Wednesday 7 November 1666

Up, and with Sir W. Batten to White Hall, where we attended as usual the Duke of York and there was by the folly of Sir W. Batten prevented in obtaining a bargain for Captain Cocke, which would, I think have [been] at this time (during our great want of hempe), both profitable to the King and of good convenience to me; but I matter it not, it being done only by the folly, not any design, of Sir W. Batten’s. Thence to Westminster Hall, and, it being fast day, there was no shops open, but meeting with Doll Lane, did go with her to the Rose taverne, and there drank and played with her a good while. She went away, and I staid a good while after, and was seen going out by one of our neighbours near the office and two of the Hall people that I had no mind to have been seen by, but there was no hurt in it nor can be alledged from it. Therefore I am not solicitous in it, but took coach and called at Faythorne’s, to buy some prints for my wife to draw by this winter, and here did see my Lady Castlemayne’s picture, done by him from Lilly’s, in red chalke and other colours, by which he hath cut it in copper to be printed. The picture in chalke is the finest thing I ever saw in my life, I think; and did desire to buy it; but he says he must keep it awhile to correct his copper-plate by, and when that is done he will sell it me.

Thence home and find my wife gone out with my brother to see her brother. I to dinner and thence to my chamber to read, and so to the office (it being a fast day and so a holiday), and then to Mrs. Turner’s, at her request to speake and advise about Sir Thomas Harvy’s coming to lodge there, which I think must be submitted to, and better now than hereafter, when he gets more ground, for I perceive he intends to stay by it, and begins to crow mightily upon his late being at the payment of tickets; but a coxcombe he is and will never be better in the business of the Navy. Thence home, and there find Mr. Batelier come to bring my wife a very fine puppy of his mother’s spaniel, a very fine one indeed, which my wife is mighty proud of. He staid and supped with us, and they to cards. I to my chamber to do some business, and then out to them to play and were a little merry, and then to bed.

By the Duke of York his discourse to-day in his chamber, they have it at Court, as well as we here, that a fatal day is to be expected shortly, of some great mischiefe to the remainder of this day; whether by the Papists, or what, they are not certain. But the day is disputed; some say next Friday, others a day sooner, others later, and I hope all will prove a foolery. But it is observable how every body’s fears are busy at this time.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Gresham College — from the Hooke Folio Online

Nouemb: 7. 1666. (Persalls paper about a Loadstone Rock in anglesey). English Loadstone by mr Stroud out of Deuonshire)

Bishop Braybrooks corps [… ] ) Croon a like story.) Moray a like at the Couse) Oldenburg Colwall, churchyards of Innocents at paris consuming bodys in 24 howres)

Directions for seamen printed & recommended to trinity house)
[… ]

mr. Hooke was orderd (vpon the suggestion of taking vp earths from the bottom of the sea) to think vpon & prouide an easy Instrument for that Purpose (.

The Inclining pendulum being againe spoken of it was orderd that it should by mr Hooke be fitted against the next meeting for all Inclinations to bring it at Last to Rest.

Dr. Pope to speake to Sr Tho: Bloodworth for a room on Election Day…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society's projects

Navigation (loadstones, directions for seamen, penduluns)

Rebuilding London (soils resources)

CGS  •  Link

nice phrase, from the Anglias:
"god did in Mrs Eldred"

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... my Lady Castlemayne’s picture, done by him from Lilly’s, .... which he hath cut it in copper to be printed. ..."

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland
by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 1666. 14 in. x 11 in. (356 mm x 280 mm) plate size;…

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... there find Mr. Batelier come to bring my wife a very fine puppy of his mother’s spaniel, a very fine one indeed, which my wife is mighty proud of. "

The puppy's shandean conception:

" ... to my Lady Pooly’s, where my wife was with Mr. Batelier and his sisters, and there I found a noble supper, and every thing exceeding pleasant, and their mother, Mrs. Batelier, a fine woman, but mighty passionate upon sudden news brought her of the loss of a dog borrowed of the Duke of Albemarle’s son to line a bitch of hers that is very pretty, but the dog was by and by found, and so all well again, ..."…

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"But is observable how every body's fears are busy at this time"
Like post 9/11!

