Wednesday 7 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 is known to have visited the King, who was staying at Little Saxham in Suffolk. — P.G.]

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

This night Pepys joined the King and court at Little Saxham, where Lord Crofts was (L&M)

On 23 October James Pearse, the surgeon, will share many tales of the court with Pepys and will describe scenes at "Saxham" (as the Diary records it) that Pepys did not witness. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/10/23/

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Ossory to Ormond
Written from: [Dublin]
Date: 7 October 1668

In the event of the Government of Ireland being put into other hands [ than those of the Duke, his father ] the writer desires that he may "have liberty of retiring, for a year; by which time", he adds, "there may happen such changes, as that those in favour in both Kingdoms may not be so averse to our family as they are at present".

Mentions the rumours communicated to the writer by Sir A. Forbes as to the persons (including the writer himself) who are, it is thought, likely to be put into a Commission for the government of Ireland, under new conditions; a scheme of government, "by plurality of voices", which, as far as the writer is advised of it, is of small promise for the future.

http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/ca...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Exchanging government by one for government by many is fully underway

Ossory "Mentions the rumours communicated to the writer by Sir A. Forbes as to the persons (including the writer himself) who are, it is thought, likely to be put into a Commission for the government of Ireland, under new conditions; a scheme of government, “by plurality of voices”, which, as far as the writer is advised of it, is of small promise for the future."

These past months Pepys has been required to report to committees of various sorts -- the Committee of Accounts (or Brooke House Committee), the post Thomas Wriothesley, Lord Treasurer Treasury Commissioners, etc.

12 August 1668 "Met Captain Cocke, who tells me that he hears for certain the Duke of York will lose the authority of an Admiral, and be governed by a Committee" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/08/12/

Following the end of Clarendon Ministry in 1667, in a cloud of accusations of incompetence and corruption, the conduct of the government of Charles II fell to a loose coalition of energetic young ministers, the "Cabal". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabal_Ministry#Mem...

Mary   Link to this

A loose coalition in more ways than one, I think.

Ray   Link to this

A lot more Pepys information here

http://www.pepys-club.org.uk/page8.html

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