Thursday 16 February 1664/65

Up, and with Mr. Andrews to White Hall, where a Committee of Tangier, and there I did our victuallers’ business for some more money, out of which I hope to get a little, of which I was glad; but, Lord! to see to what a degree of contempt, nay, scorn, Mr. Povy, through his prodigious folly, hath brought himself in his accounts, that if he be not a man of a great interest, he will be kicked out of his employment for a foole, is very strange, and that most deservedly that ever man was, for never any man, that understands accounts so little, ever went through so much, and yet goes through it with the greatest shame and yet with confidence that ever I saw man in my life. God deliver me in my owne business of my bill out of his hands, and if ever I foul my fingers with him again let me suffer for it! Back to the ‘Change, and thence home to dinner, where Mrs. Hunt dined with me, and poor Mrs. Batters; who brought her little daughter with her, and a letter from her husband, wherein, as a token, the foole presents me very seriously with his daughter for me to take the charge of bringing up for him, and to make my owne. But I took no notice to her at all of the substance of the letter, but fell to discourse, and so went away to the office, where all the afternoon till almost one in the morning, and then home to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Pepys's agency is implicated in today's letters to Sandwich

William Coventry to Sandwich
Written from: [St James']

Date: 16 February 1665
Communicates further particulars as to the Convoy required for Lord Bellasis and his Retinue on their voyage to Tangier.

John Cubitt, of Great Yarmouth (Bailiff of the Port-town) to Sandwich
Written from: Yarmouth [Norfolk]

Date: 16 February 1665
Notifies the arrest of certain impressed seamen who had come from Harwich. Requests the discharge of Thomas Dudgeon, Master of a vessel belonging to Yarmouth.


Certificate of Thomas Pupplett & John Cubitt, esquires, that the bearer, Thomas Dudgeon, is Master of a Pink, called 'The Rose of Yarmouth'
Written from: Yarmouth

Date: 16 February 1665
Thomas Wilde to Sandwich
Written from: Yarmouth

Date: 16 February 1665
In extenuation of the offence of the impressed seamen, mentions that they were instigated to mutinous conduct, "by a person of quality, which I shall forbear to name". Submits offers of service.

Pedro  •  Link

Sandwich on the 16th February (for Jeannine)

The wind NW, fresh gale, blowing weather, snow and sleet. Towards evening milder and sea something down, when the Fairfax sent her boat aboard me with letters from Mr. Coventry of the 8th and 11th instant, with the one of the 11th inclosed from the Duke. It seems the Fairfax and the Newcastle came out of the Downs to seek me and saw our fleet on Tuesday in the evening and came in and anchored amongst us, which by reason of stormy weather I discerned not until now.

(Journal of Edward Montagu edited by Anderson)

The letters for the 11th mentioned by Terry…

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Strange thing with Batters and his daughter...One feels Sam has left out a great deal concerning this business.

Of course, as a man in a dangerous profession=gunner, captain of fireships, perhaps Batters was an open-hearted type who simply believed Sam when our hero was spouting off sometime about his regard for the brave men of the Navy under his authority and how he considered them and their families all part of one big Navy family. You know, the usual crap CEOs and politicos hand to the "little people" to keep them from throttling them ("die you little bug-eyed...") or dragging them to the battlefield to leave to the enemy ("Batters, where are you going? And what do you mean, 'good luck, you little...'?") as they ought.

"There's nothing I wouldn't do for you, my brave lads. See Batters here, with his little daughter. Batters, brave man...Always feel free to call upon Pepys for anything, man. And know that your child is to me as my own...As are all of yours, lads."

Seriously, it's sad if Batters, expecting the worst, thought Pepys was a man he could count on to take care of his family should he be killed. I almost don't want to know more...I want to hope Batters was being ridiculous and that Sam made no promises or fancy pledges to men serving his authority like this. After all, philandering is one thing...Grabbing a little off the top with the others while doing the job well another, but a two-faced sob who tells brave men they can count on him and betrays them while supplying them with inferior equipment and victuals in order to line his pockets. Very cute.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Robert, there is indeed a long history with Batters, but perhaps not too intimate: cf. 8 March 1659/60

"To Whitehall to bespeak some firing for my father at Short’s, and likewise to speak to Mr. Blackburne about Batters being gunner in the 'Wexford.'”

JWB  •  Link


Suspect letter a MacGuffin, women in cahoots; and for the better, I should add.

CGS  •  Link

Today there be a Mr Pepis counting the naes at the House of.
Interesting One says Peeps, the other says Peepee? or ?
Does not spelling represent the sounding of the word.
In the house minutes, there be a Sir Vincent Churchill most times recorded as Sir Winston Churchill, a name made famous, 16/18 generations removed from the one with the cigar, of course in Latin that be Winson ?, I dothe think.

Kevin Peter  •  Link

"...and came in and anchored amongst us, which by reason of stormy weather I discerned not until now."

It's good that those two were English ships and not Dutch ships. It could have been very bad if two Dutch ships had been able to slip into the fleet unnoticed.

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