Wednesday 5 August 1668

So to bed about two o’clock, and then up about seven and to White Hall, where read over my report to Lord Arlington and Berkeley, and then afterward at the Council Board with great good liking, but, Lord! how it troubled my eyes, though I did not think I could have done it, but did do it, and was not very bad afterward. So home to dinner, and thence out to the Duke of York’s playhouse, and there saw “The Guardian;” formerly the same, I find, that was called “Cutter of Coleman Street;” a silly play. And thence to Westminster Hall, where I met Fitzgerald; and with him to a tavern, to consider of the instructions for Sir Thomas Allen, against his going to Algiers; he and I being designed to go down to Portsmouth by the Council’s order, and by and by he and I went to the Duke of York, who orders me to go down to-morrow morning. So I away home, and there bespeak a coach; and so home and to bed, my wife being abroad with the Mercers walking in the fields, and upon the water.

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First Reading

Robert Gertz  •  Link

That's our Bess... And it would be just like Sam to pay little heed to learning she was the new Messiah.

"More fish? Or bread?"

"Thanke...Bess, it's wonderful and all that but pray, you do understand this could have an impact on my position. And not to be silly about it but...Does Pembleton really have to be one of your disciples?"

"Oh yeah." grin.

"Hardly Messiahlike, Bess."

"Oh, it's not up to me. And not like you're going to give up everything and follow me..."

"Why would I need to? I'm already married to you. Surely my ticket is stamped..."

"Probation...With serious reservations..."

"Oh and you didn't get the new shoes wet?"

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"And must that choir of heavenly whatever continually keep chanting...Without proper direction, I mean?"

"Darling, I love 'Beauty Retire' and 'It Is Decreed" but they don't do requests."

laura k  •  Link

Catching up on my Diary, I note the flurry of Pepys Faithful coming out of lurkdom to say hi and thanks (2 Aug). I've been reading the Diary since the beginning. I used to comment occasionally then decided to continue reading without commenting.

As we approach the end of this grand experiment, I've been thinking it would be nice to have a roll call, or a guest book, where readers could post their names (either real or internet, as they chose), where they're from, how long they've been reading, and anything else they wanted to share.

As always, my thanks to all the amazing annotators and above all to Phil, for turning The Diary of Samuel Pepys into a blog, making it accessible to so many of us who would not have otherwise read it.

Robert Gertz  •  Link




"With all this upsurge in interest in your Diary...?"

"Isn't it wonderful?"

"I learnt to endure it."


"Well...We're not going to have to have all these people in the house later on are we? Countess Tolstoy and Mrs. Roosevelt were telling me horror stories at dinner the other night of all the 'devoted' followers showing up in endless streams."

"They won't all die at once, Bess. Besides...Confidentially...A lot won't make it here."

"There's a mercy..."

"And...Not a few will primarily be coming to see you."



Phil Gyford  •  Link

Laura, a good idea to have some kind of "roll call". I'll make a note to post something like this as we get nearer the inevitable end. If anyone else has other ideas for things they'd like to see not the site before or after the diary finishes, feel free to email me!

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"[Sir Thomas Allin] and I being designed to go down to Portsmouth by the Council’s order"

Allin's instructions had been revised by the Privy Council on this day. He was to compose the disputes between Algiers and Tangier and conform the peace that had been made with Algiers in 1664. The Council's order about the journey mentions Fitzgerald (late Deputy-General of Tangier) but not Pepys. Allin sailed from St Helen's road on 16 August and renewed the peace with Algiers on 30 October. (Per L&M footnote)

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. 5. 1668
Lewis Herault, French minister in London, to Henry, Bishop of St. Asaph.

