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from David Quidnunc the following:_diary 1660/02/23.
ANSLOW — Annesley, Arthur (1614-86) — at about this time (perhaps already, perhaps starting soon — the Companion volume is unclear) Annesley is an associate of Crew and Montagu and a moderate puritan. He will do pretty well for himself and we’ll see him a bit in the future. Here’s a description of his singular looks, apparently from the diary: “his face long and emaciated, his complexion between purple and green, his eyes frightening.” He was a hard worker, able and serious, although Pepys will criticize his administrative abilities years from now. He was a friend of John Milton. Annesley’s grandson in 1724 will give Magdelene College 200 pounds to transport Pepys’s library to Cambridge. (Companion)
3 other ref:Annesley, Arthur 22 april 1661 john Evelyn diary
second Viscount Valentia, first Earl of Angelsey p419,524
The Wandering Heir
an anagram of name ?.... Infernally dark, abhorrent anus
Character according to Bishop Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715).
A man of grave deportment, strong application, and great knowledge, especially in law, who understood our government well, and had examined far into the original of our constitution. He was a indefatigable but very ungraceful speaker, and too apt to forget that raillery, which he was always attempting, was no part of his talent; but, what was the worst in him, he stuck at nothing, insomuch that he seemed to disregard common decencies; for he sold everything in his power, and himself, so oft, that at last the price fell so low that he grew useless and contemptible.
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Annesly 1st earl of Anglesey [created at the Coronation] Second Viscount Valentia [Valencia Anglesea]From J. Evelyn.
I now return to Arthur Annesley, his eldest son and heir, who succeeded him in his honours, born July 10, 1614. Which Arthur was educated in Magdalen Coll. Oxford, and was after a student in Lincoln's-Inn: In the life-time of his father, he was the first of the three commissioners, who, in May 1645, were appointed by the parliament to manage the affairs of the kingdom of Ireland; and arriving there in October following, brought with them provisions and ammunition, and 20,000l. in money, to be employed against the Irish rebels in that realm. And a little before the restoration, anno 1660, being President of the Council, he was, as Lord Clarendon writes, very well contented that the King should receive particular information of his devotion, and of his resolution to do him service; which he manifested in many particulars of importance, and had the courage to receive a letter from his Majesty in his exile, and returned a dutiful answer to it. For which faithful services, at the restoration of the King, he was sworn of the Privy-council, and on April 20, 13 Car. II. 1661, created a Baron of England, by the title of Lord Annesley of Newport-Pagnel in com [?] Bucks; and also at the same time advanced to the degree of an English Earl, by the title of Earl of Anglesey, an island in Wales, and to the heirs male of his body: In consideration (as is expressed in the patent) of his signal services for the King's restoration, as also for the eminent service of Sir Francis Annesley, Bart. Baron of Mount-Norris, and Viscount Valentia deceased, father of the said Arthur, in the offices of Vice-Treasurer, and Principal Secretary of State in Ireland. In 1667, he was made Treasurer of the Navy; and on the 4th of Feb. 1671-2, his Majesty, in Council, was pleased to appoint the Duke of Buckingham, the Earl of Anglesey, the Lord Holles, the Lord Ashley-Cooper, and Mr. Secretary Trevor, or any three of them, to be a committee to peruse and revise all the papers and writings, concerning the settlement of Ireland, from the first to the last, and to make an abstract of the state thereof in writing.
---Peerage of England. A. Collins, 1756.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.