Samuel Pepys diary February 1660

FEBRUARY 1659-1660

February 1st. In the morning went to my office where afterwards the old
man brought me my letters from the carrier. At noon I went home and dined
with my wife on pease porridge and nothing else. After that I went to the
Hall and there met with Mr. Swan and went with him to Mr. Downings
Counsellor, who did put me in very little hopes about the business between
Mr. Downing and Squib, and told me that Squib would carry it against him,
at which I was much troubled, and with him went to Lincolns Inn and there
spoke with his attorney, who told me the day that was appointed for the
trial. From thence I went to Sir Harry Wrights and got him to give me his
hand for the L60 which I am to-morrow to receive from Mr. Calthrop and
from thence to Mrs. Jem and spoke with Madam Scott and her husband who did
promise to have the thing for her neck done this week. Thence home and
took Gammer East, and James the porter, a soldier, to my Lords lodgings,
who told me how they were drawn into the field to-day, and that they were
ordered to march away to-morrow to make room for General Monk; but they
did shut their Colonel Fitch, and the rest of the officers out of the
field, and swore they would not go without their money, and if they would
not give it them, they would go where they might have it, and that was the
City. So the Colonel went to the Parliament, and commanded what money
could be got, to be got against to-morrow for them, and all the rest of
the soldiers in town, who in all places made a mutiny this day, and do
agree together. Here I took some bedding to send to Mrs. Ann for her to
lie in now she hath her fits of the ague. Thence I went to Wills and
staid like a fool there and played at cards till 9 oclock and so came
home, where I found Mr. Hunt and his wife who staid and sat with me till
10 and so good night.

2d. Drank at Harpers with Doling, and so to my office, where I found all
the officers of the regiments in town, waiting to receive money that their
soldiers might go out of town, and what was in the Exchequer they had. At
noon after dining at home I called at Harpers for Doling, and he and I
met with Luellin and drank with him at the Exchequer at Charing Cross, and
thence he and I went to the Temple to Mr. Calthrops chamber, and from
thence had his man by water to London Bridge to Mr. Calthrop, a grocer,
and received L60 for my Lord. In our way we talked with our waterman,
White, who told us how the watermen had lately been abused by some that
had a desire to get in to be watermen to the State, and had lately
presented an address of nine or ten thousand hands to stand by this
Parliament, when it was only told them that it was to a petition against
hackney coaches; and that to-day they had put out another to undeceive the
world and to clear themselves, and that among the rest Cropp, my waterman
and one of great practice, was one that did cheat them thus. After I had
received the money we went to the Bridge Tavern and drank a quart of wine
and so back by water, landing Mr. Calthrops man at the Temple and we went
homewards, but over against Somerset House, hearing the noise of guns, we
landed and found the Strand full of soldiers. So I took my money and went
to Mrs. Johnson, my Lords sempstress, and giving her my money to lay up,
Doling and I went up stairs to a window, and looked out and see the foot
face the horse and beat them back, and stood bawling and calling in the
street for a free Parliament and money. By and by a drum was heard to beat
a march coming towards them, and they got all ready again and faced them,
and they proved to be of the same mind with them; and so they made a great
deal of joy to see one another. After all this, I took my money, and went
home on foot and laying up my money, and changing my stockings and shoes,
I this day having left off my great skirt suit, and put on my white suit
with silver lace coat, and went over to Harpers, where I met with W.
Simons, Doling, Luellin and three merchants, one of which had occasion to
use a porter, so they sent for one, and James the soldier came, who told
us how they had been all day and night upon their guard at St. Jamess,
and that through the whole town they did resolve to stand to what they had
began, and that to-morrow he did believe they would go into the City, and
be received there. After all this we went to a sport called, selling of a
horse for a dish of eggs and herrings, and sat talking there till almost
twelve oclock and then parted, they were to go as far as Aldgate. Home
and to bed.

3rd. Drank my morning draft at Harpers, and was told there that the
soldiers were all quiet upon promise of pay. Thence to St. Jamess Park,
and walked there to my place for my flageolet and then played a little, it
being a most pleasant morning and sunshine. Back to Whitehall, where in
the guard-chamber I saw about thirty or forty prentices of the City, who
were taken at twelve oclock last night and brought prisoners hither.
Thence to my office, where I paid a little more money to some of the
soldiers under Lieut.-Col. Miller (who held out the Tower against the
Parliament after it was taken away from Fitch by the Committee of Safety,
and yet he continued in his office). About noon Mrs. Turner came to speak
with me, and Joyce, and I took them and shewed them the manner of the
Houses sitting, the doorkeeper very civilly opening the door for us.
Thence with my cozen Roger Pepys,

     [Roger Pepys, son of Talbot Pepys of Impington, a barrister of the
     Middle Temple, M.P.  for Cambridge, 1661-78, and Recorder of that
     town, 1660-88.  He married, for the third time, Parnell, daughter
     and heiress of John Duke, of Workingham, co.  Suffolk, and this was
     the wedding for which the posy ring was required.]

it being term time, we took him out of the Hall to Priors, the Rhenish
wine-house, and there had a pint or two of wine and a dish of anchovies,
and bespoke three or four dozen bottles of wine for him against his
wedding. After this done he went away, and left me order to call and pay
for all that Mrs. Turner would have. So we called for nothing more there,
but went and bespoke a shoulder of mutton at Wilkinsons to be roasted as
well as it could be done, and sent a bottle of wine home to my house. In
the meantime she and I and Joyce went walking all over White Hall, whither
General Monk was newly come, and we saw all his forces march by in very
good plight and stout officers. Thence to my house where we dined, but
with a great deal of patience, for the mutton came in raw, and so we were
fain to stay the stewing of it. In the meantime we sat studying a Posy

