Saturday 16 June 1660

Rose betimes and abroad in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain. Murford took me to Harvey’s by my father’s to drink and told me of a business that I hope to get 5l. by.

To my Lord, and so to White Hall with him about the Clerk of the Privy Seal’s place, which he is to have.

Then to the Admiralty, where I wrote some letters. Here Coll. Thompson told me, as a great secret; that the Nazeby was on fire when the King was there, but that is not known; when God knows it is quite false. Got a piece of gold from Major Holmes for the horse of Dixwell’s I brought to town.

Dined at Mr. Crew’s, and after dinner with my Lord to Whitehall. Court attendance infinite tedious. Back with my Lord to my Lady Wright’s and staid till it had done raining, which it had not done a great while.

After that at night home to my father’s and to bed.

18 Annotations

First Reading

Christo  •  Link

Two typos: 'Coll.' should be 'Col'; 'same' should be 'some'.

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Two typos
The same/some confusion looks like a scanner error. Again both my copy of Wheatley and L&M have it as "some".
The "Coll." is straight from Wheatley. L&M has it spelled out as "Collonell"

M.Stolzenbach  •  Link

"Court attendance infinite tedious."

They wanted a King - now they've got one. And this goes with it, Sam!

Phil  •  Link

I've changed "same" to "some".

Frank G.  •  Link

“Court attendance infinite tedious.”

I read that as refering to Montague. He, I think, will be the one who has to attend court continuously, not Sam.

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

"when God knows it is quite false"

Can anyone elaborate on this exchange? Is Thompson pretending to be "in the know" about something with Sam, while Sam (having been onboard the Nazeby with the King) knows this rumor is "quite false"?

Also, does anyone know more about this "business that I hope to get 5l. by"?

My thanks to all those who are working to keep what we see here as accurate as possible.

vincent  •  Link

" Court attendance infinite tedious. " Ah! the Ex(er)cutive life in that fast lane has not change one iota:(meetings, meetings. Oh! the snores? trust all that hand kissing was just gesture not lip touching "tissue's please" ) 'tis my thought

Glyn  •  Link

in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain

Serves you right Sam! It may be midsummer but that's no excuse for wearing only one layer of clothing. As I recall, he mentioned how hot the weather was a few days ago.

Is Sam still so busy that he is writing the journal a few days in arrears?

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Is Sam still so busy that he is writing the journal a few days in arrears?
We're in the rough-notes section of the diary until the 17th of June. We'll return to the more common format on the 18th. Reading ahead the difference in tone will be noticeable.
A sample of the rough-note format is shown in a photograph opposite page ci in L&M Volume I. It's contrasted with a photograph of the more common format opposite page xlv in the same volume.
The L&M description is helpful: "Blank pages are left in the manuscript at these points and foolscap sheets of shorthand notes, organised by days, are bound in. ... The shorthand on these sheets begins with accounts, and the accounting items are struck through and check-marked. In addition to short annotations written on the lines of the accounting items, general observations on the day's activities are appended. These general notes ... are cryptic in style, even though they have been copiously revised by excisions and insertions."

language hat  •  Link

in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain
I feel for Sam; I had the same problem the other day. We've been having a cold early summer here in NYC...

Emilio  •  Link

Pepys's rough note form

In response to Paul's great summary above, I have a slightly different reading. As I noted briefly on the 9th, my impression from L&M is that for 8-17 June, 1660, SP actually wrote his corrected rough notes onto the pages of the diary in shorthand. L&M don't say that the notes were bound into the book for this particular stretch of pp., although they do say so explicitly for a couple of other portions of the diary. They also provide a complete description of each of the physical volumes of the journal, which includes any blank pages or extra material bound in. The description of vol. 1 does not mention anything notable about this stretch of days.

We're all getting to know Sam's love of neatness and order, and L&M comment that he seemed to want to make the diary look as close to a 'published' book as he could: the lines of shorthand are all straight and even, and any corrections are small and neat. I think Sam's attitude toward his journal is still evolving - right now he's still early in the work, and to save time he's willing to just jot his rough notes straight into the book. Later on, however, he wanted the text itself more fleshed out, and became less willing to cut such corners. Thus he began to leave room for days he didn't have time for right away, in the hope that he could get back to them later.

Sorry to devote a longish entry to such a technical matter; I'm really interested in the clues that the form of the diary itself can give us to Sam's mind, so I like to try to get all the details to fit.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Rose betimes and abroad in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain."

L&M: Until the widespread use of knitted underwear in the 19th century men customarily wore two shirts in cold,weather.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

John Evelyn's Diary – he and Mary Browne Evelyn live at Saye's Court, Deptford.



16th June, 1660.
The French, Italian, and Dutch Ministers came to make their address to his Majesty, one Monsieur Stoope pronouncing the harangue with great eloquence.


French Minister, M. Antoine de Bordeaux-Neufville…

Italian Minister, OH NO … Italy didn’t become a place until 1848. Does Evelyn mean the representative of the Doge of Venice, or the envoy from Ferdinand II of Tuscany, or the agent from the Pope? He says ministerS so maybe there were many of them? The Google librarian doesn’t recognize a Monsieur Stoope.

Dutch Minister, Willem Nieupoort…

Third Reading

MartinVT  •  Link

To return to Todd's unanswered question from back in 2003 regarding "when God knows it is quite false":

It sounds like Col. Thompson passed along to Sam a rumor — a "great secret" — to the effect that there had been a fire aboard the Nazeby while the King was traveling on her, "but that it is not known" — in other words, that it has been hushed up rather than made common knowledge. But "God knows" — and Sam knows, having been there the whole time, that no such thing happened.

Fake news, same as it ever was. I wonder if he disputed Thompson's story or just let it be.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

In the House of Commons today

Prize Goods.

Ordered, That the Committee of this House for Discoveries do inform themselves, what Prize Goods remain in the Hands of the present Collectors or Commissioners for Prize Goods; and that they cause an Inventory to be forthwith taken thereof, and the said Goods to be secured: And they are also to require from the said Collectors, a speedy and perfect Account of all the Prize Goods by them received, and to see how the same stands upon the Foot thereof; and to appoint a Cheque, to take Notice of their Accounts, and of the Method by them used in making up their Accounts, in such Sort, that all Deceits to the State may be prevented: In order whereunto, the Committee are to cause a perfect Inventory to be made of all Books relating to the said Accounts: And that the said Books be put into the Hands of some indifferent Person, where the Committee and Collectors may freely resort to them upon all Occasions: And the Committee are also to take care, that the said Collectors do not further intermeddle in any future Prize Goods, whether already condemned, or in a Way of Condemnation; and that other faithful and fit Persons be appointed to take care thereof, that the Goods may be reserved for the Use of the State, or Proprietors, according to Justice: And all Members of this House, who are Merchants, are added to the same Committee.…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Many Royalists who had not made their petitions to Charles II at The Hague for relief, employment, reparations, etc., were doing so now, which must have made "Court attendance infinite tedious." Plus the Ambassadors were there today (see Evelyn note above).

For example:

FROM: “My Lady Castlemaine, Being a Life of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, afterwards Duchess of Cleveland” -- By Philip IV Sergeant, B.J.,


Roger Palmer was one of those who besieged Charles II with requests for a reward for services rendered. ... there survives a petition which he made in June 1660 after Charles II's return for the Marshalship of the King's Bench Prison, representing that he had "promoted the Royal cause at the utmost hazard of life and great loss of fortune."

For more about what was going on at Court in general, see…

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