1893 text

Thomas Hayter. He remained with Pepys for some time; and by his assistance was made Petty Purveyor of Petty Missions. He succeeded Pepys as Clerk of the Acts in 1673, and in 1679 he was Secretary of the Admiralty, and Comptroller of the Navy from 1680 to 1682.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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First Reading

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
He was already established as a clerk in the Navy Office when Pepys became Clerk of the Acts and made him one of his clerks. In the diary Pepys usually gives him the prefix 'Mr', in distinction from his other clerks who are referred to by name only. This may indicate his age, or Pepys's respect for him, or both. His arrest for conventicling in 1663 was not allowed to injure his career; in the following year he became chief clerk and in 1668 Purveyor of Petty Emptions, proving himself a valuable ally of Pepys in his campaign against sharp practices. He succeeded Pepys as Clerk of the Acts in 1673, serving jointly with John, Pepys's brother, until 1677. Later he was Secretary to the Admiralty 1670-80, Comptroller of the Navy 1680-3, assistant to the Comptroller 1682-6, assistant to the Commissioners for old accounts 1686-8, and again assistant to the Comptroller Oct.-Dec. 1688 [d. c. 1689]. His character seems to declare itself in his neat and regular handwriting.

What a charming bio:
arrest for conventicling
purveyor of petty emptions
campaign against sharp practices
assistant for old accounts
and a character that declares itself in neat and regular handwriting.

conventicle = an assembly for religious worship; esp : a secret meeting for worship not sanctioned by law

CGS  •  Link

Hayter, Thomas Clerk to Clerk of Acts 5 July 1660-c. 25 June 1664 (Pepys Diary, i, 193).

Chief Clerk to Clerk of Acts pd. from 25 June 1664

(ibid. v, 228; Adm. 2/1733 f. 88). Last occ. 25 March 1672 (Adm. 20/16 no. 511). Clerk of Acts 19 June 1673-May 1679 Admiralty warrant to act issued 19 June 1673 (Adm. 2/1736 p. 1); confirmed by letters patent under great seal 1 Jan. 1674 (C 66/3144). Left office May 1679 on app. as Secretary, Admiralty (Admiralty Officials, 130). Controller 28 Jan. 1680-c. 14 Jan. 1682 (C 66/3209). Surrendered office by 14 Jan. 1682 (Adm. 2/1750 p. 134). Assistant Controller 4 Feb. 1682-c. 26 March 1686 (ibid. pp. 147-9). Assistant to Commissioners for Old Accounts pd. from 26 March 1686 to 25 Dec. 1688 (Adm. 20/38 no. 702; Adm. 20/49 no. 1541). Salary for quarter ending 25 March 1689 pd. to his widow (Adm. 20/50 no. 287). Buried 3 Jan. 1689 (Regs. of St. Olave, 232, under 'Thomas Hayton').

Nix  •  Link

"Purveyor of Petty Emptions" -- I want that on my business card.

Bradford  •  Link

What are [italics] "emptions"? The closest English word today is "exemption," from "exempt," freed from a duty, whehther moral, military, or a tariff paid on dutiable articles at customs. Perhaps this latter is a clue? OEDers, to your stations.

Mary  •  Link


The action of buying.

The right of emption is the opposite of the right of sale.

from Latin emption -em: buying.

CGS  •  Link

addition info:
1. The action of buying: chiefly in phrases, right of (sole) emption, etc., or with allusion to 2.
1461-83 Ord. R. Househ. 73 The chief Butler..taketh his resceytes of money..of the Thesaurer..for all the emptiones of his office.

2. Roman Law. Purchase, in the contract of sale (L. emptio, as correlated with venditio).
c1555 HARPSFIELD Divorce Hen. VIII, (1878) 241 There is emption and vendition contracted as soon as the parties be condescended upon the price.

Second Reading

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

... perhaps he had a sign reading "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware) on his wall? ;)

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Thomas Hayter

He accomplished all he did despite his being (at any rate in the diary period) a Quaker or Anabaptist. (L&M note)

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