     [It is supposed that the fashion of having mottoes inscribed on
     rings was of Roman origin.  In the fourteenth and fifteenth
     centuries the posy was inscribed on the outside of the ring, and in
     the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was placed inside.  A
     small volume was published in 1674, entitled Loves Garland: or
     Posies for Rings, Handkerchers and Gloves, and such pretty tokens
     that Lovers send their Loves.]

for a ring for her which she is to have at Roger Pepys his wedding. After
dinner I left them and went to hear news, but only found that the
Parliament House was most of them with Monk at White Hall, and that in his
passing through the town he had many calls to him for a free Parliament,
but little other welcome. I saw in the Palace Yard how unwilling some of
the old soldiers were yet to go out of town without their money, and swore
if they had it not in three days, as they were promised, they would do
them more mischief in the country than if they had staid here; and that is
very likely, the country being all discontented. The town and guards are
already full of Monks soldiers. I returned, and it growing dark I and
they went to take a turn in the park, where Theoph. (who was sent for to
us to dinner) outran my wife and another poor woman, that laid a pot of
ale with me that she would outrun her. After that I set them as far as
Charing Cross, and there left them and my wife, and I went to see Mrs.
Ann, who began very high about a flock bed I sent her, but I took her
down. Here I played at cards till 9 oclock. So home and to bed.

4th. In the morning at my lute an hour, and so to my office, where I staid
expecting to have Mr. Squib come to me, but he did not. At noon walking in
the Hall I found Mr. Swan and got him and Captain Stone together, and
there advised about Mr. Downings business. So to Wills, and sat there
till three oclock and then to Mr. Swans, where I found his wife in very
genteel mourning for her father, and took him out by water to the
Counsellor at the Temple, Mr. Stephens, and from thence to Grays Inn,
thinking to speak with Sotherton Ellis, but found him not, so we met with
an acquaintance of his in the walks, and went and drank, where I ate some
bread and butter, having ate nothing all day, while they were by chance
discoursing of Marriot, the great eater, so that I was, I remember,
ashamed to eat what I would have done. Here Swan shewed us a ballad to the
tune of Mardike which was most incomparably wrote in a printed hand, which
I borrowed of him, but the song proved but silly, and so I did not write
it out. Thence we went and leaving Swan at his masters, my Lord
Widdrington, I met with Spicer, Washington, and D. Vines in Lincolns Inn
Court, and they were buying of a hanging jack to roast birds on of a
fellow that was there selling of some. I was fain to slip from there and
went to Mrs. Crews to her and advised about a maid to come and be with
Mrs. Jem while her maid is sick, but she could spare none. Thence to Sir
Harry Wrights, but my lady not being within I spoke to Mrs. Carter about
it, who will get one against Monday. So with a link boy

     [Links were torches of tow or pitch to light the way.  Ed.]

to Scotts, where Mrs. Ann was in a heat, but I spoke not to her, but told
Mrs. Jem what I had done, and after that went home and wrote letters into
the country by the post, and then played awhile on my lute, and so done,
to supper and then to bed. All the news to-day is, that the Parliament
this morning voted the House to be made up four hundred forthwith. This
day my wife killed her turkeys that Mr. Sheply gave her, that came out of
Zealand with my Lord, and could not get her md Jane by no means at any
time to kill anything.

5th,(Lords day). In the morning before church time Mr. Hawly, who had for
this day or two looked something sadly, which methinks did speak something
in his breast concerning me, came to me telling me that he was out L24
which he could not tell what was become of, and that he do remember that
he had such a sum in a bag the other day, and could not tell what he did
with it, at which I was very sorry but could not help him. In the morning
to Mr. Gunning, where a stranger, an old man, preached a good honest
sermon upon What manner of love is this that we should be called the sons
of God. After sermon I could not find my wife, who promised to be at the
gate against my coming out, and waited there a great while; then went to
my house and finding her gone I returned and called at the Chequers,
thinking to dine at the ordinary with Mr. Chetwind and Mr. Thomas, but
they not being there I went to my father and found her there, and there I
dined. To their church in the afternoon, and in Mrs. Turners pew my wife
took up a good black hood and kept it. A stranger preached a poor sermon,
and so read over the whole book of the story of Tobit. After sermon home
with Mrs. Turner, staid with her a little while, then she went into the
court to a christening and we to my fathers, where I wrote some notes for
my brother John to give to the Mercers to-morrow, it being the day of
their apposition. After supper home, and before going to bed I staid
writing of this day its passages, while a drum came by, beating of a
strange manner of beat, now and then a single stroke, which my wife and I
wondered at, what the meaning of it should be. This afternoon at church I
saw Dick Cumberland newly come out of the country from his living, but did
not speak to him.

6th. Before I went to my office I went to Mr. Crews and paid Mr. Andrews
the same L60 that he had received of Mr. Calthrop the last week. So back
to Westminster and walked with him thither, where we found the soldiers
all set in the Palace Yard, to make way for General Monk to come to the
House. At the Hall we parted, and meeting Swan, he and I to the Swan and
drank our morning draft. So back again to the Hall, where I stood upon the
steps and saw Monk go by, he making observance to the judges as he went
along. At noon my father dined with me upon my turkey that was brought
from Denmark, and after dinner he and I to the Bull Head Tavern, where we
drank half a pint of wine and so parted. I to Mrs. Ann, and Mrs. Jem being
gone out of the chamber she and I had a very high bout, I rattled her up,
she being in her bed, but she becoming more cool, we parted pretty good
friends. Thence I went to Wills, where I staid at cards till 10 oclock,
losing half a crown, and so home to bed.

