Monday 14 October 1667

Up, and by water to White Hall, and thence walked to St. James’s, and there to Mr. Wren’s; and he told me that my business was done about my warrant on the Maybolt Galliott; which I did see, and though it was not so full in the reciting of my services as the other was in that of Sir W. Pen’s, yet I was well pleased with it, and do intend to fetch it away anon. Thence with Sir Thomas Allen, in a little sorry coach which he hath set up of late, and Sir Jeremy Smith, to White Hall, and there I took water and went to Westminster Hall, and there hear that the House is this day again upon the business of giving the King the thanks of the House for his speech, and, among other things, for laying aside of my Lord Chancellor. Thence I to Mrs. Martin’s, where by appointment comes to me Mrs. Howlett, which I was afraid was to have told me something of my freedom with her daughter, but it was not so, but only to complain to me of her son-in-law, how he abuses and makes a slave of her, and his mother is one that encourages him in it, so that they are at this time upon very bad terms one with another, and desires that I would take a time to advise him and tell him what it becomes him to do, which office I am very glad of, for some ends of my own also con sa fille, and there drank and parted, I mightily satisfied with this business, and so home by water with Sir W. Warren, who happened to be at Westminster, and there I pretty strange to him, and little discourse, and there at the office Lord Bruncker, W. Pen, T. Hater and I did some business, and so home to dinner, and thence I out to visit Sir G. Carteret and ladies there; and from him do understand that the King himself (but this he told me as a great secret) is satisfied that this thanks which he expects from the House, for the laying aside of my Lord Chancellor, is a thing irregular; but, since it is come into the House, he do think it necessary to carry it on, and will have it, and hath made his mind known to be so, to some of the House. But Sir G. Carteret do say he knows nothing of what my Lord Bruncker told us to-day, that the King was angry with the Duke of York yesterday, and advised him not to hinder what he had a mind to have done, touching this business; which is news very bad, if true. Here I visited my Lady Carteret, who hath been sick some time, but now pretty well, but laid on her bed. Thence to my Lord Crew, to see him after my coming out of the country, and he seems satisfied with some steps they have made in my absence towards my Lord Sandwich’s relief for money: and so I have no more to do, nor will trouble myself more about it till they send for me. He tells me also that the King will have the thanks of the House go on: and commends my Lord Keeper’s speech for all but what he was forced to say, about the reason of the King’s sending away the House so soon the last time, when they were met, but this he was forced to do. Thence to Westminster Hall, and there walked with Mr. Scowen, who tells me that it is at last carried in the House that the thanks shall be given to the King — among other things, particularly for the removal of my Lord Chancellor; but he tells me it is a strange act, and that which he thinks would never have been, but that the King did insist upon it, that, since it come into the House, it might not be let fall. After walking there awhile I took coach and to the Duke of York’s House, and there went in for nothing into the pit, at the last act, to see Sir Martin Marrall, and met my wife, who was there, and my brother, and W. Hewer and Willett, and carried them home, still being pleased with the humour of the play, almost above all that ever I saw. Home, and there do find that John Bowles is not yet come thither. I suppose he is playing the good fellow in the town. So to the office a while, and then home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Colonel Edward Vernon to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 14 October 1667

Reports further proceedings upon the appeal, in 'Barker's Case'
[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1667/09/03/#c30... ].

http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/ca...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...desires that I would take a time to advise him and tell him what it becomes him to do, which office I am very glad of, for some ends of my own also con sa fille..."

"You know what you are, Baxter? You're a cutie-pie. Yes, you are. A real...Cutie-pie." -Dr. Dreyfus, "The Apartment".

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Home, and there do find that John Bowles is not yet come thither. I suppose he is playing the good fellow in the town."

John does seem to be taking his time in getting back to Hinchingbrook. But we might be excused to call it, "playing the Pepys in the town".

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Address on the King's Speech.

"Sir Wm. Lowther reports from the Committee appointed to draw up . . . Address of Thanks, to be presented to his Majesty, the Draught of the said Address: Which, being twice read, was, upon the Question, agreed to; and is as followeth; viz.

"WE Your Majesty's loyal and faithful Subjects, the Commons, in Parliament assembled,...find ourselves bound in Duty to return Your Majesty our humble and hearty Thanks,...And particularly, that Your Majesty hath been pleased to disband the late raised Forces; and to dismiss the Papists from out of the Guards, and other military Employments: For Your Majesty's Care in quickening the Execution of the Act for restraining the Importation of Irish Cattle; For causing the Canary Patent to be surrendered and vacated: And more especially, that Your Majesty hath been pleased to displace the late Lord Chancellor, and remove him from the Exercise of publick Trust and Employment, in Affairs of State."
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Interesting what the House of Commons "particularly" care about; somehow the six items seem not of the same gravity.

James Warnock   Link to this

The great joy about this whole enterprise is that, every day for seven years, I've been able to dip in, not just to daily life chez Samuel, but also to an erudite, funny and truly international community of friends. So strong are the connections between author and readers that for a few moments I wondered why Samuel hadn't noted the passing of 'an annotator above all aothers, to my mind, in the world'. It feels like time for a lurker to record my thanks to every single one of you.

JWB   Link to this

"I suppose he is playing the good fellow in the town."

With gold pieces?

Australian Susan   Link to this

"...in a little sorry coach which he hath set up of late, ..." A 17th century Reliant Robin?

Hmm. Sam obviously hankers after a Porsche......

Australian Susan   Link to this

"...and to dismiss the Papists from out of the Guards, and other military Employments: ....." foreshadowing the Popish Plot paranoia?? (I'm reading The Plot against Pepys at the moment, so that is very much in my mind. It's an excellent, easy read. And if anyone is interested in the book, do read Jeannine's review elsewhere on this site.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to the Duke of York’s House, and...went in for nothing into the pit, at the last act,"

L&M note one could see one act of a performance gratis.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"For Your Majesty’s Care in quickening the Execution of the Act for restraining the Importation of Irish Cattle"

This Act had the double effect of (1) indirectly subsidizing the cattlemen of the West-country of England and (2) hobbling the administration of Clarendon's friend and ally James Butler (Duke of Ormond, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland) http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1221/

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