Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Field, Edward, of Wapping. Over the course of early 1662 to the end of 1663, a series of accusations and suits he initiated, won and lost, against Pepys and the Navy Board resulted in a parliamentary act of 1664, giving the Board powers of magistracy within the city: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/03/22/
For the first events in the Field saga see http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/ and http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c38177 For Field's win against Pepys http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/11/20/ For a guide to the rest http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c38178
Robert Gertz explains why Pepys is especially involved in the Field matter:
"One must admire Ed Field’s style…Very twenty-first century. I would guess he chose to slap Sam with the subpoena as the non-titled and most vulnerable member of the office." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c27361
In fact, Field pursued Pepys because the rest were 'parliament-men' as Pepys tells us - 24th June 1662:"At night news is brought me that Field the rogue hath this day cast me at Guildhall in L30 for his imprisonment, to which I signed his commitment with the rest of the officers; but they having been parliament-men, that he hath begun the law with me; and threatens more, but I hope the Duke of York will bear me out."
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