Wednesday 20 November 1667

Up, and all the morning at my office shut up with Mr. Gibson, I walking and he reading to me the order books of the office from the beginning of the war, for preventing the Parliament’s having them in their hands before I have looked them over and seen the utmost that can be said against us from any of our orders, and to my great content all the morning I find none. So at noon home to dinner with my clerks, who have of late dined frequently with me, and I do purpose to have them so still, by that means I having opportunity to talk with them about business, and I love their company very well. All the morning Mr. Hater and the boy did shut up themselves at my house doing something towards the finishing the abstract book of our contracts for my pocket, which I shall now want very much. After dinner I stayed at home all the afternoon, and Gibson with me; he and I shut up till about ten at night. We went through all our orders, and towards the end I do meet with two or three orders for our discharging of two or three little vessels by ticket without money, which do plunge me; but, however, I have the advantage by this means to study an answer and to prepare a defence, at least for myself. So he gone I to supper, my mind busy thinking after our defence in this matter, but with vexation to think that a thing of this kind, which in itself brings nothing but trouble and shame to us, should happen before all others to become a charge against us. This afternoon Mr. Mills come and visited me, and stayed a little with me (my wife being to be godmother to his child to-morrow), and among other talk he told me how fully satisfactory my first Report was to the House in the business of Chatham: which I am glad to hear; and the more, for that I know that he is a great creature of Sir R. Brookes’s.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

In the House of Lords today

E. of Clarendon not to be committed on a general Charge.

Protest against it.

"We, whose Names are underwritten, do, according to the ancient Right and Usage of all the Peers of the Realm assembled in Parliament, after due Leave demanded from the House in the usual Manner and Form, as the Journal Book doth shew, enter and record our Protestation and particular Dissents, as followeth, and for these Reasons:

"1. That we are satisfied in Agreement with so much of the Reasons of the House of Commons alledged to that Purpose, as, upon a very long and solemn Debate in this House, did concur with our Sense, That the Earl of Clarendon should be committed to Custody, without assigning of special Matter until the particular Impeachment shall be exhibited against him by the Commons before the Lords in Parliament: Or else how shall any Great Officer of the Crown and his Complices be prevented from evading to be brought to a fair and speedy Trial?

"2. We do conceive that the Four Precedents urged by the House of Commons for his Commitment as aforesaid, and to justify the Way of their Proceedings by general Impeachment only, are valid, and full to the Point in this Case; and that the Precedent of William de la Poole Duke of Suffolk, in the 28 of H. VI. is no Precedent at all to the contrary, in regard that it was no Judgement nor Appeal in Parliament, but rather an Appeal to the King from the Judicature of the Parliament whilst the Parliament was sitting, which is not according to the Known Privileges and Customs of this House.

"3. The Earl of Clarendon's Power and Influences in the absolute Management of all the great Affairs of the Realm hath been so notorious, ever since His Majesty's happy Return into England, until the Great Seal was taken from him, that, whilst he is at Liberty, few or none of the Witnesses will probably dare to declare in Evidence all that they know against him; for Defect whereof, the Safety of the King's Person and the Peace of the whole Kingdom may be very much endangered.

"4. We conceive that, in Cases of Treason and traiterous Practices, the House of Commons have an inherent Right in them to impeach any Peer of the Realm, or other Subject of England, without assigning of special Matter; because Treason either against the King's Person, or the Government established, which are Indivisibles, is such a Specialty in itself alone, that it needs no further Specification as to the Matter of safe Custody; nor can it be suspected that so Honourable a Body as the House of Commons would have accused a Peer of the Realm of the Earl of Clarendon's Eminency and Condition, without very good Cause.


Pemb. & Montgomery.
Cha. Gerard.
Say & Seale.
Howard of Charlton.
W. Sandys.
Jo. Lucas.
Jo. Duresme.
Hen. Hereford.
J. Berkeley.
Will. St. Davids.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Neat image of Sam as paterfamilias at dinner, his clerks round him at table like sons. Bess must have enjoyed it as well, the attentions and respect of a group of earnest young men paid to her and to her Sam...And of course just the pleasant variety and chance to hear just what Sam did in that office all day.

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"Lord...Hmmn, I am picking up things from Sam...What now?" Bess, sighing. Eyeing the clerks at long dining table, Sam at head.

"What is it, Sam'l? Oh, hello, Mr. 'Caesar'."

"Gentlemen..." Sam.

Hayter, Hewer, Gibson, et al as chorus... Caesar on violin...



We...Love you...

You're the one, the one for me."

Hewer, Sam:

"I'm in love and I won't lie. She's my girl and always on my mind. She gives me her love and a feeling that's right. Never let me down'specially at night.

So I'm gonna do the best I can.
To please that girl and be her only man.

She picks me up when I'm feeling low.
And that's why, baby I've got to let you know."

"Bessie, we love you.
You're the one, the one for me."

She's the kind of girl who makes you feel nice."

Sam, Hewer:

"So I try my best to do what's right. And take her for a ride - ev'rything's fine."


"Oh, Bessie...We love you. You're the one for me."

Sam, Hewer:
"Search so far, search so long. To find someone...someone to count on.
Now I feel I got it right here. Found it in you, baby, you my dear.
We can do all life so nice.
We'll have it all and ev'rything will be alright.
I'm promissing you...take it from me..."

"OohBessie... -Bessie, I love you...You're the one...the one for me. I'm promissing you...take it from me..."


"It was an exceptional venison pasty, Bess."

Margaret  •  Link

It must have been a big plus for the clerks, to have the main meal of the day provided for free. Food was a major item of the daily expenses in those days.

Eric Walla  •  Link

Do you get a sense that Sam is the only one of the primary officers who is preparing a defense? Or is he the only one who can understand the books well enough to identify what is straight up and what smells like week-old fish?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Let's see: For the failure to fortify Sheerness leaving Chatham open to the humiliating raid of the Medway of June 1667, are Peter Pett and the Earl of Clarendon slated to take the fall for Brouncker, the Duke of York and the King?

JWB  •  Link

But Terry: "... his discourse was his own, his actions were the ministry's." Chas.II reported by Hume in the Wiki bio.

Fern  •  Link

Before I read the comments I had assumed that Bess and Deb would be dining in another room while the men had a "working dinner".

Mary  •  Link

a working lunch?

I had made the same assumption as Fern though I find no direct evidence for either course of action. In general the office clerks are not part of the Pepys' social scene, so I take this to be a business (and politic) move on Sam's part.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Mr. Mills come and visited me, and stayed a little with me (my wife being to be godmother to his child to-morrow), and among other talk he told me how fully satisfactory my first Report was to the House in the business of Chatham: which I am glad to hear; and the more, for that I know that he is a great creature of Sir R. Brookes’s."

Brooke was chairman of the Common's first ever Committee on Miscarriages into an entire war. L&M note for his previous and ongoing personal association with Milles, see

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