Monday 17 June 1667

Up, and to my office, where busy all the morning, particularly setting my people to work in transcribing pieces of letters publique and private, which I do collect against a black day to defend the office with and myself. At noon dined at home, Mr. Hater with me alone, who do seem to be confident that this nation will be undone, and with good reason: Wishes himself at Hambrough, as a great many more, he says, he believes do, but nothing but the reconciling of the Presbyterian party will save us, and I am of his mind. At the office all the afternoon, where every moment business of one kind or other about the fire-ships and other businesses, most of them vexatious for want of money, the commanders all complaining that, if they miss to pay their men a night, they run away; seamen demanding money of them by way of advance, and some of Sir Fretcheville Hollis’s men, that he so bragged of, demanding their tickets to be paid, or they would not work: this Hollis, Sir W. Batten and W. Pen say, proves a very …, as Sir W. B. terms him, and the other called him a conceited, idle, prating, lying fellow. But it was pleasant this morning to hear Hollis give me the account what, he says, he told the King in Commissioner Pett’s presence, whence it was that his ship was fit sooner than others, telling the King how he dealt with the several Commissioners and agents of the Ports where he comes, offering Lanyon to carry him a Ton or two of goods to the streights, giving Middleton an hour or two’s hearing of his stories of Barbadoes, going to prayer with Taylor, and standing bare and calling, “If it please your Honour,” to Pett, but Sir W. Pen says that he tells this story to every body, and believes it to be a very lie. At night comes Captain Cocke to see me, and he and I an hour in the garden together. He tells me there have been great endeavours of bringing in the Presbyterian interest, but that it will not do. He named to me several of the insipid lords that are to command the armies that are to be raised. He says the King and Court are all troubled, and the gates of the Court were shut up upon the first coming of the Dutch to us, but they do mind the business no more than ever: that the bankers, he fears, are broke as to ready-money, though Viner had 100,000l. by him when our trouble begun: that he and the Duke of Albemarle have received into their own hands, of Viner, the former 10,000l., and the latter 12,000l., in tallies or assignments, to secure what was in his hands of theirs; and many other great men of our. masters have done the like; which is no good sign, when they begin to fear the main. He and every body cries out of the office of the Ordnance, for their neglects, both at Gravesend and Upnor, and everywhere else. He gone, I to my business again, and then home to supper and to bed. I have lately played the fool much with our Nell, in playing with her breasts. This night, late, comes a porter with a letter from Monsieur Pratt, to borrow 100l. for my Lord Hinchingbroke, to enable him to go out with his troop in the country, as he is commanded; but I did find an excuse to decline it. Among other reasons to myself, this is one, to teach him the necessity of being a good husband, and keeping money or credit by him.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

“....This Hollis, Sir W. Batten and W. Penn say, proves a very wind-fucker, as Sir W. Batten terms him:....”

L&M text.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

17th June, 1667. This night, about two o'clock, some chips and combustible matter prepared for some fire-ships, taking flame in Deptford-yard, made such a blaze, and caused such an uproar in the Tower (it being given out that the Dutch fleet was come up, and had landed their men and fired the Tower), as had liked to have done more mischief before people would be persuaded to the contrary and believe the accident. Everybody went to their arms. These were sad and troublesome times.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Brodrick to Ormond
Written from: [London]
Date: 17 June 1667

Commisioner Pett is sent to the Tower; no other yet questioned. Great are the rumours against my Lord Brouncker [in MS:- "Brunkard"], Sir John Duncombe, &c. ...

... "To alleviate the animosities of the House of Commons" [now about to meet, it is expected] "some of the forward members have been used with more than ordinary kindness. God grant",- adds the writer,- "they deserve it".
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Ormond to Arlington
Written from: Dublin
Date: 17 June 1667

... The latter end of Lord Arlington's letter had like to have carried away Lord Ossory this evening, ... very ill prepared, ... but the Duke has prevailed with him to stay,- upon consideration of the port he holds here, & upon the possibility that the French may attempt this Kingdom.

... All the assistance which can, for the present, be drawn from hence may be to exchange well-trained & disciplined men, for such as are ignorant of the use of their arms, & this may be done in good proportions; allowing the necessary time & provision for it. ...

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Bradford   Link to this

"to teach him the necessity of being a good husband, and keeping money or credit by him"---i.e., to "husband" his resources? How easily the vocabulary of casual chat gives one away.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

Bankers running out of money and men refusing to risk their lives until they are paid. What is the world coming to?

JWB   Link to this

First casualty of war...

Who was closer to the truth?
a) Hollis's charicature of Laynton, Middleton, Taylor & Pett or
b) Pepys excuse to Monsieur Pratt.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M say no goldsmith-banker went broke; but Sir Robert Vyner, unlike his rival Blackwell, was unable to lend the Treasury on the Eleven Months Tax, and by December would petition the King for assistance in maintaining his credit.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Hayter, the nonconformist, thinks Hamburg's a city of refuge for English like him.

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