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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First Reading

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.…

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"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."

Elizabeth Pepys is in turmoil within and without. She has been traumatized by what her husband has done to her companion, and there are workmen in what might otherwise be her refuge.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"But I did get, to my great content, my account allowed of fees, with great applause by my Lord Ashly and Sir W. Pen."

Be careful, Pepys ... any time those two approved of anything of mine, I'd be worried.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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

Oct. 28 1668.
Victualing Office
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners.

In answer to yours of the 24th, there is nothing that I have more endeavoured
than the bringing in of all my demands, and the having all my accounts settled, which is necessary in respect of the service, and of my own security, as fast as papers come to hand I shall despatch them, that I may be able to make my final demand.

The delay of the pursers in sending in their accounts may be imputed to me, but I hope your Honours will consider what I suffer for want of them, being unable to know what casks, bags, and iron hoops have been delivered to, or returned from each ship.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 94.]

Oct. 28 1668.
John Maurice to Williamson.

The Fortune from Barbados brought a packet directed to Sir Wm. Morice,
which I sent to Sir John Trevor, supposing it to be in his province.

The vessel had a quick passage, having completed it in five weeks and a few days.
The Sarah of Weymouth came out with her, but was left at sea.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 95.]

Oct. 28 1668.
Rich. Bower to Williamson.

Several vessels have sailed for the Straits with red herrings,
and others will soon be ready.

Mr. Crow, of Yarmouth, formerly an upholsterer of London, died here on Saturday last: had he lived, he would have been called to an account about the former King's hangings, as the bailiffs had received something in order thereto.

He died worth 40,000/., most of which he has left to Thos. Bransby of Yarmouth and Rob. Bransby in St. Bartholomew's Close, London, his brothers by the mother's side, having left neither wife nor child.

I hope Capt. Clifton has been with you;
I doubt not but you will answer my desires by moving Lord Arlington therein.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 96.]
"Hangings" must mean tapestries, not executions.

1668. Oct. 28.
James Baskerville to Williamson.

The winds keep in the fleet outward bound.
We have sickly times, and bad, wet weather.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 97.]

Oct. 28, 1660
Petition of John Napier, rector of St. Peter's, Berkhamstead, Herts., and of 8 other inhabitants, to the King,

for leave to recommend Edmund Nuboult, M.A., late student of Trinity College, Cambridge,
as master of the Free School in the town, vacant through the resignation of the late incumbent;
have suffered long for want of one.

With reference thereon to the Bishop of Hereford, and his report that the petitioner having shown him ample certificates attesting his sobriety and industry, and finding him to be of parts sufficient for so mean a school,
he conceives him a fit person for his Majesty's favour.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, Nos. 98, 99.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Oct. ? 1668
Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson.

I request the return of a warrant, that I may send it back to Lady Castlemaine,
according to her command when she gave it me;
she never named a clamorous gentleman who now complains that the business is put into your hands.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 100.]
Here's another story we don't know.

Oct. 28 1668.
Warrant to Sir Gilbert Talbot, Master of the Jewel House,

to deliver to Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, 3,000 ounces of plate,
of such fashion as she shall desire, to be for her own use,
she having given in her indentures for redelivery of the same.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 101.]
And exactly how did Lady Castlemaine qualify for this gift?
And what does "she having given in her indentures for redelivery of the same" mean if it's of her design and for her use?

Oct. 28 1668
for Josceline, Earl of Northumberland, to be Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.
Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 86.]

Oct. 28. 1668
for the said Earl to be Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland and town of Newcastle.
Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 86.]
Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"But I did get, to my great content, my account allowed of fees, with great applause by my Lord Ashly and Sir W. Pen."

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Lord Ashley, was last mentioned by Pepys in June. This is the reason why:

"In June 1668 Anthony Ashley Cooper, later to become the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, underwent abdominal surgery to drain a large abscess above his liver. The case is extraordinary, not simply on account of the eminence of the patient and the danger of the procedure, but also because of the many celebrated figures involved.
"A trove of manuscripts relating to this famous operation survives amongst the Shaftesbury Papers in the National Archives at Kew. These include case notes in the hand of the philosopher Dr. John Locke and advice from leading physicians of the day including Francis Glisson, Sir George Ent and Thomas Sydenham.
"The majority of this material has never been published before. This article provides complete transcriptions and translations of all of these manuscripts, thus providing for the first time a comprehensive case history. It is prefaced with an extended introduction."

But more of the article is protected by copywrite, so if anyone knows more, please share. FROM:…

You'd think Pepys would be interested in mentioning something as close as this to his own experience in life. They were both survivors or an horredous experience.

Wiki tells us:
"In May 1668, Ashley became ill, apparently with a hydatid cyst. His secretary, John Locke MD, recommended an operation that almost certainly saved Ashley's life and Ashley was grateful to Locke for the rest of his life.
"As part of the operation, a tube was inserted to drain fluid from the abscess, and after the operation, the physician left the tube in the body, and installed a copper tap to allow for possible future drainage.
"In later years, this would be the occasion for his Tory enemies to dub him 'Tapski', with the Polish ending because Tories accused him of wanting to make England an elective monarchy like the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth."…

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