Friday 30 June 1665

Up and to White Hall, to the Duke of Albemarle, who I find at Secretary Bennet’s, there being now no other great Statesman, I think, but my Lord Chancellor, in towne. I received several commands from them; among others, to provide some bread and cheese for the garrison at Guernsey, which they promised to see me paid for. So to the ‘Change, and home to dinner. In the afternoon I down to Woolwich and after me my wife and Mercer, whom I led to Mr. Sheldon’s to see his house, and I find it a very pretty place for them to be at. So I back again, walking both forward and backward, and left my wife to come by water. I straight to White Hall, late, to Secretary Bennet’s to give him an account of the business I received from him to-day, and there staid weary and sleepy till past 12 at night. Then writ my mind to him, and so back by water and in the dark and against tide shot the bridge, groping with their pole for the way, which troubled me before I got through. So home, about one or two o’clock in the morning, my family at a great losse what was become of me. To supper, and to bed. Thus this book of two years ends. Myself and family in good health, consisting of myself and wife, Mercer, her woman, Mary, Alice, and Susan our maids, and Tom my boy. In a sickly time of the plague growing on. Having upon my hands the troublesome care of the Treasury of Tangier, with great sums drawn upon me, and nothing to pay them with: also the business of the office great. Consideration of removing my wife to Woolwich; she lately busy in learning to paint, with great pleasure and successe. All other things well; especially a new interest I am making, by a match in hand between the eldest son of Sir G. Carteret, and my Lady Jemimah Montage. The Duke of Yorke gone down to the fleete, but all suppose not with intent to stay there, as it is not fit, all men conceive, he should.

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dirk   Link to this

Evelyn's diary

"I went to Chattam:"

(to be continued tomorrow...)

CGS   Link to this

Terry thanks:
very interesting points:
1:Thus this book of two years ends. Myself and family in good health, consisting of myself and wife, Mercer, her woman, Mary, Alice, and Susan our maids, and Tom my boy.

2:with great sums drawn upon me, and nothing to pay them with: also the business of the office great

3:Then writ my mind to him,

dirk   Link to this

"Thus this book of two years ends."

The manuscript of Sam's diary, covering eight and a half years, consists of 6 volumes (at least that is the form in which the diary now rests in Magdalene College, Cambridge), which comes down to an average of 1.6 years per volume. I take it this quote refers to one of these books (volume 3 ?)

Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M add FINIS to this entry and a note indicating thus ends the third volume.

Sjoerd   Link to this

"there being now no other great Statesman, I think, but my Lord Chancellor, in towne"

York gone to the fleet, but will probably not stay there, only old Monck still at his post....

Compare with "An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11"
http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/essay.jsp?ar...

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"of which number 267 were deaths from the plague"
Although Daniel Defoe was 5 years old at the time, he later wrote the very well researched "journal of the Plague Year";in it he says that many of the deaths that were labeled Spotted Fever,were actually from the Plague.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"... to provide some bread and cheese for the garrison at Guernsey, which they promised to see me paid for. "

So forget tallys, forget past promises of warrants ( "my Lord Treasurer was, the first and only time he ever was there, and did promise us 15,000l. for Tangier" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/06/26/#c21... http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/06/24/ ) Royal finance for bread and cheese for a garrison amounts now to a personal assurance from Monk and a Secretary of State, also keeper of the Royal Mistresses, that SP will be paid ... and if SP were placed on the hook for any of the cash personally by a merchant / victualer all would be, no doubt, a polite matter of misunderstandings .

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Consideration of removing my wife to Woolwich; she lately busy in learning to paint, with great pleasure and successe."

So Bess paints the ship designs and the Deptford/Woolwich/any other Sam brings sketches home of (what a pity she didn't make it to Portsmouth) facilities; Balty smuggles them out ostensibly to a "buyer" (the Dutch High Command).

"Darling, this one of the ships in harbor at Chatham from the draught Cooper gave me to study is wonderful. You captured the whole detail of the fleet's layout perfectly."

"Thank ye, Sam'l." dark grin.

Any way, nice of Sam to be so supportive-though, if he can't keep her pregnant he can keep her busy.

dirk   Link to this

Errata

Sam's diary of course covers NINE and a half years (not EIGHT and a half).

A. Hamilton   Link to this

I received several commands from them; among others, to provide some bread and cheese for the garrison at Guernsey,

Be interesting to know how he placed that order, and the amounts.

CGS   Link to this

journal: it be wrote line by line to fill the page until book be filled, when books became cheaper, it be be month, day and year ????

Less written , longer the book stayed current.

bread and cheese : staple of the day.
by shipping bread & cheese in the final form, did it get extra nutritional value added.?
Cheese be so much nicer with juicy crawlies, and bread be tasty after breeding maggots.

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