7th. In the morning I went early to give Mr. Hawly notice of my being
forced to go into London, but he having also business we left our office
business to Mr. Spicer and he and I walked as far as the Temple, where I
halted a little and then went to Pauls School, but it being too soon,
went and drank my morning draft with my cozen Tom Pepys the turner, and
saw his house and shop, thence to school, where he that made the speech
for the seventh form in praise of the founder, did show a book which Mr.
Crumlum had lately got, which is believed to be of the Founders own
writing. After all the speeches, in which my brother John came off as well
as any of the rest, I went straight home and dined, then to the Hall,
where in the Palace I saw Monks soldiers abuse Billing and all the
Quakers, that were at a meeting-place there, and indeed the soldiers did
use them very roughly and were to blame.

     [Fox, or some other weighty friend, on hearing of this,
     complained to Monk, who issued the following order, dated March 9th:
     I do require all officers and soldiers to forbear to disturb
     peaceable meetings of the Quakers, they doing nothing prejudicial to
     the Parliament or the Commonwealth of England.  George Monk.  This
     order, we are told, had an excellent effect on the soldiers.—A. C.
     Bickleys George Fox and the Early Quakers, London, 1884, p. 179.
     The Quakers were at this time just coming into notice.  The first
     preaching of George Fox, the founder, was in 1648, and in 1655 the
     preachers of the sect numbered seventy-three.  Fox computed that
     there were seldom less than a thousand quakers in prison.  The
     statute 13 and 14 Car. II.  cap. i. (1662) was An act for
     preventing the mischiefs and dangers that may arise by certain
     persons called quakers and others, refusing to take lawful oaths.
      Billing is mentioned again on July 22nd, 1667, when he addressed
     Pepys in Westminster Hall.]

So after drinking with Mr. Spicer, who had received L600 for me this
morning, I went to Capt. Stone and with him by coach to the Temple Gardens
(all the way talking of the disease of the stone), where we met Mr. Squib,
but would do nothing till to-morrow morning. Thence back on foot home,
where I found a letter from my Lord in character [private cryptic code
Ed.], which I construed, and after my wife had shewn me some ribbon and
shoes that she had taken out of a box of Mr. Montagus which formerly Mr.
Kipps had left here when his master was at sea, I went to Mr. Crew and
advised with him about it, it being concerning my Lords coming up to
Town, which he desires upon my advice the last week in my letter. Thence
calling upon Mrs. Ann I went home, and wrote in character to my Lord in
answer to his letter. This day Mr. Crew told me that my Lord St. John is
for a free Parliament, and that he is very great with Monk, who hath now
the absolute command and power to do any thing that he hath a mind to do.
Mr. Moore told me of a picture hung up at the Exchange of a great pair of
buttocks shooting of a turd into Lawsons mouth, and over it was wrote
The thanks of the house. Boys do now cry Kiss my Parliament, instead of
Kiss my [rump], so great and general a contempt is the Rump come to
among all the good and bad.

8th. A little practice on my flageolet, and afterwards walking in my yard
to see my stock of pigeons, which begin now with the spring to breed very
fast. I was called on by Mr. Fossan, my fellow pupil at Cambridge, and I
took him to the Swan in the Palace yard, and drank together our morning
draft. Thence to my office, where I received money, and afterwards Mr.
Carter, my old friend at Cambridge, meeting me as I was going out of my
office I took him to the Swan, and in the way I met with Captain Lidcott,
and so we three went together and drank there, the Captain talking as high
as ever he did, and more because of the fall of his brother Thurlow.

     [John Thurloe, born 1616; Secretary of State to Cromwell; M.P. for
     Ely, 1656, and for the University of Cambridge in Richard Cromwells
     Parliament of December, 1658.  He was never employed after the
     Restoration, although the King solicited his services.  He died
     February 21st, 1668.  Pepys spells the name Thurlow, which was a
     common spelling at the time.]

Hence I went to Captain Stone, who told me how Squib had been with him,
and that he could do nothing with him, so I returned to Mr. Carter and
with him to Wills, where I spent upon him and Monsieur LImpertinent,
alias Mr. Butler, who I took thither with me, and thence to a Rhenish wine
house, and in our way met with Mr. Hoole, where I paid for my cozen Roger
Pepys his wine, and after drinking we parted. So I home, in my way
delivering a letter which among the rest I had from my Lord to-day to Sir
N. Wheeler. At home my wifes brother brought her a pretty black dog which
I liked very well, and went away again. Hence sending a porter with the
hamper of bottles to the Temple I called in my way upon Mrs. Jem, who was
much frighted till I came to tell her that her mother was well. So to the
Temple, where I delivered the wine and received the money of my cos. Roger
that I laid out, and thence to my fathers, where he shewed me a base
angry letter that he had newly received from my uncle Robert about my
brother John, at which my father was very sad, but I comforted him and
wrote an answer. My brother John has an exhibition granted him from the
school. My father and I went down to his kitchen, and there we eat and
drank, and about 9 oclock I went away homewards, and in Fleet Street,
received a great jostle from a man that had a mind to take the wall, which
I could not help?

     [This was a constant trouble to the pedestrian until the rule of
     passing to the right of the person met was generally accepted.  Gay
     commences his Trivia with an allusion to this—

          When to assert the wall, and when resign—

     and the epigram on the haughty courtier and the scholar is well

I came home and to bed. Went to bed with my head not well by my too much
drinking to-day, and I had a boil under my chin which troubled me cruelly.

