Monday 1 March 1668/69

Up, and to White Hall to the Committee of Tangier, but it did not meet. But here I do hear first that my Lady Paulina Montagu did die yesterday; at which I went to my Lord’s lodgings, but he is shut up with sorrow, and so not to be spoken with: and therefore I returned, and to Westminster Hall, where I have not been, I think, in some months. And here the Hall was very full, the King having, by Commission to some Lords this day, prorogued the Parliament till the 19th of October next: at which I am glad, hoping to have time to go over to France this year. But I was most of all surprised this morning by my Lord Bellassis, who, by appointment, met me at Auditor Wood’s, at the Temple, and tells me of a duell designed between the Duke of Buckingham and my Lord Halifax, or Sir W. Coventry; the challenge being carried by Harry Saville, but prevented by my Lord Arlington, and the King told of it; and this was all the discourse at Court this day. But I, meeting Sir W. Coventry in the Duke of York’s chamber, he would not own it to me, but told me that he was a man of too much peace to meddle with fighting, and so it rested: but the talk is full in the town of the business. Thence, having walked some turns with my cozen Pepys, and most people, by their discourse, believing that this Parliament will never sit more, I away to several places to look after things against to-morrow’s feast, and so home to dinner; and thence, after noon, my wife and I out by hackneycoach, and spent the afternoon in several places, doing several things at the ‘Change and elsewhere against to-morrow; and, among others, I did also bring home a piece of my face cast in plaister, for to make a vizard upon, for my eyes. And so home, where W. Batelier come, and sat with us; and there, after many doubts, did resolve to go on with our feast and dancing to- morrow; and so, after supper, left the maids to make clean the house, and to lay the cloth, and other things against to-morrow, and we to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

1st March, 1669. Dined at Lord Arlington's [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/5520/] at Goring House, with the Bishop ,of Hereford
[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/10953/ ].

http://goo.gl/eySTk

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the King having, by Commission to some Lords this day, prorogued the Parliament till the 19th of October next: at which I am glad, hoping to have time to go over to France this year."

Commission for proroguing the Parliament.

Parliament prorogued.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Allen Appel   Link to this

Can someone help us out here? A visor for his poor eyes?

"Archaic or literary, a means of disguise; mask; visor"

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to Westminster Hall, where I have not been, I think, in some months"

He was last there 20 November 1668:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/128/#ref...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I do hear first that my Lady Paulina Montagu did die yesterday"

Sandwich's second daughter died of "a consumption". "Dear sweet...Paulina, in her 20th year [ had died at 9 a.m. ] at the upper Chelsey at Mrs Becks house", wrote Sandwich in his *Journal* (L&M note).

Mary   Link to this

"a vizard, for my eyes..."

I have a frivolous picture of Sam wearing the sort of green eye-shade that one sees on gamblers in older films.

Presumably he's looking for some kind of mask that will allow candlelight to fall on his paper without the 'glare' of the candles themselves affecting his eyes. Perhaps fulfilling the same function as a horse's blinkers?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Aha, Mary! "Blinkers that have a peep hole cut in the back of the cup are known as visors." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinders

Mary   Link to this

Well, well: that was a lucky chance.

I had no idea that one form of blinker/blinder was actually called a visor, but we live and learn - and that's where this site has been such a joy over the years.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the King having...prorogued the Parliament till the 19th of October next: at which I am glad, hoping to have time to go over to France this year"

L&M note Pepys went with his wife and her brother Balty in late August, traveling through Holland and the Spanish Netherlands to Paris [ with guidance from Evelyn http://www.romanbritain.freeserve.co.uk/Pepysev... ], returning on 20 October, a day after Parliament reassembled.

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A pity Pepys was not keeping even notes of his travels at that time!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Lord Bellassis...tells me of a duell designed between the Duke of Buckingham and my Lord Halifax, or Sir W. Coventry; the challenge being carried by Harry Saville, but prevented by my Lord Arlington, and the King told of it....But I, meeting Sir W. Coventry in the Duke of York’s chamber, he would not own it to me, but told me that he was a man of too much peace to meddle with fighting"

L&M note it was Coventry who was involved in this abortive duel and it led to his disgrace. The quarrel was provoked by Buckingham's plan to ridicule Coventry and his friends in a play ("The country gentleman"), written by himself and Sir Robert Howard. At a Privy Council meeting on the 3rd, the challenge Coventry had sent to Buckingham was construed as a conspiracy to cause the death of a privy councilor, a felony under a statute of 3 Henry VII. Coventry and his second, Henry Savile (his nephew) were imprisoned on the 4th [ see Pepys's account that day of the business http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/03/04/ ]; on the 5th Coventry was relieved of his offices. The King was delighted to be rid of him. Coventry 's peaceableness was well-known. [Pepys will visit Coventry daily in the Tower until his release 20 March, then at his house.]

Terry Foreman   Link to this

*The country gentleman: a "lost" play and its background* Sir Robert Howard, George Villiers Buckingham (Duke of) http://books.google.com/books?id=o44nAAAAMAAJ&q...

jeannine   Link to this

"I do hear first that my Lady Paulina Montagu did die yesterday; at which I went to my Lord’s lodgings, but he is shut up with sorrow, and so not to be spoken with"

I am sure Lord Sandwich is devasted (as is his wife). For all of the faults that Sam has found with him over the years, one thing has always been clear--Sandwich loved his family and cherished his children. A sad day.

pepfie   Link to this

OED vizard:

†1.c A mask as used to protect the face or eyes.

... 1669 Pepys Diary 25 June [sic, i.e. April], I to my office,‥to write down my journal‥and did it, with the help of my vizard, and tube fixed to it, and do find it mighty manageable, but how helpful to my eyes this trial will show me.

On the same day, SP describes Lead's contraption, slightly more complicated than a blinker with a peep hole:
"...thither comes Lead with my vizard, with a tube fastened within both eyes; which, with the help which he prompts me to, of a glass in the tube, do content me mightily."

pepfie   Link to this

my Lady Paulina Montagu

Jeannine, I share your opinion on Lord Sandwich but SP seems to disagree, perhaps judging by his own yardstick: "...my Lady Paulina, who is desperately sick, and is gone to Chelsey, to the old house where my Lord himself was once sick, where I doubt my Lord means to visit hers more for young Mrs. Beck’s sake than for hers."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/02/21/

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