Tuesday 6 April 1669

Up, and to the Office, and thence to the Excise Office about some business, and so back to the office and sat till late, end thence to Mr. Batelier’s to dinner, where my cozen Turner and both her daughters, and Talbot Pepys and my wife, and a mighty fine dinner. They at dinner before I come; and, when I had dined, I away home, and thence to White Hall, where the Board waited on the Duke of York to discourse about the disposing of Sir Thomas Allen’s fleete, which is newly come home to Portsmouth; and here Middleton and I did in plain terms acquaint the Duke of York what we thought and had observed in the late Court-martiall, which the Duke did give ear to; and though he thinks not fit to revoke what is already done in this case by a Court-martiall, yet it shall bring forth some good laws in the behaviour of Captains to their under Officers for the time to come. Thence home, and there, after a while at the Office, I home, and there come home my wife, who hath been with Batelier’s late, and been dancing with the company, at which I seemed a little troubled, not being sent for thither myself, but I was not much so, but went to bed well enough pleased.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the behaviour of Captains to their under Officers"

At the tine that could well be a matter of class, since so many ship captains were so by virtue of a title of nobility (perhaps inherited).

In the case the late Court-martial, Capt. Richard Trevanion had had command of three ships and had shown high signs of great ambition, of which his quarrel with the Purser is one. Although he is a "tar," Trevanion behaved like one entitled and treated his underling like .....
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Jenny   Link to this

"...with Batelier’s late, and been dancing with the company, at which I seemed a little troubled, not being sent for thither myself" - dancing perhaps with Pembleton or even Sheeres? Elizabeth dancing and, particularly, without him is really a very sore point with Sam.

JWB   Link to this

'Although he is a tar...'

More likely because he was a tar. A Captain easy in his rank would have sent his second in command, called 'commander' aboard ship no matter his rank, to do his disciplinary work.

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