9th. Soon as out of my bed I wrote letters into the country to go by
carrier to-day. Before I was out of my bed, I heard the soldiers very busy
in the morning, getting their horses ready where they lay at Hiltons, but
I knew not then their meaning in so doing: After I had wrote my letters I
went to Westminster up and down the Hall, and with Mr. Swan walked a good
[deal] talking about Mr. Downings business. I went with him to Mr.
Phelpss house where he had some business to solicit, where we met Mr.
Rogers my neighbour, who did solicit against him and talked very high,
saying that he would not for a L1000 appear in a business that Swan did,
at which Swan was very angry, but I believe he might be guilty enough. In
the Hall I understand how Monk is this morning gone into London with his
army; and met with Mr. Fage, who told me that he do believe that Monk is
gone to secure some of the Common-council of the City, who were very high
yesterday there, and did vote that they would not pay any taxes till the
House was filled up. I went to my office, where I wrote to my Lord after I
had been at the Upper Bench, where Sir Robert Pye

     [Sir Robert Pye, the elder, was auditor of the Exchequer, and a
     staunch Royalist.  He garrisoned his house at Faringdon, which was
     besieged by his son, of the same names, a decided Republican, son-
     in-law to Hampden, and colonel of horse under Fairfax.  The son,
     here spoken of, was subsequently committed to the Tower for
     presenting a petition to the House of Commons from the county of
     Berks, which he represented in Parliament, complaining of the want
     of a settled form of government.  He had, however, the courage to
     move for an habeas corpus, but judge Newdigate decided that the
     courts of law had not the power to discharge him.  Upon Monks
     coming to London, the secluded members passed a vote to liberate
     Pye, and at the Restoration he was appointed equerry to the King.
     He died in 1701.—B.]

this morning came to desire his discharge from the Tower; but it could not
be granted. After that I went to Mrs. Jem, who I had promised to go along
with to her Aunt Wrights, but she was gone, so I went thither, and after
drinking a glass of sack I went back to Westminster Hall, and meeting with
Mr. Pierce the surgeon, who would needs take me home, where Mr. Lucy,
Burrell, and others dined, and after dinner I went home and to Westminster
Hall, where meeting Swan I went with him by water to the Temple to our
Counsel, and did give him a fee to make a motion to-morrow in the
Exchequer for Mr. Downing. Thence to Westminster Hall, where I heard an
action very finely pleaded between my Lord Dorset and some other noble
persons, his lady and other ladies of quality being here, and it was
about; L330 per annum, that was to be paid to a poor Spittal, which was
given by some of his predecessors; and given on his side. Thence Swan and
I to a drinking-house near Temple Bar, where while he wrote I played on my
flageolet till a dish of poached eggs was got ready for us, which we eat,
and so by coach home. I called at Mr. Harpers, who told me how Monk had
this day clapt up many of the Common-council, and that the Parliament had
voted that he should pull down their gates and portcullisses, their posts
and their chains, which he do intend to do, and do lie in the City all
night. I went home and got some ahlum to my mouth, where I have the
beginnings of a cancer, and had also a plaster to my boil underneath my

10th. In the morning I went to Mr. Swan, who took me to the Court of
Wards, where I saw the three Lords Commissioners sitting upon some cause
where Mr. Scobell was concerned, and my Lord Fountaine took him up very
roughly about some things that he said. After that we went to the
Exchequer, where the Barons were hearing of causes, and there I made
affidavit that Mr. Downing was gone into Holland by order of the Council
of State, and this affidavit I gave to Mr. Stevens our lawyer. Thence to
my office, where I got money of Mr. Hawly to pay the lawyer, and there
found Mr. Lenard, one of the Clerks of the Council, and took him to the
Swan and gave him his morning draft. Then home to dinner, and after that
to the Exchequer, where I heard all the afternoon a great many causes
before the Barons; in the end came ours, and Squib proved clearly by his
patent that the house and office did now belong to him. Our lawyer made
some kind of opposition, but to no purpose, and so the cause was found
against us, and the foreman of the jury brought in L10 damages, which the
whole Court cried shame of, and so he cried 12d. Thence I went home, vexed
about this business, and there I found Mr. Moore, and with him went into
London to Mr. Fage about the cancer in my mouth, which begins to grow
dangerous, who gave me something for it, and also told me what Monk had
done in the City, how he had pulled down the most part of the gates and
chains that they could break down, and that he was now gone back to White
Hall. The City look mighty blank, and cannot tell what in the world to do;
the Parliament having this day ordered that the Common-council sit no
more; but that new ones be chosen according to what qualifications they
shall give them. Thence I went and drank with Mr. Moore at the Sugar Loaf
by Temple Bar, where Swan and I were last night, and so we parted. At home
I found Mr. Hunt, who sat talking with me awhile, and so to bed.