JWB  •  Link

Bishop Braybrooks corps:

"Bishop Braybrooke died in the year 14Q4 (his
epitaph says 1405), and he was buried in the Ladye
Chapel of his cathedral, under "a faire marble
stone inlaide with letters made every one of a
several piece of brasse. " Two-and-a-half centuries
after his burial the cathedral was destroyed in
the great fire of London, and on the removal of
the rubbish for the rebuilding the tomb was
found open, with the slab broken. " The body,"
as Camden states, " was found entire, the skin
still inclosing the bones and fleshy parts ; only in
the breast there was a hole (made, I suppose, by
accident) through which one might view and
handle his lungs. The skin was of deep tawny
colour and the body very light, as appeared to
all who came to view and touch it, it being
exposed in a coffin for some time without any
offensive smell : and then reinterred." p 260, "Bygone London", Frederick Ross, 1892…

JWB  •  Link

"The distinguishing characteristic of Braybrooke's
career was his unrelenting persecution of the
Lollards. It was enacted, 5 Richard II., that
any person preaching against the Catholic Faith
should be imprisoned until he could "justify
himself;" and 2 Henry IV. that all persons
" suspected " of heresy should be imprisoned until
they were " canonically purged," or until they
abjured their errors, and that if they persisted in
their heresy they should be delivered to the
secular arm and " burnt to death before the
people." Ibid,p259

CGS  •  Link

Sam had fun playing then he bought a guilt ridden nick nack.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Mandate of Robert Braybrooke, 28 June 1391

"Robert, by Divine permission Bishop of London, sends greetings, gramercy [gram'] and blessings to all his rectors, vicars and curates whosoever, wherever established within our jurisdiction through our City of London. We declare that it has been laid down by the sacred canons that it is proper for all loyal Christians to be held and effectively constrained to keep holy Sundays and the principal festivals of our Christ Jesus and his most glorious mother the chaste virgin, the apostles and sacred martyrs whose vigils are observed as fasts according to the instruction and advice of the church of England, and to abstain from their tasks and duties and to hear mass and the divine offices in their parish churches and to serve God constantly....." [details by trade follow]…

What we in the colonies call a "Blue law"…

ticea  •  Link

I grew up with "Blue Law" restrictions in New Jersey and always found them faintly ridiculous. The supermarkets would be forced to relegate restricted (i.e., "non-essential" items) to certain aisles, then block them off with a chain and a sign saying "No Sunday Sales - Blue Law". As a child with two working parents, we'd usually end up doing the weekly shopping on Saturdays - but I always wondered about Jews who observe the Sabbath (Saturday) - did they have to make an extra shopping trip to buy cotton swabs and the like?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

I lived in Connecticut for several years, where Jewish markets closed on Saturday when others were open, and vice-versa on Sunday: there were always grocery-stores open, making a mockery of the Blue Laws.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Georgia still has hers to a certain eroding extent...


I wonder how Bess liked the idea of Castlemaine hanging in her parlor...Or Sam's study.

JWB  •  Link

Gimme that old time repression. Just one Sunday without leaf-blowers.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... it being fast day, there was no shops open, ..."

Perrinchief, Richard, 1623?-1673.
A sermon preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at St. Margarets Westminster, Nov. 7 being the fast-day appointed for the plague of pestilence. By Richard Perrinchief, D.D.
London : printed by E. T[yler]. for Richard Royston, bookseller to the Kings most Excellent Majesty in St. Bartholomews Hospital, 1666.

4to., [4], 59, [1] p. The first leaf verso, [A]1v., reads: "Jovis, octavo die Novembris, 1666. Ordered, that the thanks of this house be returned to Doctor Perrinchief; and Doctor Sandcroft, Dean of St. Pauls; for the sermons by them preached...with the desire of the house to each of the to print their sermons. Will. Goldisbrough, Cler. Dom. Com."
Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), P1606
O.T., Leviticus XXVI, 18.

Reynolds, Edward, 1599-1676.
A sermon preached before the peers, in the Abby Church at Westminster, November 7. 1666. Being a day of solemn humiliation for the continuing pestilence. By Edward Lord Bishop of Norwich.
London : printed by Tho. Ratcliffe for John Durham, and are to be sold by Edward Thomas, at the Adam and Eve in Little Brittain, 1666.

4to.; [4], 50 p. ; Order-to-print on leaf [A]1v: Die Jovis 8⁰ Novembris, 1666. Ordered by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, that the thanks of this House be given to the Lord Bishop of Norwich, ... and that his Lordship be, and is hereby desired to print and publish his said sermon. Jo. Browne Cleric. Parliamentorum.
Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), R1281
N.T., Philippians IV, 5.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland
by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 1666. 14 in. x 11 in. (356 mm x 280 mm) plate size;

L&M: Faithorne's drawing, and the engraving for which it was made, were basd on the portrait by Lely of which a version had been given to Lord Sandwich:…

Marquess  •  Link

Doll Lane, what a name! At first I thought it must have been a wind up.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Pepys is trying to earn his hemp commission:

Friday 25 May 1666

"Then out to the ‘Change to speak with Captain [Cocke], who tells me my silver plates are ready for me, and shall be sent me speedily; and proposes another proposition of serving us with a thousand tons of hemp, and tells me it shall bring me 500l., if the bargain go forward, which is a good word."

L&M: Cocke is promising hemp futures WAY beyond his ability to deliver, and refers us to 27 July, 1666… etc.

L&M: Cocke was asking an inflated price of £57 per ton for this, making the whole deal worth £57,000.…

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