Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
"my Lord Chamberlain’s secretary"showed our Sam a good time and the Cellars too:
Co(o)ling, [Richard](d. 1697). Publice servant and friend. His unashamed delight in bribes is reported at viii.369. He came of a family that produced several public servants, among them William Coling who was Thomas Turner's assistnat in the Navy Office just before the Restoration. He himself was secretary to the Lord Chamberlain from 1660 until his death, combining it with other offices such as Commissioner for licensing hackney coaches (app. 1670), Clerk of the Robes in the Great Wardrobe (app. 1670, and Clerk-in-extraordinary to the Privy Council (app. 1879).
Richard Cooling, or Coling, A.M., of All-Souls' College, Secretary to the Earls of Manchester and Arlington, when they filled the office of Lord Chamberlain, and a Clerk of the Privy Council in ordinary. There is a mezzotinto print of him in the Pepysian Library.---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
COOLING or COLING, RICHARD (d. 1697), clerk of the privy council, 1689, and gossip of Samuel Pepys; secretary to the lord chamberlain of the household, 1660-1680; hon. M.A. Oxford, 1665.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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