Thursday 13 August 1668

Up, and Greeting comes, and there he and I tried some things of Mr. Locke’s for two flageolets, to my great content, and this day my wife begins again to learn of him; for I have a great mind for her to be able to play a part with me. Thence I to the Office, where all the afternoon [morning??], and then to dinner, where W. Howe dined with me, who tells me for certain that Creed is like to speed in his match with Mrs. Betty Pickering. Here dined with me also Mr. Hollier, who is mighty vain in his pretence to talk Latin. So to the Office again all the afternoon till night, very busy, and so with much content home, and made my wife sing and play on the flageolet to me till I slept with great pleasure in bed.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"he and I tried some things of Mr. Locke's for two flageolets, to my great content, and this day my wife begins again to learn of him; for I have a great mind for her to be able to play a part with me.."

Methinks Mary and I anticipated this…

Robert Gertz  •  Link





"Wake up! Mrs. P and I have been practicing all week. All right, and...One, two, three..."

"Were I laid on Greenland's Coast,
And in my Arms embrac'd my Lass;
Warm amidst eternal Frost,
Too soon the Half Year's Night would pass."

"And I would love you all the Day,"

"Every Night would kiss and play,"

"If with me you'd fondly stray"

Bess and Sam:
"Over the Hills and far away."

"Were I sold on Indian Soil,
Soon as the burning Day was clos'd,
I could mock the sultry Toil
When on my Charmer's Breast repos'd."

"And I would love you all the Day,"

"Every Night would kiss and play,"

"If with me you'd fondly stray"

Sam and Bess:
"Over the Hills and far away."

Old Sam, 1699, in chair by the fire, pondering the Diary's survival...

"And I would love you all the Day,
Every Night would kiss and play,
If with me you'd once more stray"

Bess, faintly echoing:
"Over the Hills and far away."

Jenny  •  Link

That's very sweet Robert.

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

"So to the Office again all the afternoon till night, very busy, and so with much content home"

Sounds as if those tubes are really helping! First time we've seen this in a while.

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. 13. 1668
Capt. Ant. Deane to Williamson.

Have my last 4 letters come to hand?
If so, having received no answer, I shall conclude my correspondence is not
desired, and trouble you no further.

The Rupert is at Spithead;
the Resolution and Warspite are daily expected,
there being clerks and money ready to pay off the seamen, and lay up the
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 162.]

Aug. 13. 1668
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson.

Sir Thos. Allin still waits a fair wind at Spithead.
The Resolution and Rupert want orders to come into Portsmouth.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 163.]

Aug. 13. 1668
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson.

We have very foul weather and a bad wind.
The Rupert is come near Spithead, but I believe the Resolution and Warspite, who were in company with her, have put into the Downs.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 164.]

Aug. 13. 1668
Surgeons’ Hall.
Rich. Reynell to Thos. Hayter.

I had an order for 400/. out of the 24,000/., but 72/. of it was left unpaid.

I had another order for 30/. 3s. 2d. for surgeons’ necessary charges,
and carriage of their chests, but Mr. Fenn then said all the 24,000l.
was paid away, and promised to get a new order, but does not;

I ask for a new order from the Navy Commissioners to the Treasurer,
for payment of 3 bills named, amounting to 129/. 13s. 10d.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 166.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Aug. 13. 1668
[H. Muddiman] to John Thomlinson, merchant, Whitby.

The French Ambassador, finding the wind right, never called at Dover, where all things were ready for his reception, but came up the river to Somerset House,
and then went to Leicester House, incognito.

The Lord Keeper was at the Council on the 7th, but was very infirm in his legs.

The same day Commissioner Pepys and Lieut.-Col. Fitzgerald went to
Petersfield [HANTS.] to Sir Thos. Allin, to receive his oral account of what passed in relation to Algiers with the garrison of Tangiers;
his Majesty, being now well pleased with Lieut.-Col. Norwood in the management of that affair, has empowered him by commission to adjust the
matter, and take account of the injury done to an English pinnace by the
Prince of Monaco.