11th. This morning I lay long abed, and then to my office, where I read
all the morning my Spanish book of Rome. At noon I walked in the Hall,
where I heard the news of a letter from Monk, who was now gone into the
City again, and did resolve to stand for the sudden filling up of the
House, and it was very strange how the countenance of men in the Hall was
all changed with joy in half an hours time. So I went up to the lobby,
where I saw the Speaker reading of the letter; and after it was read, Sir
A. Haselrigge came out very angry, and Billing—[The quaker mentioned
before on the 7th of this month.]—standing at the door, took him by
the arm, and cried, Thou man, will thy beast carry thee no longer? thou
must fall! The House presently after rose, and appointed to meet again at
three oclock. I went then down into the Hall, where I met with Mr.
Chetwind, who had not dined no more than myself, and so we went toward
London, in our way calling at two or three shops, but could have no
dinner. At last, within Temple Bar, we found a pullet ready roasted, and
there we dined. After that he went to his office in Chancery Lane, calling
at the Rolls, where I saw the lawyers pleading. Then to his office, where
I sat in his study singing, while he was with his man (Mr. Powells son)
looking after his business. Thence we took coach for the City to
Guildhall, where the Hall was full of people expecting Monk and Lord Mayor
to come thither, and all very joyfull. Here we stayed a great while, and
at last meeting with a friend of his we went to the 3 Tun tavern and drank
half a pint of wine, and not liking the wine we went to an alehouse, where
we met with company of this third mans acquaintance, and there we drank a
little. Hence I went alone to Guildhall to see whether Monk was come again
or no, and met with him coming out of the chamber where he had been with
the Mayor and Aldermen, but such a shout I never heard in all my life,
crying out, God bless your Excellence. Here I met with Mr. Lock, and
took him to an alehouse, and left him there to fetch Chetwind; when we
were come together, Lock told us the substance of the letter that went
from Monk to the Parliament; wherein, after complaints that he and his
officers were put upon such offices against the City as they could not do
with any content or honour, that there are many members now in the House
that were of the late tyrannical Committee of Safety. That Lambert and
Vane are now in town, contrary to the vote of Parliament. That there were
many in the House that do press for new oaths to be put upon men; whereas
we have more cause to be sorry for the many oaths that we have already
taken and broken. That the late petition of the fanatique people presented
by Barebone, for the imposing of an oath upon all sorts of people, was
received by the House with thanks. That therefore he [Monk] do desire that
all writs for filling up of the House be issued by Friday next, and that
in the mean time, he would retire into the City and only leave them guards
for the security of the House and Council. The occasion of this was the
order that he had last night to go into the City and disarm them, and take
away their charter; whereby he and his officers say that the House had a
mind to put them upon things that should make them odious; and so it would
be in their power to do what they would with them. He told us that they
[the Parliament] had sent Scott and Robinson to him [Monk] this afternoon,
but he would not hear them. And that the Mayor and Aldermen had offered
him their own houses for himself and his officers; and that his soldiers
would lack for nothing. And indeed I saw many people give the soldiers
drink and money, and all along in the streets cried, God bless them! and
extraordinary good words. Hence we went to a merchants house hard by,
where Lock wrote a note and left, where I saw Sir Nich. Crisp, and so we
went to the Star Tavern (Monk being then at Bensons), where we dined and
I wrote a letter to my Lord from thence. In Cheapside there was a great
many bonfires, and Bow bells and all the bells in all the churches as we
went home were a-ringing. Hence we went homewards, it being about ten
oclock. But the common joy that was every where to be seen! The number of
bonfires, there being fourteen between St. Dunstans and Temple Bar, and
at Strand Bridge I could at one view tell thirty-one fires. In
King-street seven or eight; and all along burning, and roasting, and
drinking for rumps. There being rumps tied upon sticks and carried up and
down. The butchers at the May Pole in the Strand rang a peal with their
knives when they were going to sacrifice their rump. On Ludgate Hill there
was one turning of the spit that had a rump tied upon it, and another
basting of it. Indeed it was past imagination, both the greatness and the
suddenness of it. At one end of the street you would think there was a
whole lane of fire, and so hot that we were fain to keep still on the
further side merely for heat. We came to the Chequers at Charing Cross,
where Chetwind wrote a letter and I gave him an account of what I had
wrote for him to write. Thence home and sent my letters to the posthouse
in London, and my wife and I (after Mr. Hunt was gone, whom I found
waiting at my house) went out again to show her the fires, and after
walking as far as the Exchange we returned and to bed.

12th. In the morning, it being Lords day, Mr. Pierce came to me to
enquire how things go. We drank our morning draft together and thence to
White Hall, where Dr. Hones preached; but I staid not to hear, but walking
in the court, I heard that Sir Arth. Haselrigge was newly gone into the
City to Monk, and that Monks wife removed from White Hall last night.
Home again, where at noon came according to my invitation my cos. Thos.
Pepys and his partner and dined with me, but before dinner we went and
took a walk round the park, it being a most pleasant day as ever I saw.
After dinner we three went into London together, where I heard that Monk
had been at Pauls in the morning, and the people had shouted much at his
coming out of the church. In the afternoon he was at a church in
Broad-street, whereabout he do lodge. But not knowing how to see him we
went and walked half a hour in Moorfields, which were full of people, it
being so fine a day. Here I took leave of them, and so to Pauls, where I
met with Mr. Kirtons apprentice (the crooked fellow) and walked up and
down with him two hours, sometimes in the street looking for a tavern to
drink in, but not finding any open, we durst not knock; other times in the
churchyard, where one told me that he had seen the letter printed. Thence
to Mr. Turners, where I found my wife, Mr. Edw. Pepys, and Roger and Mr.
Armiger being there, to whom I gave as good an account of things as I
could, and so to my fathers, where Charles Glascocke was overjoyed to see
how things are now; who told me the boys had last night broke Barebones
windows. Hence home, and being near home we missed our maid, and were at a
great loss and went back a great way to find her, but when we could not
see her we went homewards and found her there, got before us which we
wondered at greatly. So to bed, where my wife and I had some high words
upon my telling her that I would fling the dog which her brother gave her
out of window if he [dirtied] the house any more.

13th. To my office till noon, thence home to dinner, my mouth being very
bad of the cancer and my left leg beginning to be sore again. After dinner
to see Mrs. Jem, and in the way met with Catan on foot in the street and
talked with her a little, so home and took my wife to my fathers. In my
way I went to Playfords, and for two books that I had and 6s. 6d. to boot
I had my great book of songs which he sells always for r 4s. At my
fathers I staid a while, while my mother sent her maid Bess to Cheapside
for some herbs to make a water for my mouth. Then I went to see Mr.
Cumberland, and after a little stay with him I returned, and took my wife
home, where after supper to bed. This day Monk was invited to White Hall
to dinner by my Lords; not seeming willing, he would not come. I went to
Mr. Fage from my fathers, who had been this afternoon with Monk, who do
promise to live and die with the City, and for the honour of the City; and
indeed the City is very open-handed to the soldiers, that they are most of
them drunk all day, and have money given them. He did give me something
for my mouth which I did use this night.

14th. Called out in the morning by Mr. Moore, whose voice my wife hearing
in my dressing-chamber with me, got herself ready, and came down and
challenged him for her valentine, this being the day.

