Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Sunday 11 June 1665
Well done, Centurion.
About Seething Lane
One weekday in June every year there is a charming ceremony held in Seething Lane gardens, presided over by Samuel Pepys' statue, of course. This article gives a brief history of Seething Lane and the background to the ceremony. It's up to you to figure out when the ceremony will be held each year ... https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2009/06/15/the...
I get that, StanB, and you and I might think/react that way. But Pepys didn't. And tempting as it is to rewrite the diary, we shouldn't. I suspect Pepys didn't panic because he knew Philip Harmen would have been locked in his house with a large red X on the door if his wife had had the plague.
The Josselin diary entries tell us that the country folk were well informed about the arrival and growth of the plague in London. That to me is the value of these entries, plus the weather report, of course. The news went quite quickly from London to the wilds of Essex.
StanB ... cramps were considered an illness, and put women to bed for days ... abscessed teeth were the 4th leading cause of death. While I agree that the plague would have had me heading off to my country estate now, I don't think their assumption would be that every ill person was infected.
About Fleet Street
Pepys would recognize quite a few of these photographs ... well worth a few minutes of your time:
Sasha, Pepys has amnesia again ... last winter he bought a red suit. His bit about always wearing black is pure hogwash.
About Arabella Churchill
It interests me how Pepys loves to gossip about Charles II's mistresses, but he works for James and either turns a blind eye to the shenanigans he walks through a few times a week, or decides not to report on the gossip he must hear.
In 1665, Sir Winston Churchill's eldest daughter, Arabella Churchill, became Maid of Honor to Anne Hyde, Duchess of York. Arabella was 17, and her brother, John Churchill, joined his sister as page to Anne's husband, James, Duke of York a few months later.
Arabella later became one of the Duke of York's mistresses.
John Churchill often accompanied the Duke of York inspecting the troops in the royal parks, and decided to pursue a military career. On September 14, 1667, soon after his 17th birthday, John Churchill obtained a commission as ensign in the King's Own Company in the 1st Guards, later to become the Grenadier Guards.
In 1668, Ensign John Churchill sailed for Tangier, and stayed here for three years, gaining first-class tactical training and field experience skirmishing with the Moors. Chandler says details of this period are sketchy, but he appears to have also served aboard ship in the naval blockade of the Barbary pirate-den of Algiers.
Incidentally, John Churchill also attended St. Paul's School in London (after his father was recalled as Junior Clerk Comptroller of the King's Household at Whitehall in 1663). Pepys visited the school in 1664 -- I wonder if they met: https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/02/04/?c=...
About Friday 9 June 1665
Is there nothing between black and red for a suit, Pepys? Black is safe and appropriate ... and you did red last year, remember? It does sound as if you crave attention. Blue or green would be good ...
About Thursday 8 June 1665
"... there was considerable confidence in Pepys and his team to oversee the logistics." Don't forget, Gen. Monck, Duke of Albemarle also was there, overseeing their performance. I think that was an excellent choice; if things failed, Monck was a Parliamentarian and expendable. If things succeeded, it was a credit to Charles II's decision to integrate the two sides into one fighting force. He was a cautious general, used to giving orders and thinking about great quantities of logistics.
About Tuesday 6 June 1665
My error: THE CONTROLLER is, of course, Vice Admiral Sir John Mennes (1599 – 18 February 1671). Pepys described him as "ill at ease" in this role, and as of January 1664 it appears Mennes may have been experiencing Parkinson's, lead or alcohol poisoning.
So it's TREASURER Carteret giving Pepys permission to look at CONTROLLER Mennes' work. Mennes presumably was not at the lunch Board Meeting. It still seems a provocative thing to do, and can only cause problems in the office. If Mennes was party to the audit, Pepys wouldn't have said it was done "upon Sir G. Carteret’s accounts."
Another meaning of this is that over lunch Carteret expressed concern that his accounts had not been settled to include the King's "right". Pepys went back to the office and took a look to see what the truth of the situation was, and found that that was correct.
And they are out of funds anyways. Oh dear ...