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About Sunday 23 February 1667/68

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Thanks Stephane. I have 4 biographies of Louis XIV and not one explained things that plainly ... two ignor the second Anglo=Dutch war totally, and skipped from 1663 to 1670.

About Henry Fanshawe

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M: Henry Fanshawe, brother of the 2nd Viscount. He had a minor post in the Exchequer ('keeping, sorting and ordering' hearth-tax returns) for which he had a salary of £20 p.a.: CTB, iii. 215; H. C. Fanshawe, Fanshawe Family, p. 121.

About Friday 21 February 1667/68

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"... here comes my wife to me, who hath been at Pegg Pen’s christening, which, she says, hath made a flutter and noise; but was as mean as could be, and but little company, just like all the rest that that family do."

What's the betting it would have been a big "do" if it was a son? Daughters were not made a fuss of in those days. Pepys takes this as an excuse to say nasty things about the Penns again, the first time in a couple of months. And I note that he no longer adds "Sir" before Adm. Penn's name.

About Friday 21 February 1667/68

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"You just drop into a draper's, ask for pen and paper and use the counter to make notes for yourself. I can't see that working in many modern shopping centers."

Welcome to pandemic world, Mary; call in your order and pray what they send you resembles what you ordered. I don't like it either -- I need to feel the avos. On line shopping for clothing is very suspect. Back to Pepys ...

I think in the 17th century this was more like having a personal shopper, who went to the wholesale houses and found what you wanted. Maybe they brought you three to chose between. Their shops were tiny, or stalls. The drapers didn't have large stock rooms or warehouses in the back. You found a draper with your taste and sensibilities and trusted them to go fetch.

About Sir John Lowther (2nd Baronet, of Whitehaven)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

LOWTHER John II, 2nd Bart MP 1642 - 1706, of Whitehaven, Cumb. and Southampton Sq., Bloomsbury, Mdx.

There are many Lowthers as members of Parliament at this time, and I haven't decided if John II is the uncle or the cousin of Anthony Lowther (married to Pegg Penn).

https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/…

Regardless, he doesn't seem to have any particular interest in the Navy or Supply or Pepys.

About Blue Balls

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Pepys: "... the French ordinary, at the Blue Balls, in Lincolne’s Inn Fields, ..."

This means the food was served in courses, and not all together, in the new French style.

About Committee on Miscarriages

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The original member of the Committee to look into the Miscarriage of the War:

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the Miscarriage of Affairs in the late War; viz.
Sir Tho. Tompkins, === Sir Wm. Lewis, === Sir Edward Walpoole,
Sir Sollo. Swale, === Mr. Wm. Sandys, === Sir Robert Atkins,
Mr. Marvell, === Sir Tho. Littleton, === Mr. Whorwood,
Col. Reames, === Sir Robert Carr, === Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Hungerford,
Mr. Swynfen, === Sir Robert Brookes, === Sir Tho. Clergis,
Mr. Crouch, === Sir Tho. Osborne, === Sir Courtney Poole,
Mr. Boscawen, === Col. Hollis, === Col. Phillipps,
Sir Wm. Godolphin, === Sir Humf. Winch, === Mr. Ford,
Mr. Pryn, === Sir John Talbott, === Sir Wm. Terringham,
Sir Hen. Cæsar, === Sir Edm. Pooley, === Sir John Goodrick,
Sir Edward Boscowen, === Sir Wm. Lowther, === Sir John Moreton,
Sir Lanc. Lake, === Mr. Morrice, === Sir John Heath,
Sir Edm. Windham, === Sir Nich. Carey, === Sir Wm. Hickman,
Sir Tho. Higgons, === Col. Kirkby, === Mr. Seymer,
Mr. Pleydell, === Sir Wm. Gawdy, === Mr. John Vaughan,
Sir Wm. Doyley, === Sir Ja. Smith, === Mr. Hen. Williams,
Sir John Birkenhead, === Sir Tho. Gower, === Sir Wm. Windham,
Sir Walter Smithson, === Sir Franc. Goodrick, === Sir Edw. Harlowe,
Sir Tho. Meres:
And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet on Saturday next at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Star Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vo…

About Wednesday 19 February 1667/68

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

WOW ... de la Roche had quite a career. (I love the translations ... the language is as picturesque as Pepys' English.) Thanks for the link.

