Monday 3 August 1668

Up, and by water to White Hall and St. James’s, where I did much business, and about noon meeting Dr. Gibbons, carried him to the Sun taverne, in King Street, and there made him, and some friends of his, drink; among others, Captain Silas Taylor, and here did get Gibbons to promise me some things for my flageolets. So to the Old Exchange, and then home to dinner, and so, Mercer dining with us, I took my wife and her and Deb. out to Unthanke’s, while I to White Hall to the Commissioners of the Treasury, and so back to them and took them out to Islington, where we met with W. Joyce and his wife and boy, and there eat and drank, and a great deal of his idle talk, and so we round by Hackney home, and so to sing a little in the garden, and then to bed.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"...meeting Dr. Gibbons, carried him to the Sun taverne, in King Street, and there made him, and some friends of his, drink;"

Sounds coercive. How do you suppose Little Boy Pepys made them drink?!

Mary  •  Link

L&M prefers "some things for two flagelettes"

Sam is evidently looking for some duets to play.

languagehat  •  Link

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it just means he said the equivalent of "Hey, let's have a drink!"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Yeah, I guess if he stood them a round, they'd not refuse the offer: coercive, that !

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Bryan M, thanks for other instances of Pepys making offers that couldn't be refused!

Geoff Hallett  •  Link

Conversations between Deb and Mercer would be worth eavesdropping on.

zoltan  •  Link

"Did he with you...?"
"Yes. And with you...?"

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

'Charles II: August 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green (London, 1893), pp. 516-565. British History Online…

Aug. 3. 1668
The Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson.

The Resolution and 2 others have sailed for Portsmouth, to be paid off and laid up.
Several merchantmen have passed through the Downs outward bound,
and upwards of 30 sail homewards.
The Susan has arrived with 11 sail under her convoy,

and the Dover with 13 from Barbados;
the French refuse to surrender St. Christopher’s.

The Montague and two others will be ready to sail, to join with the rest of Sir Thos. Allin’s squadron, so soon as their provisions come down.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 76.]

Aug. 3. 1668
Leatherseller's Hall.
Sir Thos. Davies to Williamson.

I send my letter by Ralph Smith, warden of the Stationers’ Company;
we have preferred indictments against 3 illegal printers, and doubt not the next sessions to convict them;
but as they will still retain their printing implements, the company suggests that some way should be found to buy off these, and all other materials belonging to illegal printers;
for the number of printers having to be reduced by the Act, there will hardly be a customer for them;
and if the printers to be convicted shall be entrusted with them again, they will set them up in secret places, as has been found by experience, and hazard anything to gain a livelihood, being generally mean people.

We think that this would much conduce to prevent the printing of unlicensed books, and beg that you will signify his Majesty’s pleasure thereon to the company, who will diligently obey his commands.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 77.]

Aug. 3. 1668
Earl of Carlisle to Williamson.

I got to Cromer Saturday, and have now reached Scarborough.
The 20 ships that went out with me, and the 60 that came before, are in sight of this castle;
I will go to sea tomorrow if the wind permits;

I have come partly from curiosity to see the castle.

Let me be supplied with the weekly notice how affairs go at Carlisle, as I shall not stay at Newcastle.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 79.]

Aug. 3. 1668
Sir John Bennet to Williamson.

I send letters for the Spanish Ambassador and the King,
and ask you to pay the postage, or say where it shall be demanded,
as I sent Baron de Lyzala’s, and nobody would pay for them;

I also send the Dutch news of an encounter in Jocosa, and desire you to return it Englished.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 80.]
Jocosa – please Englished that also.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Aug. 3. 1668
Thos. Hayter to Sam. Pepys.

I have turned over fitting men from the Kent, Reserve, and Diamond to Sir Thos. Allin’s fleet, and paid off the remainder;
I will go to Spithead to pay off the men taken out of these ships for the Straits fleet,
and others that have tickets which fall within my orders.

I shall then return, unless ships arrive from the Downs, and orders for paying them.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 83.]

Aug. 3. 1668
to pay to Thos. Warren, merchant,
from the customs of the Port of London, 5,500/.,
for services in procuring a peace between the King and the King of Morocco.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 81.]
Al-Rashid Ben Ali Al-Charif, Sultan of Morocco. See…
But it doesn’t mention any 1668 peace treaty with Charles II.
What’s the betting this is the same Thomas Warren that L&M tells us was a
merchant of St. Olave's parish; brother of Sir William Warren?
As the former Consul at Sallee (1654-56 and possibly later); in the 60's he traded with Tangier and Madeira.
He was possibly the Thomas Warren who traded to the Baltic, where in 1664 he represented Eastland Company at Danzig. So this Thomas Warren would know the right people.…

Aug. 3. 1668
Anth. Thorold to Hickes.

The Concord arrived from Barbados in 6 weeks, with 20 other merchantmen,
and reports that they are fitting again for rebuilding Bridgetown,
having employed many vessels to fetch timber from New England;

also that St. Christopher’s was not surrendered,
but that the Bonadventure had been sent again to demand it.

An English man-of-war was plundered by the French at St. Thomas’s Island,
and the crew had been all put to death, but for some Dutch who prevented it.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 81.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Leatherseller's Hall.
Sir Thos. Davies to Williamson.

"I send my letter by Ralph Smith, warden of the Stationers’ Company;
we have preferred indictments against 3 illegal printers, and doubt not the next sessions to convict them; ..."

Pepys knew Sir Thomas:
L&M Companion: Davies, Sir Thomas (1631-80).
Bookseller ('the little fellow'): a contemporary of Pepys' at St Paul's School.
Master of the Stationers' Company 1668-70, and of the Drapers' 1677-8; Sheriff 1667-8; Lord Mayor 1676-7.
He inherited a large fortune, consisting mainly of the Ebury Estate in Westminster which later passed to the Grosvenors, Dukes of Westminster.……

The leathermakers would work closely with the booksellers in the binding of sold books. Logically, the more books the more profit. Maybe the penalties for working on counterfeit books were so onerous the officials were discouraging their members from chasing the easy money?

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