which can produce at speeds of up to 5,000 spin, is available in two- and three needle versions that can produce four to six scallops per inch and four to five stitches per scallop.

COPYRIGHT 2000 Miller Freeman, Inc.
COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group"

andy   Link to this

a patent for Roger Palmer (Madam Palmer

BradW   Link to this

there

Mary   Link to this

The Captain ... is got to the boy..

This should read "The Captain ... is got to the Hoy" (per L&M) which mkaes much better sense.

Mary   Link to this

makes, of course. Apologies.

Glyn   Link to this

And "Hoy" is in the Glossary at:

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2705/

Grahamt   Link to this

Roger Palmer. Baron of Limbricke/Limerick
I assume "Limbricke in Ireland" is what is now known as Limerick.
Too good a chance to miss-
Roger Palmer he would be a lord,
'Cause his wife was the king's favourite bawd,
But all of his boys,
Where really Fitzroys,
And an Earldom's his only reward.

Pauline   Link to this

bawd/reward
excellent, Grahamt!

vicenzo   Link to this

"...The Captain

JWB   Link to this

Brave & diplomatic & duty-bound?

"...we were sworn justices of peace for Middlesex, Essex, Kent, and Southampton; with which honour I did find myself mightily pleased,..." Sept 24,'60.

Kevin Peter   Link to this

It appears than Penn is no longer upset at Pepys for talking about the maid yesterday: at least Penn was acting normally today. It's apparently a small thing already forgiven and forgotten.

As for the poor Earl, it's got to be humiliating to have everyone know that you're a cuckold and that you're only getting your current titles because of who your sons' real fathers are. He must be the laughingstock of society.

Mary   Link to this

Castlemaine a laughingstock?

Not necessarily. Sisters, daughters and indeed wives have been regarded as tradeable commodities in many societies and pragmatic views of the value of a marriage have often prevailed. At least Castlemaine has got an earldom out of his wife's 'profession' and he will be saved the expense of much of her high maintenance costs as long as she remains the Royal favourite. The complaisant husband on the fringe of royal society is a well-attested character. Had Castlemaine made a tremendous fuss about the situation, then he could have become a laughingstock

Australian Susan   Link to this

Royalty and mistresses
This kind of thing (keep quiet, husband, and we'll make it worth your while) was still going on with Edward VII.

Glyn   Link to this

Anthony Parker Bowles was married to Camilla Parker Bowles for 20 years or more throughout which period she was Prince Charles' mistress, and known to be so in the circles in which they moved. Whether he was a laughing-stock or whether he profited from the situation I do not know.

Glyn   Link to this

"...Captain Holmes, who had wrote his case, and gives me a copy"

Pepys is still conscientiously researching his paper on British naval rights and practices. Just a reminder that this is Holmes's defence against a formal accusation of letting a foreign ship not show proper deference.

Holmes and Pepys appear to be on good terms but Pepys is a little wary of him because Elizabeth always finds him attractive (or at least makes Sam think that she does).

dirk   Link to this

Evelyn's diary for today:

"I din

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"Evelyn's diary"
Nice site Dirk,thanks.

vicenzo   Link to this

great find merci

TerryF   Link to this

Captain Ferrers is hardly dashing in the "outrage" referred to in the note by Lord Braybrooke (B).

12 September, 1662 Pepys hears that Captain Ferrers, "being provoked to strike one of my Lord’s footmen, the footman drew his sword, and hath almost cut the fingers of one of his hands off; which I am sorry for: but this is the vanity of being apt to command and strike." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/09/12/

As SP has it, Captain Ferrers, quite full of himself, is volatile and dangerous; methinks what's "similar" between today's outrage and the one yet to come is the "vanity" Pepys identies then.

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