Tuesday 18 August 1668

Up, and to my office about my great business betimes, and so to the office, where all the morning. At noon dined, and then to the office all the afternoon also, and in the evening to Sir W. Coventry’s, but he not within, I took coach alone to the Park, to try to meet him there, but did not; but there were few coaches, but among the few there were in two coaches our two great beauties, my Lady Castlemayne and Richmond; the first time I saw the latter since she had the smallpox. I had much pleasure to see them, but I thought they were strange one to another. Thence going out I met a coach going, which I thought had Knepp in it, so I went back, but it was not she. So back to White Hall and there took water, and so home, and busy late about my great letter to the Duke of York, and so to supper and to bed … [This night yo did hazer Deb tocar mi thing with her hand after yo was in lecto — with great pleasure. L&M]

13 Annotations

First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

L&M provide the nocturnal advance the ellipsis signals the omission of.

"This night yo did hazer Deb tocar mi thing with her hand after yo was in lecto -- with great pleasure."

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...I met a coach going, which I thought had Knepp in it, so I went back, but it was not she."

"Ah, dear Knepp..."

"What the bloody..."

Gasp...Eyes fallen wig...

"Why, Mr. Kynaston..."

Never realized how much he did resemble Knepp...

"And who the hell...Samuel Pepys?"

"Hem...Uh, yes..."

"And are we in the habit of entering stopped coaches with what we presume...Thank ye for demonstrating I've still got it...Are ladies present...And grabbing their..."

"Ah hem...Most heartily sorry...Thought you were...Ummn...You see my eyes, recently..."

"Mr. Knepp wouldn't be too pleased, Samuel. But..." shrug... "Come and join us." pats seat...

Uh...well... "Well, Mr. K...I really..."

"Please do..." a voice beside Kynaston.

"Ah, my Lord Buckingham...What a pleasure..."


A. De Araujo  •  Link

Apparently "la belle Stuart" did not have any scars from the small pox.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

“This night yo did hazer Deb tocar mi thing with her hand after yo was in lecto — with great pleasure.”

I figure all the pleasure Pepys knew about at this point was His Own.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

329. Catterin Belegno, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
The earl of Sciandovich has received orders from his king to proceed to Tanger, under the pretext of designing the building of an arsenal. But it is believed that on arriving at that place he will be put under arrest by the king's order, since he has many enemies in England and the Court there professes to be ill pleased with the negotiations which he conducted at Lisbon. (fn. 7)
Madrid, the 18th August, 1668. [Italian.]

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 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/…

Aug. 18. 1668
Letter of news [sent by Rob. Francis to Williamson].
[Williamson is staying at the Earl of Thurmond’s manor house at Billing, Northampton.]

All continues quiet in Holland [Scotland? see p. 533 supra], but to prevent riot or disorder, they are resolved to raise every fifth man throughout the kingdom, to be maintained at the public expense, so as to be always in a posture of defence.

An Algiers man-of-war, by way of retaliation for some injury received from the Tangiers privateers, has taken a merchantman of Bristol, and fitted her out as a man-of-war, which was so ill-approved of by 150 Moors then aboard the Algiers man-of-war, that they protested against it and left their ship.

Sir Thos. Allin has sailed for Algiers, with full power and instructions for continuance of a good correspondence there.

The Dutch have received a considerable loss at Batavia in the Indies, where they got one of the sons of the King of Macassar to head 10,000 men, to countenance their design of invading that king's dominions, which had the desired success, as many of the natives came over to their party;
but in the attempt, the king's son was slain, and the greatest part of their own men, so that they carried off not above 500 men, with the 20 ships they brought with them for the purpose.

Yesterday Monsieur Colbert was brought with the usual ceremonies from the Tower, where the guns were discharged at his landing, to Leicester House.
He will have an audience with the King to-morrow.

Hen. Howard, nephew of the Earl of Carlisle, has been killed in a duel by [Pat.] Curwen, a gentleman of the North, who has made his escape.
[2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 207.]

Aug. 18. 1668
[Rob.] Francis to [Williamson].

Particulars of proceedings at the office.
I enclose letters to Lady Katherine (fn. 2) and Mr. Buxton,
and one to my lord from Bombay;
also one from Sir J. Robinson.

I attended Lord Arlington to the office from Goring House;
he has written a letter to the Treasury Commissioners in favour of Lady Dysart, that she is content to decline her pension, provided she may be satisfied her arrears, and has sent it to Lord Lauderdale, at whose request he wrote it.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

His lordship ordered the delivery of the bill for Mr. Estoll's pension without payment of fees.

The Dutch Ambassador was above one hour with his lordship, and afterwards went with him to the King.

The Spanish Ambassador was likewise some time with Mr. Godolphin.

