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About Wednesday 31 January 1665/66

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"blessed be God! to do so, the plague being decreased this week to 56, and the total to 227."

L&M: In the previous week thre had been 79 plague burials.

About Thursday 7 September 1665

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Chris Squire UK there is documentary evidence that black servants in England at this time were baptized and not owned.

See Tudor, English and black – and not a slave in sight" a review of Black Tudors: The Untold Story, which debunks the idea that slavery was the beginning of Africans’ presence in England, and exploitation and discrimination their only experience.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/29/t...

In Pepys Diary there is Mingo (Sir William Batten's servant)
https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2575/

See also Mingo's Hart Street antecedents.
https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2575/#c...

Altogether between 1588 and 1638 St. Olave's Hart Street saw three baptisms and 12 burials of Africans, whilst the neighbouring church of St. Botolph's Aldgate saw just one baptism (of the aforementioned Mary Fillis) but 17 burials of Africans.

About Monday 29 January 1665/66

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"He set me down at Mr. Gawden’s, where nobody yet come home, I having left him and his sons and Creed at Court, so I took a book and into the gardens, and there walked and read till darke with great pleasure"

It was to this house, acquired by William Hewer from Gauden that Pepys would retire after King James Stuart II fled England. https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/994/#c5...

About Alderman Sir Denis Gauden (Navy Victualler)

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HEWER, William (1642-1715), of Gauden House, Clapham, Surr.

Hewer’s father supplied stationery to the Admiralty, but a more important influence on his career was his maternal uncle [Robert Blackbourne], who was at the centre of naval affairs during the Interregnum. At the Restoration he was succeeded by Samuel Pepys, to whom he recommended Hewer as a clerk. Like his master he prospered in the service of the crown, and Blackburne, who had become secretary to the East India Company, obtained permission for him to indulge in one or two private trading ventures. By 1675 he was worth £16,500.

He wrote to Pepys:

the kindness you are pleased to express towards me, and more particularly your regard of my mother, is such that I want words to express my thankfulness. ... Living or dying, I shall remain to the end your faithful servant.

He wrote to Pepys:

the kindness you are pleased to express towards me, and more particularly your regard of my mother, is such that I want words to express my thankfulness. ... Living or dying, I shall remain to the end your faithful servant.

On the flight of James Stuart, II. King Hewer invited Pepys to retire ito this house, which he did. https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volum...

About Sunday 28 January 1665/66

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"He hath got over his business of the prizes, so far as to have a privy seale passed for all that was in his distribution to the officers, which I am heartily glad of; and, for the rest, he must be answerable for what he is proved to have. "
A privy-seal order (24 January ) franked [set aside?] the goods the goods granted to Sandwich by the King, on condition that customs due were paid: CSPD 1665-6, 'p. 218. 'The rest'were certain other prize goods which Sandwich had in December by ketch to Kimg's Lynn, snd hence to Hinchingbrooke: Harris, ii. 28-31 For the pardon, see https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/08/26/ and https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/08/26/#c5... (L&M note)

About Sunday 28 January 1665/66

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"whether it will be convenient for me or no to have [Brounckerr] here so near us, and then of getting Mr. Evelyn or Sir Robert Murray into the Navy in the room of Sir Thomas Harvey."

Harvey had only just been appointed a Navy Commissioner on 20 January in Berkeley's place. He had been brought in, according to Pepys's later comment, 'for want of other ways of gratification' (Naval Minutes, p. 257), and did very little work. He did not resign his place until 1668. Wvwlyn was a Commissioner for the Sick and Wounded; Moray a distinguished soldier and amateur of science. He was a friend if Brouncker, and with him one of the founders of the Royal Society. Neither Evelyn nor Moray became an officer of the Navy Board.
(L&M note)

About Saturday 27 January 1665/66

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"fitting myself in all points to give an account to the Duke and Mr. Coventry in all things"

See Pepys's memorandum (in his own hand): Minues of Matters thought fitt to bee layd before his R.H. by discourse of the Board at their attending him at Hampton Court January 38 1665 as well in answer to his Royal Highness's letter of the 25th instant, as for his generall Information in the present Worke of the Office.' They concerned the refitting and building of ships, and the effects of the Plague: Longleat, Coventry MSS 98, ff. 173-5. (L&M note)