Sunday 22 October 1665

(Lord’s day). Up, and after ready and going to Captain Cocke’s, where I find we are a little further safe in some part of our goods, I to Church, in my way was meeting with some letters, which made me resolve to go after church to my Lord Duke of Albemarle’s, so, after sermon, I took Cocke’s chariott, and to Lambeth; but, in going and getting over the water, and through White Hall, I spent so much time, the Duke had almost dined. However, fresh meat was brought for me to his table, and there I dined, and full of discourse and very kind. Here they are again talking of the prizes, and my Lord Duke did speake very broad that my Lord Sandwich and Pen should do what they would, and answer for themselves. For his part, he would lay all before the King. Here he tells me the Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up, but since I hear it is not true. Thence back again, it being evening before I could get home, and there Cocke not being within, I and Mr. Salomon to Mr. Glanville’s, and there we found Cocke and sat and supped, and was mighty merry with only Madam Penington, who is a fine, witty lady. Here we spent the evening late with great mirth, and so home and to bed.

22 Oct 2008, 10:18 p.m. - Robert Gertz

Albemarle seems a little out of the loop...

23 Oct 2008, 1:17 a.m. - Nate

Here he tells me the Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up, but since I hear it is not true. Uh, is this a medical or personal freedom condition?

23 Oct 2008, 7:35 a.m. - andy

but, in going and getting over the water, and through White Hall, I spent so much time, the Duke had almost dined. traffic bad even then? And 340 years to wait for the congestion charge... Memo to the Royal Society: maybe if you put a mechanical horse inside the chariott...

23 Oct 2008, 11:58 a.m. - Australian Susan

"...fresh meat was brought for me to his table, and there I dined, and full of discourse and very kind...." Our Lad is always quick to note instances of the Great and the Good showing him Special Treatment.

23 Oct 2008, noon - Australian Susan

"...getting over the water...." Problems with finding a waterman because so many have died of plague??? Whitehall couldn't have been busy, it being a Sunday and also because the Court and most other folks who could have skedaddled out to rustic parts.

23 Oct 2008, 12:06 p.m. - Albatross

"to Captain Cocke’s, where I find we are a little further safe in some part of our goods, I to Church," At the church, Bess had bribed the minister to preach on and Matthew 19:24 and Exodus 20:15. Unfortunately Sam dozed through the sermon, which was a pity because the minister threw in Exodus 20:14 for free...

23 Oct 2008, 2:14 p.m. - Tom Carr

"Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up..." I've found this definition of "clapped up". I believe (b) is from "The Taming of the Shrew": To clap up. (a) To imprison hastily or without due formality. (b) To make or contrive hastily. [Obs.] "Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?" --Shak. [1913 Webster]

23 Oct 2008, 2:14 p.m. - jeannine

"Here he tells me the Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up" Seems like Sam has heard a lot more false rumors of late - dead Kings, popes, etc. What struck me as interesting in the quote about the Dutch Embassador is how medical information was so public. With today's data privacy and medical privacy laws (like HIPPA in the US) there is much more directed focus to keep private information private (although none of this is fool proof today). With Dr. Pierce and his loose lips and other doctor assistants spilling the beans about everyone’s health it's almost surprising that we don't hear more of this 'dirt' from Sam.

23 Oct 2008, 2:37 p.m. - Martin

Interesting that in a time of war, there's still a Dutch embassador. These days, he would be expelled at the first shot. Michiel van Gogh is apparently an ancestor of Vincent: He previously served as consul-general in Brazil and as bursar of the province Zeeland.

23 Oct 2008, 4:18 p.m. - Robert Gertz

Is George Downing still in Holland? Or has he returned to England? *** "Bess, there's a package for you... But doubtless it's really for me, so I'm open..." Sam stares at the gruesome offering. Hmmn...Reads card. "His Excellency Michiel van Gogh sends his compliments to the divine Mrs. Pepys and hopes he did not spoil her painting that day when she was so kind as to speak to him. Unable, owing to the current state of affairs, to provide the customary gift, he hopes this offering will be taken as the proof of his..." urggh...Sam holds the somewhat messy package off... "...devotion." "Sam'l?" "It's for you, dearest." offers package.

23 Oct 2008, 4:36 p.m. - Mary K

No medical gossip here. Just a misleading rumour about summary imprisonment - as demonstrated by Tom Carr.

23 Oct 2008, 7:13 p.m. - Michalel Robinson

Is George Downing still in Holland? He was still there in June, the only relevant quote I recall: “Ambassadors were usually required to leave on the outbreak of hostilities between their nation and the host, but most attempted to delay their departure for as long as they could. George Downing was still at The Hague in June 1665, four months after the declaration of hostilities between England and the Dutch Republic. Downing was under great pressure to leave and facing hostility from the mob so he sought to barricade himself in his house with arms and powder rather than be forced out. In any case, the outbreak of hostilities in the period was nearly always paralleled by diplomatic negotiations to end them almost as soon as they had begun. This provided an excuse for the diplomat to put off his departure and enabled him to carry on gathering intelligence.” A. Marshall ‘Intelligence and Espionage in the Reign of Charles II, 1660-1685,’ 1994. p. 251.

