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About Tuesday 19 May 1668

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Test-fix:

L&M read "And there a Committee for Tangier, where I was mightily pleased to see Sir W. Coventry fall upon my Lord Bellasses’ business of the 3d. in every piece of eight"

L&M: Cf. the Treasury minute of 4 May 1668: 'Mr. Pepys says you may have Pieces of Eight delivered at Tangier for 4s. 6d. paying at month's usance' (CTB, ii. 312).

About Monday 18 May 1668

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" the whole of the play had nothing extraordinary in it, at all, neither of language nor design; insomuch that the King I did not see laugh, nor pleased the whole play from the beginning to the end, nor the company; insomuch that I have not been less pleased at a new play in my life, I think."

L&M: Despite Pepr's low opinion, the play proved very popular.

About Monday 18 May 1668

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"being almost twelve o’clock, or a little more, and carried them to the King’s playhouse, where the doors were not then open; but presently they did open; and we in, and find many people already come in, by private ways, into the pit, it being the first day of Sir Charles Sidly’s new play, so long expected, “The Mullberry Guarden,”"

L&M: A Comedy published in 1668. Playhouses usually opened at noon, though performances did not begin until 3:30 p.m.

About Monday 18 May 1668

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"to my Lord Bellasses, at his new house by my late Lord Treasurer’s, and there met him and Mr. Sherwin, Auditor Beale, and Creed, about my Lord’s accounts, and here my Lord shewed me his new house, which, indeed, is mighty noble, and good pictures — indeed, not one bad one in it."

L&M: Nothing appears to be known about Lord Belasyse's collection. He was apparently buying pictures in the Interregnum: three picures to the value of £40 were sold to him from the Earl of Pembroke's collection on 25 August 1652 (Hatfield House, Private and Estate MSS, Accts., 168/2). As a young man he had been painted by Van Dyck; portraits of the Belasyse family are preserved at Newburgh Priory, Yorks.

About Friday 15 May 1668

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""But, Lord! to see among [the company] the young commanders, and Thomas Killigrew and others that come, how unlike a burial this was, O’Brian taking out some ballads out of his pocket, which I read, and the rest come about me to hear! and there very merry we were all, they being new ballets.""

We should note Recollecting Samuel Pepys - English Broadside Ballad Archive
https://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/page/pepys-collecti…

About Friday 15 May 1668

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Thence with Lord Brouncker to Loriners’-hall, by Mooregate, a hall I never heard of before, to Sir Thomas Teddiman’s burial, where most people belonging to the sea were. And here we had rings: and here I do hear that some of the last words that he said were, that he had a very good King, God bless him! but that the Parliament had very ill rewarded him for all the service he had endeavoured to do them and his country; so that, for certain, this did go far towards his death."

L&M: Teddeman had been criticized for his conduct in the Bergen fiasco and accused of cowardice in the Four Days Battle. See https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/09/05/
https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/06/04/ and https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/06/04/#c545…
He held no command in 1667

About Wednesday 13 May 1668

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"Sir H. Cholmly...and I to Sir Stephen Fox’s, where we met and considered the business of the Excise, how far it is charged in reference to the payment of the Guards and Tangier. "

L&M: In May-June a new farm of the Excise was in negotiation. For these payments, see CTB, vol. ii, p. xix.