Monday 5 June 1665

Up very betimes to look some other papers, and then to White Hall to a Committee of Tangier, where I offered my accounts with great acceptation, and so had some good words and honour by it, and one or two things done to my content in my business of Treasurer, but I do clearly see that we shall lose our business of victualling, Sir Thomas Ingram undertaking that it shall be done by persons there as cheap as we do it, and give the seamen their full allowance and themselves give good security here for performance of contract, upon which terms there is no opposing it. This would trouble me, but that I hope when that fails to spend my time to some good advantage other ways, and so shall permit it all to God Almighty’s pleasure. Thence home to dinner, after ‘Change, where great talke of the Dutch being fled and we in pursuit of them, and that our ship Charity1 is lost upon our Captain’s, Wilkinson, and Lieutenant’s yielding, but of this there is no certainty, save the report of some of the sicke men of the Charity, turned adrift in a boat out of the Charity and taken up and brought on shore yesterday to Sole Bay, and the newes hereof brought by Sir Henry Felton. Home to dinner, and Creed with me. Then he and I down to Deptford, did some business, and back again at night. He home, and I to my office, and so to supper and to bed. This morning I had great discourse with my Lord Barkeley about Mr. Hater, towards whom from a great passion reproaching him with being a fanatique and dangerous for me to keepe, I did bring him to be mighty calme and to ask me pardons for what he had thought of him and to desire me to ask his pardon of Hater himself for the ill words he did give him the other day alone at White Hall (which was, that he had always thought him a man that was no good friend to the King, but did never think it would breake out in a thing of this nature), and did advise him to declare his innocence to the Council and pray for his examination and vindication. Of which I shall consider and say no more, but remember one compliment that in great kindness to me he did give me, extolling my care and diligence, that he did love me heartily for my owne sake, and more that he did will me whatsoever I thought for Mr. Coventry’s sake, for though the world did think them enemies, and to have an ill aspect, one to another, yet he did love him with all his heart, which was a strange manner of noble compliment, confessing his owning me as a confidant and favourite of Mr. Coventry’s.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"This morning I had great discourse with my Lord Barkeley about Mr. Hater, towards whom from a great passion reproaching him with being a fanatique and dangerous for me to keepe...."

After Thomas Hayter had been "the last Lord’s day at a meeting of some Friends upon doing of their duties, they were surprised, and he carried to the Counter [jail], but afterwards released; however, hearing that Sir W. Batten do hear of [it,] he thought it good to give me an account of it, lest it might tend to any prejudice to me." See Saturday 9 May 1663:

Quakers were feared out of ignorance (Mr. Coventry said the Duke of York called Hayter "a good servant, an Anabaptist") and paranoia.

dirk  •  Link

Evelyn's diary:

"To Lond: to speake with his Majestie & D[uke] of Albemarle for Horse & foote Guards for the Prisoners of War committed more particularly to my Charge, by a Commission a part, under his Majesties hand & seale:"

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Gotta give Sam great credit, he stands by his people even against the big boys.

Wonder what Barkeley's up to anyway?... "Sir, I may be a debauched libertine ripping off Nation and King but I'm as good a bigot as any man in England."

JWB  •  Link

a good bigot?

Berkeley & Carteret "Concession & Agreement" on New Jersey:

"ITEM. That no person qualified as aforesaid within the said Province, at any time shall be any ways molested, punished, disquieted or called in question for any difference in opinion or practice in matte of religious concernments,..."

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Sir Henry Felton: Bart., of Playford, Suffolk.
The link is to Sir John Lenthall.

CGS  •  Link

It be cheaper to send prisoners shivering by boat back to shore than have them eating good dutch Edam cheese.

Sjoerd  •  Link

'our ship Charity is lost'

Well, it has been recaptured by the Dutch... the "Great Charity" started its career in 1652 as the Amsterdam Directors' ship "Groote Liefde" but was captured by the Commonwealth Navy on the 4th day of the Battle of Portland.

JWB  •  Link

"Theatre Royal, Drury Lane" from the recently corrected Wikipedia:

"The Great Plague of London struck in the summer of 1665, and the Theatre Royal, along with all other public entertainment, was shut down by order of the Crown on 5 June. It remained closed for 18 months until the autumn of 1666,..."

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