Thursday 2 July 1668

Called up by a letter from W. Coventry telling me that the Commissioners of Accounts intend to summons me about Sir W. Warren’s Hamburg contract, and so I up and to W. Coventry’s (he and G. Carteret being the party concerned in it), and after conference with him about it to satisfaction I home again to the office. At noon home to dinner, and then all the afternoon busy to prepare an answer to this demand of the Commissioners of Accounts, and did discourse with Sir W. Warren about it, and so in the evening with my wife and Deb. by coach to take ayre to Mile-end, and so home and I to bed, vexed to be put to this frequent trouble in things we deserve best in.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Sir W. Warren’s Hamburg contract"

L&M note this the mast contract of 1664.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society at a standstill because the "operator's sick" this day

Without Robert Hooke, letters can be read, books and curiosities presented and accepted and examined, interests identified, but naught else except to record it all. To end the meeting, the Secretary records this:

The experiments appointed ſor this meeting not being prepared by reaſon oſ the operator's indiſpoſition, it was ordered, that on the like occaſion another perſon ſhould' be hired and made uſe of pro tempore to dothe manual part, that the ſociety might not be deſtitute oſ experiments. -…
Was there ever another like Hooke?!

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