Monday 20 April 1668

[The first part of the entry for April 20th is among the rough notes, and stands as follows: “Monday 20. Up and busy about answer to Committee of Accounts this morning about several questions which vexed me though in none I have reason to be troubled. But the business of The Flying Greyhound begins to find me some care, though in that I am wholly void of blame.” This may be compared with the text.]

Up betimes and to the getting ready my answer to the Committee of Accounts to several questions, which makes me trouble, though I know of no blame due to me from any, let them enquire what they can out. I to White Hall, and there hear how Henry Brouncker is fled, which, I think, will undo him: but what good it will do Harman I know not, he hath so befooled himself; but it will be good sport to my Lord Chancellor to hear how his great enemy is fain to take the same course that he is. There met Robinson, who tells me that he fears his master, W. Coventry, will this week have his business brought upon the stage again, about selling of places, which I shall be sorry for, though the less, since I hear his standing for Pen the other day, to the prejudice, though not to the wrong, of my Lord Sandwich; and yet I do think what he did, he did out of a principle of honesty. Thence to Committee of Accounts, and delivered my paper, and had little discourse, and was unwilling to stay long with them to enter into much, but away and glad to be from them, though very civil to me, but cunning and close I see they are. So to Westminster Hall, and there find the Parliament upon the Irish business, where going into the Speaker’s chamber I did hear how plainly one lawyer of counsel for the complainants did inveigh by name against all the late Commissioners there. Thence with Creed, thinking, but failed, of dining with Lord Crew, and so he and I to Hercules Pillars, and there dined, and thence home by coach, and so with Jack Fenn to the Chamberlain of London to look after the state of some Navy assignments that are in his hands, and thence away, and meeting Sir William Hooker, the Alderman, he did cry out mighty high against Sir W. Pen for his getting such an estate, and giving 15,000l. with his daughter, which is more, by half, than ever he did give; but this the world believes, and so let them. Thence took coach and I all alone to Hyde Park (passing through Duck Lane among the booksellers, only to get a sight of the pretty little woman I did salute the other night, and did in passing), and so all the evening in the Park, being a little unwilling to be seen there, and at night home, and there to W. Pen’s and sat and talked there with his wife and children a good while, he being busy in his closet, I believe preparing his defence in Parliament, and so home to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Commons Journal

Irish Land Adventurers.

The House then, according to former Order, resumed the Hearing of the Cause upon the Petition of the Adventurers for Lands in Ireland:

And the Parties complaining, and Counsel on both Sides being called in; and the Petition read;

Mr. Perian Poole, offered as a Witness on the Behalf of the Petitioners, was objected against, being a Fortynine Officer [ ]: Which being debated;....…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The "Irish Land Adventurers" are claiming lands that are legitimately theirs were redistributed to others by the regime of the Lord-Lieutenant Ormand at the behest of his patron, Lord Clarendon. (Of course, the late Lord Chancellor and therefore Ormond, were doing the bidding of the King.)

language hat  •  Link

The Hercules Pillars pub was in Fleet Street, and it seems like a good idea to remind everyone of this quote from the annotations:

"How thoroughly the highway deserved the name of 'tipling street' may be inferred from the fact that its list of taverns included but was not exhausted by the Devil, the King’s Head, the Horn, the Mitre, the Cock, the Bolt-in-Tun, the Rainbow, the Cheshire Cheese, Hercules Pillars, the Castle, the Dolphin, the Seven Stars, Dick’s, Nando’s, and Peele’s."

Carl in Boston  •  Link

and so all the evening in the Park, being a little unwilling to be seen there, and at night home
Doubtless our Sam was wearing nothing but a a raincoat and wide brim hat, hanging around a lamp on the corner, "only to get a sight of the pretty little woman I did salute the other night".

Frank  •  Link

With Sam sitting there seemingly a friend of the household and now a name to be reckoned with in Parliamentary inquiries, it seems strange that W.Pen holed up in his closet and did not ask him to cast an eye over a draft of Pen's outline for defense. Or did Pen enter his retreat with strict instructions that he was not to be disturbed, doing so prior to Sam's arrival? And Sam, only too deferential to Sir William's orders. I think R.Gertz is missing an opportunity here.

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"My God...I'm saved...How can I ever thank you?"

"Don't mention it, Admiral Sir Will...I do it for Sam'l all the time."

"And to think you interrupted your summer vacation...Oh, my dear Mrs. Pepys."



"Mr. Pepys is still here...Even Will Jr. is getting antsy. Can you not spare just a moment...For our sakes?"

Bess desperately shakes head...Please, the one thing I ask...

"Sorry, not now. Tell him I'll see him in the office tomorrow."

"Lord..." Lady Penn, grumbling...

"Thanks...It would break Sam'l's heart if he thought anyone knew..." Bess, gratefully...

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