Wednesday 15 July 1668

Up, and all the morning busy at the office to my great content, attending to the settling of papers there that I may have the more rest in winter for my eyes by how much I do the more in the settling of all things in the summer by daylight. At noon home to dinner, where is brought home the espinette I bought the other day of Haward; costs me 5l.. So to St. James’s, where did our ordinary business with the Duke of York. So to Unthanke’s to my wife, and with her and Deb. to visit Mrs. Pierce, whom I do not now so much affect, since she paints. But stayed here a while, and understood from her how my Lady Duchesse of Monmouth is still lame, and likely always to be so, which is a sad chance for a young [lady] to get, only by trying of tricks in dancing. So home, and there Captain Deane come and spent the evening with me, to draw some finishing lines on his fine draught of “The Resolution,” the best ship, by all report, in the world, and so to bed. Wonderful hot all day and night, and this the first night that I remember in my life that ever I could lie with only a sheet and one rug. So much I am now stronger than ever I remember myself, at least since before I had the stone.

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First Reading

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘affect v. tr. . . 4. trans. a. To be drawn to, have affection or liking for (a person); to take to, be fond of, show preference for; to fancy, like, or love. Now rare.
. . 1652 J. Wadsworth tr. Sandoval Civil Wars Spain 301 The Abbat of Santa Pia‥whom the earl particularly esteemed and effected.
1690 W. Walker Idiomatologia Anglo-Lat. 13, I do not affect you, non amo te.
1765 L. Sterne Life Tristram Shandy VIII. xxxiv. 145 All the world knows, that Mrs. Wadman affects my brother Toby.’ [OED]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"my Lady Duchesse of Monmouth is still lame, and likely always to be so, which is a sad chance for a young [lady] to get, only by trying of tricks in dancing."

9 May Pepys recorded having been told "that last night the Duchesse of Monmouth, dancing at her lodgings, hath sprained her thigh"…
It was a disability for the rest of her life. Sad.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"So much I am now stronger than ever I remember myself, at least since before I had the stone."


"Sir?..." Sam reaches out to touch the late night apparition in his office closet, a white-haired gentleman in rather odd skin-tight outfit. Some sort of strange shimmering leather?

"I have come...To tell you, Michael...Of your destiny..."

"Michael, sir? I think..."

"Please...It was supposed to be your name...We wanted so much more for you, Michael. When we...Your true mother and I...Sent you to Earth from our dying planet...Corleone..."


More importantly... " much more, sir? And in what way?"

"You must go on to fulfill the destiny of your ancient and honorable family, Michael. Lead the people of Earth to a glorious future using your great powers, now revealed to you."

"Hmmn. Well, I was feeling rather good today..."

Faster than a sharp-eyed coachman in London traffic nailing a fare...More powerful than the new and improved chain guarding Chatham...Able to leap tall bookpresses in a single bound. "Look, up there in the Navy Office! It's far too late to be a man!! It's an owl, it's heat lightning...No! It's..."

"Bess?!...What are you doing up in my office at this hour?"

"More to the point, Sam'l...What are you doing with..."

"Bagwell...Moll Bagwell...My husband Will works for Mr.P, at Deptford." cheerily. "Mr. P asked me to stop by to discuss his career."

"At two am?!"

"I know...But his schedule was packed. He's a superman, your husband..."

"..." Sam, at hyperspeed...Arch grin...

"Oh, Mr. P...!" ecstatic cry... But Bagwell nowhere to be seen...Safely escorted home in a microsecond...

"You were saying, love?" Sam...Even more archly.

Frowning figure of the white-haired gent in the corner... "Michael..." head shake...

Fine, abuse of my powers...For the greater good of marital peace...

"I saw that!" Bess, narrowly. "And it just so happens my father just revealed we came from the dying planet next to yours by way of France."


Yet...On the other hand...

"I have a headache." Bess, coolly. "And yes, I read minds. Who the hell was Diana Crisp?"

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘Scott, Anna [Anne], duchess of Monmouth and suo jure duchess of Buccleuch (1651–1732), noblewoman, was born in Dundee on 11 February 1651 . .

The Monmouths had in common only financial extravagance and a particular excellence in dancing, which was unhappily ended in May 1668 when Anna sustained a dislocated hip which lamed her for life. That she had no influence over the malleable ‘Prince Perkin’ was ultimately to her advantage. Her priority following her husband's 1685 rebellion was to protect the interests of her sons and more broadly the Buccleuch inheritance, with which she identified in a manner that echoed the determination and intelligence that had characterized her mother.

