Saturday 5 December 1668

Up, after a little talk with my wife, which troubled me, she being ever since our late difference mighty watchful of sleep and dreams, and will not be persuaded but I do dream of Deb., and do tell me that I speak in my dreams and that this night I did cry, Huzzy, and it must be she, and now and then I start otherwise than I used to do, she says, which I know not, for I do not know that I dream of her more than usual, though I cannot deny that my thoughts waking do run now and then against my will and judgment upon her, for that only is wanting to undo me, being now in every other thing as to my mind most happy, and may still be so but for my own fault, if I be catched loving any body but my wife again. So up and to the office, and at noon to dinner, and thence to office, where late, mighty busy, and despatching much business, settling papers in my own office, and so home to supper, and to bed. No news stirring, but that my Lord of Ormond is likely to go to Ireland again, which do shew that the Duke of Buckingham do not rule all so absolutely; and that, however, we shall speedily have more changes in the Navy: and it is certain that the Nonconformists do now preach openly in houses, in many places, and among others the house that was heretofore Sir G. Carteret’s, in Leadenhall Streete, and have ready access to the King. And now the great dispute is, whether this Parliament or another; and my great design, if I continue in the Navy, is to get myself to be a Parliament-man.

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Glyn  •  Link

Does this mean that he wants to become an MP (Member of Parliament) to represent the Navy there?

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘parliament man, n.
1. a. A Member of Parliament, esp. one well versed in parliamentary procedure and experienced in debate; a parliamentarian. In the U.K. applied occas. to a member of the House of Lords, but more commonly, like Member of Parliament, used to denote a member of the House of Commons.
. . 1603–4 Commons Jrnls. 23 Mar. 3 44 A third grave person and an ancient Parliament man, remembreth and alloweth the motions made by Sir Rober Wroth and Sir Edward Mountague.
. . a1684 J. Evelyn Diary anno 1660 (1955) III. 250 All the Parliament men, both Lords & Comm:.
. . 1995 Herald (Glasgow) (Nexis) 13 July 4 There were today's politicians from the Cabinet and shadow Cabinets paying tribute to a great parliament man.’ [OED]

Robert Gertz  •  Link

" Lord of Ormond is likely to go to Ireland again, which do shew that the Duke of Buckingham do not rule all so absolutely..." Charles playing the factions off against each other?

Well, Sam...At least you haven't started crying out various mistresses' names. I wonder if the "hussy" might have been your church pin-girl...It's not like you to label your more willing ladies so. On the other hand, it's probably a mercy so many of your girls are named Elisabeth...Just don't start dreaming of Diana Crisp.

George Mosley  •  Link

"Nonconformists" :: "Fanatics"

"Nonconformist" was not the preferred term for a fanatic in the 1660's - 1710's. More common, if the author had meant religious extremists of the displaced side, would be "dissenter." Nonconformist is a broader term that encompasses those who do not conform to the Established Church for a variety of reasons. (Soon (1689), terminology would get more convoluted with non-jurors and the like.)

Charles II had to play his own established interests against the emergent mercantile interests of the 'stock jobbers' and 'cits,' largely because he suffered the problem of every Stuart king: no money. However, this always made the high church faction, and the lower ranking broad church people, react in alarm.

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