✹ About Thursday 5 March 1667/68 Robert Harneis on 6 Mar 2021 • Link This is truly a great moment for Sam. He has 'arrived'. The irony of it is that it was also the first step in the process that was to make him a worthwhile target of the Popish Plot conspirators. According to Arthur Bryant, after the diary, he was used by the king to defend naval policy in parliament which he did brilliantly. It seems he was a bit too successful especially in mocking certain parliamentary critics, whilst at the same time making the King laugh. Thus only a few years later we find him in the Tower of London and fighting for his life and career. Did Charles come to to the rescue of his faithfull servant? Of course not. Sam had to depend on his own considerable resources,j his many friends and especially Bess's tiresome brother Balty, plus a bit of luck, to escape ruin and even execution. It says a lot for Sam that so many people were prepared to help him in hazardous times. With perfect timing Charles re-extended his approval publicly once Sam had put himself in the clear.