Sunday 27 August 1665

(Lord’s day). Very well in the morning, and up and to my chamber all the morning to put my things and papers yet more in order, and so to dinner. Thence all the afternoon at my office till late making up my papers and letters there into a good condition of order, and so home to supper, and after reading a good while in the King’s works, —[Charles I.’s Works, now in the Pepysian Library]— which is a noble book, to bed.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... reading a good while in the King’s works, ..."

L&M suggest the following:

[Basilika. Greek] The workes of King Charles the martyr: with a collection of declarations, treaties, and other papers concerning the differences betwixt His said Majesty and his two houses of Parliament.
London : printed by James Flesher for R. Royston, book-seller to His most sacred Majesty, MDCLXII. [1662]
[16], 120, [2], 458, [12], 733, [7] p., [3] folded leaves of plates : ill., coat of arms, port. ;
2⁰. (folio) Pepys Library 2577

The volume was purchased May 13th. 1665, "going home bespoke the King’s works, will cost me 50s., ...," ( ) where, for those interested, there is a longer annotation about this particular text:-

Australian Susan  •  Link

No church, but Sam has been rather lax recently. Maybe services were suspended anyway - all that gathering together was not good for risk of infection.

Pedro  •  Link

On this day…

Sandwich receives the letter from Lady Wright and referred to by Dirk’s Carte Papers on the 24th.

“…This day I had divers packets from London; amongst others news of my son Hinchingbroke having small pox at my Lady Wright’s and hopes of his recovery, 12 days of the disease being well over. The bill this week of the Plague in London was 4237.”

(Journal of Edward Montagu edited by Anderson)

JWB  •  Link

No church, but...

With CofE skidaddled & Presbyterians jailed no doubt there was a Baptist preacher on street corner somewhere outside Cripplegate.

JWB  •  Link

"which is a noble book"?

On theme of Jacobite lit, Lisa Jardine's out with "Going Dutch" thesis of which I take to be that Glorous Revolution bunch of hooey and that William blatant invader.

CGS  •  Link

Bunyon out of the Bedford nick, and other dissidents without pulpit be telling those with out sin and those with to make their wills. The established ones be following the money trail. The death toll be heafty for the 100 parishes, with 60 plus burials a week or nearly 10 a day.
[I'm alright Jacques I,m up stream. beyond the tides of fortune.]

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"and that William blatant invader"
Yes but he was very good looking.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... Glorous Revolution bunch of hooey and that William blatant invader."

Well the 'maintenance of the Liberties of England and defense of Protestant religion against the tyrannical race of Stuarts' etc. did require the assembling of a fleet sufficient to land an army of 15/18,000 troops, associated cavalry etc. ...

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Things did seem to go better over time for liberty and prosperity in England after William came in and tossed the Stuarts for good. Probably wise of him not to insist on renaming the place "New Holland", though.

Mary  •  Link

The Stuarts were not exactly tossed out for good: Mary was a Stuart, but a Protestant Stuart. Although she and William enjoyed a joint monarchy, it was she who remained in England and became a popular monarch, whereas William returned to the Low Countries as soon as he reasonably could, for he had other, pressing fish to fry on the continent.

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

- fish to fry on the continent - like building a house for his most intimate friend Van Keppel. Here a link to that house, unfortunately in Dutch:
This house, still in use and set in a beautiful countryside is a few miles from where I live.

dirk  •  Link

From the Carte Papers, Bodleian Library

Captain Titus to Sandwich

Written from: Deal Castle
Date: 27 August 1665

Sends his respectful congratulations upon the late successes at sea. As a good Englishman, the writer would rejoice whosoever had been put by the King in charge. But it makes some difference in a man's thoughts when an honoured friend is in command. Communicates advices, which have come to England respecting Dunkirk; and reminds the Earl of some conversation on that matter [of the surrender], which passed whilst his Lordship and the writer once stood together, "viewing the hills of France", from the Earl's cabin...

Australian Susan  •  Link

William very good-looking? But he was very short and when Mary was first introduced to him, she fled the room crying and made no secret that she found him repellent. Only later did she appreciate his other qualities. They had no children (probably wise as they were first cousins) and William carried on a relationship with one of Mary's L-in-W, Elizabeth Villiers. Mary was a sensible person who knew better than to rock the Royal boat and risk following in her father's footsteps.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Mary was a sensible person who knew better than to rock the Royal boat and risk following in her father’s footsteps."

Always seemed a bit harsh on Dad. James may have been a bit of a woodenhead, but he seems here and in various accounts diligent within limits, concerned for those working for him, and genuinely anxious to do the right thing and his proper Duty...Just woefully wrong and unflexibly rigid at times as what both should be. So was it..."You stuck me with this thing from Hell by way of Holland, Dad now reap what you sow!"?

Australian Susan  •  Link

I think Mary had a strong sense of duty too: to her husband. She must have had a most difficult time and had been married off for political reasons, but lived her life (dying at only 32) as best she could in the circumstances and, whilst Courts are always hotbeds of gossip, she never seems to have attracted any.

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