Wednesday 23 September 1668

At my office busy all the morning. At noon comes Mr. Evelyn to me, about some business with the Office, and there in discourse tells me of his loss, to the value of 500l., which he hath met with, in a late attempt of making of bricks1 upon an adventure with others, by which he presumed to have got a great deal of money: so that I see the most ingenious men may sometimes be mistaken. So to the ‘Change a little, and then home to dinner, and then by water to White Hall, to attend the Commissioners of the Treasury with Alderman Backewell, about 10,000l. he is to lend us for Tangier, and then up to a Committee of the Council, where was the Duke of York, and they did give us, the Officers of the Navy, the proposals of the several bidders for the victualling of the Navy, for us to give our answer to, which is the best, and whether it be better to victual by commission or contract, and to bring them our answer by Friday afternoon, which is a great deal of work. So thence back with Sir J. Minnes home, and come after us Sir W. Pen and Lord Brouncker, and we fell to the business, and I late when they were gone to digest something of it, and so to supper and to bed.

  1. At the end of the year 1666 a Dutchman of the Prince of Orange’s party, named Kiviet, came over to England with proposals for embanking the river from the Temple to the Tower with brick, and was knighted by the king. He was introduced to Evelyn, whom he persuaded to join with him in a great undertaking for the making of bricks. On March 26th, 1667, the two went in search of brick-earth, and in September articles were drawn up between them for the purpose of proceeding in the manufacture. In April, 1668, Evelyn subscribed 50,000 bricks for the building of a college for the Royal Society, in addition to 50l. given previously for the same purpose. No more information on the subject is given in Evelyn’s “Diary.”

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to attend the Commissioners of the Treasury with Alderman Backewell, about 10,000l. he is to lend us for Tangier"

Sure sounds like a high risk- high yield investment for this high-roller to me!! (See his page for his future.)

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Was/is it a matter of being called "Alderman" ever after having been one?

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘Alderman, n. Etym: < Old English aldor . .
1. A senior, signor, superior, ruler; a noble or person of high rank . .
. . 3. Since the guilds became identified with the corporation or ruling municipal body: A magistrate in English and Irish cities and boroughs, next in dignity to the mayor; properly, as in London, the chief officer of a ward.
. . a1616 Shakespeare Richard III (1623) iii. vii. 66 The Maior and Aldermen [1597 Cittizens]‥Are come to haue some conference with his Grace.
. . 1667 E. Chamberlayne Present State Great Brit. i. 201 The 26 Aldermen preside over the 26 Wards of the City [of London]. All the Aldermen that have been Lord-Mayors, and the three eldest Aldermen that have not yet arrived to that honourable Estate, are by their Charter Justices of the Peace.
. . 1878 W. Stubbs Constit. Hist. III. 565 The title of alderman, which had once belonged to the heads of the several guilds, was transferred to the magistrates of the several wards into which the town was divided, or to the sworn assistants of the mayor, in the cases in which no such division was made.’ [OED]

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Tangier, it's a land of opportunity. So let me get this straight...Backewell is willing to lend Charles Stuart's administration 10000Ls for the Tangier colony? This administration? What, did Charlie sell him Barbara Palmer? I know, I know...All part of the political influence game...But I wouldn't do for anything less than Babs thrown in.

Jim   Link to this

Bio of "Kiviet" > > >

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Kievit

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Evelyn's Diary's mentions of Kievet as noted are posted on this site

Pepys spelled it a third way, in February 1667:

"At home, by appointment, comes Captain Cocke to me, to talk of State matters, and about the peace; who told me that the whole business is managed between Kevet, Burgomaster of Amsterdam, and my Lord Arlington, who hath, by the interest of his wife there, some interest."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1667/02/17/

Pepysdiary.com "Kevet" page http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/10855/

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"comes Mr. Evelyn to me, about some business with the Office"

L&M note Evelyn was a Commissioner of the Sick and Wounded, 1664-67. In that role, as we saw, he had tapped resources of the Navy Office with Pepys's aid.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

This Mr. Kiviet or Kievit sounds like quite the hustler. His Wikipedia biography says he was not from Amsterdam but Rotterdam, where he was not burgomeister but a member of the city council. He fled Holland in late 1666 under suspicion of treason and can hardly have been a Dutch envoy for peace talks two ro three months later But he was well received by Charles II because he was close to the King's nephew, William Prince of Orange and it was being caught plotting on William's behalf that caused him to flee Holland. In 1672, after William gained power, he returned to Holland and is thought to have been complicit in the murder of the de Witt brothers, who had ruled the Dutch Republic. The cause of the murder, interestingly, was a grudge against the bothers by Admiral Tromp, who felt he had been deliberately disgraced by them when they dismissed him from the navy following an quarrel with Admiral de Ruyter over the St. James's Day Battle against the Enlish fleet Jul25-26, 1666 (Old Style).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._James%27s_Day_...

In 1686 Kievit was arrested for embezzlement of state funds and later convicted.

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