Tuesday 17 November 1668

Up, and to the Office all the morning, where the new Treasurers come, their second time, and before they sat down, did discourse with the Board, and particularly my Lord Brouncker, about their place, which they challenge, as having been heretofore due, and given to their predecessor; which, at last, my Lord did own hath been given him only out of courtesy to his quality, and that he did not take it as a right at the Board: so they, for the present, sat down, and did give him the place, but, I think, with an intent to have the Duke of York’s directions about it. My wife and maids busy now, to make clean the house above stairs, the upholsters having done there, in her closet and the blue room, and they are mighty pretty. At my office all the afternoon and at night busy, and so home to my wife, and pretty pleasant, and at mighty ease in my mind, being in hopes to find Deb., and without trouble or the knowledge of my wife. So to supper at night and to bed.

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Chris Squire  •  Link

'place n. . . III. Senses relating to position or situation with reference to its occupation or occupant.
. . 13. a. A position or station occupied by custom, entitlement, or right; an allotted position; a space or position allocated to or reserved for a person; . .
. . 1745 E. Haywood Female Spectator III. 32 Tho' Eudosia kept her Place at the Head of the Table, yet nothing was served up to it but what was ordered by Laconia . . ' [OED]

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"'Dr. Albion'?"

"Daughter?" Alex removes wig and false beard...

"Hello, Father. How is...She...?"

"Now, Elisabeth...The girl seems quite nice. I'm certain you were right and it was all Samuel's doing...As you did say."

"I can hope I was wrong..." Bess sighs.

"...And speaking of your rather odd husband...With his bizarre habit of seeking after but avoiding me..." Alex notes, hesitantly. "No chance he's aware I'm back in London and living under this assumed name, is there?"

"Is that Mr. Pepys again?" Deb's voice calling... "Please tell him I don't want...Oh..." Deb, staring...


Mary  •  Link

"hopes to find Deb without trouble or the knowledge of my wife."

Sam's promises to Elizabeth in this matter resemble the verbal contracts that Cecil B. DeMille dismissed as "Not worth the paper they're written on."

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Ok, so now it seems poor Deb has had to take a position with a "broken sort of fellow" who hides himself...ie, someone likely in severe danger of debt collectors? And Sam wants to "lighten" her burdens by way of risking further damage to her rep, loss of what is probably not much of a job but the best she can get for now, if not serious risk of pregnancy?

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

'America and West Indies: November 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 5, 1661-1668, ed. W Noel Sainsbury (London, 1880), pp. 622-629. British History Online

Pages 622-629

Nov. 16? 1668
#1871. John Reid to (Sec. Lord Arlington).

Refers to his last of 13th July by Mr. Walker.

This goes by his Excellency, who he questions not will acquit himself with honor of the aspersions of his enemies, having been very active in his Majesty's service, and very impartial in distribution of justice.

"But, my Lord, we here are generally fiery spirited, and a mean planter thinks himself better than a good gentleman fellow in England, by which your Honour may conjecture, it is not easy to please all, and I shall only make bold to tell your Lordship in his favour, A adaxio Castellano, no hagaris y no temeis, which will be verified in him."

Lord Willoughby carries account of the prize Golden Lyon;
makes bold to mind the Lords Commissioners for prizes of the salary promised him, and intreats his Honour to forward it.

Indorsed, 16 Nov. 1668.
1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXIII., No. 81.]
William, 6th Baron Willoughby of Parham MP has been given the governorship of the ‘Charibbee”. See his report of 9 July, 1668

Nov. 17. 1668
#1872. Minutes of the Council of Barbados.

Whereas his Excellency intends a voyage to the Leeward Isles and thence to England, and has occasion to take off his Majesty's Great Seal with him;

ordered that the seal in the hands of George Thornburgh, Chief Clerk of the Chancery, shall be used for all subpœnas, commissions, and writts whatsoever issuing from this Court till the Broad Seal be returned.

1 p. [Col. Entry Bk., No. XI, p. 178.]
I suppose His Excellency is William, 6th Baron Willoughby of Parham MP. He's left for England, taking the official Great Seal with him so no one can do anything official while he's away?
"I rolled it in my socks by accident, Your Honor."
No, I don't think that would fly.

Linda C  •  Link

This is one of those days I just want to give Sam a dope slap! Have some self restraint and let Deb go!

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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

Nov. 17 1668.
Exeter House
Lord Ashley to Lord Arlington.

His Majesty having referred Mr. Booth's petition for the ground plot on which the Excise office stood in St. Bartholomew Lane to the Treasury Commissioners, and a report being made of his Majesty's interest in, and the value of the same, he directed a warrant to pass the Seal authorising the Commissioners to assign his interest to Mr. Booth, who having proposed one Tomlinson to be made use of nominally in the warrant, and it being prepared accordingly, their lordships desire that you will offer it to his Majesty for his signature.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 97.]

Nov. 17 1668.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson.

The Edgar cannot put into port for the weather.
The Dutch fleet still remains at St. Helen's Road.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 98.]

Nov. 17 1668.
John Maurice to Williamson.

The John of Watchet, & new ship of 100 tons, built at Watchet Creek 5 miles distant, has been brought into the harbour, being bound for Virginia.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 99.]

Nov. 17 1668.
Rich. Watts to Williamson.

Eight ships have arrived, very much damnified by the weather,
and report that 80 sail left Bordeaux, and that they fear part have miscarried.

Upwards of 115 ships are in the Downs, of which 10 are Spanish and 50 Dutch.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 100.]

Nov. 17 1668.
John Clarke to Williamson.

There are 30 sail of ships bound for Bilbao, Calais, &c., waiting for a fair wind to sail.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 101.]

Nov. 17 1668.
Proposals by Capt. Moorcock and Boatswain Moore to the Navy Commissioners,
about weighing the wrecks in the Medway;

that 3 huys be dismissed till February, and then, on the first light moon, remove one of the wrecks;
that their men, 20 in number, be employed in securing and transporting ships as needed, in sweeping the river for anchors, guns, &c., and in taking advantage of low ebbs, to gain fastenings on wrecks yet unweighed, being paid and victualled as usual.

With note that the receipt of the clerk of the cheque and storekeeper at Chatham, for several anchors weighed by them and put into the stores, was delivered to Sir John Mennes.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 103.]

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

1668. Nov. 17.
Capt. John Tinker, master attendant, to Pepys.

The boatswain of the Adventure is suspended, according to warrant and is coming to London to answer for himself.

Has told the officers of the Ordnance about the guns lying on the wharf, but they cannot remedy it;
76 have to come out of the Edgar, and it will be a great charge to make room for them.
[Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 104.]

Nov. 17 1668.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners.

Shall dock the Milford.

The caulkers from London ask board wages, as being strangers, they cannot get sufficient credit to subsist.

Hopes they will mind the 300/. for the timber.

The Edgar could not come into harbour through the bad weather.
[Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 105.]

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