Thanks for a mention of me in a letter to Lord Arlington.
I gratefully accept what you offer, and will take the requisite oaths and subscriptions to yourself or your delegate.
I receive this as a pledge of something better promised, and wait the effect of your further benevolence.
[Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 93.]
In 1667 Rev. Henry Glemham was made Bishop of St. Asaph, and also became rector of Llandrinio.
The Bishop of St. Asaph heads the Church in Wales diocese of St. Asaph.
The diocese covers the counties of Conwy and Flintshire, Wrexham county borough, the eastern part of Merioneth in Gwynedd and part of northern Powys. The Episcopal seat is located in the Cathedral Church of St. Asaph in the city of St. Asaph in Denbighshire, north Wales. The Bishop's residence is Esgobty, St. Asaph.
Barbara Villiers Palmer, Countess of Castlemaine’s great-grandfather was Thomas Sackville KG PC (1536 - 1608), so they were remotely related, and she helped him get this appointment.
Bishop Glemham died in 1670, at Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suff.

I wonder what he's up to with the French????????????

Aug. 5. 1668
Chr. Ludkin to Williamson.

I am quite willing to open a correspondence, and acquaint you with whatever happens in Ipswich.

The failing of Mr. Keene, one of the head collectors of the Royal aid in the county, has caused some disturbance, he being 5,000l. behind, and the
question is whether — as most of the money has been paid in, the county
discharged of it, and receipts given — it can be again assessed;
and if so, whether upon the whole, or only on that part of the county for which Mr. Keene was receiver;
or whether the King must lose it.

They have seized Mr. Keene’s estate, and are making money of it as fast as
may be.

The conventicles increase in number and boldness daily, having encouragement from examples above.

The price of corn is rising; the countryman may sell his wheat at 5s. or 6s. the
bushel this year.
[1-½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 95.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Aug. 5. 1668
Thos. Holden to Williamson.

A vessel from Bermuda arrived at Penzance, and sold part of her lading there.

Sir Peter Killigrew, who died at Exeter, going for London, is expected here to be interred.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 96.]
Sir Peter Killigrew, MP (1593-1668) of Arwennack, St. Budock, Falmouth, Cornwall, was a cousin of George Monck, Duke of Albemarle, and the
brother-in-law to “Mad Madge” Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of
He continued the development of the market at Falmouth and the Carrick Roads at the mouth of the River Fal, and raised money to build and endow a church dedicated to King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, where he is buried.…

Aug. 5. 1668
Rich. Bower to Williamson.

The Concord of Yarmouth, from Venice, has sailed for Amsterdam with brimstone, rice, and aniseed.
She was forced to take in some soldiers at Venice, and land them at Zante.

Some Yarmouth vessels have arrived from Iceland ‘with fish, and some goods
belonging to a Dutch East Indiaman, lost off the coast of Faroe’.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 98.]
Zakynthos, also called Zante (its Italian name), is the third largest island in
the Ionian Sea, located off the west coast of Greece.

Aug. 5. 1668
Rich. Watts to [Williamson].

The Duke of Richmond [and Lenox] and Lord Bristol dined on board, and in the evening went for the Downs.

Eight merchant ships and a French man-of-war are lying here;
the latter saluted the Admiral.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 99.]

Aug. 5. 1668
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners.

We are preparing to attempt the weighing of the Marmaduke, which is the ship most hurtful to the river.
The greatest want is men; they only come in 4 or 5 a day;
40 able seamen would suffice, with those we have, to carry on the work.

We beg you to hasten Sir Denis Gauden’s order to his instrument for our victuals, and for the beef to be fresh, and not to be of his old store that has been to sea, as it proves bad, and unfit for men that must work hard.

We request a supply of iron thimbles and small spars.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 101.]

Aug. 5. 1668
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners.

Removed the Edgar from the gravel to the lime kilns, where she now rides afloat at low water,
and shall use all despatch to get her to Hung road.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 102.]
For the location of Hung Road, see…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"As we approach the end of this grand experiment, I've been thinking it would be nice to have a roll call, or a guest book, where readers could post their names (either real or internet, as they chose), where they're from, how long they've been reading, and anything else they wanted to share."

Phil took up Laura K's idea for a roll call, and you can read about many of the annotators at…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

And I should have added that we would love to know about you, too, so please share a bit of your bio.

Mary K  •  Link

SDS, thank you so much for reminding us all of the existence of the Roll Call

Patricia Carey  •  Link

Hi, I've been a follower for 6 years. I've been dedicated through those years no matter where I've been. It's such a great idea as trying to read the diary as a book proved impossible! Thank you to all the annotators who have informed and entertained.

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