Sunday 23 June 1667

(Lord’s day). Up to my chamber, and there all the morning reading in my Lord Coke’s Pleas of the Crowne, very fine noble reading. After church time comes my wife and Sir W. Pen his lady and daughter; and Mrs. Markham and Captain Harrison [L&M suggest “Hannum”. P.G.] (who come to dine with them), by invitation and dined with me, they as good as inviting themselves. I confess I hate their company and tricks, and so had no great pleasure in [it], but a good dinner lost. After dinner they all to church, and I by water alone to Woolwich, and there called on Mr. Bodham: and he and I to see the batterys newly raised; which, indeed, are good works to command the River below the ships that are sunk, but not above them. Here I met with Captain Cocke and Matt. Wren, Fenn, and Charles Porter, and Temple and his wife. Here I fell in with these, and to Bodham’s with them, and there we sat and laughed and drank in his arbour, Wren making much and kissing all the day of Temple’s wife. It is a sad sight to see so many good ships there sunk in the River, while we would be thought to be masters of the sea. Cocke says the bankers cannot, till peace returns, ever hope to have credit again; so that they can pay no more money, but people must be contented to take publick security such as they can give them; and if so, and they do live to receive the money thereupon, the bankers will be happy men. Fenn read me an order of council passed the 17th instant, directing all the Treasurers of any part of the King’s revenue to make no payments but such as shall be approved by the present Lords Commissioners; which will, I think, spoil the credit of all his Majesty’s service, when people cannot depend upon payment any where. But the King’s declaration in behalf of the bankers, to make good their assignments for money, is very good, and will, I hope, secure me. Cocke says, that he hears it is come to it now, that the King will try what he can soon do for a peace; and if he cannot, that then he will cast all upon the Parliament to do as they see fit: and in doing so, perhaps, he may save us all. The King of France, it is believed, is engaged for this year;1 so that we shall be safe as to him. The great misery the City and kingdom is like to suffer for want of coals in a little time is very visible, and, is feared, will breed a mutiny; for we are not in any prospect to command the sea for our colliers to come, but rather, it is feared, the Dutch may go and burn all our colliers at Newcastle; though others do say that they lie safe enough there. No news at all of late from Bredagh what our Treaters do. By and by, all by water in three boats to Greenwich, there to Cocke’s, where we supped well, and then late, Wren, Fenn, and I home by water, set me in at the Tower, and they to White Hall, and so I home, and after a little talk with my wife to bed.

  1. Louis XIV. was at this time in Flanders, with his queen, his mistresses, and all his Court. Turenne commanded under him. Whilst Charles was hunting moths at Lady Castlemaine’s, and the English fleet was burning, Louis was carrying on the campaign with vigour. Armentieres was taken on the 28th May; Charleroi on the 2nd June, St. Winox on the 6th, Fumes on the 12th, Ath on the 16th, Toumay on the 24th; the Escarpe on the 6th July, Courtray on the 18th, Audenarde on the 31st; and Lisle on the 27th August. — B.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

",,,reading in my Lord Coke's Pleas of the Crowne, very fine noble reading."

L&M note this is *The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning High Treason, and Other Pleas of the Crown and Criminal Causes* by Sir Edward Coke http://www.constitution.org/coke/coke3rd.htm

"Very fine noble reading" indeed!!

Pepys had picked up "my Lord Coke's volumes" 29 March 1665. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/03/29/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"After dinner they all to church, and I by water alone to Woolwich, and there called on Mr. Bodham: and he and I to see the batterys newly raised; which, indeed, are good works to command the River below the ships that are sunk, but not above them."

Interesting that Penn feels no great obligation to dash off after dinner on state business. Though of course he had been quite busy earlier. One wonders what he said to Bess of Sam's Woolwich trip's necessity.
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However nasty their dinners may be, the Penns had been entertaining the Pepys quite a bit recently. Seems only fair they'd expect to be invited to dine.

tg   Link to this

Here I met with Captain Cocke and Matt. Wren, Fenn, and Charles Porter, and Temple and his wife. Here I fell in with these, and to Bodham’s with them, and there we sat and laughed and drank in his arbour, Wren making much and kissing all the day of Temple’s wife.

Well it's nice to see that there were other unscrupulous ... heros... in Sam's social circles.

JWB   Link to this

Turenne

Half Dutch Protestant turned eventually back to Rome, the general earn his spurs in the 30 Yrs War and seems to have been always in camp. A hero of Napoleon, he paid close attention to logistics, avoided sieges and kept forces active.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

JWB, very keenly observed, as always:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_de_la_Tour_d...

cum salis grano   Link to this

Men under pressure from not having solutions to the crisis of the moment , do strange things, some fiddle, some seek moths, some go sailing, some play golf, some into the arms of welcoming bosom, anything will do until someone fills the breach.

cum salis grano   Link to this

Some names change do to future disputes
Armentieres was taken on the 28th May;
Charleroi [Charleroi] on the 2nd June,
St. Winox {?} on the 6th,
Fumes [ ?rumes]on the 12th,
Ath [Ath?] on the 16th,
Toumay [Tournai?}on the 24th;
the Escarpe [?] on the 6th July,
Courtray [?] on the 18th,
Audenarde [Oudenaade?]on the 31st; and
Lisle { Lille} on the 27th August.
Many appear to be in French speaking Belgium

?all preparing Waterloo?
need some insight to territorial expansion.

Chloé   Link to this

"the King’s declaration in behalf of the bankers, to make good their assignments for money, is very good, and will, I hope, secure me"

Money will always control us !

GrahamT   Link to this

"Many appear to be in French speaking Belgium"

Wallony is the French speaking part of Belgium.

Flanders is traditionally Flemish/Dutch speaking but this area has changed hands so often that it is now almost bilingual, being split between Holland, France and Belgium. Lille, Bergues (Berg St Winox), Fumay (Fumes) and Armetieres, for example are in France; Charleroi, Tournai, Ath, Kortrijk (Cortray) in Belgium; There is a Route de l'Escarpe in Dieppe, but no town in Flanders; maybe it has a Flemish name now.

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