Thursday 1 October 1668

[In this part of the “Diary” no entry occurs for thirteen 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 (see October 23rd, host). He might also probably have gone to Impington to fetch his wife. The pages left blank were never filled up. — B.]

[On this day Pepys travelled to Southwick, Hampshire with Viscount Hinchingbrooke and other members of the Mountagu family, to welcome Lord Sandwich back from Spain. — P.G.]

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

'America and West Indies: October 1668', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 5: 1661-1668 (1880), pp. 615-622. URL:…

Oct. 1. Jamaica

1850. Gov. Sir Thos. Modyford to the Duke of Albemarle. Sends copy of his last, since which the privateers have had the confidence to take two towns of the Spaniards ; for which being reproved, having commission only against their ships, they presented the enclosed Declaration, which he desires his Majesty may see. "It is most certain that the Spaniards had full intention to attempt this island, but could not get men ; and they still hold the same minds, and therefore I cannot but presume to say, that it is very unequal that we should in any measure be restrained, while they are at liberty to act as they please upon us, from which we shall never be secure until the King of Spain acknowledges this island to be his Majesty's, and so includes it by name in the capitulations." Is very confident also of the revolt of the Indians on the main, and will send all the privateers to gain certain advice thereof, that if need be he may divert the enemy by improving that revolt. Presents also the deposition of a Spaniard touching "my son John, who (having not been heard of these four years) was questionless either murdered or sent into the South Seas in slavery by these our cruel neighbours." Beseeches his Grace so to present his behaviour in this great affair, that no sinister construction may be put on his actions. Incloses,

1850. I. Information of Admiral Henry Morgan and officers under his command in the late expedition on the Spanish coast, 1668, Sept. 7, see Cal., ante, No. 1838.
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Jesse  •  Link

re: Read the London Gazette?

Works for me - thanks for the link.

"Some dispute arising about the ceremony of saluting." Where have we seen that before?

martinb  •  Link

Yes, many thanks for the London G, which is good. Who said newspapers were a thing of the past? Well, you know what I mean.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Loooordddd Sandwich..." Sam makes sweeping bow with flourish.

Montagu, quick glance at Hinchingbroke who holds up hand, five fingers extended.


"Pepys, my dear old friend." offers gracious hand.

"My Lord." Umnn...Hmmn...Not all that much to converse with the man about given I deem it best not to mention the clouds round his departure, the current miserable state of affairs, his desperate finances, the King's indifference, his likely dislike of being reminded of my rise as compared to his...Not so much rise...Ummn...

"...And...How was the weather in Spain, my Lord?"

"Wretched, Pepys. Wretched. How be my dear cousin, your lovely wife?"

Safely out of reach...Sam does not say, eyeing Montagu's smile.

"Well, my lord...Off to my cousin Roger's in the country for some entertainment."

"Ah...And so I hear you all managed to lose our fleet while I was away..." wider smile.

Knew that would come up...

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Sandwich's journal (Sandwich MSS, Journals, viii, 546-8) is the source of what L&M provide (for Phil's note above and on following days).

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