Wednesday 23 September 1668

At my office busy all the morning. At noon comes Mr. Evelyn to me, about some business with the Office, and there in discourse tells me of his loss, to the value of 500l., which he hath met with, in a late attempt of making of bricks1 upon an adventure with others, by which he presumed to have got a great deal of money: so that I see the most ingenious men may sometimes be mistaken. So to the ‘Change a little, and then home to dinner, and then by water to White Hall, to attend the Commissioners of the Treasury with Alderman Backewell, about 10,000l. he is to lend us for Tangier, and then up to a Committee of the Council, where was the Duke of York, and they did give us, the Officers of the Navy, the proposals of the several bidders for the victualling of the Navy, for us to give our answer to, which is the best, and whether it be better to victual by commission or contract, and to bring them our answer by Friday afternoon, which is a great deal of work. So thence back with Sir J. Minnes home, and come after us Sir W. Pen and Lord Brouncker, and we fell to the business, and I late when they were gone to digest something of it, and so to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"to attend the Commissioners of the Treasury with Alderman Backewell, about 10,000l. he is to lend us for Tangier"

Sure sounds like a high risk- high yield investment for this high-roller to me!! (See his page for his future.)

Was/is it a matter of being called "Alderman" ever after having been one?

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘Alderman, n. Etym: < Old English aldor . .
1. A senior, signor, superior, ruler; a noble or person of high rank . .
. . 3. Since the guilds became identified with the corporation or ruling municipal body: A magistrate in English and Irish cities and boroughs, next in dignity to the mayor; properly, as in London, the chief officer of a ward.
. . a1616 Shakespeare Richard III (1623) iii. vii. 66 The Maior and Aldermen [1597 Cittizens]‥Are come to haue some conference with his Grace.
. . 1667 E. Chamberlayne Present State Great Brit. i. 201 The 26 Aldermen preside over the 26 Wards of the City [of London]. All the Aldermen that have been Lord-Mayors, and the three eldest Aldermen that have not yet arrived to that honourable Estate, are by their Charter Justices of the Peace.
. . 1878 W. Stubbs Constit. Hist. III. 565 The title of alderman, which had once belonged to the heads of the several guilds, was transferred to the magistrates of the several wards into which the town was divided, or to the sworn assistants of the mayor, in the cases in which no such division was made.’ [OED]

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Tangier, it's a land of opportunity. So let me get this straight...Backewell is willing to lend Charles Stuart's administration 10000Ls for the Tangier colony? This administration? What, did Charlie sell him Barbara Palmer? I know, I know...All part of the political influence game...But I wouldn't do for anything less than Babs thrown in.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Evelyn's Diary's mentions of Kievet as noted are posted on this site

Pepys spelled it a third way, in February 1667:

"At home, by appointment, comes Captain Cocke to me, to talk of State matters, and about the peace; who told me that the whole business is managed between Kevet, Burgomaster of Amsterdam, and my Lord Arlington, who hath, by the interest of his wife there, some interest." "Kevet" page

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"comes Mr. Evelyn to me, about some business with the Office"

L&M note Evelyn was a Commissioner of the Sick and Wounded, 1664-67. In that role, as we saw, he had tapped resources of the Navy Office with Pepys's aid.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

This Mr. Kiviet or Kievit sounds like quite the hustler. His Wikipedia biography says he was not from Amsterdam but Rotterdam, where he was not burgomeister but a member of the city council. He fled Holland in late 1666 under suspicion of treason and can hardly have been a Dutch envoy for peace talks two ro three months later But he was well received by Charles II because he was close to the King's nephew, William Prince of Orange and it was being caught plotting on William's behalf that caused him to flee Holland. In 1672, after William gained power, he returned to Holland and is thought to have been complicit in the murder of the de Witt brothers, who had ruled the Dutch Republic. The cause of the murder, interestingly, was a grudge against the bothers by Admiral Tromp, who felt he had been deliberately disgraced by them when they dismissed him from the navy following an quarrel with Admiral de Ruyter over the St. James's Day Battle against the Enlish fleet Jul25-26, 1666 (Old Style).…

In 1686 Kievit was arrested for embezzlement of state funds and later convicted.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Evelyn, in accordance with the provisions of the city's first Rebuilding Act:

6 March. I proposed to my Lo. Chancellor Monsieur Kiviet's
[ ] undertaking to warfe the whole river of Thames, or Key, from the Temple to the Tower, as far as the fire destroied, with brick, without piles, both lasting and ornamental.—Great frosts, snow and winds, prodigious at the vernal equinox ; indeede it had ben a yeare of prodigies in this nation, plague, warr, fire, rains, tempest, and comet.…

The scheme was abandoned, as was the later scheme (under the second act, 1670) to embank the section from the Tower to London Bridge. See Evelyn, iii.471, 476, 477-8; T.F. Reddaway, Rebuilding of London, pp. 221+. (L&M note)

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