Tuesday 20 November 1666

Called up by Mr. Sheply, who is going into the country to-day to Hinchingbroke, I sent my service to my Lady, and in general for newes: that the world do think well of my Lord, and do wish he were here again, but that the publique matters of the State as to the war are in the worst condition that is possible. By and by Sir W. Warren, and with him half an hour discoursing of several businesses, and some I hope will bring me a little profit. He gone, and Sheply, I to the office a little, and then to church, it being thanksgiving-day for the cessation of the plague; but, Lord! how the towne do say that it is hastened before the plague is quite over, there dying some people still,1 but only to get ground for plays to be publickly acted, which the Bishops would not suffer till the plague was over; and one would thinke so, by the suddenness of the notice given of the day, which was last Sunday, and the little ceremony. The sermon being dull of Mr. Minnes, and people with great indifferency come to hear him. After church home, where I met Mr. Gregory, who I did then agree with to come to teach my wife to play on the Viall, and he being an able and sober man, I am mightily glad of it. He had dined, therefore went away, and I to dinner, and after dinner by coach to Barkeshire-house, and there did get a very great meeting; the Duke of York being there, and much business done, though not in proportion to the greatness of the business, and my Lord Chancellor sleeping and snoring the greater part of the time. Among other things I declared the state of our credit as to tallys to raise money by, and there was an order for payment of 5000l. to Mr. Gawden, out of which I hope to get something against Christmas. Here we sat late, and here I did hear that there are some troubles like to be in Scotland, there being a discontented party already risen, that have seized on the Governor of Dumfreeze and imprisoned him,2 but the story is yet very uncertain, and therefore I set no great weight on it. I home by Mr. Gawden in his coach, and so with great pleasure to spend the evening at home upon my Lyra Viall, and then to supper and to bed. With mighty peace of mind and a hearty desire that I had but what I have quietly in the country, but, I fear, I do at this day see the best that either I or the rest of our nation will ever see.

  1. According to the Bills of Mortality seven persons died in London of the plague during the week November 20th to 27th; and for some weeks after deaths continued from this cause.
  2. William Fielding, writing to Sir Phil. Musgrave from Carlisle on November 15th, says: “Major Baxter, who has arrived from Dumfries, reports that this morning a great number of horse and foot came into that town, with drawn swords and pistols, gallopped up to Sir Jas. Turner’s lodgings, seized him in his bed, carried him without clothes to the marketplace, threatened to cut him to pieces, and seized and put into the Tollbooth all the foot soldiers that were with him; they also secured the minister of Dumfries. Many of the party were lairds and county people from Galloway—200 horse well mounted, one minister was with them who had swords and pistols, and 200 or 300 foot, some with clubs, others with scythes.” On November 17th Rob. Meine wrote to Williamson: “On the 15th 120 fanatics from the Glenkins, Deray; and neighbouring parishes in Dumfriesshire, none worth 10l. except two mad fellows, the lairds of Barscob and Corsuck, came to Dumfries early in the morning, seized Sir Jas. Turner, commander of a company of men in Dumfriesshire, and carried him, without violence to others, to a strong house in Maxwell town, Galloway, declaring they sought only revenge against the tyrant who had been severe with them for not keeping to church, and had laid their families waste” (“Calendar of State Papers,” 1666-67, pp. 262, 268).

11 Annotations

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Arlington to Ormond
Written from: Whitehall

Date: 20 November 1666

The House will not hear of bringing so many live cattle [as a gift to those who suffered by the Great Fire]. ... With much ado, they consented they should be killed & barrelled up; but would enjoin such a distribution afterwards, that we cannot suppose the City will much profit by the gift.

Adds some particulars relating to the late rising in Yorkshire ...

http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Another angle on yesterday's quarrel between L. Butler/Ossory and L. Ashley

Anglesey to Ormond
Written from: London

Date: 20 November 1666

Communicates an account of further proceedings in the House of Lords, in relation to Irish Cattle, and, in particular, of an aspersion cast upon the givers of the beeves to the distressed late inhabitants of the destroyed part of London, as being guilty of "a design and contrivance to mischief England".

Describes the intended "proviso", empowering the export from four ports of Ireland, in equal numbers, of an aggregate of 20,000 beeves, to be so distributed; & what ensued therein; expecially in respect to Lord Ossory's stern resentment of many expressed used by Lord Ashley, reflecting upon the Duke his father and the other promoters of the gift...

Adds particulars relating to the Revenue.

http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

Lord Chancellor sleeping and snoring the greater part of the time. Among other things I declared the state of our credit

Soporific stuff apparently

cf Robert Benchley, The Treasurer's report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edlpn3CnqaQ

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"... and my Lord Chancellor sleeping and snoring the greater part of the time. ..."

Lord Chancellor's "Nightmare Song" from Iolanthe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA93YkOq7sk&feat...

When you’re lying awake
With a dismal headache,
And repose is taboo’d ...
http://www.hyperborea.org/writing/nightmare.html

JWB   Link to this

"...the lairds of Barscob and Corsuck, came to Dumfries..."

There just ain't enough real Scotts today.

"Just another Presbyterian uprising": Lord Howe @ beginng Am. Revolution.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...but, Lord! how the towne do say that it is hastened before the plague is quite over, there dying some people still,1 but only to get ground for plays to be publickly acted, which the Bishops would not suffer till the plague was over; and one would thinke so, by the suddenness of the notice given of the day, which was last Sunday, and the little ceremony..."

Priorities, people...Hey, folks die of something every day. How often does "The Bondsman" or "Siege of Rhodes, II:Suleyman the Magificent Strikes Back" come to town?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...where I met Mr. Gregory, who I did then agree with to come to teach my wife to play on the Viall, and he being an able and sober man, I am mightily glad of it."

"Oh, Mr. Gregory...You're so...Able..."

"Bess? It's rather quiet up there? How's the lesson going?"

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...there was an order for payment of 5000l. to Mr. Gawden, out of which I hope to get something against Christmas."

There's an almost touching innocence in this remark...

Unless of course one contemplates the starving sailors and workmen... Or, poor desperate Mrs. Bagwell and widow Burroughs throwing themselves at (or being grabbed by) our hero. Still, better Sam gets some I suppose, who does spend a bit around town, than nobody but Gawden.

JWB   Link to this

Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

"Barscob, for lack of ball, rammed his tobacco pipe into his pistol, fired, and grounded Deanes(redcoat)beside his victim." James King Hewison, "The Coventers",p191 http://books.google.com/books?id=tdNLAAAAMAAJ&l...

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

Unless of course one contemplates the starving sailors and workmen…

Sam as Scrooge; R. Gertz as the composite ghosts of Christmas....

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Actually in last year's tale I had Bess and Jack Cade as Christmas Past, Jane Birch and Betty Pierce together as Christmas Present, and since I hadn't quite finished when I paused last year, I've yet to find a Christmas future for Sam...Probably Capt. Scott.

But I imagine one could find many today who display Sam's strange combination of innocent ignorance to suffering mixed with natural selfconcern in hard times as well as downright greed. Though to be fair, perhaps he feels in helping Evelyn and others like him he has done his bit for the boys...

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