Monday 13 July 1668

Up, and to my office, and thence by water to White Hall to attend the Council, but did not, and so home to dinner, and so out with my wife, and Deb., and W. Hewer towards Cooper’s, but I ’light and walked to Ducke Lane, and there to the bookseller’s; at the Bible, whose moher je have a mind to, but elle no erat dentro, but I did there look upon and buy some books, and made way for coming again to the man, which pleases me. Thence to Reeves’s, and there saw some, and bespoke a little perspective, and was mightily pleased with seeing objects in a dark room. And so to Cooper’s, and spent the afternoon with them; and it will be an excellent picture. Thence my people all by water to Deptford, to see Balty, while I to buy my espinette, which I did now agree for, and did at Haward’s meet with Mr. Thacker, and heard him play on the harpsicon, so as I never heard man before, I think. So home, it being almost night, and there find in the garden Pelling, who hath brought Tempest, Wallington, and Pelham, to sings and there had most excellent musick late, in the dark, with great pleasure. Made them drink and eat; and so with much pleasure to bed, but above all with little Wallington. This morning I was let blood, and did bleed about fourteen ounces, towards curing my eyes.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"This morning I was let blood, and did bleed about fourteen ounces, towards curing my eyes."

Another form of purgation prescribed by Dr Turberville, the eye-doctor. following on the laxative pillls taken on 5 and 11 July, on the humoural theory of medicine…

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

Fourteen ounces? In the classic words of the late Tony Hancock, "That's nearly an armful!"

GrahamT  •  Link

Tony, the very same thought came into my head, but you beat me to it.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"in the garden Pelling, who hath brought Tempest, Wallington, and Pelham, to sing"

See this Paul Brewster 16 April 1661 annotation: "From the L&M footnote, I gather...our hero featured as the bass."…

Australian Susan  •  Link

A bookseller's which has a pretty woman working there - combining two of Sam's great pleasures! He'll be back.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I ‘light and walked to Ducke Lane, and there to the bookseller’s; at the Bible, whose moher je have a mind to, "

L&M: The bookseller was William Shrewsbury: Pepys had kissed his wife ('moher') on 10 April.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

'Charles II: July 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green (London, 1893), pp. 469-516.…

July 13. 1668
Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smith to Williamson.

The Eagle has sailed with the Prosperous of London under convoy, laden with guns, ammunition, and arms, for Guernsey and Jersey;

also 20 merchant ships for the straits and West Indies;

several others have passed through the Downs homeward bound.

The Tiger, which carried the corpse of the Swedish Ambassador to Hamburg,
and other vessels named have arrived, which are added to Sir Thos. Allin's fleet bound for the Straits, and will be ready to sail to join the rest now fitting at Portsmouth, when the Provisions and stores have come down.

Begs the Gazettes and news.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 11.]

July 13. 1668
John Pocock to James Hickes.

Hears by several vessels from Crosick that a Dartmouth vessel arrived in Nantes says that, in the English fishery at Newfoundland, so much fish has fallen in, that they had their voyages half on shore by the end of May, and would probably make very great voyages.

The Dutch fleet of 25 merchantmen, with their convoys, has sailed out of Portland Road, also several English and French ships.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 12.]
Dartmouth, Devon fishermen were very active in the Newfoundland fisheries. They were having a very good season by the sound of it. That led to bigger things in the 1670's:…

CROSICK? -- Google suggests Corsica, but that seems to be in the wrong direction.

Jane 13. 1668
Jane Crane to Rob. Francis.

Pray find out whose daughter my grandmother on my mother's side was, as the heralds have put her in my pedigree only as sister of Sir Francis Crane, Chancellor of the Garter, without mentioning her father, which makes her appear a bastard.

I want proof that my grandmother's father was an armiger, and that therefore I am a gentlewoman;

I desire you will search for the marriage contract of her parents' and if that cannot be found, for my grandmother's father's will.
This point may affect my establishment.

I hope to go with the Princess into Lorraine, as the marriage advances.

[8 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 13.]

Certificate, under the seal of a French officer-at-arms,
of the nobility of Mdlle. Jeanne Crane,
her ancient descent, &c., as proved by her genealogy drawn up by English heralds.
Her conversion, separating her from family, prevents her having the attestation of her parents.
[French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 13i.]

An armiger is someone entitled to hold heraldic arms.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

July 13. 1668
Anth. Thorold to James Hickes.

A vessel arrived from St. Malo with canvas says that since the disbanding of the French forces, the people cannot go to market, they robbing even to the walls of the town.

Two vessels from Crosick report that salt has risen 10 livres.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 10.]
James Hickes appears to work at the post office in Bishopsgate Street, London.

July 13. 1668
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners.

[Augustine] Punnet [pilot] is very willing to go to Portsmouth to bring about the Royal Sovereign.
and will take London in his way for further commands.
I desire you will do him what kindness you can, and give him a bill of imprest.

I shall make an end of what is to be done here, by payment of 40 calkers and oakum boys now discharged, and 11 joiners;
it is highly necessary to discharge some of the shipwrights, most of them walking about with their hands behind them.

Some of Bachellor's timber is brought to the dock, but is not fit for the new ship;
if the Royal Oak is to be broken up, many of her timbers will serve.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 17.]

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