Sunday 18 April 1669

(Lord’s day). Up, and all the morning till 2 o’clock at my Office, with Gibson and Tom, about drawing up fair my discourse of the Administration of the Navy, and then, Mr. Spong being come to dine with me, I in to dinner, and then out to my Office again, to examine the fair draught; and so borrowing Sir J. Minnes’s coach, he going with Colonel Middleton, I to White Hall, where we all met and did sign it and then to my Lord Arlington’s, where the King, and the Duke of York, and Prince Rupert, as also Ormond and the two Secretaries, with my Lord Ashly and Sir T. Clifton was. And there, by and by, being called in, Mr. Williamson did read over our paper, which was in a letter to the Duke of York, bound up in a book with the Duke of York’s Book of Instructions. He read it well; and, after read, we were bid to withdraw, nothing being at all said to it. And by and by we were called in again, and nothing said to that business; but another begun, about the state of this year’s action, and our wants of money, as I had stated the same lately to our Treasurers; which I was bid, and did largely, and with great content, open. And having so done, we all withdrew, and left them to debate our supply of money; to which, being called in, and referred to attend on the Lords of the Treasury, we all departed. And I only staid in the House till the Council rose; and then to the Duke of York, who in the Duchess’s chamber come to me, and told me that the book was there left with my Lord Arlington, for any of the Lords to view that had a mind, and to prepare and present to the King what they had to say in writing, to any part of it, which is all we can desire, and so that rested. The Duke of York then went to other talk; and by and by comes the Prince of Tuscany to visit him, and the Duchess; and I find that he do still remain incognito, and so intends to do all the time he stays here, for avoiding trouble to the King and himself, and expence also to both. Thence I to White Hall Gate, thinking to have found Sir J. Minnes’s coach staying for me; but, not being there, and this being the first day of rain we have had many a day, the streets being as dusty as in summer, I forced to walk to my cozen Turner’s, and there find my wife newly gone home, which vexed me, and so I, having kissed and taken leave of Betty, who goes to Putney to school to-morrow, I walked through the rain to the Temple, and there, with much ado, got a coach, and so home, and there to supper, and Pelling comes to us, and after much talk, we parted, and to bed.

8 Annotations

Allen Appel  •  Link

It's always hard to catch a taxi in the rain.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"our paper, which was in a letter to the Duke of York, "

L&N note Pepys described this meeting as one og the King and Cabinet, which Ashley and Clifford attended to deal with supply issues. The letter was a defense of the Navy Board's existing constitution of officers with general duties and those with spacialist qualifications and specific duties. On 3 May 3 Williamson told Pepys that no-one had by that time consulted it.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

I find it interesting that Sam, having set a time and place to see Deb, seems to put the matter out of his mind and focus his mental and emotional energies on work and the Navy. The last two entries show him at his best. But who knows what tomorrow will bring? (The Shadow Knows)

ONeville  •  Link

Lord Arlington, procurer of the King's mistresses. Far more important job than sorting out the Navy. They seem to be paying lip service to a very important document and the King does not seem to have the mental capacity to deal with the problem of his country's defence. What a disaster than man was.

JWB  •  Link

'What a disaster than man was.'

I personally like my heads of state weak. Think of what a disaster Louis XIV was for Europe even up to the World Wars of the last century.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Charlie was a brilliant survivor, first and last...Poor Jamie, a more dutiful man, lacked his brother's "flexibility" and skill and paid for it in the end.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"our paper, which was in a letter to the Duke of York, "

L&M: The letter, dated 17 April was bound together with three other pièces justificatives besides the Duke's Instructions of 1662:…
In a memorandum of 3 May, which Pepys attached to the office-copy, he refers to this meeting as one of the King and Cabinet, which Ashley and Clifford attended in order to deal with the question of supply for the navy. The letter was in substance a defence of the existing constitution of the Navy Board, and argued that it combined the virtues of government by commission in which all or most officers had general duties, with those of governance by specialis officers with specific duties. The Board had both types of member. The office-copy of the letter (in Gibson's hand)is in NMM , LBK/8, pp. 589-93; etc.

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