Thursday 29 October 1668

At the office all the morning, where Mr. Wren first tells us of the order from the King, came last night to the Duke of York, for signifying his pleasure to the Sollicitor-General for drawing up a Commission for suspending of my Lord Anglesey, and putting in Sir Thomas Littleton and Sir Thomas Osborne, the former a creature of Arlington’s, and the latter of the Duke of Buckingham’s, during the suspension. The Duke of York was forced to obey, and did grant it, he being to go to Newmarket this day with the King, and so the King pressed for it. But Mr. Wren do own that the Duke of York is the most wounded in this, in the world, for it is done and concluded without his privity, after his appearing for Lord Anglesey, and that it is plain that they do ayme to bring the Admiralty into Commission too, and lessen the Duke of York. This do put strange apprehensions into all our Board; only I think I am the least troubled at it, for I care not at all for it: but my Lord Brouncker and Pen do seem to think much of it. So home to dinner, full of this news, and after dinner to the office, and so home all the afternoon to do business towards my drawing up an account for the Duke of York of the answers of this office to his late great letter, and late at it, and so to bed, with great peace from my wife and quiet, I bless God.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

Oct. 29. 1668. The curator produced an Instrument for measuring a second of time by the or for making the motion of the Sun to be perceiud euery second. It not being perfect the contriuer was desired to make it soe against next Day.

The same acquaintd the company that all the obseruations he could make of the Late eclipse of the sun which happend the 25th. instant was only to see the beginning was. 11h. 5'. matute + some seconds. whereas wing in his almanack has calculated the beginning. 11h. 17'. 09".

There was tryd an Expt. of falling bodys in a glasse cane about 4 foot Long Exhausted of air in which a fether Lett fall. came Down to the bottom in 4". but when the air was readmitted in "6. the glasse not being well exhausted & too short. a longer glasse to be gott, & be better exhausted -

The Curator mentiond an Expt. made by mr Boyle of including bellows in a glasse exhausted of air to see what effect the bellows working would haue on the subtile matter remaining in the vessele & whether it would cause any agitation therein, It was suggested by the Pt. whether a magnet would operate at a further distance in a thinner then a grosser air, or whether a very thick air would lessen its operation

The curator moued that Expts. might be made to see whether all hard bodys that Rebound doe not /Wallis psented this as his own. 1672/ soe vpon the account of hauing springy particles in them and that it might be inquired into - whether there be any body springy vpon other score then that it has air in it. The same concerning that if there were to be had a body absolutly hard and destitute of all springyness it would not Rebound at all, and it being said that such a body would not easily be found for making Expt. he answerd that it might be tryed comparatiuely. the same tooke notice that glasse was capable of condensation & Relaxation by pressure & taking off that pressure, and that the parts of glasse may be putt into a closer posture because they conteine air in them.

(2 Expt. of Dr Thruston of transfusion in a dog. also of cutting a kidney in a liue dog.)…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Mr Hooke has an unsuccessful experimental day, but is discussing "springyness."

Jesse  •  Link

re: Instrument for measuring a second of time by the or for making the motion of the Sun to be perceivd every second

I've some ideas but I wonder what this looked like. You can almost perceive the sun's motion on a second by second basis as it sets on the horizon.

"springyness" ->'s_law

Chris Squire  •  Link

Hooke's Law: Ut vis, sic tensio. As every schoolboy once knew.

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘privity, n. Etym: Anglo-Norman priveté . .
. . 6. a. The fact of being privy to something; participation in the knowledge of something private, secret, or criminal (freq. implying compliance or consent).
. . 1638 R. Baillie Lett. & Jrnls. (1841) I. 31 This I thought not possible without my privitie.
1694 Ld. Delamere Wks. 75 That which makes a Man guilty of Treason or any other Crime is his Privity or Consent to it . . ‘ [OED]

‘commission, n.1 Etym: < French commission . .
. . 5. The condition of being authoritatively entrusted or given in charge. Hence in commission.
. . b. Of an office: Placed by warrant in the charge of a body of persons, instead of the regular constitutional administrator: some offices, as those of Treasurer and Lord High Admiral, are now permanently administered in this way by Lords Commissioners.
1668 S. Pepys Diary 5 Nov. (1976) IX. 351 An argument to insinuate the putting of the Admiralty into commission.
1702 Clarendon's Hist. Rebellion I. iii. 166 The Treasury was for the present put into Commission . . ‘ [OED]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"a Commission for suspending of my Lord Anglesey"

SPOILER: L&M note since Anglesey had been appointed for life by patent, there was some difficulty in sacking him outright, so he will be ordered "suspended and discharged" 2 November. This begins an appeals process we will see the start of this early November; but it will proceed until 1672, when he accepts a pension in lieu of office.

Here Pepys records the beginning of the takeover of the administration of the Navy (by the CABAL Ministry) -- the "putting in Sir Thomas Littleton and Sir Thomas Osborne, the former a creature of Arlington’s, and the latter of the Duke of Buckingham’s" instead of Anglesey

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Quite a pie for the Cabal to slice up...and there are the perks to be considered...

"Beautiful house you have here, Pepys. I understand the restorations were done generally with Naval funds?"

"Well, Sir Thomas...If accounts are..."

"No, just wanted to be sure we don't owe you anything. Can you be out by the 1st? The Duke did mention we've decided you're better off sited at Deptford? Oh, Molly...Have a gander at our new place...Mr. P's done a magnificient job."

"Mrs. Bagwell?!"

Bagwell, apologetic shrug...


Jesse  •  Link

re: better off sited at Deptford?

Pepys seems to be "the least troubled [about] it" which I take to be a sign of confidence in the job he's done.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

Terry, many thanks for our periodic visits to the flying island.

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