Having spent the duration of Monmouth's rebellion in the Tower, and with the injured monarch, James II, predisposed in her favour, she finally secured her husband's confirmation that she had known ‘nothing of his last design’, thereby freeing her sons—and thus the Buccleuch inheritance—from the penalties of attainder. Attainder having forfeited Monmouth's English titles, the Buccleuch honours, now a dukedom, and estates were formally restored to Anna and thence her eldest son, restoring the original entail, on 17 November 1687 . .

. . contemporary commentators remark on wit rather than beauty. In character she was confessedly self-sufficient and reserved.

. . in 1698 . . she retired to Scotland. There she oversaw the lavish rebuilding of Dalkeith Castle and maintained a quasi-regal status, but returned to London upon the Hanoverian succession. She resisted all pressure to relinquish the Buccleuch title in her own lifetime in favour of her son, preferring to be ‘a man in my own family’. She died in London in February 1732, short of her eighty-first birthday, ‘ [DNB]

Chris Squire  •  Link

Re: 'this the first night that I remember in my life that ever I could lie with only a sheet and one rug.'

As OED reveals, he had done the same just a year ago:

‘rug, n.3 . . Etymology: Origin uncertain.
. . 2. a. A thick woollen blanket or wrap, esp. used as bedding or worn when travelling. Also fig.
1591 R. Percyvall Bibliotheca Hispanica Dict. s.v. Alcatifa, A rug for a bed.
. . 1667 S. Pepys Diary 13 July (1974) VIII. 333 Mighty hot weather and I lying this night‥with only a rugg and a sheet upon me.
. . 2007 South Wales Evening Post (Nexis) 15 Mar. 32 You'd see her sitting outside St Mary's Church with a rug over her knees and a collecting box.’ [OED]


1. snug as a bug in a rug.’

A. De Araujo  •  Link

Anything to do with Monmouth County NJ.?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Anything to do with Monmouth County NJ.?"

"Monmouth County [NJ] was established in 1675. Its name may come from the Rhode Island Monmouth Society or from a suggestion from Colonel Lewis Morris. He suggested it be named after Monmouthshire in Wales, Great Britain. Other suggestions include that it was named for James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (1649–1685), who had many allies among the East Jersey leadership."…

Second Reading

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 15. 1668
Rushall, near Tunbridge Wells.
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson.

I am Beginning to get strength and some measure of health.

Thanks for despatches; I desire their continuance, and shall not fail of rendering any assistance or advice that may be needed.
I pray you to chide my nephew for not having seen Lord Arlington since I went.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 39.]

July 15. 1668
Sir Wm. Morice to Williamson.

Is ordered by the Council to demand the letter sent to the King from Algiers, because an answer is to be despatched with all speed.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 40.]

July 15. 1668
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Treasury Commissioners to the King's and Treasurer's Remembrancers, Clerks of the Pipe and Petty Bag, &c.

Diverse persons on whom the dignity of baronet has been conferred by the King have neither paid the 1,095l. due thereon, nor struck tallies for its discharge, and sued forth a Quietus est.

Exchequer processes are forthwith to be issued and prosecuted against such baronets, and proceedings thereon certified to the Board at Michaelmas.
[Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 41.]

July 15. 1668
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners.

Shall get an able person to see to rigging the Edgar, which Mr. Baylie says shall be launched this day fortnight.

The 100/. will not near suffice for the rigging and other charges.
Mr. Rogers, the victualler's agent, will not furnish victuals for the Merlin,
so that they have wanted food these two days, and the men will not longer abide aboard.

The captain has received orders to stay to carry the Earl of Burlington to Ireland, but unless victuals be speedily provided, the seamen must leave;
to prevent this, will disburse somewhat himself until the order is sent, not doubting but they will order ways for its payment.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 45.]
Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Cork and 1st Earl of Burlington

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

July 15. 1668
that Capt. Browne hired the Good Hope to the King in 1664,
for 6 months certain and 12 months uncertain,
at 150/. a month;
that after 6 months a bill was passed for the freight, and she proceeded upon her contract,
and was taken by the Dutch in her return from Hamburg, when a second bill for freight was passed to the owners;
that afterwards an order in Council was made that if any ship was taken up to serve as a man-of-war, and was sunk, taken, or burnt by the enemy, the owners should receive the value from the Treasurer of the Navy, according to a valuation made on starting;
before this order allowances were to be made as in the former Dutch war.

Capt. Browne's vessel being hired before such order was made, and not lost in fight, he was excluded from taking benefit under it.

With note that upon stating the case to the Duke [of York] he resolved to recommend it to the King as a case worthy of his relief.
[3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 47.]

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