Saturday 16 June 1666

Up betimes and to my office, and there we sat all the morning and dispatched much business, the King, Duke of Yorke, and Sir W. Coventry being gone down to the fleete. At noon home to dinner and then down to Woolwich and Deptford to look after things, my head akeing from the multitude of businesses I had in my head yesterday in settling my accounts. All the way down and up, reading of “The Mayor of Quinborough,” a simple play. At Deptford, while I am there, comes Mr. Williamson, Sir Arthur Ingram and Jacke Fen, to see the new ships, which they had done, and then I with them home in their boat, and a very fine gentleman Mr. Williamson is. It seems the Dutch do mightily insult of their victory, and they have great reason.1 Sir William Barkeley was killed before his ship taken; and there he lies dead in a sugar-chest, for every body to see, with his flag standing up by him. And Sir George Ascue is carried up and down the Hague for people to see. Home to my office, where late, and then to bed.

  1. This treatment seems to have been that of the Dutch populace alone, and there does not appear to have been cause of complaint against the government. Respecting Sir W. Berkeley’s body the following notice was published in the “London Gazette” of July 15th, 1666 (No. 69) “Whitehall, July 15. This day arrived a trumpet from the States of Holland, who came over from Calais in the Dover packet-boat, with a letter to his Majesty, that the States have taken order for the embalming the body of Sir William Berkeley, which they have placed in the chapel of the great church at the Hague, a civility they profess to owe to his corpse, in respect to the quality of his person, the greatness of his command, and of the high courage and valour he showed in the late engagement; desiring his Majesty to signify his pleasure about the further disposal of it.” “Frederick Ruysch, the celebrated Dutch anatomist, undertook, by order of the States-General, to inject the body of the English Admiral Berkeley, killed in the sea-fight of 1666; and the body, already somewhat decomposed, was sent over to England as well prepared as if it had been the fresh corpse of a child. This produced to Ruysch, on the part of the States-General, a recompense worthy of their liberality, and the merit of the anatomist,” “James’s Medical Dictionary.”

11 Annotations

Terry Foreman   Link to this

June 16 - John Evelyn's Diary

16 in the Jemmy Yach’t (an incomparable sailer) to sea, arived by noone at the Fleete in the B of Nore, dined with Pr: Rupert & Generall:

JWB   Link to this

Loevestein, where Ascue imprisioned:

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"... reading of “The Mayor of Quinborough,” a simple play. "

Link to an e-text:-

Australian Susan   Link to this

On the BBC website is a picture of men re-enacting the playing of pell mell in Pall Mall.
Here's the link. There is no explanation as to why they are doing it this week.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Still no fears directed at what Louis may be planning. One wonders if Sam just doesn't want to start thinking about that or if he has info to calm fears in that direction.

Ric Jerrom   Link to this

A quick glance at the BBC website - thanks, Susan - shows "gentlemen" in 17th.Century costume supposedly playing "paille - maille": their equipment is distinctly that of croquet players, however. Is croquet "pell - mell", anyone?

Ric Jerrom   Link to this

Apparently Pell - Mell was an aristocratic game played on a huge - 1000 yard - pitch: players bashed the ball as far as they could with mallets, but finished with something like a golfer's "spoon" to whack the ball into the air and through a suspended hoop. So more like golf than Croquet: BBC's re - enactors are innaccurate, it seems. Clarity at (There's a hint of a link to Sam, too...)

JWB   Link to this

"Arterial embalming is believed to have been first practiced in the Netherlands in the 17th century by Frederik Ruysch but his liquor balsamicum preservative was kept a secret to the grave and his methods were not widely copied."

GrahamT   Link to this

Not only is it not Paille Maille, but that is not the Pall Mall I drive down every day. This what it really looks like:

Australian Susan   Link to this

Yes, I was posting in a hurry before work - but I thought that the only accurate thing was the costume, but probably an expert on historical costume would correct me on that! Croquet is not Pell Mell.

cgs   Link to this

Shakespeare's Richard III, 1597

March on! Join bravely, let us to it pell-mell–
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell!(5.3.313-14)

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