Thursday 19 December 1667

Up, and to the Office, where Commissioner Middleton first took place at the Board as Surveyor of the Navy; and indeed I think will be an excellent officer; I am sure much beyond what his predecessor was. At noon, to avoid being forced to invite him to dinner, it being his first day, and nobody inviting him, I did go to the ‘Change with Sir W. Pen in his coach, who first went to Guildhall, whither I went with him, he to speak with Sheriff Gawden — I only for company; and did here look up and down this place, where I have not been before since the fire; and I see that the city are got a pace on in the rebuilding of Guildhall. Thence to the ‘Change, where I stayed very little, and so home to dinner, and there find my wife mightily out of order with her teeth. At the office all the afternoon, and at night by coach to Westminster, to the Hall, where I met nobody, and do find that this evening the King by message (which he never did before) hath passed several bills, among others that for the Accounts, and for banishing my Lord Chancellor, and hath adjourned the House to February; at which I am glad, hoping in this time to get leisure to state my Tangier Accounts, and to prepare better for the Parliament’s enquiries. Here I hear how the House of Lords, with great severity, if not tyranny, have ordered poor Carr, who only erred in the manner of the presenting his petition against my Lord Gerard, it being first printed before it was presented; which was, it, seems, by Colonel Sands’s going into the country, into whose hands he had put it: the poor man is ordered to stand in the pillory two or three times, and his eares cut, and be imprisoned I know not how long. But it is believed that the Commons, when they meet, will not be well pleased with it; and they have no reason, I think. Having only heard this from Mrs. Michell, I away again home, and there to supper and to bed, my wife exceeding ill in her face with the tooth ake, and now her face has become mightily swelled that I am mightily troubled for it.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Hooke Folio Online

Decemb: 19. 1667. coga gaue account of the expt. on him) mr. Pouey paper of painting wth eggs beaten with the iuice of the fig tree) moued for a committe for painting. Orderd that mr. Pouey Sr. Ph: Carteret Sr. Th: devaux Mr Euelyn mr Henshaw Dr Crone mr Hoskins mr Wild & mr Hooke should be desired accordingly for that purpose (mr Poueys paper from mr Marshall of colours to be extracted)

Le Febre liquors from the sweet earth) Dr. merret paper of 3 sculls in pewter vessells in Blackfryers) of Rich Lead ore in wale. of salts
from Bristol, expt. of Soapy Rock)

The curator brough in a paper giuing an account of an Expt. tryd by him in the presence of Dr: Lower on a massiue Bitch being wth. puppys. to see whether foetuses liue in the womb by their own or the mothers respiration, order to be registred

(proposall about Ludus Helmontii Dr. Crones Instrument for wind). Account of spotts seen in Mars. by Cassini printed shewn).

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"coga gaue account of the expt. on him"

"Mr. Coga being introduced gave an account of the effects of the experiment of transfusion repeated upon him, viz. that he found himself very well at present, though he had been at first somewhat severish upon itwhich was imputed to his excess in drinking too much wine soon after the operation. An account thereof in writing was desired to be brought in by the managers of that second experiment."

"For the prosecution of experiments of that kind, Dr. Croune was desired to speak with Dr. Terne, physician to one of the hospitals in London, that he would try the experiment, as he had opportunity, upon such patients there, as he and others of the physicians of the society should think proper subjects for it.

"Dr. Willis suggested, that this experiment might be proper to make use of upon rotten sheep."

-- *The history of the Royal Society of London for improving of natural knowledge from its first rise, in which the most considerable of those papers communicated to the Society, which have hitherto not been published, are inserted as a supplement to the Philosophical Transactions*, By Thomas Birch, Volume 2, p. 227. London: Printed for A. Millar in the Strand, 1756

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Impeachment of P

The Articles of Impeachment against Peter Pett Gentleman were Twice read; and, upon the Second Reading, these Words, "and other Ships," were, on the Question, agreed; and inserted into the First Article: And the several Articles (except the Fourth Article, which, on the Question, passed in the Negative) were, upon the Question, severally, agreed; and are as followeth; viz.

[ The Seven Articles follow : ]

Jesse  •  Link

"poor Carr"

Was laying some "heavy" charges ( ) against someone w/friends in high places. Not having all the t's crossed and i's dotted was obviously not a good idea. It'll be interesting to find out how the Commons takes it.

Paul Chapin  •  Link

From TF's quote from Birch: "Mr. Coga ... had been at first somewhat severish ..." I suspect the word intended here was "feverish", with the standard f-s confusion found in documents of that time.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"At noon, to avoid being forced to invite him to dinner, it being his first day, and nobody inviting him..."

Well, we are feeling secure these days, aren't we? Always the hallmark of ensconcement when one feels safe enough to avoid such invites.

john  •  Link

"my wife exceeding ill in her face with the tooth ake, and now her face has become mightily swelled"

Infections in the days before antibiotics. Even these days, one cannot be complacent. A neighbour's first husband died when he ignored his infected tooth and the infection reached his nervous system.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"and now her face has become mightily swelled"
Dental abscess no doubt;dentists if I am not mistaken do not recomend antibiotics initially but usually drain the abscess.

Sean Adams  •  Link

“At noon, to avoid being forced to invite him to dinner, it being his first day, and nobody inviting him…”

Well, given Bess's tooth problem I cannot imagine why Pepys should consider inviting anyone over, let alone a stranger.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

This last day the Lords sit in 1667, a flurry of important bills was passed (isn't it always the case?)

Bill for taking Public Accompts.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for taking the Accompts of the several Sums of Money therein mentioned."

Next, this House took into Consideration the Amendments and Proviso brought from the House of Commons Yesterday, to the Bill for banishing and disenabling the Earl of Clarendon; which Amendments and Proviso being read, it is ORDERED, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in the said Amendments and Proviso.

Prize Ships Bill.

The Earl of Bridgwater reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill for the making Prize Ships free for Trade; and thinks it fit to pass, without any Amendment."

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to make Prize Ships free for Trade."

Da Costa et al. Nat. Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Naturalization of Alvaro da Costa and others."

Trade between England and Scotland, Bill.

Hodie 2a et 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for settling Freedom and Intercourse of Trade between England and Scotland."


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