Any idea why the English remember Gilles de La Roche Saint-André as "Louis"?

About Wednesday 19 February 1667/68

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Stephane, you can stop looking. I found the Rupert mention:

Friday 2 November 1666

“Up betimes, and with Sir W. Batten to Woolwich, where first we went on board the Ruby, French prize, the only ship of war we have taken from any of our enemies this year. It seems a very good ship, but with galleries quite round the sterne to walk in as a balcone, which will be taken down. She had also about forty good brass guns, …”

https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/11/02/#:~:t….

Sometime later in 1666 (which could be until March 1666/67), there is this entry, sadly without any date besides the year:

10. Pass for Sieur de la Roche, late commander of the French ship Ruby, taken by Prince Rupert, the King being pleased to dismiss him, on account of services heretofore done by him. [Draft.]

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-paper…

So he had a get out of jail free card. I wonder if this went back to the exile years, or services to Queen Mother Henrietta Maria, or maybe Charles’ sisters … or spying? Evidently de la Roche was less than appreciative of his good fortune.

About Wednesday 19 February 1667/68

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The "dispatch written this day (and recorded as No. 235 in the State Papers)" is posted at:
https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/12205/?c=…

Torquay at the time was a collection of four hamlets of fishermen/smugglers with a new harbor paid for by one of the local lords of the four local manors ... this was the event of the decade for them. The guns and ammo was hidden at the home of Dan. Luscombe, a family name still represented there today. How do I know? It's my home town.

About Louis de la Roche

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March 28. 1668
Dartmouth.
––––– to [Williamson].

A vessel has come in which came in company with the French fleet of 20 sail from Brest.

MM. Beaufort and De la Roche were with them;
they intended to cruise in the chops of the Channel, to meet with the Spanish soldiers said to be coming out.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 98.]

About Louis de la Roche

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March 12. 1668
The Monmouth,
Lizard. (Most southwestern point of Cornwall)

Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson.
I have been cruising off the Lizard 4 days, and met Cornelius Everson of Flushing, with a dozen sail and 4 men of-war, one of which was the Loyal George, which they took from us.

They showed obedience to my pennant by striking all their topsails before they came near.

Their vice-admiral came aboard, and said they were bound for Cadiz, while others of his fleet said the West Indies; he had told De la Roche, who made him drunk in Plymouth Sound, that he was bound to Barbados and Surinam, with men and stores for the plantations.
I told him I knew better than to believe the States would send an admiral of a squadron with such a bundle of boards, and having but 9 ports on his lower tier and the rest worse than he; but he would not change his tale, being ordered to say so.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 95.]

About Louis de la Roche

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March 3. 1668
Portsmouth.
— to Williamson.
Sir Thos. Allin with his squadron continues at Spithead;
he has put ashore all the men out of De la Roche's ship, and the latter with his consort has put to sea.

A boat was cast away between Portsmouth and Spithead, and 3 men drowned.

The Revenge frigate has gone out of the harbor.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 196.]

About Louis de la Roche

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March 2. 1668
The Monmouth,
Spithead. [off Portsmouth]
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson.
Monsieur De la Roche having received intelligence that his Royal Highness was angry for some misdemeanors committed by him, has set sail, carrying Lieutenant-Colonel Skelton's man with him.
Shall be ready to sail tomorrow.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 191.]

I wonder which His Royal Highness this was. De la Roche must have known Charles would be furious. Since he had to be told, my guess is it was Louis XIV.

About Louis de la Roche

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Of course, this saga continued in March 1668. All the March correspondence can be found at:

'Charles II: March 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green (London, 1893), pp. 262-320. British History Online
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers…

March 1. 1668
The Monmouth,
Spithead. [off Portsmouth]
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson.
Has taken the Mary of Ostend and 4 other Ostenders from Monsieur De la Roche, who had taken them out of the King's chamber or roads;
will send all the English they have aboard on shore at Portsmouth.

There is a great fleet of ships at Cowes bound westward;
the Society has arrived from New England very richly laden.
Has had such bad weather that the boats could not go ashore, so could not advise him before.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 175.]