25 Oct 2008, 7:25 a.m. - Michael Robinson

Is George Downing still in Holland? He must be back before today, he is mentioned as a member of the Commons committee on the Prize Goods Bill on October 13th.:- "Resolved, &c. That a Bill be brought in, for the Preservation of Prize Goods for the Account of his Majesty: And that it be referred to Sir Abraham Cullen, Mr. Pryn, Sir Tho. Dolman, Sir Lan. Lake, Sir Tho. Gower, Sir Edm. Pooley, Sir Rob. Holt, Colonel Wyndham, Sir Hen. North, Sir Rob. Atkins, Sir Wm. Lowther, Sir John Knight, Sir Wm. Moreton, Mr. Jolly, Sir Geo. Downing, Mr. Scowen, Sir Edw. Thurland, Mr. Coleman, Sir Wm. Coventry, Sir Rich. Forde, Mr. Kendall, and all the Members of this House that are Commissioners for the Prize Goods; or any Three of them: And they are to meet in the Divinity School, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records." 'House of Commons Journal Volume 8: 13 October 1665', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 8: 1660-1667 (1802), pp. 615-616. URL: Date accessed: 25 October 2008.

28 Oct 2008, 5:24 p.m. - dirk

Sir William Penn to the Duke of Albemarle Written from: Chatham Date: 22 October 1665 Communicates advices of the presence of 30 sail of the Dutch fleet, at Gun-fleet Buoy, and notifies directions given for the movements of the squadron under Rear-Admiral Harman, and for employment of fire-ships. Adds: "It is the very grief of my heart that I can do no more. My condition is so weak that I am neither able to stand, nor endure, for cold, so much as a door to be opened, without very great ... pain".

3 Nov 2008, 2:28 a.m. - cgs

OED: 3, version that could be used To clap 11. esp. To put (with promptitude or high-handedness) in prison or custody; to imprison, confine. Also simply to clap up ({dag}to clap fast): ‘to imprison with little formality or delay’ (J.). 1515 I. The noise, stroke, or shock. 1593 SHAKES. 2 Hen. VI, I. iv. 53 Let them be clapt vp close. a1618 RALEIGH Rem. (1644) 73 Wee'le clap you up, and you shall sue to us ere you get out. 1697 POTTER Antiq. Greece I. xxvi. (1715) 152 Let him be clapt up in Gaol till he pays the whole. 1720 DE FOE Capt. Singleton xviii. (1840) 306 Certain nobles whom the king had clapped up. 13: b. to clap up: to make, settle, or concoct hastily (a match, agreement, etc.); ‘to complete suddenly without much precaution’ (J.). (Rarely without up.) arch. 1595 SHAKES. John III. i. 235 To clap this royall bargaine vp of peace. ... 1633 FORD 'Tis Pity III. i, There is no way but to clap up a marriage in hugger-mugger. 1665 Surv. Aff. Netherl. 166 They can clap a League with the Turk. 1587 [f. CLAP n.2] 2nd versiona. Gonorrh{oe}a.[Of uncertain origin. Cf. OF. ‘clapoir, bosse, bubo, panus inguinis’; ‘clapoire, clapier, lieu de débauche, maladie q'on y attrape’.] \ verb. trans. To infect with clap. Also fig. 1658 OSBORN Jas. I (1673) 514 Atropos clapt him, a Pox on the Drab! 1672-6 WISEMAN Surgery (J.), If the patient hath been clapt. a1680 BUTLER Rem. (1759) I. 249 [They] had ne'er been clap'd with a poetic Itch.

27 Jul 2018, 8:49 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"I to Church, in my way was meeting with some letters, which made me resolve to go after church to my Lord Duke of Albemarle’s" L&M us to this letter: Albemarle to Navy Board, 21 October: about supplies and the re-employment of seamen after sick-leave: CSPD 1665-6, p. 22.

27 Jul 2018, 8:58 p.m. - Terry Foreman

" the Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up," L&M note Van Gogh was recalled in December" CSPVen. 1664-6, p. 237. His secretary had been arrested at Cholchester in July: CSPD 1664-5, p. 486.

23 Oct 2018, 8:58 a.m. - Tonyel

" the Dutch Embassador at Oxford is clapped up," I'm slightly surprised at the apparent confusion around this expression. In the UK at least to be "clapped in jail" is still in common, albeit slightly old-fashioned, use.

23 Oct 2018, 11:02 a.m. - David

Another Pepys use of clap. 7 Oct 1660. "that he that do get a wench with child and marry her afterwards is as if a man should shit in his hat and then clap it on his head."

3 Nov 2018, 5:29 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

“Here he tells me the Dutch Embassador at Oxford" -- either Pepys doesn't know, or he hasn't shared with us: there is a lot of diplomacy going on between Oxford and many other capitals. The United States/Holland are expecting to be attacked by the French ... Charles II is close to making a deal with the Spanish ... people are negotiating prisoner exchanges ... the Bishop of Munster and his army are on the move and needs approval from Madrid to march across their Spanish Netherlands/ Belgium land ... the German Princes don't want to be involved, by and large ... Henrietta Maria has an opinion about everything which she feels quite free to share. It's diplomatic musical chairs. Not to mention the Barbary Pirates and the Sultan taking advantage of the Dutch and English being otherwise engaged. The rumor mill must have been on over-drive. The Venetian Archives have some reports on what they guessed may or may not be happening: