Monday 10 October 1664

Up and, it being rainy, in Sir W. Pen’s coach to St. James’s, and there did our usual business with the Duke, and more and more preparations every day appear against the Dutch, and (which I must confess do a little move my envy) Sir W. Pen do grow every day more and more regarded by the Duke,1 because of his service heretofore in the Dutch warr which I am confident is by some strong obligations he hath laid upon Mr. Coventry; for Mr. Coventry must needs know that he is a man of very mean parts, but only a bred seaman: Going home in coach with Sir W. Batten he told me how Sir J. Minnes by the means of Sir R. Ford was the last night brought to his house and did discover the reason of his so long discontent with him, and now they are friends again, which I am sorry for, but he told it me so plainly that I see there is no thorough understanding between them, nor love, and so I hope there will be no great combination in any thing, nor do I see Sir J. Minnes very fond as he used to be. But: Sir W. Batten do raffle still against Mr. Turner and his wife, telling me he is a false fellow, and his wife a false woman, and has rotten teeth and false, set in with wire, and as I know they are so, so I am glad he finds it so. To the Coffee-house, and thence to the ‘Change, and therewith Sir W. Warren to the Coffee-house behind the ‘Change, and sat alone with him till 4 o’clock talking of his businesses first and then of business in general, and discourse how I might get money and how to carry myself to advantage to contract no envy and yet make the world see my pains; which was with great content to me, and a good friend and helpe I am like to find him, for which God be thanked! So home to dinner at 4 o’clock, and then to the office, and there late, and so home to supper and to bed, having sat up till past twelve at night to look over the account of the collections for the Fishery, and the loose and base manner that monies so collected are disposed of in, would make a man never part with a penny in that manner, and, above all, the inconvenience of having a great man, though never so seeming pious as my Lord Pembroke is. He is too great to be called to an account, and is abused by his servants, and yet obliged to defend them for his owne sake. This day, by the blessing of God, my wife and I have been married nine years: but my head being full of business, I did not think of it to keep it in any extraordinary manner. But bless God for our long lives and loves and health together, which the same God long continue, I wish, from my very heart!

  1. “The duke had decided that the English fleet should consist of three squadrons to be commanded by himself, Prince Rupert, and Lord Sandwich, from which arrangement the two last, who were land admirals; had concluded that Penn would have no concern in this fleet. Neither the duke, Rupert, nor Sandwich had ever been engaged in an encounter of fleets … Penn alone of the four was familiar with all these things. By the duke’s unexpected announcement that he should take Penn with him into his own ship, Rupert and Sandwich at once discovered that they would be really and practically under Penn’s command in everything.”

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Pedro   Link to this

"Rupert and Sandwich at once discovered that they would be really and practically under Penn's command in everything"

I do not see how this note can possibly be true at this particular time, and the author is jumping the gun to July of 1665. Here Penn is named as captain of the Duke's 1st rate flagship in the red squadron, as will be Kempthorn in Rupert's white squadron and Cuttance in the blue squadron of Sandwich. Rupert and Sandwich are at this point Chief Flag Officers

Australian Susan   Link to this

"...telling me he is a false fellow, and his wife a false woman, and has rotten teeth and false, set in with wire,..." So, a person with dentures cannot be trusted. How about false hair, Sam? This really is a most extraordinary and petty statement. Most sneering.
And he sits for hours in the 17thc equivalent of *$s, getting high on caffeine, is late for dinner (Bess must have been at her most forebearing - and he doesn't comment on the dinner being dried up or anything) and then spends the evening (coming down off the caffeine) till very late going over the accounts for the Royal Fisheries - with a view to getting this magical money? Who knows.
I thought the Wheatley footnote was strange too and I am grateful for Pedro's masterly exposition of who was doing what when. Ta!

Martin   Link to this

Happy 352nd anniversary, Sam and Beth!

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"my head being full of business, I did not think of it to keep it in any extraordinary manner"

Oh Sam, you Romantic, you. I hope you live through the night...

Bradford   Link to this

"now they are friends again, which I am sorry for": a volume of psychological insight, in one line of iambic pentameter.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...Sir W. Pen do grow every day more and more regarded by the Duke,1 because of his service heretofore in the Dutch warr which I am confident is by some strong obligations he hath laid upon Mr. Coventry; for Mr. Coventry must needs know that he is a man of very mean parts, but only a bred seaman..."

Sam...Whatever his deficiencies as an office administrator, the man is capable and courageous and worthy of his position and you know it.

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"But bless God for our long lives and loves and health together, which the same God long continue, I wish, from my very heart!"

Now that's our Sam of the salmon dinner speaking. Go tell her that.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"is by some strong obligations he hath laid upon Mr. Coventry;... but only a bred seaman:"

The tailor's son forgets Penn's 'relevant experience;' the command of squadrons at the Dutch defeats of Kentish Knock (1652), Gabbard (1653), Scheveningen (1653) and the 'draw' at the Three Days Battle (Portland, 1653).

Terry F   Link to this

This day, in no small part due to Pepys's influence, Anthony Deane was made Master-Shipwright at Harwich (L&M note 28 0ct.) http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7985/

Pedro   Link to this

The added note.

Although the source is not mentioned, from a later note it can be deduced that it is cited from Granville Penn’s “Memorials of Sir William Penn,” vol. ii., p. 296.

It can be seen on the site below given by JWB on the 3rd of November.

http://books.google.com/books?id=BUg2AAAAMAAJ&p...

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