     [The practice of choosing valentines was very general at this time,
     but some of the best examples of the custom are found in this

To Westminster Hall, there being many new remonstrances and declarations
from many counties to Monk and the City, and one coming from the North
from Sir Thomas Fairfax. Hence I took him to the Swan and gave him his
morning draft. So to my office, where Mr. Hill of Worcestershire came to
see me and my partner in our office, with whom we went to Wills to drink.
At noon I went home and so to Mr. Crews, but they had dined, and so I
went to see Mrs. Jem where I stayed a while, and home again where I stayed
an hour or two at my lute, and so forth to Westminster Hall, where I heard
that the Parliament hath now changed the oath so much talked of to a
promise; and that among other qualifications for the members that are to
be chosen, one is, that no man, nor the son of any man that hath been in
arms during the life of the father, shall be capable of being chosen to
sit in Parliament. To Wills, where like a fool I staid and lost 6d. at
cards. So home, and wrote a letter to my Lord by the post. So after supper
to bed. This day, by an order of the House, Sir H. Vane was sent out of
town to his house in Lincolnshire.

15th. Called up in the morning by Captain Holland and Captain Cuttance,
and with them to Harpers, thence to my office, thence with Mr. Hill of
Worcestershire to Wills, where I gave him a letter to Nan Pepys, and some
merry pamphlets against the Rump to carry to her into the country. So to
Mr. Crews, where the dining room being full, Mr. Walgrave and I dined
below in the buttery by ourselves upon a good dish of buttered salmon.
Thence to Hering the merchant about my Lords Worcester money and back to
Pauls Churchyard, where I staid reading in Fullers History of the Church
of England an hour or two, and so to my fathers, where Mr. Hill came to
me and I gave him direction what to do at Worcester about the money.
Thence to my Lady Wrights and gave her a letter from my Lord privily. So
to Mrs. Jem and sat with her, who dined at Mr. Crews to-day, and told me
that there was at her coming away at least forty gentlemen (I suppose
members that were secluded, for Mr. Walgrave told me that there were about
thirty met there the last night) came dropping in one after another
thither. Thence home and wrote into the country against to-morrow by the
carrier and so to bed. At my fathers I heard how my cousin Kate Joyce had
a fall yesterday from her horse and had some hurt thereby. No news to-day,
but all quiet to see what the Parliament will do about the issuing of the
writs to-morrow for filling up of the House, according to Monks desire.

16th, In the morning at my lute. Then came Shaw and Hawly, and I gave them
their morning draft at my house. So to my office, where I wrote by the
carrier to my Lord and sealed my letter at Wills, and gave it old East to
carry it to the carriers, and to take up a box of china oranges and two
little barrels of scallops at my house, which Captain Cuttance sent to me
for my Lord. Here I met with Osborne and with Shaw and Spicer, and we went
to the Sun Tavern in expectation of a dinner, where we had sent us only
two trenchers-full of meat, at which we were very merry, while in came Mr.
Wade and his friend Capt. Moyse (who told us of his hopes to get an estate
merely for his names sake), and here we staid till seven at night, I
winning a quart of sack of Shaw that one trencherfull that was sent us was
all lamb and he that it was veal. I by having but 3d. in my pocket made
shift to spend no more, whereas if I had had more I had spent more as the
rest did, so that I see it is an advantage to a man to carry little in his
pocket. Home, and after supper, and a little at my flute, I went to bed.

17th. In the morning Tom that was my Lords footboy came to see me and had
10s. of me of the money which I have to keep of his. So that now I have
but 35s. more of his. Then came Mr. Hills the instrument maker, and I
consulted with him about the altering my lute and my viall. After that I
went into my study and did up my accounts, and found that I am about; L40
beforehand in the world, and that is all. So to my office and from thence
brought Mr. Hawly home with me to dinner, and after dinner wrote a letter
to Mr. Downing about his business and gave it Hawly, and so went to Mr.
Gunnings to his weekly fast, and after sermon, meeting there with
Monsieur LImpertinent, we went and walked in the park till it was dark. I
played on my pipe at the Echo, and then drank a cup of ale at Jacobs. So
to Westminster Hall, and he with me, where I heard that some of the
members of the House were gone to meet with some of the secluded members
and General Monk in the City. Hence we went to White Hall, thinking to
hear more news, where I met with Mr. Hunt, who told me how Monk had sent
for all his goods that he had here into the City; and yet again he told
me, that some of the members of the House had this day laid in firing into
their lodgings at White Hall for a good while, so that we are at a great
stand to think what will become of things, whether Monk will stand to the
Parliament or no. Hence Mons. LImpertinent and I to Harpers, and there
drank a cup or two to the King, and to his fair sister Frances—[Frances
Butler, the great beauty, who is sometimes styled. la belle Boteler.]—good
health, of whom we had much discourse of her not being much the worse for
the small pox, which she had this last summer. So home and to bed. This
day we are invited to my uncle Fenners wedding feast, but went not, this
being the 27th year.

18th. A great while at my vial and voice, learning to sing Fly boy, fly
boy, without book. So to my office, where little to do. In the Hall I met
with Mr. Eglin and one Looker, a famous gardener, servant to my Lord
Salsbury, and among other things the gardener told a strange passage in
good earnest…. Home to dinner, and then went to my Lords lodgings to my
turret there and took away most of my books, and sent them home by my
maid. Thither came Capt. Holland to me who took me to the Half Moon tavern
and Mr. Southorne, Blackburnes clerk. Thence he took me to the Mitre in
Fleet Street, where we heard (in a room over the music room) very plainly
through the ceiling. Here we parted and I to Mr. Wottons, and with him to
an alehouse and drank while he told me a great many stories of comedies
that he had formerly seen acted, and the names of the principal actors,
and gave me a very good account of it. Thence to Whitehall, where I met
with Luellin and in the clerks chamber wrote a letter to my Lord. So home
and to bed. This day two soldiers were hanged in the Strand for their late
mutiny at Somerset-house.

