Monday 23 April 1666

Being mighty weary last night, lay long this morning, then up and to the office, where Sir W. Batten, Lord Bruncker and I met, and toward noon took coach and to White Hall, where I had the opportunity to take leave of the Prince, and again of the Duke of Albemarle; and saw them kiss the King’s hands and the Duke’s; and much content, indeed, there seems to be in all people at their going to sea, and [they] promise themselves much good from them. This morning the House of Parliament do meet, only to adjourne again till winter. The plague, I hear, encreases in the towne much, and exceedingly in the country everywhere. Thence walked to Westminster Hall, and after a little stay, there being nothing now left to keep me there, Betty Howlett being gone, I took coach and away home, in my way asking in two or three places the worth of pearles, I being now come to the time that I have long ago promised my wife a necklace. Dined at home and took Balty with me to Hales’s to show him his sister’s picture, and thence to Westminster, and there I to the Swan and drank, and so back again alone to Hales’s and there met my wife and Mercer, Mrs. Pierce being sitting, and two or three idle people of her acquaintance more standing by. Her picture do come on well. So staid until she had done and then set her down at home, and my wife and I and the girle by coach to Islington, and there eat and drank in the coach and so home, and there find a girle sent at my desire by Mrs. Michell of Westminster Hall, to be my girle under the cooke-mayde, Susan. But I am a little dissatisfied that the girle, though young, is taller and bigger than Su, and will not, I fear, be under her command, which will trouble me, and the more because she is recommended by a friend that I would not have any unkindness with, but my wife do like very well of her. So to my accounts and journall at my chamber, there being bonfires in the streete, for being St. George’s day, and the King’s Coronation, and the day of the Prince and Duke’s going to sea. So having done my business, to bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Thence walked to Westminster Hall, and after a little stay, there being nothing now left to keep me there, Betty Howlett being gone, I took coach and away home, in my way asking in two or three places the worth of pearles, I being now come to the time that I have long ago promised my wife a necklace."

Interesting redirection of focus...

jeannine   Link to this

I found this interesting and I didn’t know this about Monck (Albermarle), so I thought I’d post it. Its a little background about him, and quite favorable, leading up to today’s entry. It’s from “The Rupert and Monck Letter Book” edited by Powell and Timings.

“With the outbreak of the Second Dutch War Monck acted as the Duke of York’s deputy ashore, and bent his efforts to the supplying of the fleet. When the Duke returned from sea service to administer the Navy from land, Monck was called to a new and dangerous duty. The plague had broken out. Together with Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earl of Craven Monck boldly faced the danger, regardless of his own safety. All who could had fled from that stricken city. Only these three remained. The King, Court, and merchants had fled, leaving the poor, who could not, to their fate. By their simple presence the three brought courage to the failing hearts of the poor. They drew up a rough code of sanitary regulations. Infected houses were placed out of bounds to all save doctors and nurses; the clothing of the dead was burnt, and their bodies collected and buried in lime; robbery and theft were severely punished. Above all the three visited the sick and dying, and by their example and words of cheer they encouraged the living to face boldly the danger from which there was no escape.

Thus it was when, in November 1665, Clarendon brought him the news that he was to be appointed General at Sea with Rupert, that Monck said he thought he could do the King better service by staying in London to deal with the plague, but it was pointed out to him that the necessity of going out against the Dutch was pre-eminent; to which he agreed.

The situation was grave, for in January France and Denmark had allied themselves with the Dutch. So, on April 23, 1666, the admirals took command of the fleet at Nore.”

Don McCahill   Link to this

> But I am a little dissatisfied that the girle, though young, is taller and bigger than Su, and will not, I fear, be under her command

And perhaps not under the command of the master, when he wants a quick grope?

language hat   Link to this

Thanks much for that quote, jeannine! But a crucial "and" was omitted:

"Together with Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury, AND the Earl of Craven Monck boldly faced the danger..."

Without it, it's impossible to figure out who "these three" are!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"But I am a little dissatisfied that the girle, though young, is taller and bigger..."

Ooof! Arggh...

"Mr. Pepys, sir? Are you all right, sir? I did say, no, sir."

Oooh... Groan.

"Mrs. Pepys? Mr. Pepys..." Cut to frantic Sam alternating between prayerful poster of desperate pleading, waving, and agonized groans.

"...took a fall, ma'am." benevolent smile. Thank ye, thank ye...Sam's expression.

"You've been falling a lot this year, dearest." Bess concernedly notes, helping him upstairs.

Lawrence   Link to this

Thanks Jeannine, that was very interesting, I suppose things are about to become interesting for us, but not any poor soul who were living and working around the Naval yards,at this time in our history? God pray them a good end to this mess!

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Jeannine, you did the business. The curtain parts and there stands Monck, a leader of his time, and example through the ages. What a man.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... and away home, in my way asking in two or three places the worth of pearles, I being now come to the time that I have long ago promised my wife a necklace."

All the picture viewing and studio visits this month must have made SP realize that Elizabeth has developed some serious skill as a painter:

"Up, and after much pleasant talke and being importuned by my wife and her two mayds, which are both good wenches, for me to buy a necklace of pearle for her, and I promising to give her one of 60l. in two years at furthest, and in less if she pleases me in her painting, ..."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/08/22/

Australian Susan   Link to this

It being about to be Mothers' Day here, our local jeweller is, hopefully, exhibiting a lovely string of Tahitian black pearls - for a mere $19,000....... I wonder if Sam will suddenly go off the idea when he finds out how expensive good pearls are...watch this space. Wonder if he will offer Bess a pearl ring......

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