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About Thursday 17 January 1666/67

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You may remember the case brought against Viscount Mordaunt:
Monday 26 November 1666
"I down to Westminster, and there into the House of Parliament, where, at a great Committee, I did hear, as long as I would, the great case against my Lord Mordaunt, for some arbitrary proceedings of his against one Taylor, whom he imprisoned, and did all the violence to imaginable, only to get him to give way to his abusing his daughter."

Per L&M: This is a Grand Committee of Grievances of the Commons, which Pepys, as a member of the public, had no right to attend. Its proceedings are not noticed in the official Journals of either House.

Today Viscount Mordaunt gets to make his case. Basically, it's all a big misunderstanding, and Taylor didn't do his job, etc.…

About Thursday 17 January 1666/67

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"ORDERED, That the Lord Chief Baron of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer is appointed to attend the Committee for the Bill to prevent the defrauding the King of His Monies, on Saturday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon."

That's one way to phrase the Castlemaine problem.

The Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer was Sir Matthew Hale (1 November 1609 – 25 December 1676).

About Thursday 17 January 1666/67

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L&M: New regulations for the issue of pay tickets were concluded by the Navy Board on 17 January, 1667, but proved difficult to enforce in war conditions: PL 2874, p. 479.

About Wednesday 16 January 1666/67

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Sir Stephen Fox: "They give him 12d. per pound quite through the Army, with condition to be paid weekly. This he undertakes upon his own private credit, and to be paid by the King at the end of every four months. If the King pay him not at the end of the four months, then, for all the time he stays longer, my Lord Treasurer, by agreement, allows him eight per cent. per annum for the forbearance. So that, in fine, he hath about twelve per cent. from the King and the Army, for fifteen or sixteen months’ interest; out of which he gains soundly, his expense being about 130,000l. per annum; and hath no trouble in it, compared, as I told him, to the trouble I must have to bring in an account of interest."

Can you imagine how much Fox was worth to be able to pay the weekly salaries of the entire army ... and not worry if Charles II was late repaying him? Charles had army regulars deployed all over the coast of England, Scotland and Ireland to repel an anticipated French invasion.

If Pepys thinks he's got a good scam going, Fox puts that in a whole other perspective.

Maybe Pepys will suggest something similar to Carteret for the Navy; it would stop the mutinies.

About Wednesday 16 January 1666/67

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The "bay salt" from France is an on-going story throughout the day:

"I did also, this morning, move in a business wherein Mr. Hater hath concerned me, about getting a ship, laden with salt from France, permitted to unload, coming in after the King’s declaration was out, which I have hopes by some dexterity to get done."

"... after dinner away, I presently to White Hall, and did give the Duke of York a memorial of the salt business, against the Council, and did wait all the Council for answer, walking a good while with Sir Stephen Fox, ..."

"Then all withdrew, and by and by the Council rose, and I spoke with the Duke of York, and he told me my business was done, which I found accordingly in Sir Edward Walker’s books. And so away, mightily satisfied, ..."

Since he's "mightily satisfied" I think the salt was assigned to Pepys' clutches, either as Victualler or for the use of the Navy Board.

About Prize office

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After the Great Fire the Prize Office moved to Aldersgate Street:

"Then with the Duke of York to the King, to receive his commands for stopping the sale this day of some prize-goods at the Prize-Office, goods fit for the Navy; and received the King’s commands, and carried them to the Lords’ House, to my Lord Ashly, who was angry much thereat, and I am sorry it fell to me to carry the order, but I cannot help it. So, against his will, he signed a note I writ to the Commissioners of Prizes, which I carried and delivered to Kingdone, at their new office in Aldersgate Streete."

About Wednesday 16 January 1666/67

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"Prince Rupert, I hear to-day, is very ill; yesterday given over, but better to-day."

Given over in this case means they thought he would die.




"In January 1667 Rupert was again very ill. The old wound in his head broke out afresh, and his life was despaired of.

"In February 1667 Rupert consented to an operation, which gave him some relief and enabled him to sleep.

"A second operation brought him fairly to convalescence, and after this he "diverted himself in his workhouse," where, amongst other curious things, he made instruments with which the surgeons were able to dress his wound quickly and easily.[54]
[54] Dom. State Papers, Feb. 21, 1667."

About Wednesday 16 January 1666/67

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"... and others be laid by the heels."

According to Duhaime's legal on-line dictionary:

"To lay by the heels was the technical expression for committing to prison."

In William Shakespeare's play King Henry IV, the playwright has his character Lord Chief Justice say to Falstaff:
"To punish you by the heels would amend the attention of your ears."

About Tuesday 15 January 1666/67

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Carlingford to Ormonde
Written from: London
Date: 15 January 1667
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 35, fol(s). 250-251
Document type: Holograph

After sixteen months' absence is now returned; having engaged the Emperor in the King's concerns, more than he had commission for ...

Adds, at great length, particulars of his negotiations; and of his views, generally, concerning the political situation on the Continent; and their proceeds:

"I find the Duke of York is the obstructor of my settlement [in Ireland]; I shall endeavour to satisfy him, being resolved for all sorts of submission."

"If your Grace will allow the transport of French Wines into Ireland, a favourable opportunity may be found."


England bans the Irish beef and the French wine ... so Ireland imports the French wine and sells it into England. Win-win-win. Sweet are the uses of adversity.