19th (Lords day). Early in the morning I set my books that I brought home
yesterday up in order in my study. Thence forth to Mr. Harpers to drink a
draft of purle,—[Purl is hot beer flavoured with wormwood or other
aromatic herbs. The name is also given to hot beer flavoured with gin,
sugar, and ginger.]—whither by appointment Monsieur LImpertinent,
who did intend too upon my desire to go along with me to St.
Bartholomews, to hear one Mr. Sparks, but it raining very hard we went to
Mr. Gunnings and heard an excellent sermon, and speaking of the character
that the Scripture gives of Ann the mother of the blessed Virgin, he did
there speak largely in commendation of widowhood, and not as we do to
marry two or three wives or husbands, one after another. Here I met with
Mr. Moore, and went home with him to dinner, where he told me the
discourse that happened between the secluded members and the members of
the House, before Monk last Friday. How the secluded said, that they did
not intend by coming in to express revenge upon these men, but only to
meet and dissolve themselves, and only to issue writs for a free
Parliament. He told me how Haselrigge was afraid to have the candle
carried before him, for fear that the people seeing him, would do him
hurt; and that he is afraid to appear in the City. That there is great
likelihood that the secluded members will come in, and so Mr. Crew and my
Lord are likely to be great men, at which I was very glad. After diner
there was many secluded members come in to Mr. Crew, which, it being the
Lords day, did make Mr. Moore believe that there was something
extraordinary in the business. Hence home and brought my wife to Mr.
Mossums to hear him, and indeed he made a very good sermon, but only too
eloquent for a pulpit. Here Mr. LImpertinent helped me to a seat. After
sermon to my fathers; and fell in discourse concerning our going to
Cambridge the next week with my brother John. To Mrs. Turner where her
brother, Mr. Edward Pepys, was there, and I sat a great while talking of
public business of the times with him. So to supper to my Fathers, all
supper talking of Johns going to Cambridge. So home, and it raining my
wife got my mothers French mantle and my brother Johns hat, and so we
went all along home and to bed.

20th. In the morning at my lute. Then to my office, where my partner and I
made even our balance. Took him home to dinner with me, where my brother
John came to dine with me. After dinner I took him to my study at home and
at my Lords, and gave him some books and other things against his going
to Cambridge. After he was gone I went forth to Westminster Hall, where I
met with Chetwind, Simons, and Gregory. And with them to Marshs at
Whitehall to drink, and staid there a pretty while reading a pamphlet well
writ and directed to General Monk, in praise of the form of monarchy which
was settled here before the wars.

     [This pamphlet is among the Thomason Collection of Civil War Tracts
     (British Museum), and dated in MS.  this same day, February 20th—
     A Plea for Limited Monarchy as it was established in this Nation
     before the late War.  In an Humble Address to his Excellency General
     Monck.  By a Zealot for the good old Laws of his Country, before any
     Faction or Caprice, with additions.  An Eccho to the Plea for
     Limited Monarchy, &c., was published soon afterwards.]

They told me how the Speaker Lenthall do refuse to sign the writs for
choice of new members in the place of the excluded; and by that means the
writs could not go out to-day. In the evening Simons and I to the Coffee
Club, where nothing to do only I heard Mr. Harrington, and my Lord of
Dorset and another Lord, talking of getting another place as the Cockpit,
and they did believe it would come to something. After a small debate upon
the question whether learned or unlearned subjects are the best the Club
broke up very poorly, and I do not think they will meet any more. Hence
with Vines, &c. to Wills, and after a pot or two home, and so to bed.

21st. In the morning going out I saw many soldiers going towards
Westminster, and was told that they were going to admit the secluded
members again. So I to Westminster Hall, and in Chancery Row I saw about
twenty of them who had been at White Hall with General Monk, who came
thither this morning, and made a speech to them, and recommended to them a
Commonwealth, and against Charles Stuart. They came to the House and went
in one after another, and at last the Speaker came. But it is very strange
that this could be carried so private, that the other members of the House
heard nothing of all this, till they found them in the House, insomuch
that the soldiers that stood there to let in the secluded members, they
took for such as they had ordered to stand there to hinder their coming
in. Mr. Prin came with an old basket-hilt sword on, and had a great many
great shouts upon his going into the Hall. They sat till noon, and at
their coming out Mr. Crew saw me, and bid me come to his house, which I
did, and he would have me dine with him, which I did; and he very joyful
told me that the House had made General Monk, General of all the Forces in
England, Scotland, and Ireland; and that upon Monks desire, for the
service that Lawson had lately done in pulling down the Committee of
Safety, he had the command of the Sea for the time being. He advised me to
send for my Lord forthwith, and told me that there is no question that, if
he will, he may now be employed again; and that the House do intend to do
nothing more than to issue writs, and to settle a foundation for a free
Parliament. After dinner I back to Westminster Hall with him in his coach.
Here I met with Mr. Lock and Pursell, Masters of Music,—[Henry
Purcell, father of the celebrated composer, was gentleman of the Chapel
Royal.]—and with them to the Coffee House, into a room next the
water, by ourselves, where we spent an hour or two till Captain Taylor
came to us, who told us, that the House had voted the gates of the City to
be made up again, and the members of the City that are in prison to be set
at liberty; and that Sir G. Booths case be brought into the House
to-morrow. Here we had variety of brave Italian and Spanish songs, and a
canon for eight voices, which Mr. Lock had lately made on these words:
Domine salvum fac Regem, an admirable thing. Here also Capt. Taylor
began a discourse of something that he had lately writ about Gavelkind in
answer to one that had wrote a piece upon the same subject; and indeed
discovered a great deal of study in antiquity in his discourse. Here out
of the window it was a most pleasant sight to see the City from one end to
the other with a glory about it, so high was the light of the bonfires,
and so thick round the City, and the bells rang everywhere. Hence home and
wrote to my Lord, afterwards came down and found Mr. Hunt (troubled at
this change) and Mr. Spong, who staid late with me singing of a song or
two, and so parted. My wife not very well, went to bed before. This
morning I met in the Hall with Mr. Fuller, of Christs, and told him of my
design to go to Cambridge, and whither. He told me very freely the temper
of Mr. Widdrington, how he did oppose all the fellows in the College, and
that there was a great distance between him and the rest, at which I was
very sorry, for that he told me he feared it would be little to my
brothers advantage to be his pupil.

