Sunday 28 July 1667

(Lord’s day). Up and to my chamber, where all the morning close, to draw up a letter to Sir W. Coventry upon the tidings of peace, taking occasion, before I am forced to it, to resign up to his Royall Highness my place of the Victualling, and to recommend myself to him by promise of doing my utmost to improve this peace in the best manner we may, to save the kingdom from ruin. By noon I had done this to my good content, and then with my wife all alone to dinner, and so to my chamber all the afternoon to write my letter fair, and sent it away, and then to talk with my wife, and read, and so by daylight (the only time I think I have done it this year) to supper, and then to my chamber to read and so to bed, my mind very much eased after what I have done to-day.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Carlingford to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 28 July 1667

... Flanders is like to be entirely lost this summer. Oudenarde was taken on the first of August, N.S., by assault. A lost was yielded, without opposition. Dermonde is now besieged, and, as the writer believes, Brussels. ... The Hollanders threaten to employ an army to join with the Spaniards; and have victualled their fleet until the end of October. ...

A war against the French, continues Lord Carlingford, "is lately proclaimed in Madrid, and an offer made to our King giving the title of King to his brother-in-law
[ ], which, I hear, he will not now accept; being engaged to the French to continue in war for ten years". ...

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Well, I am well out of the Victualling, Bess. Though it may mean a few less visits to Unthanke's, I can breath...What?"

"Sam'l..." Bess holds up the new edition of the London Gazette.


"'Byline, John Creed'!!!"

"'A confidential source in the Naval Office revealed this afternoon that the Victualler General and Clerk of the Acts Samuel Fitzwellian Pepys has resigned from one of his positions, that of victualler general. Pepys, considered the power in the office until the recent disaster at Chatham, requested to be relieved of his post in a meeting with His Grace the Duke of York, Lord High Admiral. Rumors abound that Pepys will shortly give up his post as Clerk of the Acts as demands for a through investigation by Parliament of our recent naval disaster...!!!!' That snake, that little...And I can guess who the 'confidential source' was..."

"You never told me your middle name was Fitzwellian..." Bess, aggrieved.


"Don't know that I'd've married a man knowing his middle name was Fitzwellian..."

"Bess, that's not my...Hmmn...Hewer!!"


"Take a response. 'Mr. Pepys noted that the report supposedly the statement of a confidential source in the Naval office..." ("That son of a ... Penn, no that's out..." "Yes, sir.") '...Was a fabrication entire, beginning with the invention of a false middle name. Mr. Pepys categorically denies his middle name to be Fitzwellian'..."

"Thank God." Bess, relieved...

"...'He further states that it is likewise a fabrication that he has resigned his post as Clerk of the Acts. Indeed, his request to be relieved of the victualler generalcy was made in order that in this time of crisis he might utterly...' ("Totally?" Bess suggested)...totally focus his energies on the recovery of our naval forces.' Got that?"

"Yes, sir."

"Off with you, lad! There's not a moment to lose for the sake of the Nation and our jobs!!"


"Hmmn? Bess?"

"Really not Fitzwellian?"

Jacqueline Gore  •  Link

All right, Robert I'll admit it's driving me crazy. Why Fitzwellian?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Why not? Besides, blame John Creed, freelancer.

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