Tuesday 25 September 1666

[Continued from yesterday. P.G.] …up betimes, with all my people to get the letter writ over, and other things done, which I did, and by coach to Lord Bruncker’s, and got his hand to it; and then to the Parliament House and got it signed by the rest, and then delivered it at the House-door to Sir Philip Warwicke; Sir G. Carteret being gone into the House with his book of accounts under his arme, to present to the House. I had brought my wife to White Hall, and leaving her with Mrs. Michell, where she sat in her shop and had burnt wine sent for her, I walked in the Hall, and among others with Ned Pickering, who continues still a lying, bragging coxcombe, telling me that my Lord Sandwich may thank himself for all his misfortune; for not suffering him and two or three good honest fellows more to take them by the throats that spoke ill of him, and told me how basely Lionell Walden hath carried himself towards my Lord; by speaking slightly of him, which I shall remember. Thence took my wife home to dinner, and then to the office, where Mr. Hater all the day putting in order and entering in a book all the measures that this account of the Navy hath been made up by, and late at night to Mrs. Turner’s, where she had got my wife and Lady Pen and Pegg, and supped, and after, supper and the rest of the company by design gone, Mrs. Turner and her husband did lay their case to me about their lodgings, Sir J. Minnes being now gone wholly to his owne, and now, they being empty, they doubt Sir T. Harvy or Lord Bruncker may look after the lodgings. I did give them the best advice, poor people, that I could, and would do them any kindnesse, though it is strange that now they should have ne’er a friend of Sir W. Batten or Sir W. Pen to trust to but me, that they have disobliged. So home to bed, and all night still mightily troubled in my sleepe, with fire and houses pulling down.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"So home to bed, and all night still mightily troubled in my sleepe, with fire and houses pulling down."

This recurrent "re-experiencing original trauma(s), by means of flashbacks or nightmares; avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma" &c was what led me to suggest PTSD. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post…

SPOILER: This will be the last we read of it in the Diary (in the near-term: I haven't read to the end), so it may not qualify as PTSD, but the absence of further evidence is the best we might be sure of.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"I had brought my wife to White Hall, and leaving her with Mrs. Michell, where she sat in her shop and had burnt wine sent for her..."

Sam should write a guidebook for the rake with responsibilities...Bringing the wife to meet the mother-in-law of his prospective conquest...

Nice to see the priorities are once again back in place...

Michael L  •  Link

"Burnt wine" almost certainly means brandy, not actual wine. The word "brandy" comes from Dutch "brandewijn", meaning "burnt wine." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bran…

CGS  •  Link

They never cease, just dwindle to a point of not giving a second thought during the active times. All experiences are stored on ones mental hard drive, only to be found at a later date when a word or sight activates that segment of the brain, as an old geezer I get distorts of long forgotten deeds that should be buried, but I fail to activate the memories of the not so old memories.
"...So home to bed, and all night still mightily troubled in my sleepe, with fire and houses pulling down...."

Cactus Wren  •  Link

Spoiler warning: next February he'll be reflecting on "how, to this very day, I cannot sleep at night without great terrors of fire", and a month later he'll be "mightily troubled the most of the night with fears of fire" and worried that a cook-maid with a drinking problem might set the house on fire. And for the rest of the Diary, it seems any report of fire anywhere in London merits mention.

Kenneth  •  Link

He mentions house fires in previous years and this particular fear has occurred before:

January 17, 1662
I returned to my Lord Crew in my way in the Piazza seeing a house on fire, and all the streets full of people to quench it.

To bed, being in great fear because of the shavings which lay all up and down the house and cellar, for fear of fire.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Anglesey to Ormond
Written from: London

Date: 25 September 1666

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 217, fol(s). 334

Document type: Holograph

As to the "Cattle-Bill", the writer is not without hope of being able to prevent mischief; and the more so as both Houses have addressed the King with promises of a supply, proportioned to the charge our many enemies entail. The great work of this writer will be to "design the foundations of London, - a sad spectacle, at present". .

Terry Foreman  •  Link

A News-Letter, addressed to Sir George Lane
Written from: [Whitehall]

Date: 25 September 1666

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 222, fol(s). 119-120

A memorial for peace has been delivered to the King, by the Envoy of Sweden.

The Dutch fleet has been seen, near the Goodwins; and that under Prince Rupert has sailed towards the Downs. There is now expectation of immediate news of an engagement.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Commons Journal today: Fire of London.

Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed, to inquire into the Causes of the late Fire.

And that it be referred to Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Sandys, Colonel Birch, Sir Robert Brooke, Sir Thom. Littleton, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Jones, Mr. Whorwood, Mr. Coventry, Serjeant Maynard, Sir Jo. Talbot, Mr. Morley, Mr. Garraway, Sir Francis Goodrick, Sir Solom. Swale, Sir Thom. Tompkins, Mr. Seymour, Mr. Finch, Lord Herbert, Sir Jo. Heath, Mr. Milward, Sir Richard Ford, Mr. Robert Milward, Sir Wm. Lowther, Sir Richard Oatley, Colonel Strangwaies, Sir Edw. Massey, Sir Edm. Walpoole, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir Thom. Gower, Mr. Trevor, Sir Thom. Clifford, Sir Henry Cæsar, Sir Jo. Monson, Sir Job Charlton, Lord Ancram: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Mrs. Turner and her husband did lay their case to me about their lodgings"

L&M: Thomas Turner, Mennes's clerk, had lodgings next to Pepys's, and Mennes had apparently occupied part of them. It seems that the Turners now reared that the whole of their lodgings would be taken over by either Harvey or Brouncker. The latter did in fact displace then in February 1667 and they were given accommodation elsewhere at the Board's expense.

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