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About Wednesday 19 April 1665

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Terry asks, “Is here calendared part of a competition between cousins for Frances Stewart?”

Charles Stewart married …, secondly, Margaret Banaster, on 31 March 1662. He married, thirdly, Frances Teresa Stewart, granddaughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre, in March 1667. --

IMHO sustaining a romance for two years while married would be hard to sustain with Charles II breathing down your neck. But Charles Steward did not mourn second wife, the Lady Margaret, for long --
Margaret Banaster -- F, #5319, d. 6 January 1666/67
Margaret Banaster was the daughter of Laurence Banaster. She married, firstly, William Lewis before 1662. She married, secondly, Charles Stuart, 6th Duke of Lennox, son of George Stuart, 9th Seigneur d'Aubigny and Lady Katherine Howard, on 31 March 1662. She died on 6 January 1667, without issue. She was buried on 6 January 1667 at Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England. …
Citations: [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1034. See link for full details for this source.

The Lady Margaret must have been ill for a while, because a burial at Westminster Abbey must have taken organization. Therefore I doubt her date of death is recorded correctly.

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To me it seems more likely that Charles Stewart started flirting with Frances when he knew Margaret was sick, and got hot and heavy when his coast was clear. Two months courtship before an elopement is more sustainable.

In which case, this appeal for help from James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, must be for some other transgression.

About Tuesday 18 April 1665

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"Thence home to the office, where I find Sir J. Minnes come home from Chatham, and Sir W. Batten both this morning from Harwich, where they have been these 7 or 8 days." i.e. APRIL 11 – 18, 1665

In December 1664 Sir William Batten obtained a patent from Charles II to provide two lighthouses at Harwich.

Chatham shipyard employed 800 people in 1665, at a time where there was only a couple of dozen towns of more than 5,000 people in England.

About Treasurer for Tangier

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"So I to Sir Philip Warwick and with him to my Lord Treasurer, who signed my commission for Tangier-Treasurer and the docquet of my Privy Seal, for the monies to be paid to me."

The Lord Treasurer was Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton

L&M: Dated 18 April, 1665 this authorized payment (in quarterly installments) of up to £70,000 p.a. to Pepys. But it did not cover payments in the current quarter: see

About Sir John Robartes (2nd Baron Robartes, Lord Privy Seal)

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Sir John, 2nd Baron Robartes (1606-1685) -- created Earl of Radnor in 1679. Lord Privy Seal from 1661-1673. In the 1660’s his London house was in Chelsea, opposite Crosby Hall. [Danvers House] “… was let from 1660 to 1685 to John, Lord Robartes, who, despite having fought for Cromwell, was able to entertain Charles II within months of the restoration. Samuel Pepys was also a visitor and ‘found it to be the prettiest contrived house that I ever saw in my life’ ….”

About Smyrna, Turkey

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SMYRNA is the most western port of the Ottoman Empire. William Cave was the English Consul in Smyrna from 1661 – 1667. Greek influence was so strong in the area that the Turks called it "Smyrna of the infidels". On Monday 27 February, 1665, Pepys arranged for Mrs. Sarah Bland to ship there aboard Capt. Hill's Hannibal.

About Sunday 16 April 1665

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"This night I am told that news is come of our taking of three Dutch men-of-war, with the loss of one of our Captains."

Does L&M or anyone have information on these rumors? Or perhaps I'll have to wait until tomorrow ...???

About Edward Stillingfleet

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Rev. Edward Stillingfleet 1635-1699. Anglican theologian and writer, made rector of St. Andrew, Holborn in 1665. In the 1670’s a Chaplain to Charles II, and made the Bishop of Worcester in 1689. A frequent speaker in the House of Lords and a keen controversialist, writing many treatises.

About Sir Henry Wright

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Henry Wright (c.1637-64), of Dagnams, Havering, Essex, was married to Anne Crew, sister of Lady Jemima Crew Montagu. Henry’s father, Lawrence Wright, became Cromwell’s physician and had Henry appointed to the board of trade at the age of 19, which was one of the grossest examples of domestic patronage under the Protectorate. His home, Foulton Hall, was three miles from Harwich, and with the addition of Montagu’s Admiralty interest, his election in 1660 was secure. He was given a grant of a ‘baronetcy’ in 1658 and 1660, and died on 5 Feb. 1664, aged 27.

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About William Swan

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Which Lord Widdrington?

Sir Thomas Widdington MP 1603 - 1664: 1659-60 he was a member of the council of state, and on three occasions he was one of the commissioners of the great seal, but he lost some of his offices when Charles II was restored.

Sir Edward Widdrington lived in Axe Yard and was related both to a public orator at Cambridge and to the speaker of the House, William Lenthall. (Claire Tomalin, "Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self", p.68)

Thomas Widdrington was chief baron of the Exchequer, making him a better candidate for the person Pepys is calling "my Lord."

or Ralph Widdrington of Cambridge University, related to these Widdringtons.