Wednesday 9 August 1665

Up betimes to my office, where Tom Hater to the writing of letters with me, which have for a good while been in arreare, and we close at it all day till night, only made a little step out for half an houre in the morning to the Exchequer about striking of tallys, but no good done therein, people being most out of towne. At noon T. Hater dined with me, and so at it all the afternoon. At night home and supped, and after reading a little in Cowley’s poems, my head being disturbed with overmuch business to-day, I to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link


[Pepys seeks advice for the sick and wounded in Ireland]

Mr Evelyn

Navy Office
9 August 1665 (2)


I am once more to trouble you with my old question concerning the provision made for the sick and wounded seamen in Ireland (3), for that a charge is and hath for a good while beene running on at Kinsale in expectation of paiement from this office; which we have yet no authoritie to make nor is it fitt the care of it should be put upon persons soe little at leisure to look after it as the Officers of the Navy; besides that, I have been told, That it hath beene by the King and Councill left to the Lord Leiuetent of Ireland to give directions in: I beseech you Sir what advice you can give me in any part hereof, be pleased to let me receive, for that what is disburst must soone or late be paid some where, and the longer it’s left unsettled ’tis likely the King will be soe much the more Sufferer.

Sir I have looked after when you woulde thinke fitt (in pursuance of our last discourse (4), and Sir William Coventrie’s advice) to intimate at what ports, and what number of recovered men are ready to be called for, That soe as we have Ships in the way they may be directed to take them in. I remaine

Your affectionate and most humble


Source: BL.1080. Endorsed by E, ‘Mr Pepys 9 Aug 1665 Navy-office.’

2 MS: ‘Navy Office 9 August 1665 Mr Evelyn’ at foot of letter.

3 See letter of 27 April 1665 (A1).

4 Although P records visiting E’s house on 1 and 5 May 1665, he does not record a face-to-face meeting until 9 September (diary). This letter and the previous one suggest that his diary is unintentionally misleading in this respect. It seems clear that they must have met before this letter and very probably before that of 27 April.

Eric Walla  •  Link

You get the feeling that anybody who is anybody has left town, with London populated only by those too poor to leave, or by those who recognize that their continuing rise in the world demands that they keep functioning. Sam seems to be simply putting his back into it, determined to make his work thorough and complete. Right now I can't find any fault in the attitude that, if he can make a little while doing the King's business, he has a right.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Have to give credit to Hayter, who seems determined to show his loyalty to the boss who stuck his neck out for him earlier. Pepys' concern for Tom Hayter and Will Hewer and his staunch defense of both has been one of his most appealing qualities. Looks like he's now reaping the benefits from both men as Hewer also has stayed in town at least until fairly recently.

Nate  •  Link

...with London populated only by those too poor to leave, or by those who recognize that their continuing rise in the world demands that they keep functioning. Sam seems to be simply putting his back into it...

Right, Eric, and we must remember that there is a war going on and it's a naval war, too, so there really is important work to be accomplished. I'll bet the service will be remembered.

CGS  •  Link

just a thought
was it this one;

Platonick Love
from The Mistress, Poems (1656; editor's copy)

Indeed I must confess,
When Souls mix, 'tis an Happiness;
But not compleat till Bodies too do joyne,
And both our Wholes into one Whole combine;
But half of heaven the Souls in glory tast,
Till by love in Heaven at last,
Their Bodies too are plac't.


In thy immortal part
Man, as well as I, thou art.
But something 'tis that differs Thee and Me; 10
And we must one even in that difference be.
I Thee, both as a man, and woman prize;
For a perfect Love implies
Love in all capacities.


Can that for true love pass,
When a fair woman courts her glass?
Something unlike must in Loves likeness be,
His wonder is, one, and Varietie.
For he, whose soul nought but a Soul can move,
Does a new Narcissus prove, 20
And his own Image love.


That souls do beauty know,
'Tis to the Bodies help they ow;
If when they know't, they strait abuse that trust,
And shut the Body from't, 'tis as injust,
As if I brought my dearest Friend to see
My Mistris, and at th' instant Hee
Should steal her quite from Mee.
Stanza-forms where obscured by initials in 1656 have been normalized by their own rule; English text normalized in the same way as Cowley's "Hymn to Light."

The Abraham Cowley Text and Image Archive

from The Mistress, Poems (1656; editor's copy)

Mary  •  Link

"people being most out of town"

At this rate, with the town emptying of those who are essential to its conduct, the pursuit of many aspects and business and finance will shortly become very difficult indeed. Tallies, notes of hand, letters of credit etc. need the surety of gold (and hence merchants and goldsmiths on the spot) to back them.

Pedro  •  Link

On this day...

De Ruyter is at Dogger Bank.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

“just a thought/was it this one Platonick Love/ from The Mistress"

That SP alludes today to "Verses Lately Written on Several Occasions" 1663 assumes this is the same book he refers to in November 1663 -- in context of that entry L&M assume it is the second, later, issue of the work.

"and I walked home again reading of a little book of new poems of Cowley’s, given me by his brother."

He could have owned also one of the two separate editions of 'The Mistress' issued by Moseley in 1647, and/or the 1656 edition of the 'Poems,' which includes 'The Mistress.' Even assuming he notes every purchasing visit to a bookseller in the Diary period there are enough occasions where he does not itemize to prevent precision about the exact content of his collection at various dates in the Diary period. He does allude to reading one of Cowley’s plays in 1662 so he certainly was capable of purchasing early separate editions of Cowley, ( eg. “spent the evening in reading of a Latin play, the “Naufragium Joculare.” which in context has to be the edition of 1638 ).

[spoiler -- What one does know is that the two bookcases acquired in July 1666 held about 250 vols each and were more or less full by January 1668, which indicates his rate of purchase was larger than the Diary reference alone would suggest. The majority of his surviving library was purchased in retirement post 1689. If he did own either the Mistress (1647) or Poems (1656) these editions of Cowley’s verse would have been superseded by his purchase of the 1674 (4th.) edition of Cowley's 'Works' and, working from the evidence of survivals, all one knows for certain is that, in general, he discarded prior texts when he replaced volumes in his library with the 'latest' edition; this appears to have been the fate of the copy of ‘Verses’ 1663. So here, as in some other instances, there is no way of being absolutely certain what the particular volume might be that SP alludes to.]

dirk  •  Link

From the Carte Papers, Bodleian Library

Sir George Carteret to Sandwich

Written from: Salisbury
Date: 9 August 1665

After long details on family matters and about the settlement in preparation he mentions that
Salisbury "is still free of the sickness, but it is spread in the kingdom"; ... and that, on one occasion of like pestilence, he was himself, on the coast of Barbary, in a ship which had caught the infection, but, "by the care that was taken of keeping the ship very sweet & clean", seven men only died, out of a crew of 200; and describes the methods pursued. ...


Philip Carteret to Sandwich

Written from: Scots Hall
Date: 9 August 1665

Feels his own unworthiness of the many blessings which God has bestowed upon him, in moving the Earl to consent to the writer's happiness by his so happy marriage; but hopes that in course of time, he may be enabled so to improve his good fortune as to acquire some part of the worth now lacking in him.

Prays that the Earl's endeavours may be crowned with honour & victory...

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