Saturday 28 March 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning busy, and at noon home to dinner with my clerks; and though my head full of business, yet I had a desire to end this holyday week with a play; and so, with my wife and Deb., to the King’s house, and there saw “The Indian Emperour,” a very good play indeed, and thence directly home, and to my writing of my letters, and so home to supper and to bed for fearing my eyes. Our greatest business at the office to-day is our want of money for the setting forth of these ships that are to go out, and my people at dinner tell me that they do verily doubt that the want of men will be so great, as we must press; and if we press, there will be mutinies in the town; for the seamen are said already to have threatened the pulling down of the Treasury Office; and if they do once come to that, it will not be long before they come to ours.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Arlington to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 28 March 1668

Has received his Grace's letter of 20th current ... and has shewed to the King the shorter letter, concerning his Grace's coming to England. The King, like the present writer, sees no need that he should be hasty in doing so. ...

At first the entertaining, in the House of Commons, of the Adventurers' Petition gave an apprehension that it might possibly occasion new reflections upon the Lord Lieutenant [Ormond]; but now the letting the Commissioners [Churchill and Brodrick] who are the true and proper parties against that petition, go into Ireland seems to shew that the Petition will not be taken up again, during the present Session. ...
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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my people at dinner tell me that they do verily doubt that the want of men will be so great, as we must press"

I.e. they tell me that they do verily FEAR that there will be so few men ready and willing to go to sea, that we must impress them against their will.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"and if we press, there will be mutinies in the town; for the seamen are said already to have threatened the pulling down of the Treasury Office"

"pulling down" a building again.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Seems a strange progression...Why wouldn't seamen start with the Naval Office to protest the pressing of men?

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

Seems a strange progression…Why wouldn’t seamen start with the Naval Office to protest the pressing of men?

I'll bet Sam and his colleagues have taken every opportunity to blame the Treasury: "we would pay like a shot boys, it's those dammed Treasury folk won't give us the money".

More widely, with the apprentices and the seamen in revolt, taxes rising, plague and fire recent memories and war still threatening, it just needs the UN to declare a no-fly zone..........

Adam   Link to this

Solution - everyone who turns up to protest gets a free extended stay on a ship.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"a free extended stay on a ship" -- Adam, this made me laugh: isn't that called a free "cruise"? Adverise that!

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