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About Friday 13 January 1664/65

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"Thence walked home, being ill-satisfied with the present actings of the [King's] House, and prefer the other House before this infinitely."

The better discipline of the Duke's Company and Pepys's great admiration for its leading actor, Betterton, hep to explain Pepys's preference for its acting.
(L&M note)

A superior lead actor can make supporting members of a cast better.

About Wednesday 11 January 1664/65

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"iI hear that two of our ships, the Leopard and another, in the Straights, are lost by running aground; and that three more had like to have been so, but got off, whereof Captain Allen one: and that a Dutch fleete are gone thither; which if they should meet with our lame ships, God knows what would become of them. "

The ships sunk were in fact the Phoenix and Nonsuch: see https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/01/14/ and https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/01/14/#c2... Four ships in all were stranded near Gibraltar on the night of 1-2 December thhrough an error in navigation. They thought they were wqeell over the African coast. See Allin, i. 184-6, 218-24. (L&M note)

About Wednesday 11 January 1664/65

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"Mr. Castle with me there to discourse over his draught of a ship he is to build for us. "

Pett later condemned this ship, the Deffiance, 'for Baddness of Timber, Baddness of Scantlings....': NWB, p. 107 (31 January 1667). (L&M note)

About Monday 9 January 1664/65

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"Tangier Committee...my Lord Bellasses, our new governor....Our patent is renewed, and he and my Lord Barkeley, and Sir Thomas Ingram put in as commissioners."

Belasyse was appointed Governor on 4 January. The commissioners' patent of 1662 q.v. https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/10/27/ was now redrafted but not sealed until the following summer. Berkeley of Stratton , one of the Commissioners of Ordnance and Steward of the Duke of York's household, had umtil recently been a Navy Commissioner. Ingram was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Both were Privy Councilors and members of the Council of Trade.
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About Tuesday 10 January 1664/65

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In Commons this cold day, the Navy Board's work is discussed:

Navy Debt.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee to which the Petition of the Creditors of the Navy was formerly committed, to receive such Proposals as shall be offered; and report some Expedients to the House for Satisfaction of the Debts due to the said Creditors: And the Committee is revived; and they are to sit this Afternoon at Two of the Clock in the Speaker's Chamber. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/v...