Sunday 14 March 1668/69

(Lord’s day). Up, and to my office with Tom, whom I made to read to me the books of Propositions in the time of the Grand Commission, which I did read a good part of before church, and then with my wife to church, where I did see my milliner’s wife come again, which pleased me; but I durst not be seen to mind her for fear of my wife’s seeing me, though the woman I did never speak twenty words to, and that but only in her husband’s shop. But so fearful I am of discontenting my wife, or giving her cause of jealousy. But here we heard a most excellent good sermon of Mr. Gifford’s, upon the righteousness of Scribes and Pharisees. So home to dinner and to work again, and so till dinner, where W. Howe come and dined with me, and staid and read in my Lord Cooke upon his chapter of perjury again, which pleased me, and so parted, and I to my office, and there made an end of the books of Propositions, which did please me mightily to hear read, they being excellently writ and much to the purpose, and yet so as I think I shall make good use of his defence of our present constitution. About four o’clock took coach to visit my cozen Turner, and I out with her to make a visit, but the lady she went to see was abroad. So back and to talk with her and her daughters, and then home, and she and I to walk in the garden, the first time this year, the weather being mighty temperate; and then I to write down my Journall for the last week, my eyes being very bad, and therefore I forced to find a way to use by turns with my tube, one after another, and so home to supper and to bed. Before I went from my office this night I did tell Tom my resolution not to keep him after Jane was gone, but shall do well by him, which pleases him; and I think he will presently marry her, and go away out of my house with her.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Ormond to Ossory
Written from: Whitehall
Date: 14 March 1669

... They are no friends to the Duke of York, howsoever they came to be his servants, who have stopped some eight hundred certificates [in the Court of Claims at Dublin], by caveats issued on H.R.H's behalf. The thing is unreasonable and unplausible ...

... The computation of the King's debt & of the means of discharge, will doubtless be of use to the Lord Robartes, & the Duke will take a due opportunity of furnishing him with them. In the mean time, Lord Ossory is not to hold himself as the Duke's deputy, or as Lord Robartes' deputy, but as the King's ...

... The King is persuaded that ... "a Parliament & nothing else ... will remedy ... [the necessities of the time]. And those who have least to do in the present counsels will not only be the most safe, but the most popular. For the Duke of Bucks, I am most confident he not only undervalues but hates the King's person, and his brother's ; and has designs apart, - if not aimed at the ruin of them both". ...…

JWB  •  Link

"...upon the righteousness of Scribes and Pharisees..."

'For I say to you (disciples), that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5, 20.

So this reverberates with the chastised husband... 'most excellent good'.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the books of Propositions in the time of the Grand Commission"

L&M say "the report of the reforming commission of 1618, in Pepys's view the best available analysis of the problems of naval administration [Scandal caused by embezzlement and other forms of corruption following the decision to maintain a standing force of ships. Graft in the dockyards, use of Navy ships for commercial ventures].

Available from libraries: MCGOWAN, A.P. (ED)‎ ‎The Jacobean Commissions of Enquiry 1608 and 1618‎. ‎London: Navy Records Society, 1971: Publication of the Navy Records Society, Vol. 116.* The documents edited in this volume have been confined to the original depositions for the Commission of 1608, the Report of the Commission of 1618 in the Public Record Office, and the copy of the latter in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I did tell Tom my resolution not to keep him after Jane was gone, but shall do well by him"

L&M note Tom Edwards and Jane Birch were married on 26 March.

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