12 Annotations

First Reading

Ralph Berry  •  Link

Or are the latest entries so brief because his eyes were giving him grief?

classicist  •  Link

One imagines that after all the play-going in his wife's absence, to say nothing of his holiday jaunt to Bath and Bristol, he has a backlog of work to get through.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Ah hem...Yes. As you can see from these last few days, Bess...And I am recording in my journal...My life continues in that solid, sober course from which it has never varied or wavered. Yes."

Oh, brother...Bess rolls eyes. If I didn't feel so sorry about those bug-eyes of his...


Australian Susan  •  Link

Many visits to Unthanke's in recent days for Bess. Sam trying to cheer her up? I hope we get descriptions of the clothes she is having made.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

'Charles II: June 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic:

June 26? 1668
Petition of Wm. Miller to the King for a reprieve.
I have been a soldier and servant to the Court, and having held intelligence with the sheriff of London to discover several highway robbers, succeeded in finding 3 of their horses;
but upon going to seize their persons, one of them, Witherington, a butcher, making his escape, went to one of the judges, and obtained his pardon upon condition that he would discover his companions;
then out of revenge he accused me of having been with him in one robbery in Essex, of which there is no proof but himself,
and yet I am in great danger of my life.

[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, 37.]

Certificate by Wm. Hastings, and by John Browne, bailiff,
that the petitioner communicated with them as stated in his petition,
and that 3 horses belonging to George Witherington and John Blanchard were seized on his information.
— 26 June 1668.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, 37i.]

June 26. 1668
of Roger Pearce and 4 others belonging to the ship Exon Merchant of Dartmouth,
that they saw a Holland man-of-war,
at the new Mould of Genoa,
wearing with the Dutch flag an English ancient, and under that the King's Jack.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 44.]

[June 26.] 1668
Petition of Nich, Estoll to Lord Arlington,
to forbear, until he receives his money, the fees due on passing the grant of a pension of 50/. a year, made to the petitioner for discovering the horrible plot and conspiracy of some in Holland and others here in 1665, to seize the chief garrisons;
was employed to report their daily proceedings, and when thought fit, had many secured, but many more died of the then contagion.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 40.]

June 26. 1668
in form subjoined to pay to Nich. Estoll a pension of 50/. yearly
for discovering a dangerous conspiracy against the King's person,
and for the betraying several of the garrisons.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 41.]

June 26. 1668
J. Wilson to Sam. Pepys.

The joiners' workhouse has been frequently robbed in the night, and an inner door fastened by the men has been several times broken open.
The late palpable theft makes this look very black;
I know not what to say or do where a gentleman's well-being is concerned.

I have a warrant to receive 300 loads of timber from John Moorcock, in which it is muttered the shipwright is a partner.
I fear this is too true, as he is strongly concerned about the measuring of it, and will decide whether it is strait, compass or knee timber; what course am I to steer?

Endorsed, "Mr. Wilson's letter about Mr. Pett's contending for favour in the measuring of some timber of Mr. Moorcock's wherein himself since proved to be a partner."
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, 32.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Mr. Wilson's letter about Mr. Pett's contending for favour in the measuring of some timber of Mr. Moorcock's wherein himself since proved to be a partner."

With his uncle/father/cousin in the Tower, you'd think this Mr. Pett (a shipwright at Chatham) would be smarter than to try double-dipping.
On the other hand, hunger makes people do bad things.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"wearing with the Dutch flag an English ancient, and under that the King's Jack."

I Googled what an English ancient was, and got nowhere. Insights anyone?

A Jack is a flag ... hense the Union Jack.

My guess is that the English ancient was the George flag? "George's flag, a red cross on a white field, was adopted by England and the City of London in 1190 for their ships entering the Mediterranean to benefit from the protection of the Genoese fleet."

Mary K  •  Link

ancient = ensign, I presume.

Mary K  •  Link

Ensign commonly pronounced ens'n in everyday speech. Hence confusion perhaps?

john  •  Link

Quite correct, Mary K.

From the OED:

ancient, n.2 arch. (ˈeɪnʃənt)

[a corruption of ensign n., early forms of which, like ensyne, enseygne, were confounded with ancien, ancyen, the contemporary forms of ancient, with which they thus became formally identified from 16th to 18th c. Also spelt by pseudo-etymology antesign.]

1. An ensign, standard, or flag: pl. insignia, colours.

   1554 Chron. Grey Friars 87, I know that theys be Wyettes ancienttes.    1569 Rising in North 105 in Percy Rel. I. 293 Erle Percy there his ancyent spred.    1578 T. N., tr. Conq. W. India 23 The devise of this ensigne or auncient was flames of fire.    1587 Golding De Mornay xxii. 331 When Osyris led his people to Battell, he had diuers Antesignes‥as in one a Dog, in another an Ox.    1610 Chesters Triumph Particulars 1, A Man‥carying an Auncient of our colours of S. George.    1622 F. Markham Dec. Warre ii. ix. 73 This Ensigne we corruptly call Antient, and I haue seene it written Antesigne.    1629 S'hertogenbosh 48 To let flye all their Ancients as well vpon the gates, as the walles. [...]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Thank you both for wrestling this one to the deck.

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