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About Tuesday 1 July 1662

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"I sent to my Lord to know whether she should be a first rate, as the men would have her, or a second."

L&M note she was now rated as a 2nd-rate, The dividing-line between 1st- and 2nd-rate ships (fixed by size and fighting power in most cases) was often narrow until the introduction of new rules in 1677. Both rates if ships were three-deckers. Pay for most officers was higher in 1st-rates; for others (e.g. lieutenants and bosuns' mates), there was nno difference. The prevalent rating system -- establishing six rates of ship -- appears to have been introdued in 1633. The Duke of York on 1 September 1662 ordered a new establishment, with a Table of the Officers.

About Tuesday 3 July 1666

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"[Mr. Vaughan] believes [Mr. Prynne] had always very true to the King in his heart, but can never be reconciled to episcopacy; that the House do not lay much weight upon him, or any thing he says."

L&M: Prynne had always supported monarchy, but had opposed jure divino episcopacy. In the Commons he had been reprimanded in 1661 for a pamphlet addressed to the Lords against the Corporation Bill (CJ , viii. 301-2). The Corporation Act of 1661 was an Act of the Parliament of England (13 Cha. II. St. 2 c. 1). It belonged to the general category of test acts, designed for the express purpose of restricting public offices in England to members of the Church of England.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporation_Act_1661 And Prynne had been reprimanded in 2664 for altering a bill after its committal: https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/05/13/ and
https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/05/13/#c1... He was too bookish and long-winded -- too fond of perambulating among his precedents -- to be a good oarliamentarian: Cf. The Moderate, 12 December 1648: John Price. Mystery of...Resttauration (1680), p. 131; Milward, p. 130.

About Tuesday 3 July 1666

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"[Mr. Finch] told me Mr. Prin’s character; that he is a man of mighty labour and reading and memory, but the worst judge of matters, or layer together of what he hath read, in the world; which I do not, however, believe him in;"

L&M: The consensus of opinion is with Finch not Pepys: William Prynne's method of writing a book was to discharge his materials pell-mell on to the page and into the margins.

About Tuesday 3 July 1666

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",Mr. Vaughan, whom he reports as a man of excellent judgement and learning, but most passionate and ‘opiniastre’"

L&M: John Vaughan was M.P. for Cardiganshire and a leading member of the country party . To Clarendon (whose impeachment Vaughan was to support in 1667) he was 'proud and insolent... magisterial and supercilious': Life, i. 37. He was made Chief Justice of Common Pleas and knighted in 1668.

About Sunday 1 July 1666

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"Besides, to see poor patient labouring men and housekeepers, leaving poor wives and families, taking up on a sudden by strangers, was very hard, and that without press-money, but forced against all law to be gone. It is a great tyranny. "

Pepys's later views (1692) are in Naval Minutes, pp. 267-8. He regarded the system as an evil which would have to be accepted as long as the navy was starved of funds. (L&M note)

About Sunday 1 July 1666

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Sir W. Penn's "good service at Shearnesse in getting out the fleete being much taken notice of, and reported to the King and Duke [of York], even from the Prince and Duke of Albemarle themselves, and made the most of to me and them by Sir W. Coventry."

L&M note Clarendon mentions it, with some exaggeration of the speed of the achievement: Life, iii, 77.

About Sunday 1 July 1666

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" the getting of these pressed men out of the City down the river to the fleete. "

See Duke of York to Navy Board, 30 June: PRO. Adm. 106/13, ff. 165-7. In reply, Pepys complained to Coventry that he was unable to despatch half the work he used to, 'so backwardly everything moves': NMM, LBK/, p. 388. (Per L&M note)

About Sunday 1 July 1666

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Diary of Ralph Josselin

July: 1: God good to admiration in our towns preservation, when so sad in all other places, Cambridge. Oundle. Needham. Braintree. but above all at Colchester increasing to 180. London. 33. tot. 223. after much rain which threatens the crop. this day was cheerful god remember us in all for good. god good in the word my heart evil and treacherous. help Lord Jesus with thy spirit
http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/diary/7...