Monday 16 March 1667/68

Up, to set my papers and books in order, and put up my plate since my late feast, and then to Westminster, by water, with Mr. Hater, and there, in the Hall, did walk all the morning, talking with one or other, expecting to have our business in the House; but did now a third time wait to no purpose, they being all this morning upon the business of Barker’s petition about the making void the Act of Settlement in Ireland, which makes a great deal of hot work: and, at last, finding that by all men’s opinion they could not come to our matter today, I with Sir W. Pen home, and there to dinner, where I find, by Willet’s crying, that her mistress had been angry with her: but I would take no notice of it. Busy all the afternoon at the office, and then by coach to the Excize Office, but lost my labour, there being nobody there, and so back again home, and after a little at the office I home, and there spent the evening with my wife talking and singing, and so to bed with my mind pretty well at ease. This evening W. Pen and Sir R. Ford and I met at the first’s house to talk of our prize that is now at last come safe over from Holland, by which I hope to receive some if not all the benefit of my bargain with W. Batten for my share in it, which if she had miscarried I should have doubted of my Lady Batten being left little able to have paid me.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The House of Commons Journal version of "Barker's Petition"

Irish Land Adventurers.

[After a great amount of debate...]
Resolved, &c. That the Matter of the Petition on the Behalf of the Adventurers for Lands in Ireland be heard at the Bar of this House on this Day Month; no Disturbance being thereby intended to the present Possession of any Adventurers, or Soldiers, or the Forty-nine Officers, in the Lands wherein they are confirmed, or for which they have taken out Letters Patents, or are in their Possession as Adventurers, or Soldiers, or Forty-nine Officers; or any other Persons claiming under any such Adventurers, Soldiers, or Forty-nine Officers; nor to disturb his Royal Highness in any Lands whereof he is now possessed.…

The Ormond narrative is here linked (incidentally) to Pepys's.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Hmmn...If the Flying Greyhound has made a profit, it would mean it's taken ships. While I know often merchant ships could be seized with little bloodshed, I wonder if Sam will be speculating at some point whether men may have died to make him a little richer.

I think of that Dutch girl he fancied back in 1660 when he was in Holland...Makes one a little uncomfortable thinking his boys might have killed her brother or husband. Again, I know it was still more or less war and it may have all been easy and polite, with flags hauled down and practical men knowing when to surrender quick... Still...

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... to talk of our prize that is now at last come safe over from Holland, by which I hope to receive some if not all the benefit of my bargain with W. Batten for my share in it, ..."

Think this the prize vessel:

I down by water with Sir W. Batten, [Sir] W. Pen, and [Sir] R. Ford to our prize, part of whose goods were condemned yesterday — “The Lindeboome” — ..."

And this the agreement:

" ... By and by to talk of our prize at Hull, and Sir W. Batten offering, again and again, seriously how he would sell his part for 1000l. and I considering the knavery of Hogg and his company, and the trouble we may have with the Prince Rupert about the consort ship, and how we are linked with Sir R. Ford, whose son-in-law too is got thither, and there we intrust him with all our concern, who I doubt not is of the same trade with his father-in- law for a knave, and then the danger of the sea, if it shall be brought about, or bad debts contracted in the sale, but chiefly to be eased of my fears about all or any of this, I did offer my part to him for 700l.. With a little beating the bargain, we come to a perfect agreement for 666l. 13s. 4d., which is two-thirds of 1000l., which is my proportion of the prize. I went to my office full of doubts and joy concerning what I had done; but, however, did put into writing the heads of our agreement, and returned to Sir W. Batten, and we both signed them; and Sir R. Ford, being come thither since, witnessed them. ..."

Mary  •  Link


Thank you for chasing this down. It will be interesting to see how Sam's speculative deal has worked out.

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