Friday 28 April 1665

Up by 5 o’clock, and by appointment with Creed by 6 at his chamber, expecting Povy, who come not. Thence he and I out to Sir Philip Warwicke’s, but being not up we took a turn in the garden hard by, and thither comes Povy to us. After some discourse of the reason of the difficulty that Sir Philip Warwicke makes in issuing a warrant for my striking of tallys, namely, the having a clear account of the 26,000l. saved by my Lord of Peterborough, we parted, and I to Sir P. Warwicke, who did give me an account of his demurr, which I applied myself to remove by taking Creed with me to my Lord Ashly, from whom, contrary to all expectation, I received a very kind answer, just as we could have wished it, that he would satisfy my Lord Treasurer. Thence very well satisfied I home, and down the River to visit the victualling-ships, where I find all out of order. And come home to dinner, and then to write a letter to the Duke of Albemarle about the victualling-ships, and carried it myself to the Council-chamber, where it was read; and when they rose, my Lord Chancellor passing by stroked me on the head, and told me that the Board had read my letter, and taken order for the punishing of the watermen for not appearing on board the ships.1 And so did the King afterwards, who do now know me so well, that he never sees me but he speaks to me about our Navy business. Thence got my Lord Ashly to my Lord Treasurer below in his chamber, and there removed the scruple, and by and by brought Mr. Sherwin to Sir Philip Warwicke and did the like, and so home, and after a while at my office, to bed.

  1. Among the State Papers are lists of watermen impressed and put on board the victualling ships. Attached to one of these is a “note of their unfitness and refractory conduct; also that many go ashore to sleep, and are discontent that they, as masters of families, are pressed, while single men are excused on giving money to the pressmen” (“Calendar,” Domestic, 1664-65, p. 323).

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Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"and when they rose, my Lord Chancellor passing by stroked me on the head..."

I know it's the 17th century equivalent of an "attaboy," but I can't help thinking, "good doggie"!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Sometimes it takes a lotta politickin' just to a job.

Carl in Boston   Link to this

By appointment with Creed by 6 at his chamber, expecting Povy, who come not.
Sam the Sham can't understand that for most normal people, business doesn't start at 6AM. Yay Povy, keep insisting on the rights of humanity. It is not for himself alone, but there are many others deserving of all the help, aid, and assistance this world can give in the unending fight against the chiseling of bosses. Bah, bah, humbug on them all. Business starts at 9AM, so they say, sometimes, maybe.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Sam ought to beware angry pressed watermen and their families. It's not exactly a fair draft...Though of course military drafts continue to have their rich and precious boys evading service in various ways...and under such an unfair system I think I'd be a little more than 'refractory' if I were dragged away from my family and work and not even allowed to go home at night while my ship was still near.

"That's the one, Moll...The bugged-eyed little one in the fancy suit writin'. No, no...Moll...You can't be shoving a knife in a gent on the street. That'll do your man no good. Do it like I tole you, girl. All says he's a randy little rooster...Just give him the eye and lead him on till he'll go wid ya anywheres."

"Then I lets him have it?"

"Moll... First you sees if he'll be reasonablelike. You tell him about your man and you cry a little and you well...Up to you how far you're ready to go. And if he'll be reasonablelike, done."

"An' if not...?"

"Leave the little prick-louse's son gasping his last in the alley's horse manure and take anything you find. Ought to be enough to bribe even a pressman."

Hayfevered JWB   Link to this

"...being not up we took a turn in the garden..."

Expect another head cold soon. Tree pollen said to be at max in the AM, Oak & Yew especially nasty late Apr.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Correction: "Sometimes it takes a lotta politickin’ just to get a job."

dirk   Link to this

From the Rev. Josselin's diary:

"Mr Eldred returned safe to us from London being cut of the stone, and healed to admiration, praise god, oh my soul -."

For the story of Mr Eldred, see:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/03/27/#c20...
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/03/12/#c20...
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/02/09/#c20...

Nix   Link to this

Quite a satisfactory day --

resolve a major financial issue in the morning,

a pat on the back from the Chancellor,

a nod from the King himself,

and get a bunch of watermen flogged for sneaking off to see their loved ones.

A tip, though, Samuel -- be verrrry choosy whom you hire next trip down to Greenwich.

Pedro   Link to this

Meanwhile out with the Fleet.

They must now be quite close to Texel as Sandwich looks through his glass and makes out 2 Admirals and 2 Vice Admirals and abundance of ships masts that rode further within.

Allin says that HRH fired and they all weighed anchor seeing Texel plainly and ships at anchor at the NE entrance and channel.

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