Wednesday 6 November 1667

Up, and to Westminster, where to the Parliament door, and there spoke with Sir G. Downing, to see what was done yesterday at the Treasury for Tangier, and it proved as good as nothing, so that I do see we shall be brought to great straits for money there. He tells me here that he is passing a Bill to make the Excise and every other part of the King’s Revenue assignable on the Exchequer, which indeed will be a very good thing. This he says with great glee as an act of his, and how poor a thing this was in the beginning, and with what envy he carried it on, and how my Lord Chancellor could never endure him for it since he first begun it. He tells me that the thing the House is just now upon is that of taking away the charter from the Company of Woodmongers, whose frauds, it seems, have been mightily laid before them. He tells me that they are like to fly very high against my Lord Chancellor. Thence I to the House of Lords, and there first saw Dr. Fuller, as Bishop of Lincoln, to sit among the Lords. Here I spoke with the Duke of York and the Duke of Albemarle about Tangier; but methinks both of them do look very coldly one upon another, and their discourse mighty cold, and little to the purpose about our want of money. Thence homeward, and called at Allestry’s, the bookseller, who is bookseller to the Royal Society, and there did buy three or four books, and find great variety of French and foreign books. And so home and to dinner, and after dinner with my wife to a play, and the girl“Macbeth,” which we still like mightily, though mighty short of the content we used to have when Betterton acted, who is still sick. So home, troubled with the way and to get a coach, and so to supper and to bed. This day, in the Paynted-chamber, I met and walked with Mr. George Montagu, who thinks it may go hard with my Lord Sandwich, but he says the House is offended with Sir W. Coventry much, and that he do endeavour to gain them again in the most precarious manner in all things that is possible.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

O'Muledy to Ormond
Written from: Madrid
Date: 6 November 1667

Particulars of a negotiation with Mr [Patrick?] Walsh, on certain affairs of the Roman Catholics of Ireland, with which, the writer says, he would not have intermeddled but for an assurance from Walsh that it was proposed at the instance of the Lord Lieutenant [ Ormond ], "for the public tranquillity of that Kingdom."

The writer's intended journey thither has been delayed, partly to await the ratification [of the late Treaty]; partly to await the issue of the pending negotiations in Portugal. "The King", he adds [i.e. King of Spain], has given the "title of King [ of Portugal ], to the Duke of Braganza, upon the request of his Majesty of Great Britain." ..

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Lords of Council in England to Ormond
Written from: Whitehall
Date: 6 November 1667
Document type: Original; with twelve signatures

Recite the proceedings of the Commissioners of Claims, in the year 1663, concerning the estate in the Queen's County of Robert Hartpoole; the Petition to the King in relation thereto, of Sir Oliver St George, and of Edward Tooke, esquire; and proceedings taken thereupon.

Desire by his Majesty's Command that his Grace will be pleased to consider of the matters now in question, and of the prayer of the Petitioners; and to certify his opinion.

Chesterfield to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 6 November 1667

Acquaints the Duke with the writer's recovery of "part of his health", after having been "given over by the physicians, as well as by all other men" [ the writer lived until 1713 ].

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"and find great variety of French and foreign books"
Well, apparently French was not considered foreign.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Here I spoke with the Duke of York and the Duke of Albemarle about Tangier; but methinks both of them do look very coldly one upon another, and their discourse mighty cold."

I wonder how secure Albemarle is right now, were real trouble to break out with Jamie? His hold over the army can't be all that secure these days what with all the appointments to commands by the King and his adminstration since Restoration. Though I suppose Monck has kept a close eye on such.

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