Sunday 7 March 1668/69

(Lord’s day). Up, and to the office, busy till church time, and then to church, where a dull sermon, and so home to dinner, all alone with my wife, and then to even my Journall to this day, and then to the Tower, to see Sir W. Coventry, who had H. Jermin and a great many more with him, and more, while I was there, come in; so that I do hear that there was not less than sixty coaches there yesterday, and the other day; which I hear also that there is a great exception taken at, by the King and the Duke of Buckingham, but it cannot be helped. Thence home, and with our coach out to Suffolk Street, to see my cozen Pepys, but neither the old nor young at home. So to my cozen Turner’s, and there staid talking a little, and then back to Suffolk Street, where they not being yet come home I to White Hall, and there hear that there are letters come from Sir Thomas Allen, that he hath made some kind of peace with Algiers; upon which the King and Duke of York, being to go out of town to-morrow, are met at my Lord Arlington’s: so I there, and by Mr. Wren was desired to stay to see if there were occasion for their speaking with me, which I did, walking without, with Charles Porter, talking of a great many things: and I perceive all the world is against the Duke of Buckingham his acting thus high, and do prophesy nothing but ruin from it: But he do well observe that the church lands cannot certainly come to much, if the King shall [be] persuaded to take them; they being leased out for long leases. By and by, after two hours’ stay, they rose, having, as Wren tells me, resolved upon sending six ships to the Streights forthwith, not being contented with the peace upon the terms they demand, which are, that all our ships, where any Turks or Moores shall be found slaves, shall be prizes; which will imply that they, must be searched. I hear that to-morrow the King and the Duke of York set out for Newmarket, by three in the morning; to some foot and horse-races, to be abroad ten or twelve days: So I away, without seeing the Duke of York; but Mr. Wren showed me the Order of Council about the balancing the Storekeeper’s accounts, passed the Council in the very terms I drew it, only I did put in my name as he that presented the book of Hosier’s preparing, and that is left out — I mean, my name — which is no great matter. So to my wife to Suffolk Streete, where she was gone, and there I found them at supper, and eat a little with them, and so home, and there to bed, my cold pretty well gone.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"there are letters come from Sir Thomas Allen, that he hath made some kind of peace with Algiers"

"The business is, that the Algerines have broke the peace with us, by taking some Spaniards and goods out of an English ship, which had the Duke of York’s pass, of which advice come this day; and the King is resolved to stop Sir Thomas Allen’s fleete from coming home till he hath amends made him for this affront" http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1669/01/26/

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"But...the church lands cannot certainly come to much, if the King shall [be] persuaded to take them"

See 4 November 1668: "The great discourse now is, that the Parliament shall be dissolved and another called, which shall give the King the Deane and Chapter lands; and that will put him out of debt. " http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/11/04/

Jesse   Link to this

"that there is a great exception taken at, by the King and the Duke of Buckingham"

And what, this whole thing started w/the DoB and friends attempting to take a cheap shot at Sir W. Look who's having the last laugh. Well, yes it's from the Tower, but amidst those sixty plus coaches that "cannot be helped." I wonder who's checking the guest list?

ONeville   Link to this

"so that I do hear that there was not less than sixty coaches there yesterday"

Sir W may have been sent to the Tower but not to Coventry

Joe Connell   Link to this

Having been born and still living [?] in Coventry, I continue to search the passing faces of pedestrians for all these folk who have been sent to join us ....

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Little Bess tribute Gay and I worked on, out of context but I may not be able to put it up later owing to travel schedule. http://www.buffyrebecca.com/Bess.WMV

Steven Sutton   Link to this

Very nice Robert.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Jessie, ONeville and Joe -- thanks for great wit and laughs this AM!

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RG, a lovely treatment of some poignant parallels. My heart goes out....

R Higer   Link to this

Thank you, Robert Gerst, I was reading as fast as I
could while being flooded with memories. Surely Elizabeth was more attractive than the bust. I picture her very beautiful, especially now, in her French gowns.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

RG: Charmant

Australian Susan   Link to this

Thanks, RG! A poignant tribute

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