Tuesday 6 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.]

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Oct. 6. Tuesday.

Write Mr. Pepys and Sir R. Long and the Navy Commissioners again to meet Sir G. Downing about the matter of how the money has been disbursed for the fleet, about which they were to have met last week, but that Mr. Pepys's other occasions diverted it by his being out of town.

Sir Denys Gawden called in about his interest account. Auditor Beale to examine it and consider it with the [Victualling] contract and declarations, fixing the matter to those contracts with the [interest] accordingly at 6 per cent. to Sir Denys for want of timely payment [to him from the Exchequer], that so the matter may be laid before the King in Council. If this direction is not clear he [Beale] is to state his doubts.

[Treasury Minute Book II. p. 451]

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Nov. 6.
Jamaica. 1865. Sir Jas. Modyford to Williamson. Has received his of 20th July ; his collection of news is very acceptable in these parts. Supposes he will have received full returns ere this, and hopes he will receive such satisfaction as may encourage his being further concerned with our island. Thanks him for his kindness to his nephew Modyford. Indorsed, Rec. Feb. 12. p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXIII., No. 74.]
Nov. 6.
Jamaica. 1866. Duplicate of preceding. Indorsed, Rec. 1 April. p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXIII., No. 75.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Calendar of Treasury Books, 'Entry Book: October 1668', in Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 2, 1667-1668, ed. William A Shaw (London, 1905), pp. 623-630. British History Online

Oct. 6 1668
Order registered on the Royal Aid for 1,062/. 15s. 9d. to Col. W. Legg.
Treasury Order Book XXXVI. p. 69.
L&M companion: Col. William Legge (1609 - 1700) was appointed Master of the Armories and Lieutenant General and treasurer of the Ordinance in 1660.
He learnt his soldiering in the Dutch and Swedish armies as a young man: became Lieutenant of the Ordinance during the Scots war 1639-40, and in the Civil Wars was an officer under Prince Rupert and Governor of Oxford 1645-6.

[Legge was also a Groom of the Bedchamber to King Charles, and assisted in the king’s escape from Hampton Court, and later acted as a courier between King Charles and Rupert while the king was imprisoned on the Isle of Wight.]

Charles II is paying his dues when he can.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The volume of Domestic State Papers covering correspondence from Oct. 1668 to Dec. 1669 is at

Oct. 6 1668.
Bonadventure, Blackstakes
Capt. John Narbrough to the Navy Commissioners.

Is in Chatham river, for want of a pilot to carry the ship up;
Expected to have been supplied by the master of attendance, but the pilots are all out at present.
Shall advertise his arrival at Chatham.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 108.]

Oct. 6 1668,
The Greenwich, Hope
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners.

Being ordered for Chatham “when the merchants' concerns are out,” asks for a pilot.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 109.]

Oct. 6 1668.
Thos. Goose, purser of the Sweepstakes, to the Navy Commissioners.

Wants an order for checking the sick book by his sea book, that he may have his due right, having, according to their orders, discharged all the sick that did not return aboard the day they were set ashore.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 110.]

Oct. 6 1668.
Sir George Carteret to the Navy Commissioners.

Has had the Harp frigate surveyed, and as she is unprovided for service,
has ordered her to Kinsale, to be paid off and laid up,
except any contrary order from them intervenes.

Judges the selling of her is not for the King's profit,
because she is of so great charge for her small burden,
that no merchant would offer money for her in those parts,
where nothing is looked upon but the stowage.

Has acquainted Lord Anglesey with the difficulty of getting money here, and advised him what course to take to pay her off at Kinsale.

Those that surveyed found no fault with her hull, which a little repair will make good.
(S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 111.)
Sir George moved fast ... he and Lady Carteret had Charles II and Queen Catherine to dinner on Sept. 28, 1668.
As Treasurer for Ireland, he has been preparing for this trip for a while.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Oct. 6 1668.
Treasury Chambers
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners.

The Treasury Commissioners desire a list of the ships lately come in to be paid off. and of the sums requisite for their discharge,
specifying how much is for service before provision was made by the Eleven Months' Tax,
how much for service during the time provided for by that Act,
and how much since.

At the foot is a list of six ships, and estimates that the sums due to them are - before 1 Jan. 1667, 5,267/. 10s.;
thence to 1 Jan. 1668, 10,212/. 10s.;
thence to 3 Oct. 1668, 9,625/. 15s.;
total, 25,105/. 15s.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 112.]

Oct. 6 1668.
Edw. Byland to Pepys.

