Friday 2 October 1668

[In this part of the “Diary” no entry occurs for thirteen days, though there are several pages left blank. During the interval Pepys went into the country, as he subsequently mentions his having been at Saxham, in Suffolk, during the king’s visit to Lord Crofts, which took place at this time (see October 23rd, host). He might also probably have gone to Impington to fetch his wife. The pages left blank were never filled up. — B.]

[On this day Pepys and the Mountagus stayed in Guildford. — P.G.]

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Meanwhile, in London

Oct. 2 - Order registered on the Royal Aid for 175l. 18s. 4d. to Lord John Berkeley and the other Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Ordnance.
'Entry Book: October 1668', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 2: 1667-1668 (1905), pp. 623-630. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Australian Susan   Link to this

Could RG fill in some blanks?? Please?

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Yes, RG, fill in the blanks. Fiction is better than Science, when there's nothing to be said contrarywise.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"They say it never rains in Southern Catalonia...It never rains in Catalonia, but lass, let Montagu warn ya..."

We had to give him that guitar, Sam sighs...As the coach rolls on.

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That den of iniquity...Where the human Prince of Darkness aka the Bishop of Rome spins his fiendish web...

"Thy face is pale and why dost thou tremble so, Cardinal? Speak. Or forever have thy tongue held..."

"Holiness...Lord Sandwich of the heretic English..."

"Returns to England? Even as our beloved son Louis' plans move to fruition?"

"Ay, Holiness...Montagu is recalled. His disgrace mitigated by the current crisis. And he is joined by..."

"The one man of action who could imperil our schemes...United with the one capable administrator left to the heretic government?" grim tone...

"Well...Arghhh..."

Saw that coming a mile away...Priests note to each other. Eyeing the closing trap door...

"Bad news indeed. But, we must deal..." shrug...Smile... "Bishop, the most unfortunate sudden demise of the Cardinal requires your immediate elevation as our leading expert on England and France. Congratulations, Cardinal...And Papal Legate to the French court with plenipotary powers for England."

Good day for me...The chosen one reflects.

"Do not fail us, Legate...King Louis' plans to undermine the heretic England's government and return her to the blessed fold through the destruction of Parliament must succeed. Montagu must not be allowed to join with Pepys in restoring the English fleet and thereby the English government to power and security. Chaos must reign in England...And those opposing our policies there, removed."

Hmmn? Stare... "Removed?"

Frown...Only for you would I be so explicit, kid...

"That means..." finger drawn across throat...

"Ah...Right, Papa."

Grim look...Boy...

"Uh...Holy Papa...Father...Holiness." rather young Cardinal bows. Sorry, Dad, but I was only made a priest three days ago...And Bishop, yesterday...

"We rejoice in being known as the father of our flock, Cardinal." icy smile...

Idiot boy...

"But to work now...Employ all instruments at our disposal."

As in, make that expensive education in international politics and intelligence both overt and co- pay off, kid. Hard stare...

"Si, Holiness...Gratzi."

"All instruments...?" the departing young Cardinal hisses to fellow cardinal/assistant.

"Among other things, Holiness refers to our agents in England..."

"Oh...What agents?..."

Perhaps I should kill myself right now and avoid the inevitable Inquisition...the addressed assistant cardinal sighs...

"The list in your office, Cardinal? Death to mention the names in public?"

"Oh, right...Say, this mean I get to meet with that hot young kid we placed with that Pepys guy? God, I mean I know I'll be in Paris but that girl, she is just...You saw her picture, what was her name again...Wilma...Willet?"

Poison or the Tiber I would say are my only choices, the cardinal sighs again...

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Will Norton   Link to this

Dear Friends

The BBC has a second week-long series of Pepy's diary:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015bt12

The link works here in France - so I hope you may all enjoy it wherever you are.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Or, perhaps things went this way…

Several nights from now…2011

London…

“Judi…Ian…” beaming smile… “Here for my lecture are you?”

Both grimly eye their fellow thespian…Treacherous traitor fellow thespians with “that’s Dame Judi” “Sir Ian” looks.

“Derek…” cold nod by Sir Ian… “We merely came to see if it was true that you plan to give further credience to a film fantasy as silly as my prating about Christ with Hanks.”

Ummn…

“One might assume…Were one to believe such notions…That I actually have mutant powers…” Sir Ian continues…Glancing up to overhead lighting which begins to sway suddenly…Dame Judi fixing Sir Derek with hard stare…

“One might very well assume so…” cold tone as only “M” can…

More swaying as Sir Derek stares up…

Ummn…

“Good luck with your lecture, Derek.” Icy smile…Both move to seats…

Spotlight on Sir Derek…

“Ummn…” smile… “I th-th-thought tonight rather than indulge in more sp-sp-speculation about which we can not possibly know…” nervous glance up…Lights rocking dangerously…

“I might take up a topic of interest in literary detection of which there is real evidence…”

Curt nod from Sir Ian in audience… Swaying halts at once…

“Suppose I told you…” dramatic hush… “That everything you know about that brilliant and legendary figure of English literature, Samuel Pepys, and his famed Diary…Was untrue?”

“I’d say who gives a bloody…Since our jobs are off the line…” Dame Judi hisses to Sir Ian…
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London…The Star Chamber…1668…

Two figures bound in chairs, heads covered in hoods...

"Whoever is out there?! I demand to be released! I'd have you know you're dealing with the Royal Clerk of the Acts of His Majesty's Navy!"

"Sam'l?! Is that you?" voice of hooded figure in adjacent chair.

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