Friday 8 January 1668/69

Up, and with Colonel Middleton, in his coach, and Mr. Tippets to White Hall; and there attended the Duke of York with the rest, where the Duke was mighty plain with the Treasurers, according to the advice my Lord Brouncker and I did give him the other night, and he did it fully; and so as, I believe, will make the Treasurers carefull of themselves, unless they do resolve upon defying the Duke of York. Thence with W. Hewer home, and to dinner, and so out again, my wife and I and Mr. Hater to White Hall, where she set us down, and she up and down to buy things, while we at the Treasury-Chamber, where I alone did manage the business of “The Leopard” against the whole Committee of the East India Company, with Mr. Blackburne with them; and to the silencing of them all, to my no great content. Thence walked to my wife, and so set out for home in our coach, it being very cold weather, and so to the office to do a little business, and then home to my wife’s chamber, my people having laid the cloth, and got the rooms all clean above-stairs to-night for our dinner to-morrow, and therefore I to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I alone did manage the business of the "Leopard” against the whole Committee of the East India Company, with Mr. Blackburne with them -- and to the silencing of them all, to my great content."

So L&M transcribe, and note that, in this dispute (dating back to 1663), one of the issues was whether the company had been responsible for the under-freighting of the "Leopard." This was discussed after dinner last 25 January: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/01/25/

Mary   Link to this

"she up and down to buy things"

It's that £30 burning a hole in her pocket.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the Duke was mighty plain with the Treasurers, according to the advice my Lord Brouncker and I did give him the other night"

See Monday http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/01/04/
"By and by I met my Lord Brouncker; and he and I to the Duke of York alone, and discoursed over the carriage of the present Treasurers, in opposition to, or at least independency of, the Duke of York, or our Board, which the Duke of York is sensible of, and all remember, I believe; for they do carry themselves very respectlessly of him and us. We also declared our minds together to the Duke of York about Sir John Minnes’s incapacity to do any service in the Office, and that it is but to betray the King to have any business of trust committed to his weakness. So the Duke of York was very sensible of it and promised to speak to the King about it."

AnnieC   Link to this

"...and to the silencing of them all, to my no great content."
Is that "no" a slip of the keyboard? At first glance I read it as "own".

Terry Foreman   Link to this

That "no" is perhaps a text mis-scan. L&M didn't find it.

pepfie   Link to this

>the business of the “Leopard”< - under-freighting and over-charging.

"... down to Woolwich, and mustered the three East India ships [Dunkirk, Leopard, Mary Rose] that lie there, believing that there is great-juggling between the Pursers and Clerks of the Cheque in cheating the King of the wages and victuals of men that do not give attendance, and I found very few on board."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/07/23/

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