21 Nov 2005, 7:41 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Field, Edward, of Wapping. Over the course of early 1662 to the end of 1663, a series of accusations and suits he initiated, won and lost, against Pepys and the Navy Board resulted in a parliamentary act of 1664, giving the Board powers of magistracy within the city: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/03/22/ For the first events in the Field saga see http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/ and http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c38177 For Field's win against Pepys http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/11/20/ For a guide to the rest http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c38178

12 Mar 2006, 4:04 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Robert Gertz explains why Pepys is especially involved in the Field matter: "One must admire Ed Field’s style…Very twenty-first century. I would guess he chose to slap Sam with the subpoena as the non-titled and most vulnerable member of the office." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/02/04/#c27361

24 Feb 2014, 4:57 p.m. - Alistair J. Sinclair

In fact, Field pursued Pepys because the rest were 'parliament-men' as Pepys tells us - 24th June 1662: "At night news is brought me that Field the rogue hath this day cast me at Guildhall in L30 for his imprisonment, to which I signed his commitment with the rest of the officers; but they having been parliament-men, that he hath begun the law with me; and threatens more, but I hope the Duke of York will bear me out."