The fleet is in readiness at Spithead, and Sir Thomas, being amply instructed,
will proceed on his voyage on the 10th.

The person that shot the Bishop of Orkney is not yet taken, but several are In
hold under a most violent suspicion of confederacy, insomuch that it is
resolved to put them to the boot (an exquisite torture which the Scots use to
extort confession);
it is only scrupled because they are under an oath of secrecy.

Wallis, the chief leader in the last rebellion, has escaped from Edinburgh.

The Emperor and Sweden are entering into a strict treaty for opposing the
progress of the conquests of France.

The Lord Chamberlain has given orders for adorning the banqueting house, and erecting new stairs, against the audience of the French Ambassador.

The plague has broken out at Rouen and Caen, insomuch that it was published in St. Malo by beat of drum that all commerce with those places was prohibited, both by sea and land.

All the ropers at Morlaix were impressed to appear at Brest, to make cables and cords for the service of the French King.

The French nation at Smyrna are under great trouble that the Avania for the soap was not paid;
it was 7,000/., and to be ransom for the Chiaux and his servants, taken by
Capt. Martingo, whose brother is meantime imprisoned, and the Consul is confined to his house.

Some French ships, engaged for Candia with corn, fell into the hands of the Venetians at their return to Smyrna, and were forced to pay for corn and sacks, and had some trouble concerning false money.

The Grand Seignor was expected to make his abode at, or at least pay a visit to Constantinople, having sent 20 coaches full of ladies.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

A certificate was sent to the Black Rod, under the hands of Sir Robert Long, that the 300/. to which Sir Samuel Barnardiston stood committed, by order from the House of Lords, was paid into the Exchequer, upon which he was discharged.

Parliament is adjourned to 11 November,

and Mr. Boone, bound on bail to appear, did so.

Sir Walter Vane has succeeded Col. Rob. Sydney, deceased, in the command
of the Holland Regiment.

Sir Dan. Harvey has sailed in the Leopard for Turkey.

Montagu’s character being approved, he goes Envoy Extraordinary for France,

and Mr. Godolphin will go for Spain.

The Earl of Sandwich is believed to be at Tangiers, having orders to take account of the garrison and the mole.

His Majesty has signed a warrant for a commission to the Lord Keeper and others to examine all the accounts in Ireland, from 29 May 1660 to 1 July 1668.

His Royal Highness intends visiting the Cinque Ports and taking the oath of
[3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 165.]
L&M Companion -- Henry Muddiman (1629-1692). Journalist; he wrote most of the content of the government newspapers Apr. 1660-Aug. 1663, the earlier numbers of the *Oxford/London Gazette* 1665-6, and a remarkable run of newsletters 1660-1688, in which he gave correspondents both domestic and foreign news. He worked under successive secretaries of state, and in close association (until 1666) with Joseph Williamson, the Under-Secretary. Together they built up a system of news gathering and news distribution far superior to any previously known in England.
Murlace, Morlaise, aka Morlaix, refer to the port in Brittany 100 miles or
so west of St. Malo now known as Morlaix.
Ambassador Charles Colbert (1625 — 1696). In 1664 he married Françoise
Béraud, daughter of a rich banker, who brought with her the territory of
Croissy, which name he took to be turned into a Marquisate in July 1676.
"Montagu’s character being approved, he goes Envoy Extraordinary for France" -- Ralph Montagu, Ambassador extraordinary to Louis XIV was at the deathbed of Henrietta Anne, Duchesse d'Orleans, and delivered her last messages to Charles II, in 1670.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Aug.? 1668
that as a fresh warrant to the Treasury Commissioners was requisite
for payment to Manuel de Fonseca of 1,410/. for French wines, taken by Prince Rupert for the fleet,
which payment has already been ordered by Council and the Navy Commissioners,

the King has ordered Sir Thos. Clifford to pay it from the 5,000/. a month
reserved for extraordinary expenses.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 172.]

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