Sunday 30 August 1668

(Lord’s day). Walked to St. James’s and Pell Mell, and read over, with Sir W. Coventry, my long letter to the Duke of York, and which the Duke of York hath, from mine, wrote to the Board, wherein he is mightily pleased, and I perceive do put great value upon me, and did talk very openly on all matters of State, and how some people have got the bit into their mouths, meaning the Duke of Buckingham and his party, and would likely run away with all. But what pleased me mightily was to hear the good character he did give of my Lord Falmouth for his generosity, good- nature, desire of public good, and low thoughts of his own wisdom; his employing his interest in the King to do good offices to all people, without any other fault than the freedom he, do learn in France of thinking himself obliged to serve his King in his pleasures: and was W. Coventry’s particular friend: and W. Coventry do tell me very odde circumstances about the fatality of his death, which are very strange. Thence to White Hall to chapel, and heard the anthem, and did dine with the Duke of Albemarle in a dirty manner as ever. All the afternoon, I sauntered up and down the house and Park. And there was a Committee for Tangier met, wherein Lord Middleton would, I think, have found fault with me for want of coles; but I slighted it, and he made nothing of it, but was thought to be drunk; and I see that he hath a mind to find fault with me and Creed, neither of us having yet applied ourselves to him about anything: but do talk of his profits and perquisites taken from him, and garrison reduced, and that it must be increased, and such things, as; I fear, he will be just such another as my Lord Tiviott and the rest, to ruin that place. So I to the Park, and there walk an hour or two; and in the King’s garden, and saw the Queen and ladies walk; and I did steal some apples off the trees; and here did see my Lady Richmond, who is of a noble person as ever I saw, but her face worse than it was considerably by the smallpox: her sister is also very handsome. Coming into the Park, and the door kept strictly, I had opportunity of handing in the little, pretty, squinting girl of the Duke of York’s house, but did not make acquaintance with her; but let her go, and a little girl that was with her, to walk by themselves. So to White Hall in the evening, to the Queen’s side, and there met the Duke of York; and he did tell me and W. Coventry, who was with me, how that Lord Anglesey did take notice of our reading his long and sharp letter to the Board; but that it was the better, at least he said so. The Duke of York, I perceive, is earnest in it, and will have good effects of it; telling W. Coventry that it was a letter that might have come from the Commissioners of Accounts, but it was better it should come first from him. I met Lord Brouncker, who, I perceive, and the rest, do smell that it comes from me, but dare not find fault with it; and I am glad of it, it being my glory and defence that I did occasion and write it. So by water home, and did spend the evening with W. Hewer, telling him how we are all like to be turned out, Lord Brouncker telling me this evening that the Duke of Buckingham did, within few hours, say that he had enough to turn us all out which I am not sorry for at all, for I know the world will judge me to go for company; and my eyes are such as I am not able to do the business of my Office as I used, and would desire to do, while I am in it. So with full content, declaring all our content in being released of my employment, my wife and I to bed, and W. Hewer home, and so all to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"But what pleased me mightily was to hear the good character he did give of my Lord Falmouth for his generosity, good-nature, desire of public good, and low thoughts of his own wisdom; his employing his interest in the King to do good offices to all people, without any other fault than the freedom he, do learn in France of thinking himself obliged to serve his King in his pleasures: and was W. Coventry's particular friend: and W. Coventry do tell me very odde circumstances about the fatality of his death, which are very strange. "

L&M note Coventry had been present at the Battle of Lowestoft (June 1665) when Falmouth had been killed by chain-shot. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain-shot ] Falmouth had been an unpopular royal favourite -- 'a man of too much pleasure to do the King any good.' [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/06/08/ ]

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Today on Facebook, Robert Gertz announced, and I pass on:

My dear wife Gay passed away this morning while I was at work, apparently due to a stroke. She was the finest soul I've ever or will ever encounter. Thanks to all those many friends who made her feel loved and capable of loving.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

O, Carl! God be with you and yours and hers.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Just the night before she died, Gay collaborated on this little fun piece to celebrate the Diary. It's a bit premature but please consider it her gift to her friends here...

fun with a home made Pepys video while home with Gay.
http://buffyrebecca.com/Pepys1.WMV

Ron Morse   Link to this

Condolences, Robert. May God be with you both.