Asks for deals for the Pearl, and timber and plank for the new ship.
Proposes buying that East country plank at Deptford.

Reports the goodness of the masts lately come [sent as a present to the King from New England].
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 113.]

Particulars of the length and diameter of the said masts, 24 in number.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 1131.]

Oct. 6 1668.
W. Hannam, master attendant at Woolwich, to the Navy Commissioners.

Wants a boatswain appointed to the Pearl, in the room of the other lying ashore sick;
as she is fitting for sea, asks whether to set the masts of the frigates there, or forbear, as the winter is at hand, and they will ride with more safety.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 114.]

Oct. 6 1668.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to Col. Thos. Middleton.

Acquainted him that it was probable there were several ordnance, anchors,
and cables scattered in the river Medway, by the burning and blowing up the ships when the Dutch were here,
and proposed the terms on which they could employ persons to take them up,
which was to have one half to themselves, excluding whatever was on board the wrecks they should weigh, and to have the use of a wind lass lighter;
if they saved nothing, the King to be at no charge, and they to expect nothing.

Request him, if he thinks it fitting, to propose it to the Board,
and to give his resolutions therein.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. Î15.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Oct. 6 1668.
Ch. Ludkin to Williamson.

His Majesty passed through the town on Saturday, on his way from Lord Croft's house, near Bury, to Landguard Fort, but did not stay;

he dined yesterday at the Lord of Hereford's house in this town, where they had all the expressions of joy possible, ringing of bells, discharging of guns, the steeples adorned with flags and streamers, the streets strewn with herbs and flowers, and echoing with the acclamations of the people, and prayers for his Majesty's health and prosperity.
The bailiffs, portmen, and commoners attended his Majesty, and presented their mace, which they immediately received again, and after dinner, attended him on horseback, with the trained bands, out of the town.
It was reported that the French and Dutch fleets have quarrelled in the Straits about the honour of the flag, and that the Dutch have sunk the French Admiral, and taken some of their ships.
[14 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 116.]

Oct. 6 1668.
Rich. Forster to Williamson.

Alderman Ralph Jenison was yesterday elected Mayor of the town,
and his son sheriff, to the great satisfaction of most.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 117.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Ludkin has it backwards. Charles II was coming FROM Landguard Fort and going TO Lord Croft's at Little Saxham.

Filling out yesterday's report about Charles' visit to Harwich:

The King and most of the lords sailed that evening to Aldborough,
Aldborough is spelt ALDEBURGH these days.
For Aldeburgh, see: https://www.pepysdiary.com/encycl…

As it’s in Suffolk, it would be reasonably handy for Ipswich, Little Saxham, Newmarket and Audley End.
My Google search brings up some hotels claiming to be where Charles II had lunch in “June” 1668 on his way to Ipswich … they look too modern, so, if true, it was a previous building.
More to the question, where did he stay the night? The members of Parliament (Sir John Holland (https://www.historyofparliamenton… ), and Sir Robert Brooke (Pepys’ nemesis, https://www.pepysdiary.com/encycl… ) do not appear to have lived there, or maybe John Bence (https://www.pepysdiary.com/encycl… who ran for Parliament but wasn’t elected), and/or the Mayor and Aldermen? No one with a suitable estate readily appears -- which probably means it has been demolished.
and the next day rode by land thence to Ipswich, dined with Viscount Hereford, and returned in the afternoon to Audley End.
Leicester Devereux, 6th Viscount Hereford (1617 – 1676) was the second son of Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford (1578 – 1658). He married Elizabeth Withipoll, daughter and sole heiress of Sir William Withipoll who inherited Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.
His second wife was Priscilla Catchpole.
The Christchurch estate was established by the Augustinian Priory of the Holy Trinity in the C12 (c 1147) and originally covered 643 acres (c 268ha) of farmland. The Priory was suppressed in 1536 and its estates seized by the Crown. In 1545 the manor of Christchurch was sold to Paul Withypoll. His son Edmund inherited in 1547 and began construction of a house on the ruins of the Priory in 1548.
The estate remained in the Withypoll family until 1645 when Elizabeth Withypoll inherited. She was married to Leicester Devereux who in 1649 became the 6th Viscount Hereford. Elizabeth and Leicester made many changes, including substantial rebuilding of the house following a fire sometime prior to 1674.
The southern section of the park is depicted on Ogilby's map of Ipswich dated 1674 and this shows the elaborate parterres and formal gardens which surrounded the Mansion at that time.
This map also shows the beginning of an avenue running north from the Mansion and a circular pond situated off the north-west corner of the building.
[2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. 11. 247, No. 127.]

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