Saturday 6 April 1667

Up, and betimes in the morning down to the Tower wharfe, there to attend the shipping of soldiers, to go down to man some ships going out, and pretty to see how merrily some, and most go, and how sad others — the leave they take of their friends, and the terms that some wives, and other wenches asked to part with them: a pretty mixture. So to the office, having staid as long as I could, and there sat all the morning, and then home at noon to dinner, and then abroad, Balty with me, and to White Hall, by water, to Sir G. Carteret, about Balty’s 1500l. contingent money for the fleete to the West Indys, and so away with him to the Exchange, and mercers and drapers, up and down, to pay all my scores occasioned by this mourning for my mother; and emptied a 50l. bag, and it was a joy to me to see that I am able to part with such a sum, without much inconvenience; at least, without any trouble of mind. So to Captain Cocke’s to meet Fenn, to talk about this money for Balty, and there Cocke tells me that he is confident there will be a peace, whatever terms be asked us, and he confides that it will take because the French and Dutch will be jealous one of another which shall give the best terms, lest the other should make the peace with us alone, to the ruin of the third, which is our best defence, this jealousy, for ought I at present see. So home and there very late, very busy, and then home to supper and to bed, the people having got their house very clean against Monday’s dinner.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Brodrick to Ormond
Written from: [London]
Date: 6 April 1667

Gives a summary of advices, and of rumours, on pending political affairs in various parts of the Continent of Europe. ... "The Emperor" [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II_of_Spain ], he writes ... "presseth the ratifying [of] the Peace concluded with Portugal, admitting the title, in form, as they require." ... "They would all allow ... 'Rex Lusitanorum', since there are Portugals [Portuguese] in the E. & W. India; not 'Rex Lusitania' - of the country between the Rivers Duerus (Douro) and Minius (Minho) ... for, amidst all their papers, I find not much controversy about the petty style of the Algarves. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algarve ]"

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"The Emperor" in question in Brodrick's letter was also ruler of the Spanish Netherlands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Netherlands which bears, indirectly, on the negotiations about to begin at Breda between England and the Dutch.

Glyn   Link to this

Pepys does enjoy people watching and I find that interesting. In comparison he hardly ever mentions any natural history, or gives descriptions of the ruined landscape he's constantly walking through.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

... and the terms that some wives, and other wenches asked to part with them: ...

Having seen SP in action over the past couple of years one wonders if he is sizing up potential 'talent'; he knows they will be available and less trouble, he won't have to promise immediately to arrange a job or promotion for the spouse but can leave all up in the air for the future, by which time he will have moved on to the next!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...he confides that it will take because the French and Dutch will be jealous one of another which shall give the best terms, lest the other should make the peace with us alone, to the ruin of the third, which is our best defence,..."

Great...The England that was eagerly seeking war to show off its new regime, now a third-rate power, pawn to the whims of its enemies like Byzantium in her death throes?

It's interesting that Sam and Admiral Sir Will Penn escape censure regarding their "foreign" wives. In other times, even a half-French wife might have raised hackles and led to a lot of finger-pointing and bizarre accusations.

"'Dutch' Penn betrays fleet!!"

"Are England's naval secrets in the hands of a pretty Frenchwoman?!!"

"Duke of York and King shocked to find Penn and Pepys married to enemy!! Parliament demands investigation!!"

"Now we know why our fleet is beached!! Treason in Naval Office!!"

"Secret trips to 'tailor' may be secret to spy ring!! Who needs facts when treason is clear, says Sir R. Ford!!"

"Pepys and Penn, traitors to England! Brought before Parliament to answer questions of high treason!!"

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