Jenny   Link to this

Please accept my sincere condolences Robert.

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘ . . in March 1665 [Berkeley] was granted the . . title [of] earl of Falmouth [and] volunteered for service in the royal fleet, and was killed by a cannon shot in the first battle . . he was given a hero's funeral in Westminster Abbey . . The king was more distressed by Falmouth's death than by that of any other person except his own sister . .

No known portrait of him survives, and his character is almost as faintly recorded. He had no outstanding gifts . . and was never employed for any important . . office. Instead he managed the privy purse . . His popularity with the royal brothers derived, indeed, from the fact that he was a devoted servant and affable companion who was content to further their wishes. His unpopularity with the more high principled of the English derived from the same qualities, for he indulged or encouraged what they considered to be the king's lechery and laziness. His prominence in his time and his lack of consequence for it both derive ultimately from his pleasant mediocrity.’ [DNB]

Katherine   Link to this

Robert, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Methinks, in Coventry's depiction of Falmouth, Pepys sees his own preferred self-image.

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Robert, nice video!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Lord Middleton would, I think, have found fault with me for want of coles "

Tangier was in constant need of coal since, hemmed in by the Moors, the English garrison could not forage for wood. Samuel Adams of Stepney often supplied it. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/06/24/#c33...

Who major Officer of the Navy Office failed to do his job?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Thanks Terry, Gay would be pleased.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

My condolences Robert.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Robert, so sad.

Ralph Berry   Link to this

Robert, so sorry to hear of your loss. Congratulations to you both on a great video.

Mary   Link to this

Robert, I join with all your other 'regulars' in sending condolences at this sad time.

Australian Susan   Link to this

don't feel like posting anything today. shocked.

Nate   Link to this

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Robert.

Geoff Hallett   Link to this

My reaction is the same as Susan's, many condolences.

Phoenix   Link to this

Robert, my condolences. You have over the years provoked much laughter and many smiles. The video was delightful.

htom   Link to this

My condolences, too, Robert.

Teresa Forster   Link to this

Robert, re Mary's post : regulars and lurkers alike, I'm sure we are all so sorry for your loss.

Michael L   Link to this

I'm sorry, Robert. It has been evident through the years in your annotations that she meant a lot to you. Condolences and prayers.

John Eure   Link to this

Robert, I am so deeply sorry for your enormous loss. Thank you to Gay and to you for this gift of wit, and all that have preceded it and brightened so many days. Please know that regulars and lurkers alike will have you both in our thoughts and prayers.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

I'm very sorry to hear this Robert. Take care.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Do check out Gay's artwork (a legacy from her) on http://www.buffyrebecca.com/Freda_Gay.html

cgs   Link to this

Sorry to read of your Loss.
Just remember all Joys you both shared.

GrahamT   Link to this

My condolences, Robert.

jeannine   Link to this

Robert, so sad to hear of your loss. My condolences to you. Although you've always been the most visible one on this website, I know that Gay added a lot behind the scenes, so the Pepys community has also lost a friend who will be missed.

The video is wonderful ~ thanks for sharing it!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Thanks everybody...Gay is very touched, I'm sure...And she would want me to say "and now, back to Sam."

Thanks.

laura k   Link to this

And now back to Sam, sure, but I just heard the news. Robert, my most heartfelt condolences on your loss. I'm so very sorry.

Thank you to Carl in Boston for informing us.

Ruben   Link to this

Robert:
I am very sorry to hear of the news.
I always enjoyed your annotations that were probably inspired in part by your wife. I hope to see you come back soon, so you can be hugged, if not personally then by internet interposition.
Have my condolences.

JKM   Link to this

Robert: deepest sympathy on your great loss. You are a bright & perceptive spirit in our midst whom I've come to admire through your writing, and I hope you will return when you are ready.

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