Wednesday 15 April 1668

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After playing a little upon my new little flageolet, that is so soft that pleases me mightily, betimes to my office, where most of the morning.
Then by coach, 1s.
and meeting Lord Brouncker, ’light at the Exchange, and thence by water to White Hall, 1s.
and there to the Chapel, expecting wind musick and to the Harp-and-Ball, and drank all alone, 2d.
Back, and to the fiddling concert, and heard a practice mighty good of Grebus, and thence to Westminster Hall, where all cry out that the House will be severe with Pen; but do hope well concerning the buyers, that we shall have no difficulty, which God grant! Here met Creed, and, about noon, he and I, and Sir P. Neale to the Quaker’s, and there dined with a silly Executor of Bishop Juxon’s, and cozen Roger Pepys. Business of money goes on slowly in the House. Thence to White Hall by water, and there with the Duke of York a little, but stayed not, but saw him and his lady at his little pretty chapel, where I never was before: but silly devotion, God knows! Thence I left Creed, and to the King’s playhouse, into a corner of the 18d. box, and there saw “The Maid’s Tragedy,” a good play.
Coach, 1s.
play and oranges, 2s. 6d.
Creed come, dropping presently here, but he did not see me, and come to the same place, nor would I be seen by him. Thence to my Lord Crew’s, and there he come also after, and there with Sir T. Crew bemoaning my Lord’s folly in leaving his old interest, by which he hath now lost all. An ill discourse in the morning of my Lord’s being killed, but this evening Godolphin tells us here that my Lord is well.
Thence with Creed to the Cock ale-house, and there spent 6d.
and so by coach home, 2s. 6d.
and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"all cry out that the House will be severe with Pen; but do hope well concerning the buyers" -- sc. of prize goods (L&M note).

Punishing the prostitute but not the "Johns" is apparently an old habit.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Today's entry's kinda musical......

Then by coach ____________ KA-CHING!
thence by water __________ KA-CHING!
Harp-and-Ball, and drank _ KA-CHING!
King’s playhouse _________ KA-CHING!

It's been that way every day in the Diary except when he was aboard ship, etc. Sometimes he tells us what he's paid for something, but too bad we don't have the account book for every day. ;-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHZVGOAYklg

JWB  •  Link

Schoedinger's cat sat at the back...

"Creed come, dropping presently here, but he did not see me, and come to the same place, nor would I be seen by him."

Australian Susan  •  Link

The other day
Upon the stair
I met a man
Who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
I do so wish
He'd go away.

language hat  •  Link

I learned that rhyme as a kid with the ending "Gee, I wish/ He'd go away," so I googled to see if there was an identifiable original, and found this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigonish_%28poem%29

The things you learn! (Antigonish, by the way, is pronounced ant-i-go-NISH, main stress on the last syllable and lighter stress on the first.)

Ivan  •  Link

Mr Pepys does not want to be seen by Creed at the playhouse but quite content to go drinking with him in the evening. I wonder if they both managed to avoid mentioning the performance of The Maid's Tragedy they had both seen, but apparently unaware of each other's presence. Oh to have been a fly on the wall of the Cock alehouse!

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"dined with a silly Executor of Bishop Juxon’s, "

L&M suggest this was probably Sir Wiliam Juxon, nephew of the late Archbishop (d. 1663). He was nor promoting a private bill to enable him to recover part of the estate from a fraudulent steward who had fled overseas.
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vol…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"with the Duke of York a little, but stayed not, but saw him and his lady at his little pretty chapel, where I never was before: but silly devotion, God knows!"

L&M note they were soon afterwards (c. 1669-70) received into the Roman church. The location of the chapel has not been determined.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"with Sir T. Crew bemoaning my Lord’s folly in leaving his old interest"

That of political Presbyterians, to which both Sandwich and Crew had belonged. (L&M note)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

And in the mail today:

April 15. 1668
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners.
Wants a time appointed for perfecting the Navy victualling accounts the despatch of which is of importance to the service.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 116.]

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April 15. 1668
Blackwall.
Henry Johnson to the Navy Commissioners.
As to the 2 cables and anchor from the Guelder de Ruyter, which I lately bought from you at the candle,
I had sent them earlier to Chatham, but being at 10l. a day charge with men to bring the ship about, I could not lose the opportunity of getting the ship down to the Nore;
and the pilot, seeing so many guns aboard, was not willing to venture the ship about without them.

If men had been sent from Chatham, I would have ventured her notwithstanding.

The cables are carefully preserved, and will be delivered on your command;
I hope you will cause the rest of the materials which I bought with the ship, and of which I send a list, to be delivered or made good.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 117.]

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April 15. 1668
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos, Allin to the Navy Commissioners.
Particulars of the consumption of victuals, &c.

The fore-topmast of the Constant Warwick has not come;
she has not a red ancient, but wears a white, while his Royal Highness's orders are that none should go from the fleet but with red;
the Portland wears a blue, but is going for Portsmouth, where she will be furnished.

The rats have done 20l. damage in the ship's sails, and all for want of a little lattin plating.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 118.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Irish concerns this day:

Considerations about the distribution of the Stock of Reprisals [i.e. of Lands for reprisal; under the Acts of Settlement & Explanation, for Ireland]
Written from: [Dublin]
Date: [15 April?] 1668
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 36, fol(s). 296-299
Document type: Original

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Commission by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to George Mathew, esquire
Written from: [Dublin]
Date: 15 April 1668
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 36, fol(s). 300
Document type: Counterpart

Commission by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to George Mathew, esquire, empowering him to agree on his Grace's behalf, with Officers of His Majesty's Army in Ireland, who served therein before the 5th day of June, 1649, concerning the manner of the payment of certain sums of money accruing to the Officers aforesaid under provisions of the 'Act of Explanation'.

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[An Order] by the [Duke of Ormonde], Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland, [directing that no payments be made, until further order, out of the Exchequer of Ireland "other than such as are warranted by his Majesty's present Establishment"]
Written from: Dublin Castle
Date: 15 April 1668
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 52, fol(s). 254
Document type: Certified Copy [with twelve signatures]

Further and later Directions to like effect

Written from: Dublin Castle
Date: 1 April 1668
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 52, fol(s). 256
Document type: Certified Copy [with twelve signatures]

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Ormonde to the Justices of Peace for the County Palatine of Tipperary
Written from: Dublin Castle
Date: 15 April 1668
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 144, fol(s). 119
Document type: Copy [in Letter Book]

Instructions concerning the levying of Hearth Money.

https://wayback.archive-it.org/org-467/2019110714…

Stephane Chenard  •  Link

He's back! Fully formed sentences... detail and color... And-So-To-Bed at the end. It seems it was just tinkering with the diary's format.

The vitamin C may have helped, because, from yesterday's entry, it seems oranges are just 1s. apiece at the theater, and so Sam stuffed himself with up to six of them.

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