Thursday 15 October 1668

Up, and all the morning at the office, and at home at dinner, where, after dinner, my wife and I and Deb. out by coach to the upholsters in Long Lane, Alderman Reeve’s, and then to Alderman Crow’s, to see variety of hangings, and were mightily pleased therewith, and spent the whole afternoon thereupon; and at last I think we shall pitch upon the best suit of Apostles, where three pieces for my room will come to almost 80l.: so home, and to my office, and then home to supper and to bed. This day at the Board comes unexpected the warrants from the Duke of York for Mr. Turner and Hater, for the places they desire, which contents me mightily.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

A new issue of the London Gazette has hit the Royal Exchange at Gresham College and coffee houses nearby (pace what the website says about the date Issue 304 was published)…

Evidence of the date of publication appears on p. 2 with this notice:

"Whitehall, Octob. 14. Yesterday his Royal .Highness returned from Audly End, and this day, being his Birth-day. hath been complimented on that Occasion by the Ambassadors and Ministers of foreign Princes and States, and by the perfons of greatest Eminency about the Town."…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I think we shall pitch upon the best suit of Apostles, where three pieces for my room will come to almost 80l"

L&M say the prices of both this and of the "suit" of "tapestry" panels that Pepys will in fact buy next day (… ) for 83l. suggest they were either second-hand or imitation tapestries made of painted or stained cloth, e.g. like ones based on the popular cartoons by Raphael and made by Mortlake tapestry works, with which both Sir Sackwell Crowe
[… ] and Sir Richard Crowe were connected.

An example of what L&M haver in mind is this Mortlake Tapestry 1636-38 from Charles I set of 'Acts of The Apostles' 'Elymas struck by Blindness'…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Pepys would, of course, not have been considering an original woven tapestry woven for Charles I.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

"suit of Apostles"

Thanks for clearing that up, Terry

languagehat  •  Link

Thanks for the Gazette links, Terry, and the reminder of the exciting events going on elsewhere in the world. From the Wikipedia article on Candia: "In the long and devastating Cretan War (1645–1669), the two states fought over the possession of Crete: the Ottomans quickly overran most of the island, but failed to take Candia, which held out, aided by Venetian naval superiority and Ottoman distractions elsewhere, until 1669." I've been in Candia, now called Iraklion, and will be sorry to see it fall to the Turks next year!

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"to Alderman Crow’s, to see variety of hangings, and were mightily pleased therewith, and spent the whole afternoon thereupon; and at last I think we shall pitch upon the best suit of Apostles, where three pieces for my room will come to almost 80l.:"

L&M: The prices both of this and the suit which Pepys in fact bought (on the 16th) suggest that they were either second-hand or imitation tapestries made of painter or stained cloth. The 'Acts of the Apostles' was a favourite design, basef on cartoons by Raphael and manufactured e.g. at the Mortlake tapestry works (with which both Sir Sackville and Sir Richard Crow were connected, 1661-7): Whinney and Miller, pp. 126-7, 129-30.
Mortlake Tapestry Works…
Raphael Cartoons…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

'Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 5, 1661-1668, ed. W Noel Sainsbury (London, 1880), pp. 615-622. British History Online…

October 1668

Oct. 17-28. 1668
#1856. Minutes of the Council of Barbados.

An order of the Assembly for 30 butts of sugar to be sent home for carrying on this island's addresses to his Majesty, according to the Council's desire, if his Excellency will say he will promote the interest of this country, and therein observe their memorials.
Passed and consented to by Governor Willoughby, Nov. 16, 1668.

... [SEE OCT. 27, 28 FOR MORE]
4-½ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. XI., pp. 173-177.]
William, Lord WILLOUGHBY, 6th Baron of Parham MP (1616 – 1673), Gov. Barbados (1666 – 1673)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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

Oct. 15 1668.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson.

I sent my man to look after your horse, which is at the Antelope inn;
it is a bay colt and well attended to; I desire directions as to its disposal.

The soldiers that came from Lisbon have been landed, and 70 of them are taken into the garrison — viz, 10 in each of the 7 companies;
the officers and the rest of the soldiers will go to London, to be entertained in the Guards.
The troopers also march for London, their horses being left behind at Lisbon.
Some of them, being drunk, affronted the Governor, Sir Phil. Honeywood, and 3
were committed to the Marshal, one whereof was ordered to be put in irons.

The Mary Rose and Antelope remain at Portsmouth till the wind will allow their
sailing for the Thames;
the Roebuck is in Stokes Bay, having been fitted to fetch Lady Orrery from Ireland, and then return hither.

The Dartmouth frigate is getting ready to sail for the Canaries,
and the Milford for the winter guard.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No 193.]

Oct. 15, 1668
John Moore and Capt. Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners.

We are endeavouring to gain good fastening to the third wreck,
and in a week's time shall be able to lift her, and hope to have her ashore.

We beg an order to the master shipwright to caulk the flyboat, which leaks in the upper deck, as the rain will prove bad for the lodgings of the men.

The victualler's agent seems not yet to have received an order to complete
the residue of our fresh meat.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 194.]

Oct. 15 1668.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners.

We graved the Milford as soon as you ordered her to be fitted for the winter guard.
If his Royal Highness has no occasion to use her, she is put into a good condition of preservation, which is all the loss that can happen.

We have hauled off the Dartmouth, and will give all possible despatch to the rest of her works, and hope you will order her to proceed on her voyage.

Particulars of a new ship building.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 195.]

Oct. 15 1668.
Edw. Ridgway, purser of the Victory, to the Navy Commissioners.

I am informed that you are dissatisfied with me for not giving due attendance
upon you and to my business.
I have been under a fever and ague 17 months, but am better, and hope in a
fortnight or 3 weeks' time to wait upon you, and despatch my business.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 196.]

Oct. 15 1668.
Bonadventure, Chatham River
Capt. John Narbrough to the Navy Commissioners.

I have got my ship up to Gillingham Reach,
and hope by the next tide to have her up to her moorings.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 247, No. 197.]

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