Sunday 28 June 1668

(Lord’s day). Up, and to church, and then home to dinner, where Betty Turner, Mercer, and Captain Deane, and after dinner to sing, Mr. Pelling coming. Then, they gone, Deane and I all the afternoon till night to talk of navy matters and ships with great pleasure, and so at night, he gone, I to supper, Pelling coming again and singing a while, then to bed. Much talk of the French setting out their fleete afresh; but I hear nothing that our King is alarmed at it, at all, but rather making his fleete less.

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JWB  •  Link

"...nothing that our king is alarmed at it..."

"The policy of the English people, though not of their king, turned toward the Dutch. In the increased greatness of Louis they saw danger to all Europe; to themselves more especially if, by a settled preponderance on the continent, his hands were free to develop his sea power. "Flanders once in the power of Louis XIV.," wrote the [140]English ambassador Temple, "the Dutch feel that their country will be only a maritime province of France;" and sharing that opinion, "he advocated the policy of resistance to the latter country, whose domination in the Low Countries he considered as a threatened subjection of all Europe. He never ceased to represent to his government how dangerous to England would be the conquest of the sea provinces by France, and he urgently pointed out the need of a prompt understanding with the Dutch. 'This would be the best revenge,' said he, 'for the trick France has played us in involving us in the last war with the United Provinces.'"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Much talk of the French setting out their fleete afresh"

L&M note Sir Thomas Allin records having heard of a squadron of French warships sighted off Usbant three nights earlier. The French in fact did nothing in European waters this year except post a fleet from time to time off their west coast in early summer.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The many titles by which men weer called, some legit

So, now Anthony Dean, Master Shipwright, is "Captain Deane"....

In a decade both friends will be promoted (or at least it's on the Internets); and we find in A LIST of the House of Commons, in King Charles IId's Third Parliament, which met March 6, 1678. "Harwich, Sir Anthony Dean, Sir Thomas Pepys"

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"Rule Franconia...Franconia rules the waves...So long as dear ole Charlie's subsidy is being paid."

Thumbs up to crowd of courtiers...

"Bravo, Sire!" "C'est magnifique! Vive le roi!"

"Ah, oui..." hand wave...

"The brain of a king should a thing remarkable..."

Courtiers bow...

"Succeed where a less fantasic man would fail...?"

Courtiers eye each other...

"But where in Europe is there in Europe a king...So extraordinare?"

Hear, hear...

"But non...Here, here..." Louis points to chest.

"C'est moi...C'est moi, c'est moi...I humbly propose. Louis is far too noble to lie. The cleverest schemer in Europe today...C'est moi, c'est moi, tis I."

"Now you may talk of the brilliant DeWitt, the saviour of Holland-land...But Louis had been in charge of that war...all Europe would be Netherlands." Dances past cheering courtiers...

"C'est moi, c'est moi, Machiavelli must sit in awe of my French strategy. And the English they all will one day throw fits, when they see how I play Charlie."

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