Thursday 23 November 1665

For Samuel Pepys Esqr

on[e] of the principall Officers

of his Majesties Navy

at Greenewich

Sayes Court

[23 November 1665]1

Sir,

I am but just now ariv’d2; of which I will give you no farther account at present, because the post shall not goe without the direction you require, though it be not so particular as I could wish it: The last I receiv’d was from Mr Fillingham3, and since that he is gon very sick home to his owne house to which I have no other addresse then by Mr Fillingham; so that the most expeditious will be to enclose Sir Williams Letter in a paper to him with this superscription

For Mr Fillingham at Mr Loverans’s in Hadleigh to be left at Stratford beyond Colchester

Suffolk:

Sir,

Mr Conny4 (who is now with me) informes me of the indispensable necessity of having an Hospital Ship, and therfor conjures me to put you in mind of the favour: Pardon dear Sir, this abrupt scribble of

Sir,

Your most humble Servant

JEvelyn:

Says-Court at

7 the Clock.

Source: PRO S.P. 29/137, f.84. Endorsed by P, “23.9br.65 Mr Evelyns direction how to send to Sir W[illia]m Doyley”.

  1. MS: “Says-Court at 7 the Clock” below. Date given by P’s endorsement. E had been at Wotton, returning to Deptford this day (diary). In his own diary P reports a meeting with E the following day (24 November 1665) in which they looked at old manuscripts. There is no reference to official business, or this letter.
  2. From a meeting with Albemarle (diary, 23 November 1665).
  3. Bartholomew Fillingham. A number of letters of this date from E to him exist as loose MSS in the Evelyn archive at the British Library.
  4. John Conny, a surgeon at Chatham.

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