Thursday 7 April 1664

Up and to my office, where busy, and by and by comes Sir W. Warren and old Mr. Bond in order to the resolving me some questions about masts and their proportions, but he could say little to me to my satisfaction, and so I held him not long but parted. So to my office busy till noon and then to the ‘Change, where high talke of the Dutch’s protest against our Royall Company in Guinny, and their granting letters of marke against us there, and every body expects a warr, but I hope it will not yet be so, nor that this is true. Thence to dinner, where my wife got me a pleasant French fricassee of veal for dinner, and thence to the office, where vexed to see how Sir W. Batten ordered things this afternoon (vide my office book, for about this time I have begun, my notions and informations encreasing now greatly every day, to enter all occurrences extraordinary in my office in a book by themselves), and so in the evening after long discourse and eased my mind by discourse with Sir W. Warren, I to my business late, and so home to supper and to bed.

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Terry F  •  Link

"my wife got me a pleasant French fricassee of veal for dinner"

Reward for the "pretty silke for a petticoate for [his] wife" bought yesterday? Nice.

fric·as·see (frk-s, frk-s)
n. Poultry or meat cut into pieces and stewed in gravy.
tr.v. fric·as·seed, fric·as·see·ing, fric·as·sees
To prepare (poultry or meat) by cutting into pieces and stewing in gravy.

[French fricassée, from Old French, from feminine past participle of fricasser, to fricassee : probably frire, to fry (from Latin frgere, to roast, fry) + casser, to break, crack (from Latin quassre, to shake, shatter; see squash2) or Vulgar Latin *coctire, to press together (from Latin coctus; see cogent).]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Roboto  •  Link

Nose pulling all forgotten, nice silk pettycoat, French fricassee of veal for dinner and all is right with the world (except for Tom's indiscretion).

Australian Susan  •  Link

Happy Easter, everyone!

Michael Robinson  •  Link

comes Sir W. Warren and old Mr. Bond in order to the resolving me some questions about masts

Shrewd move of Warren to enlist Bond; in the past he had been independently recommended to Pepys as a teacher of timber measure.

AussieRene  •  Link

And a Happy Easter to you too Susan.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"Happy Easter Aussies"
Although, having been born under the Southern Cross myself,it is not the same down there.

Carl Wickstrom in Boston USA  •  Link

Happy Easter to all.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...comes Sir W. Warren and old Mr. Bond in order to the resolving me some questions about masts and their proportions..."

That Sir William would bring in Mr. Bond, apparently a first-rate mathematician of some repute, suggests he takes Sam's concerns seriously. Of course like those "independent" experts Microsoft's people strive to pack "independent" review groups with (according to their own emails recently published in Harper's) Bond is likely his man, at least it's better tnan Warren just offering another glove of cash to keep our boy in line.

Wonder if a set of gloves or a cup or a box containing goodies will make a mysterious appearance in the next few...

Terry F  •  Link

"some questions about masts"

With all the war talk, at least Pepys is about fitting the fleet. When it comes to war talk, the Duke cannot be as easily dismissed as voices at the 'Change. Pepys?!

Michael Robinson  •  Link

all occurrences extraordinary ... in a book by themselves

Is this the source to which Robert Gertz has extraordinary access?

cape henry  •  Link

"...every body expects a warr, but I hope it will not yet be so, nor that this is true."

Possibly a hint here that Sam understands that the navy is not prepared for a war?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...where vexed to see how Sir W. Batten ordered things this afternoon..."

"What's this, what's this...Provisioning against war? Supply lists in case of war? Ships in dock and under repair? No, no..." Batten tosses the clerks-at-hand's papers in the air. "This nonsense may be the sort of thing our Mr. Pepys loves to play with but boys what the Duke really wants...What King and Country need...Is a good slogan for the war at hand."

"A...Slogan, Sir William?"

"Yes, yes, Turner. A slogan...A catchy phrase, preferably easily set to music. Now lads, put those silly papers away...Hewer? What are you about with that book?"

