Saturday 3 April 1669

Up, and to the Council of War again, with Middleton: but the proceedings of the Commanders so devilishly bad, and so professedly partial to the Captain, that I could endure it no longer, but took occasion to pretend business at the Office, and away, and Colonel Middleton with me, who was of the same mind, and resolved to declare our minds freely to the Duke of York about it. So to the office, where we sat all the morning. Then home to dinner, and so back to the office, where busy late till night, and so home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the proceedings of the Commanders so devilishly bad, and so professedly partial to the Captain"

A replay of the last meeting of the Court Martial: "what wretched doings there were among all the Commanders to ruin the Purser, and defend the Captain in all his rogueries":…

ONeville  •  Link

Slightly off-topic, but there was an article on the BBC News (TV) about a new museum opening in Portsmouth with restored articles from the Mary Rose. What a wonderful job they have done! Should be of interest to all Pepysians and navy historians.

JWB  •  Link

"...and so professedly partial to the Captain..."

And could it not be said that the Colonel & Clerk of Acts were professionally, if not professedly, partial to the purser?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

“…and so professedly partial to the Captain…”

L&M note judgment was given this day -- the purser being fined and dismissed from the service, and the commander merely fined.

nix  •  Link

I have had the sense that Samuel is NOT particularly fond of pursers as a class -- he knows too much about corner-cotting and profiteering.

psw  •  Link

These are the "packed" courts (with commanders) Mr. Pepys worried on before.

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