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About Tuesday 13 April 1669

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"Thence took occasion to go back to this milliner’s [in Fenchurch Street], whose name I now understand to be Clerke; and there, her husband inviting me up to the balcony, to see the sight go by to dine at Clothworker’s-Hall,"

L&M: Francis Chaplin ('Sheriff') was Master of the Clothworkers.

About Monday 12 April 1669

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"Alderman Backwell’s housing development [ -- Real estate speculation? -- ] that "looks like a little town, and must have cost him a great deal of money.""

L&M: On 9 December 1670 Backwell obtained from the heirs od the late Charles Everard a 51 years' lease of 6576 sq. ft of ground intermingled with his holdings at £130 p.a. rent, and by July 11672 had rebuilt a number of houses: BS, Add 5091 (11), 5100 (55). He enlarged his own house from 13 hearths to 21: PRO, E 179/252/23, n.f. For the purchases he had made before the Fire, see and…

About Monday 12 April 1669

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"Here we saw a prize fought between a soldier and country fellow, one Warrell, who promised the least in his looks, and performed the most of valour in his boldness and evenness of mind, and smiles in all he did, that ever I saw and we were all both deceived and infinitely taken with him. He did soundly beat the soldier, and cut him over the head."

L&M: For prize-fighting, see

About Sunday 11 April 1669

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"Thence, leaving Balty there, I took my wife to St. James’s, and there carried her to the Queen’s Chapel, the first time I ever did it;"

L&M:> Perhaps because the services were Roman Catholic.

About Simon Pietersz Verelst

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Simon Verelst, a specialist in flower painting who also painted portraits of the King and members of his immediate circle. He seems to have been extremely successful and to have owed much to the patronage of the Duchess of Portsmouth and the Duke of Buckingham. Pepys's reference here (4/11/1669) appears to constitute the earliest evidence of Verelst's presence in London.

About Thursday 5 March 1667/68

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Pepys addressed Parliament Thursday 5 March 1667/68

There is surely no printed version og what he said, given the time and bi
Hansard is the traditional name of the transcripts of Parliamentary debates in Britain and many Commonwealth countries. It is named after Thomas Curson Hansard (1776–1833), a London printer and publisher, who was the first official printer to the Parliament at Westminster.

About Wednesday 7 April 1669

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"She is pretty, and a girl for that, and her relations, I love."

L&M: Sc. 'a girl whom I love both because she is pretty and because she is a relative."

About Wednesday 31 March 1669

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"Thence home, and there find Mr Sheres, for whom I find my moher of late to talk with mighty kindness; and particularly he hath shewn himself to be a poet, and that she do mightily value L&M:him for."

L&M: Henry Sheres published several books, mostly in prose. Of his published verse there survives A song in the play call'd Oroonoko (1700), composed for Southern's play in 1696.

About Wednesday 24 March 1668/69

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"And so, having walked all round the town, and found it very pretty, as most towns I ever saw, though not very big, and people of good fashion in it"

L&M: In 1639 Peter Mundy wrote of Maidstone: 'For Many Miles about London there is Not a handsomer and cleaner place': Mundy, iii. 40. Ton Celia Fiennes (ca. 1697) it was 'a very neate market town as you shall see in the Country, its buildings are mostly of timber worke the streets are large . . . very pretty houses about the town look like the habitations of rich men, I believe it a wealthy place. . . . : Journeys (ed. Morris), p. 330. Defoe called it 'a town og very great business and Trade, and yet full of Gentry, of Mirth, and of good Company',: Tour (ed. Cole), i. 115. Its staple trade was the making of linen thread.

About Thursday 18 March 1668/69

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"my wife mighty finely dressed, by a maid that she hath taken, and is to come to her when Jane goes; and the same she the other day told me of, to be so handsome."

L&M: Matt; she began work on 29 March.

About Wednesday 17 March 1668/69

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"Up, and by water to see Mr. Wren, and then Mr. Williamson, who did shew me the very original bookes of propositions made by the Commissioners for the Navy, in 1618, "

L&M: These are probanly those now in PRO, SP 13/101. Pepys kept copies: Rawl. A 235, ff. 253+; ib. A 435, ff. 33+ (both in Hayter's had); PL 2735 (in an unidentified clerical hand.

About Tuesday 16 March 1668/69

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"His business to me was about some ground of his, at Deptford, next to the King’s yard."

L&M: In August 1668 John Evelyn had been granted a lease of a strip of ground in Brick Close., wgich lay to the east of his house, Sayes Cuter, and yn== in June of this year he built a long wall enclosing it: PRO, ADM. 106/3520, F. 30R; ctb, ii. 228-30418, Wvelyn, iii. 482, n. 4, 530. Cf. CSPD 1660-85, pp. 185-6.

About Saturday 13 March 1668/69

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"I am this day made a Captain of one of the King’s ships, Mr. Wren having this day sent me, the Duke of York’s commission to be Captain of “The Jerzy,” in order to my being of a Court-martiall for examining the loss of “The Defyance,” and other things."

L&M: Pepys (together with Middleton) acted as expert assesors, not as full members of the court. Court-martials were governed bat this time bt an act of 1661 (13 Car. II, c. 9). For the trial , see
The Defiance was a 3rd-rate which had been destroyed by afire at Chatham in the previous December : CSPD 1668-9, p. 91. The trial had been ordered shotly afterwards (Penn, ii. 520-1), but the warrant constituting the court was not issued until 10 March: NMMM, MS . M.14.

About Sunday 18 April 1669

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"our paper, which was in a letter to the Duke of York, "

L&M: The letter, dated 17 April was bound together with three other pièces justificatives besides the Duke's Instructions of 1662:…
In a memorandum of 3 May, which Pepys attached to the office-copy, he refers to this meeting as one of the King and Cabinet, which Ashley and Clifford attended in order to deal with the question of supply for the navy. The letter was in substance a defence of the existing constitution of the Navy Board, and argued that it combined the virtues of government by commission in which all or most officers had general duties, with those of governance by specialis officers with specific duties. The Board had both types of member. The office-copy of the letter (in Gibson's hand)is in NMM , LBK/8, pp. 589-93; etc.

About Friday 12 March 1668/69

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"he carried me to Nott’s, the famous bookbinder, that bound for my Lord Chancellor’s library; and here I did take occasion for curiosity to bespeak a book to be bound, only that I might have one of his binding."

L&M: Mr. H.M.Nixon writes: 'This is almost certainly R. Doleman [Robert Parsons], A conference about the next succession ti the crown of Inhland (1594); PL 538. The binder was William Nott.