Tuesday 26 September 1665

Greenwich1

26 September 16652

Sir,

as I will in every thing else, soe I have in your request this afternoone done what you with any moderate reason can expect of mee. But I beseech you consider that what I have done reaches but for foure days, and therefore pray you to hasten some other expedient to serve your selfe at theyr determination; what wee have done herein being very irregular, and not excusable I thinke to bee done twise. Sir I would have been glad to have kissed your hands before I returne to the fleete which will bee to morrow afternoone3. I will endeavour it if possible and rest

Your most affectionate humble

Servant

SPepys

Source: BL.1081. Endorsed by E, “Mr Pepys: 26: September Greenwich 1665.”

  1. Pepys had stayed the night before at the Crowne Inne at Rochester, leaving at 5am for Greenwich (diary). Once arrived he went straight to the office there, presumably writing this letter, before setting off to requisition East India Company ships at Erith.
  2. MS: “Greenwch Sept 26 1665”.
  3. P travelled in E’s coach on the 27th to see Albemarle and later “had most excellent discourse of Mr Eveling touching all manner of learning; wherein I find him a very fine gentleman, and perticularly of Paynting…” (diary, 27 September 1665).

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