Tuesday 29 September 1668

(Tuesday, Michaelmas day). Up, and to the Office, where all the morning.

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Glyn  •  Link

And that's all he wrote today. Perhaps something interrupted him while he was writing.

"In this part of the Diary no entry occurs for 13 days, though there are several pages left blank. During the interval Pepys went into the country, as he subsequently mentions his having been at Saxham, in Suffolk, during the king's visit to Lord Crofts, which took place at this time. He might also have gone to Impington to fetch his wife. The pages left blank were never filled up."

Was Michaelmas Day, which this was, a holiday?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"a cart with iron axletrees"

axle tree

The fixed bar or beam of wood on the rounded ends of which the opposite wheels of a carriage revolve.

Synonyms - noun: shaft


Tony Eldridge  •  Link

Sir, I wish to register a complaint! Are we to be left without news for thirteen days while our man takes a holiday?
He must be feeling very confident to leave London so soon after the hornets' nest of the Duke of York's great letter.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Well, we know where he was in the morning...The afternoon we can but guess.


"If ... is pretty bad, then a complete blank for part of a day...?"

"Bess, my dearest love...Why do you want to know foolish antics of my younger, unreformed self that will only hurt you and bring me the deepest shame?"

"What?" Grrr...

"Now, Bess...Bess...We don't set the periwig on fire in Heaven...Bess! Ow!!...Nor do we throw my prized silver flagon...Bess, not the tongs!! I'm only thinking of your own spot here, darling!!"


"Bessie...My love...You know I only want to spare you..."

"And keep me from revoking your probation here..."

"Well...I would never want us to be separated for a thousand years or more while I burn or suffer whatever in Purgatory...Now, Bess..."

"Oh, come on, I won't revoke your probation to Heaven...Just tell me...If you really do love me..." Bess, pleading.

"Well...Why don't we wait till our 500th anniversary in 2155...Just something to keep a bit of mystery going, you know?"

"Right...You mean you want a bigger audience of your fans in attendance."

"It'll stay just between us, I swear, Bess..."

"God...Is it really that good or are you just pulling my leg and ran out of time or paper that day or something?"


"It's that good..." shrewd nod.


("Lord, now I'm dying to know..." St. Peter hisses to the Almighty, who gives smug smile. "You know we all hate it when You do that." frown.)


San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Letter #64 in The Letters of Samuel Pepys was written today.

Pepys had heard that Sandwich had landed in Portsmouth. It's long without saying very much. Most important it enclosed a bill of exchange for 500/. drawn upon a Mr. Salisbury to assist Sandwich with his travel expenses.

Court news including the swearing in of Sir John Trevor as Secretary of State in place of Mr. William Morice (purchased for 8,000/.). Also Prince Rupert had paid 3,500/. to be made Constable of Windsor Castle.

Tonight the King and Queen are having supper with the Carterets. Tomorrow the King and the Duke of York are leaving for a month's progress towards Norfolk and Suffolk.

Pepys also says he has asked Anthony Deane to wait upon His Lordship to assist with anything he needs.

Pepys then explains that his eyes are giving him a lot of trouble, and that he apologizes for not writing the letter himself. (I.E. He dictated it to a clerk.)

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The volume covering correspondence from Nov. 1667 – Sept. 1668 is at

Pages 656 – 658

[Sept. 29] 1668.
to Prince Rupert to be captain of that company of foot in Windsor Castle whereof Lord Mordaunt was captain.
Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 193.]

Sept. 29 1668.
to Prince Rupert of the office of Governor and Captain of Windsor Castle,
void by resignation of Lord Mordaunt;
fee 10s. a day; the first payment to commence from Michaelmas 1668.
Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 83.]

Sept. 29 1668.
to Prince Rupert of the office of Constable of Windsor Castle, and keeper of the forest, parks, and chaces thereof.
Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 193.]

Sept. 29 1668.
for a patent to George Wyrrall of the exercise for 14 years of his new invention of making iron pillars, capitals, cornices, rails, chimney pieces, &c.,
not to extend to making chimney backs, grates, &c.
[S.P Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 17.]

Sept. 29 1668.
The King to the Lord Chamberlain.

John Earl of Bath, groom of the stole and first gentleman of the bedchamber, has by his place the privilege of lodgings nearest the royal bedchamber, before any other officer of the household;
orders are therefore to be given in all mansions and palaces,
and in progresses and removes, that he be so lodged;

or if there be not room for him in the house, that he have convenient lodgings before any other, all the servants of the bed chamber and robes being solely under his charge.
[S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 86.]
Sir John Grenville (1628 - 1701), 1st Earl of Bath as of 1660, served King Charles' cause as a soldier, privateer and conspirator, then secured the allegiance of General George Monck to bring about the Restoration.

Sept. 29 1668.
Plymouth Fort
______ to Williamson.

The Mary Rose and the Antelope have arrived from Lisbon, bringing Marquis Schomberg and Major Trelawny, with the rest of the officers and soldiers from Portugal.
The Marquis, having been sick at sea, intends taking post for Portsmouth with Capt. Fras. Trelawny;
the other officers will go by the frigates that lie at Plymouth for a fair wind.
Several merchant ships have arrived from Barbados and Antigua.
(S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 22.]

Sept. 29. 1668
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson.

The Greenwich frigate has arrived at Spithead with the Earl of Sandwich from Spain.
He went to Southwick, Col. Norton coming with his coach to attend him thither.
Sir Philip Honeywood left for London last night.
[S.P Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 25.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

[Sept. 29.] 1668
Capt. Rich. Beach to Williamson.

I received a colt for you at Tangiers, from Major Fairborne, which has been as carefully looked after as any of the Earl of Sandwich's horses.

I shall put it ashore at Portsmouth, where the Earl and his horses will disembark, and leave it at the Artillery Tavern until further orders, having to leave in 5 days;
the person who has looked after the colt is very sick, and cannot attend to it now. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 26.]

Sept. 29 1668,
Ant. Thorold to Hickes.

Two vessels arrived from St. Malo with canvas,
and one from Morlaix with logwood,
report that the sickness continues in Normandy.

Also that the French continue increasing their fleet, several ships having been lately built, and many others fitting at Brest and other parts, as they are assured of the friendship of the English, and intend to begin with the Dutch next spring.

The Providence has sailed for Virginia,
and the Elizabeth for Genoa,
with several others for places abroad.
[S.P Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 28.]

Sept. 29 1668.
Victualling Office
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners.

I find, on your reference to me of Edw. Evans' petition for allowance for expense of flesh in lieu of butter and cheese, that Wm. Pook, the former purser of the
Pearl frigate, had his proportion of butter and cheese as well as other provisions;
if his successor found none, I cannot help it, nor am I concerned therein;

I cannot in reason give allowance for butter suggested to be thrown overboard, which might have been returned if found defective.
[S.P Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 29.]

john  •  Link

@SDS, your comment of 16 Feb 2021 seems to be a good reason for the blanks (condensed into one blank page in L&M).

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Why thank you, John ... happy to be helpful. For the life of me, I can't remember what I wrote.


"I cannot in reason give allowance for butter suggested to be thrown overboard, which might have been returned if found defective."

Butter must have been different from our understanding today. No refrigeration ... I suppose they added salt, but it must have gone rancid. They packed it in barrels and the sailors got half a pound of it a week while at sea.

Why on earth did Gaudin want barrels of spoiled butter back? What could he do with it/them? (Give it to some other ship, presumably?) Yuck.

Or maybe he would confront his dairy supplier and find out how old it was before being delivered to the ship? I wonder if they numbered the barrels and kept a permanent production log? That seems highly unlikely to me.

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