Wednesday 28 October 1668

[Continued from yesterday. P.G.] …rose with perfect good peace, being heartily afflicted for this folly of mine that did occasion it, but was forced to be silent about the girle, which I have no mind to part with, but much less that the poor girle should be undone by my folly. So up with mighty kindness from my wife and a thorough peace, and being up did by a note advise the girle what I had done and owned, which note I was in pain for till she told me she had burned it. This evening Mr. Spong come, and sat late with me, and first told me of the instrument called parallelogram, which I must have one of, shewing me his practice thereon, by a map of England. So by coach with Mr. Gibson to Chancery Lane, and there made oath before a Master of Chancery to the Tangier account of fees, and so to White Hall, where, by and by, a Committee met, my Lord Sandwich there, but his report was not received, it being late; but only a little business done, about the supplying the place with victuals. But I did get, to my great content, my account allowed of fees, with great applause by my Lord Ashly and Sir W. Pen. Thence home, calling at one or two places; and there about our workmen, who are at work upon my wife’s closet, and other parts of my house, that we are all in dirt. So after dinner with Mr. Gibson all the afternoon in my closet, and at night to supper and to bed, my wife and I at good peace, but yet with some little grudgings of trouble in her and more in me about the poor girle.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

Remarkable. Eye of the hurricane, though, I'd imagine.

Mary  •  Link

"did by a note advise the girle..."

So this is a literate girl.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Southwell to Ormond
Written from: Lisbon
Date: 28 October/7 November 1668

If his Majesty will not treat with the Prince [afterwards John II] [Pedro ] as he is [the meaning is, "without the title of King"; he refused, it seems, the title, whilst exercising the power, of King, until his brother's death], the business of the intended treaty is out of doors [ is publicly known ].

As to the Queen's portion, the writer can soon procure a declaration from the Court that they will pay what is due, when they can afford it. But if he is to wait for the money, more would be gotten by condemning him to the Mines.…

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