Monday 27 January 1667/68

It being weather like the beginning of a frost and the ground dry, I walked as far as the Temple, and there took coach and to White Hall, but the Committee not being met I to Westminster, and there I do hear of the letter that is in the pamphlet this day of the King of France, declaring his design to go on against Flanders, and the grounds of it, which do set us mightily at rest. So to White Hall, and there a committee of Tangier, but little done there, only I did get two or three little jobs done to the perfecting two or three papers about my Tangier accounts. Here Mr. Povy do tell me how he is like to lose his 400l. a- year pension of the Duke of York, which he took in consideration of his place which was taken from him. He tells me the Duchesse is a devil against him, and do now come like Queen Elizabeth, and sits with the Duke of York’s Council, and sees what they do; and she crosses out this man’s wages and prices, as she sees fit, for saving money; but yet, he tells me, she reserves 5000l. a-year for her own spending; and my Lady Peterborough, by and by, tells me that the Duchesse do lay up, mightily, jewells. Thence to my Lady Peterborough’s, she desiring to speak with me. She loves to be taken dressing herself, as I always find her; and there, after a little talk, to please her, about her husband’s pension, which I do not think he will ever get again, I away thence home, and all the afternoon mighty busy at the office, and late, preparing a letter to the Commissioners of Accounts, our first letter to them, and so home to supper, where Betty Turner was (whose brother Frank did set out toward the East Indies this day, his father and mother gone down with him to Gravesend), and there was her little brother Moses, whom I examined, and he is a pretty good scholar for a child, and so after supper to talk and laugh, and to bed.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Thence to my Lady Peterborough’s, she desiring to speak with me. She loves to be taken dressing herself, as I always find her..."

No mention of her ravishing beauty by our hero who tends to take notice of such things, suggesting she was not catching his eye. Of course she may be too old to attract him but if as the annotation suggests she married in '44, she could be in her very late 30's or early 40's.

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Anne, Duchess of York seems to have discovered the line item veto.

Christopher Squire   Link to this

' . . It being weather like the beginning of a frost and the ground dry . . ' just like today:

' . . A large, slow-moving area of high pressure is centred to the northwest of the UK. Low pressure systems are currently centred to the north and south of this . . ': sunny 2C wind ENE 12 mph.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/se/kings...

Paul Chapin   Link to this

The present King of France (a favorite subject of Bertrand Russell), contrary to the link and rollover, is of course not Charles II, however much he might have wished it so, but Louis XIV.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Nice of Louis to send a letter, though he's already seized most of Flanders on the claim that it's part of his wife Maria Theresa of Spain's inheritance. The real reason the Dutch didn't demand all they could've at Breda and made the new alliance with England. He's soon to be off to attack Spanish-held Franche-Comte.

Of course it's poor DeWitt in the Netherlands who will be the eventual big loser here as his new alliance will antagonize Louis and Charles is not a dependable ally...Though interesting to speculate that he might have been a bit more faithful if the Dutch purse strings had been looser.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"Very good. All right, boy...Final question. Now, where were you when the lights went out?" Heh, heh, heh...

Why do they always ask that? Moses sighed.

language hat   Link to this

"there I do hear of the letter that is in the pamphlet this day of the King of France, declaring his design to go on against Flanders, and the grounds of it, which do set us mightily at rest."

Why would this set them mightily at rest? Aren't the Dutch their allies?

—Confused in Massachusetts

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Dear Confused in Massachusetts:

The geography and history of Flanders are very complicated. This from the Wikipedia article on Flanders: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanders#1581.E2.8...

-- Confused in Kentucky

john   Link to this

Pepys wrote: "and there was her little brother Moses, whom I examined, and he is a pretty good scholar for a child,"

Not much in vogue, these days, to examine a visiting child. What would he have asked (conjugate an irregular, quote some passage)?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Rather tactless and crass that my Lady Peterborough’s transparent agendum -- to get Pepys to lobby for her husband's pension to be paid him => her -- is prefaced by her complaint -- as she adorns herself coquettishly (modestly?) -- that the Duchesse of York is extravagantly laying up jewels.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Sounds like the Duchess is a clever lady with foresight. Hard to say if her acts have any public spirit motivation but I'd guess she would argue it...All-in-all Anne Hyde Stuart seems a forceful lady with at least as much political savvy as her husband.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

Paul - thanks for the Kings correction. Some hasty linking on my part, now corrected.

Australian Susan   Link to this

This serves to remind us of what we tend to take for granted and shouldn't - that Phil G puts all these links in manually before uploading and we are all very grateful for his diligence which adds to our continued enjoyment! Thanks, again, Phil!

cum salis grano   Link to this

yes, I add my thanks too, job quietly well done.

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