Mr. Barker is to get extracts of the letters about the Dutch business with the King of Macassar.
[1-¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 208.]
2 The Lady Katherine is Lady Katherine O'Brien, daughter-in-law of the Earl of Thomond. She marries Williamson as her second husband in December 1678. Later in this correspondence she is referred to as "The Countess"; she is probably playing the hostess for her father-in-law.

Aug. 18. 1668
Letter of news [by Rob. Francis] to Dr Ludkin, Ipswich.

Sir Thos. Allin sailed from Spithead on the 15th with his fleet;
his instructions about the Prince of Monaco are altered, on advice that the
French King claims the place as under his jurisdiction, and that Sir Thomas shall receive all satisfaction for the English pink seized.

On the 17th Monsieur Colbert, the French Ambassador, made his public
entrance, and brought with him 3 coaches, each with 6 horses, 6 sumpter mules with bells, 6 pages, 18 footmen, and 16 men on horseback.

He stays at Leicester House, where he will receive money in lieu of an
entertainment, not having gone to Sir Abraham Williams's house as others do.

The nobility of Poland are so divided in their councils about the election, that nothing can be expected but discord and confusion.

They resolve to oppose the next parliament in multitude on horse-back, and unless the King can be over-ruled — as the major part of the nobility are
inclined to persuade him — to take the Crown again, the kingdom will come to ruin.

The East India Company in Holland have agreed to make no division this year,
but to pay off some debts contracted during the war with England, and
intend sending 20 ships for India with 4,200 men and 60,000/.

Monsieur D'Estrades is in disgrace at Court, and another Ambassador is expected in his place.
[3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 209.]
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.
They had 7 children
Whatever trouble Amb. d'Estrades was in must have blown over, leaving no trace in any on-line biography.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Aug. 18. 1668
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys.

I desire you to direct the bearer to the vessel which is to carry the Duke's hounds into Holland.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 205.]

Aug. 18. 1668
Ordnance Office.
Jonas Moore and Edw. Sherburne to the Navy Commissioners.

We have ordered the Dover's guns to be taken out, and sent lighters from
Woolwich to Erith to receive them;
we shall direct our wharfingers for the future to cause lighters to be sent to
ships, to take their guns out before the ship's company is discharged.

Has his Majesty paid for the Leicester, sunk in the river on the approach of the Dutch?
There were divers pieces of ordnance upon her, which the King, as we
understand, paid for, 8 of which have been taken up and sold by Stephen Brooks, a lighterman.

We request a speedy answer, that they may not be lost, if belonging to the King.

We wish the master attendants at Portsmouth to be directed to take out the guns of the Cambridge, and other ships ordered to be laid up, before the men are discharged.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 206.]

Aug. 18. 1668
to pay to Nicholas Estoll a pension of 50/. a year,
for discovering dangerous conspiracies against his Majesty's person, and designs against some of his garrisons.
[Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 252.]

Aug. 18. 1668
to the Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse,
to order the Avenar to admit Thomas Sandys, late page of honour to the Queen,
to the place of her equerry, void by resignation of Sir Algernon May.
[S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 67.]

Aug. 18 1668
The King to the Treasury Commissioners.
A balance of 809/. 15s. 10d., remainder of 3,280/.
lent by Lord Ashley to the King, was made payable to Thos. Durnford, out of moneys not pardoned by the Act of Indemnity;
but finding that no irregularity would ensure from its payment out of the remainder of the prize money, we have issued a warrant accordingly for its payment to Edw. Backwell,
and request you to see that Durnford gives a release for the same, and that the release is enrolled.
[S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 35.]

Aug. 18. 1668
Warrant to Lord Ashley, treasurer for prizes,
to pay 809/. 15s. 10d. to Edw. Backwell, without account.
[S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 36.]

Aug. 18. 1668
B. J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson.

The Deptford ketch followed the fleet with what was wanting.
The Resolution and Warspite are come to St. Helen's.
The Portsmouth ketch is fitting for the West Indies,
and the Eagle frigate for the Irish coast.
A Portsmouth merchant ship has sailed for Virginia.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 210.]

john  •  Link

SDS: "to carry the Duke's hounds into Holland."

The Duke's hounds -- is this literal?

john  •  Link

SDS, I do not doubt your transcription. I wondered whether they really referred to canines or something else (and why transport them at all).

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Maybe more correspondence will emerge? It seems clear to me James' dogs are off to Holland.
Maybe they are a gift for someone?
Maybe they are an experiment in cross breeding?
Maybe James is planning a diplomatic visit, somewhat like Nixon's 1971 ping-pong outreach to China?
I trust we will find out, otherwise it's a wonderful detail for some novelist in the future to play with.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... which he conducted at Lisbon. (fn. 7)"

• 7. Sandwich was blamed for signing the treaty below the Marquis of Carpio; but he defended his action successfully and was restored to favor.
Harris: Life of Edward Montagu, First Earl of Sandwich, Vol. ii, pp. 1478.

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.