Tuesday 26 May 1668

Up by four o’clock; and by the time we were ready, and had eat, we were called to the coach, where about six o’clock we set out, there being a man and two women of one company, ordinary people, and one lady alone, that is tolerably handsome, but mighty well spoken, whom I took great pleasure in talking to, and did get her to read aloud in a book she was reading, in the coach, being the King’s Meditations;1 and then the boy and I to sing, and so about noon come to Bishop’s Stafford, to another house than what we were at the other day, and better used. And here I paid for the reckoning 11s., we dining together, and pretty merry; and then set out again, sleeping most part of the way; and got to Bishopsgate Street before eight o’clock, the waters being now most of them down, and we avoiding the bad way in the forest by a privy way, which brought us to Hodsden; and so to Tibalds, that road, which was mighty pleasant. So home, where we find all well, and brother Balty and his wife looking to the house, she mighty fine, in a new gold-laced ‘just a cour’. I shifted myself, and so to see Mrs. Turner, and Mercer appearing over the way, called her in, and sat and talked, and then home to my house by and by, and there supped and talked mighty merry, and then broke up and to bed, being a little vexed at what W. Hewer tells me Sir John Shaw did this day in my absence say at the Board, complaining of my doing of him injury and the board permitting it, whereas they had more reason to except against his attributing that to me alone which I could not do but with their condent and direction, it being to very good service to the King, and which I shall be proud to have imputed to me alone. The King I hear come to town last night.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Ormond to Colonel Edward Cooke
Written from: Moor Park
Date: 26 May 1668

States his opinion concerning the pending question as to the procedure of the Commissioners of the Court of Claims at Dublin. ...

... Is prepared to ask the King to grant leave of absence to Colonel Cooke, & to his fellow Commissioner Sir Edward Dering [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7074/ ], but only on condition that no use is to be said of such license "until the judging & needful part" of their work is done. ...

Has often met the Marquess of Worcester [ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/11613/ ], and has received great civilities from him. Except when here at Moor Park, the writer thinks that, within three weeks, he has scarcely eaten five meals at his own table.

Is curious to know if certain days of May have been, in Ireland, days of excessive rain. Here, on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th inst, the sun was not once seen. ...


Terry Foreman  •  Link

Written from: Dublin - 26 May 1668

Cooke to Ormond

States, at great length and with many details and comments, particulars of the Duke of York's Land-Claims as stated by H.R.H. agents in Dublin. ...

The Duke's claims, says the writer, consist of these parts: [I] "Some that were allowed, and satisfied; [II] Some allowed, & not yet satisfied; [III] Some, alleged to be allowed, but not granted [by the Commissioners] to be so; [IV] Some, left under consideration; [V] Some that were disallowed formerly which yet the Duke's agents design to be heard upon [in MS.: "to be heard to"] again." ...

Archbishop of Dublin to Ormond

Further particulars concerning Lord Orrery, & his purposed journey into England; suggestions as to the business of the ensuing session of the Irish Parliament; and other details of pending public affairs.


JWB  •  Link


A day trip to Cambridge & he comes back writing Latin.

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘just a cour’:
‘justaucorps, n. Etym: French, < juste close-fitting + au corps to the body . .
A close-fitting garment: spec.
a. A body-coat reaching to the knees, worn in the latter half of the 17th and part of the 18th cent.
b. An outer garment worn by women in the latter part of the 17th c.
c. Sc. A jacket or waistcoat with sleeves.
. . 1667 S. Pepys Diary 26 Apr. (1974) VIII. 187 With her velvet-cap‥and a black juste-au-corps.
. . 1705 W. Elstob in T. Hearne Remarks & Coll. (1885) I. 107 His justaucorps brac't to his body tight.
. . 1887 J. Dodds in W. Cunningham Diary Introd. p. xxviii, He had also a Justycoat, or tightly-fitting body coat.’ [OED]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the King’s Meditations"

L&M note "His Majesties prayers at the time of his restraint" were printed at the end of the *Eikon Basilike* in the first (1649) and subsequent editions to Charles II's disapproval.

The first edition title is "Meditations upon Death, after the Votes of Non-Addresses and His MAJESTIES closer Imprisonment In Carisbrooke-Castle." http://anglicanhistory.org/charles/eikon/

An upliftin morning's readings!

Mary  •  Link

"then set out again, sleeping most part of the way"

Either 17th century coaches had much better 'shock-absorbers' than I had realised, or Pepys is one of those lucky souls who can sleep on a washing-line, so to speak.

NJM  •  Link

Interesting to look at the timings for the journey. My online route planner gives the distance at 75 miles and taking one hour twenty mins on our modern roads. So Sam left at 6am and arrived back at 8pm - assuming an hour stop for the meal the journey time was 13 hours so approx five and a half or six miles an hour - on poor rain soaked roads at that time not bad going. If walking pace is about four miles an hour they were travelling at a little better than that - no boy racers with go faster stripes down the side of the coach then!

Geoff Hallett  •  Link

Sam, being the character that he is was probably the instigator of the readings and the singing on the coach but it seems to have been part of life. They seem to break into song anytime, anywhere. It puts our claim in the old days that we had to entertain ourselves into perspective.

Mary  •  Link

Average walking pace.

There seems to be a general consensus that, attendant conditions being equal, women walk, on average, at a rate of 3 mph and men (greater muscle mass) at 3.5 mph. These are speeds at which conversation can be maintained and which should only leave the walker slightly short of breath at the end of a sustained period of the exercise.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"...Sir Jo. Shaw did this day in my absence say at the Board, complaining of my doing of him injury and the board permitting it, whereas they had more reason to except against his attributing that to me alone which I could not do but with their consent and direction, it being to very good service to the King, and what I shall be proud [to] have imputed to me alone."

L&M note this concerned 35 tons of hemp recently sent by Shaw to the Woolwich ropeyard, 15 or 16 of which had been rejected by the clerk.

N.B. @JWB, L&M also repair the "condent"....

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