Saturday 15 September 1666

All the morning at the office, Harman being come to my great satisfaction to put up my beds and hangings, so I am at rest, and followed my business all day. Dined with Sir W. Batten, mighty busy about this account, and while my people were busy, wrote near thirty letters and orders with my owne hand. At it till eleven at night; and it is strange to see how clear my head was, being eased of all the matter of all these letters; whereas one would think that I should have been dazed. I never did observe so much of myself in my life. In the evening there comes to me Captain Cocke, and walked a good while in the garden. He says he hath computed that the rents of houses lost by this fire in the City comes to 600,000l. per annum; that this will make the Parliament, more quiet than otherwise they would have been, and give the King a more ready supply; that the supply must be by excise, as it is in Holland; that the Parliament will see it necessary to carry on the warr; that the late storm hindered our beating the Dutch fleete, who were gone out only to satisfy the people, having no business to do but to avoid us; that the French, as late in the yeare as it is, are coming; that the Dutch are really in bad condition, but that this unhappinesse of ours do give them heart; that there was a late difference between my Lord Arlington and Sir W. Coventry about neglect in the last to send away an express of the other’s in time; that it come before the King, and the Duke of Yorke concerned himself in it; but this fire hath stopped it. The Dutch fleete is not gone home, but rather to the North, and so dangerous to our Gottenburgh fleete. That the Parliament is likely to fall foul upon some persons; and, among others, on the Vice-chamberlaine, though we both believe with little ground. That certainly never so great a loss as this was borne so well by citizens in the world; he believing that not one merchant upon the ‘Change will break upon it. That he do not apprehend there will be any disturbances in State upon it; for that all men are busy in looking after their owne business to save themselves. He gone, I to finish my letters, and home to bed; and find to my infinite joy many rooms clean; and myself and wife lie in our own chamber again. But much terrified in the nights now-a-days with dreams of fire, and falling down of houses.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"But much terrified in the nights now-a-days with dreams of fire, and falling down of houses."

One wonders how many Londoners suffered from PTSD in the fire's aftermath.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stre...

ticea   Link to this

I do too, Terry....

CGS   Link to this

If you suffered you kept mum about it, called stiff upper lip. sul or pleased to say differently.

JWB   Link to this

"I never did observe so much of myself in my life."

And yesterday it was: "...and Sir W. Coventry come to me, and found me, as God would have it, in my office..."

And today 343 years later... still looking.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"He says he hath computed that the rents of houses lost by this fire in the City comes to 600,000l. per annum; that this will make the Parliament, more quiet than otherwise they would have been, and give the King a more ready supply..."

Hmmn...Somehow I don't see Cocke's theory working out too well.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"that there was a late difference between my Lord Arlington and Sir W. Coventry about neglect in the last to send away an express of the other’s in time"

L&M say the account of the disagreement is found in the entry of 24 June 1666 http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/06/24/

Bradford   Link to this

"But much terrified in the nights now-a-days with dreams of fire, and falling down of houses."

The days---the weeks---right after 9/11, and much more than houses falling down. . . .

Tom Carr   Link to this

My friend, Mark Oliver, is writing a book on coping with the the effects of PTSD after 9/11: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northampton/hi/peop...

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