"Notes for Mr. Pepys, Sir William."

"Let that rest and set your mind to work with us. A catchy slogan, boys...There's the thing that wins a war. Eh, Sir John?" Catches the just-opened eye of the previously snoring Sir John...

"Quite, Will, quite...Something Shakespearian, there's the thing...Yes. 'The war's wherein we'll catch the b...s of the bloody Dutchmen'."

"There you go, lads. To it."

"Sir William? 'Victory's right around the corner once we get them bloody wood shoes off the Dutch.'?"

"Ummmn..." Sir John eyes Sir Will...

"A good effort, lad...A promising start. But lets keep at it." Batten, encouragingly.

How about 'No food, no arms, no ships, no men...We're dead in the water, lets surrender.'? Hewer thinks, sighing.

Clement  •  Link

...and a happy Passover too.

It would be fun to see Sam go back to temple, but stick around for some of the raucous conversation he reported at his last visit.

Pedro  •  Link

In the absence of Dirk...

A News-Letter addressed to Sir George Lane
Written from: Whitehall
Date: 7 April 1664
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 222, fol(s). 64-65

The House of Commons has under consideration Bills for rendering the Rivers Mersey and Weaver navigable; for making provision for the maintenance of the Clergy in Towns corporate; for the improvement of the Great Level of the Fens, known as the 'Bedford Level'; and for building new churches in populous towns.
Advices have been received from Spain of the very honourable reception of his Majesty's Amabassador, Sir Richard Fanshaw, at Cadiz.
Orders have been given to the Officers of Customs, at all the English ports, not to admit any merchandize from Zealand, in resentment of affronts to the King's dignity offered in that Province.

Pedro  •  Link

and more...

Commissioners of the Navy to Lane
Written from: Navy Office
Date: 7 April 1664
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 33, fol(s). 360
Document type: Original [signed by Pepys, Mennis, Batten, & Coventry]

Orders are given for the attendance at Chester, on a day named, of a paymaster's clerk, that part of their wages, now in arrear, may be paid to the crews of H.M.S. Harp and of the yacht Mary. The Lord Lieutenant's due directions to the commander of those vessels respectively, in accordance therewith, are solicited.

The King to Ormond
Written from: Whitehall
Date: 7 April 1664
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 43, fol(s). 355
Document type: Original

Care is to be taken that none of the lands now in the possession of Sir William Penn, by way of custodium, be taken thereout, or granted to any other person whatsoever.

cumsalisgrano  •  Link

Pedro, thanks, interesting Documents.
H.M.S. WAs this the first instance of oficially using this Title.
also interesting, WM Penn and his Irish estate. What was the income and other details ?.are there any?

Bedford Level be still there, It is interesting to see sails up in the air and the road you be driving on, Dry, not unlike seeing ships on the Canal near the Ishmalia, sailing above the Sand banks of the Canal.

Pedro  •  Link

The Electronic Calendar of the Carte Papers, 1660-87

This site was found by Dirk, who alas I think is having problems gaining access to the internet.

Unfortunately it only gives the brief outline of the letters...

"Between 1877 and 1883 Edward Edwards produced a calendar of the entire Carte collection, itself comprising 75 volumes. It had been intended to publish the calendar, but deterred by the difficulties of its sheer bulk and complexity, the Library decided not to go ahead with publication. The calendar is therefore only available in the Bodleian Library, though some Irish libraries have microfilm copies.

The calendar gives an abstract of every paper in the Carte collection in chronological order. It is written in a not always easy Victorian hand, and it has no index. For users interested in particular persons, places or subjects, there is no means of access."

Pedro  •  Link

Talk at the Change.

One of Valckenburg's (Dutch Governor on the Gold Coast) statements regarding the Dutch ownership of the Gold Coast had been circulated on the Royal Exchange, where it became the chief topic of conversation. Indeed so great was the sensation it stirred up that Samuel Pepys declared on April 7, 1664, that everybody was expecting a war

The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919

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