Annotations and comments

Terry Foreman has posted 15,869 annotations/comments since 28 June 2005.

The most recent first…


About Wednesday 13 November 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"After we had given him our letter relating the bad condition of the Navy for want of money, he referred it to his coming back and so parted."

L&M: On the 9th the Duke had written asking for a statement of money owing: PRO, Adm. 2/1745, f15r.

About Tuesday 12 November 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"This day Holmes come to town; and we do expect hourly to hear what usage he hath from the Duke and the King about this late business of letting the Swedish Embassador go by him without striking his flag."

L&M: Sailing for Sweden, the ambassador (Nils Nilsson Brahe) had refused to lower his flag on meeting the Royal Charles in the mouth of the Thames. Capt. Robert Holmes had fired three shots to make the Swedes heave to, but they had escaped under cover of night while Holmes was waiting for confirmation of the ambassador's story that he had acted with Charles the II's express permission. Holmes was examined by the Council on the 27th of November, deprived of his command and committed to the Tower. He was pardoned and released a few days later. See and

About Monday 4 November 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"by coach with Sir W. Pen and my wife to Whitehall, and sent her to Mrs. Hunt’s, and he and I to Mr. Coventry’s about business, and so sent for her again, and all three home"

L&M: Sc. 'homewards', Mrs Pepys being dropped by Tom's in Salisbury Court on the way.

About Wednesday 9 October 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Now I do not know whether this is a trick of Bagge’s, or a good will of hers to do something for me; but I will not trust her"

L&M: Probably a slip for 'him'. This Mrs Pepys has not been identified. Nothing came of all this.

About Monday 7 October 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"troubled in my mind till I can hear from Brampton, how things go on at Sturtlow, at the Court, which I was cleared in at night by a letter, which tells me that my cozen Tom was there to be admitted, in his father’s name, as heir-at-law, but that he was opposed, and I was admitted by proxy,"

L&M: Pepys had possession of Robert Pepys's surrender for the Sturtlow land:

About The White Devil (John Webster)

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The White Devil was first acted in 1609, published in 1612, and. despite Pepys's unfavourable reaction to it, was one of the principal stock plays of the King's Company at the TR, Vere St.

About Monday 30 September 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Here I saw by day-light two very fine pictures in the gallery,"

L&M: Little is known of the pictures collected by Lord Robartes. His son, the 2nd Earl of Radnor (d. 1723), lived in a house in St James Park which contained pictures by artists popular in Pepys's time and later, such as Vanzoon, Roestraeten, Danckerts, Griffier, Van de Velde and Schalcken. It is not clear whether these painters had been employed by the first Earl or by his son; or which of them had collected the Italian and Flemish pictures included in the second Earl's sale, 28 April 172(?)3: G. Vertue, Notebooks, i. 132.

About Wednesday 25 September 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"he and I in his coach through the Mewes, which is the way that now all coaches are forced to go, because of a stop at Charing Cross, by reason of a drain"

L&M: Either one of the sewers carrying away surface waters or a street gutter.

About Saturday 21 September 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I rode to Huntingdon, where I met Mr. Philips, and there put my Bugden matter in order against the Court,"

L&M: Robert Pepys had left land and houses at Buckden, Hunts. Lewis Phillips was a lawyer.

About Friday 20 September 1661

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I took occasion to bid them money for their half acre of land, which I had a mind to do that in the surrender I might secure Piggott’s, which otherwise I should be forced to lose."

L&M: For the Pigott mortgage, see…
Pepys had been bequeathed land in Offord, Hunts. The half-acre went by the custom of the manor to the heir-at-law, i.e. Thomas Pepys: