Friday 13 July 1666

Lay sleepy in bed till 8 in the morning, then up and to the office, where till about noon, then out to the ’Change and several places, and so home to dinner. Then out again to Sir R. Viner, and there to my content settled the business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily, and so home and there to the office, where mighty busy, and then home to supper and to even my Journall and to bed.

Our fleete being now in all points ready to sayle, but for the carrying of the two or three new ships, which will keepe them a day or two or three more.

It is said the Dutch is gone off our coast, but I have no good reason to believe it, Sir W. Coventry not thinking any such thing.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"to even my Journall "

EVEN (of the Diary) to bring up to date (L&M Select Glossary)

Mary  •  Link

"the business of the two tallys own money in hand"

So Sam is able to use tallies to advantage in his personal financial arrangements. What a pity that he hasn't given us any details of the transaction.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

business of two tallys, so as I shall have 2000l. almost more of my owne money in my hand, which pleases me mightily

It sounds to me that he has swapped tallys for gold - real money.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Perhaps Sam had pledged himself to cover a few Navy debts on tallys, at interest of course, and has now simply repaid his loan to the Navy back.

FJA  •  Link

Or else he is diversifying his investment portfolio, against an uncertain future.

cgs  •  Link

I guess a tally trumps state IOU's as banks will not 'onor an HIOU as banks fail to cash state IOU's.

Rakes Progress, La La land needs tallies not IOU's.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

... my owne money in my hand, ...

One does wonder what side deal SP may have cut with Viner; for the whole year past he has delivered and received notes drawn upon Viner and tallys, deposited personal cash at interest but till the past couple of days never received actual cash money from him.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Our fleete being now in all points ready to sayle, but for the carrying of the two or three new ships, which will keepe them a day or two or three more."

Kudos to everyone ... all the Commissioners, the men at the Yards, and the ship builders ... the Dutch did not believe they were up to doing that many repairs and refits, never mind get new ships ready to sail, so fast.

Remember Pepys' ship-building friend, Capt. John Taylor, who was appointed as Navy Commissioner to Harwich on Nov. 1, 1664?…

That was an excellent choice, because Harwick (a naval base since 1657 and heavily fortified) had to cope with a sudden and large amount of business because of the location of the naval campaigns during the Second Dutch Wars.

So the Court may have been a-bed, counting their woes and forming up a circular firing squad, but the men of England were hard at work.

Scube  •  Link

SDSarah - thanks for that observation! Remain in suspense on how the next round with the Dutch will turn out.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Sir William Temple to Ormonde
[Temple is the Envoy to Brussels]
Written from: Brussels
Date: 13 July 1666
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 157, fol(s). 286-287
Document type: Holograph

Gives an account of the setting out of the Holland fleet, with sealed orders; and provided with all sorts of instruments for land-service; expecially for mining and fortifying ...
According to the guesses of some, a descent is intended upon Scotland; but according to most, upon Ireland. ...

Yet all sober men in Holland know that their business is not victory but peace; their condition being at this time like that of a great pond, fed by a few little pipes, but drained by many peat channels; which in spite of land floods or rain must, in little time, leave them dry ...

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Lords of the Council in England to Ormonde
Written from: Whitehall
Date: 13 July 1666
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 52, fol(s). 129
Document type: Original [twelve signatures; including those of Clarendon, Lauderdale and Archbishop Sheldon]

Notify his Majesty's high approval of the care and diligence in his service, shewn by the Lord Lieutenant, in the matter of the apprehension of Christopher O'Ferrall [In MS.: "Ferrall"], a Dominican Friar, and others, accused of traitorous practices; and also his Majesty's pleasure that all due proceedings, according to law, be taken against such persons & their accomplices.…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Ormonde to Kingston [as Lord President of Connaught]
Written from: [Dublin Castle]
Date: 13 July 1666
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 144, fol(s). 81
Document type: Copy [in Letter Book]

Instructions concerning the due supply of fire and candle to his Majesty's guards, now quartered in the islands of Arran and Boffin.…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Since Boffin Island obviously is not in Canada or the Artic Circle, where is it?

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne) means “The Island of the White Cow”. It is thought Bofin Island, Connemara, Co. Galway, was inhabited as far back as 8000–4000 B.C. The first documented history of Inishbofin and neighboring Inishark Island is that they were home to several saints. You can visit the monastic sites of St. Scaithín, St. Leo, and the patron saint of Inishbofin, St. Colman, who built an abbey on Inishbofin.

In the 16th Century the famous pirate queen, Granuaile of the O'Malley clan, and her ally Don Bosco, wielded control over Inishbofin harbor.

The O’Malley clan are said to have had a castle on Dun Grainne. Don Bosco is said to have had a castle opposite, where the ruins of Cromwell’s Barracks now stand. Together they prevented intruders from entering the surrounding waters, or they used the natural harbor as a trap to attack and loot those ships with valuable cargo on board. They did this by stretching a chain boom across the harbor entrance from the castle at the harbor to Scealp na gCat at the opposite end.

In 1656 Oliver Cromwell’s forces fortified the site of Don Bosco’s fort with the imposing and well-preserved star-shaped barracks which remain to this day, standing guard over the harbor’s mouth.

Later the barracks were used to house captured Catholic clergy from all over the country after the English Statute of 1655 declared them guilty of high treason. Here they awaited transportation to the West Indies and other remote places.

To the east of Cromwell’s Barracks is an impressive crescent-shaped medieval harbor, and the Barracks played a major part in allowing ships in and out during the Civil and Jacobite Wars. It is now almost totally silted up, but it is still visible at spring tides.

After the Restoration in 1660 the barracks were used mainly as part of defensive strategies.

During the Jacobite War the barracks were used when the Irish Forces held out until after the Battle of Aughrim in 1691, when they surrendered to the Williamite Forces. Their interest in Inishbofin and Inishark was to keep an eye on the French pirates that trolled up and down the west coast of Ireland, and often took refuge in natural harbors like this.

Today the inhabitants of Inishbofin fish, farm, host tourists and give guided walks which keep to the Leave No Trace code of conduct and adhere to the minimal impact hillwalking, birdwatching and marine megafauna viewing codes. They also highlight features of the Inishbofin and Inishark Special Area of Conservation, and avoid negatively impacting them. These walks can be tailored for the interests, fitness levels, and time constraints of any group. Note: a walk to Cromwell’s Castle is only possible at low tide. Walks take 2-to-3 hours.

There are pictures of Cromwell’s Barracks and the harbor which caused all the trouble on their website:

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