22nd. In the morning intended to have gone to Mr. Crews to borrow some
money, but it raining I forbore, and went to my Lords lodging and look
that all things were well there. Then home and sang a song to my viall, so
to my office and to Wills, where Mr. Pierce found me out, and told me
that he would go with me to Cambridge, where Colonel Ayres regiment, to
which he was surgeon, lieth. Walking in the Hall, I saw Major-General
Brown, who had along time been banished by the Rump, but now with his
beard overgrown, he comes abroad and sat in the House. To my fathers to
dinner, where nothing but a small dish of powdered beef—[Boiled salt
beef. To powder was to sprinkle with salt, and the powdering tub a vessel
in which meat was salted.]—and dish of carrots; they being all busy
to get things ready for my brother John to go to-morrow. After dinner, my
wife staying there, I went to Mr. Crews, and got; L5 of Mr. Andrews, and
so to Mrs. Jemimah, who now hath her instrument about her neck, and indeed
is infinitely, altered, and holds her head upright. I paid her, maid 40s.
of the money that I have received of Mr. Andrews. Hence home to my study,
where I only wrote thus much of this days passages to this * and so out
again. To White Hall, where I met with Will. Simons and Mr. Mabbot at
Marshs, who told me how the House had this day voted that the gates of
the City should be set up at the cost of the State. And that Major-General
Browns being proclaimed a traitor be made void, and several other things
of that nature. Home for my lanthorn and so to my fathers, where I
directed John what books to put for Cambridge. After that to supper, where
my Uncle Fenner and my Aunt, The. Turner, and Joyce, at a brave leg of
veal roasted, and were very merry against Johns going to Cambridge. I
observed this day how abominably Barebones windows are broke again last
night. At past 9 oclock my wife and I went home.

23rd. Thursday, my birthday, now twenty-seven years. A pretty fair
morning, I rose and after writing a while in my study I went forth. To my
office, where I told Mr. Hawly of my thoughts to go out of town to-morrow.
Hither Mr. Fuller comes to me and my Uncle Thomas too, thence I took them
to drink, and so put off my uncle. So with Mr. Fuller home to my house,
where he dined with me, and he told my wife and me a great many stories of
his adversities, since these troubles, in being forced to travel in the
Catholic countries, &c. He shewed me his bills, but I had not money to
pay him. We parted, and I to Whitehall, where I was to see my horse which
Mr. Garthwayt lends me to-morrow. So home, where Mr. Pierce comes to me
about appointing time and place where and when to meet tomorrow. So to
Westminster Hall, where, after the House rose, I met with Mr. Crew, who
told me that my Lord was chosen by 73 voices, to be one of the Council of
State. Mr. Pierpoint had the most, 101, and himself the next, too. He
brought me in the coach home. He and Mr. Anslow being in it. I back to the
Hall, and at Mrs. Michells shop staid talking a great while with her and
my Chaplain, Mr. Mumford, and drank a pot or two of ale on a wager that
Mr. Prin is not of the Council. Home and wrote to my Lord the news of the
choice of the Council by the post, and so to bed.

24th. I rose very early, and taking horse at Scotland Yard, at Mr.
Garthwayts stable, I rode to Mr. Pierces, who rose, and in a quarter of
an hour, leaving his wife in bed (with whom Mr. Lucy methought was very
free as she lay in bed), we both mounted, and so set forth about seven of
the clock, the day and the way very foul. About Ware we overtook Mr.
Blayton, brother-in-law to Dick Vines, who went thenceforwards with us,
and at Puckeridge we baited, where we had a loin of mutton fried, and were
very merry, but the way exceeding bad from Ware thither. Then up again and
as far as Foulmer, within six miles of Cambridge, my mare being almost
tired: here we lay at the Chequer, playing at cards till supper, which was
a breast of veal roasted. I lay with Mr. Pierce, who we left here the next
morning upon his going to Hinchingbroke to speak with my Lord before his
going to London, and we two come to Cambridge by eight oclock in the

25th. To the Falcon, in the Petty Cury,

     [The old Falcon Inn is on the south side of Petty Cury.  It is now
     divided into three houses, one of which is the present Falcon Inn,
     the other two being houses with shops.  The Falcon yard is but
     little changed.  From the size of the whole building it must have
     been the principal inn of the town.  The room said to have been used
     by Queen Elizabeth for receptions retains its original form.—M. B.

     The Petty Cury.  The derivation of the name of this street, so well
     known to all Cambridge men, is a matter of much dispute among
     antiquaries.  (See Notes and Queries.) The most probable meaning
     of it is the Parva Cokeria, or little cury, where the cooks of the
     town lived, just as The Poultry, where the Poulters (now
     Poulterers) had their shops.  The Forme of Cury, a Roll of Antient
     English Cookery, was compiled by the principal cooks of that best
     and royalest viander of all Christian Kings, Richard the Second,
     and edited with a copious Index and Glossary by Dr. Samuel Pegge,
     1780.—M. B.]

where we found my father and brother very well. After dressing myself,
about ten oclock, my father, brother, and I to Mr. Widdririgton, at
Christs College, who received us very civilly, and caused my brother to
be admitted, while my father, he, and I, sat talking. After that done, we
take leave. My father and brother went to visit some friends, Pepyss,
scholars in Cambridge, while I went to Magdalene College, to Mr. Hill,
with whom I found Mr. Zanchy, Burton, and Hollins, and was exceeding
civilly received by them. I took leave on promise to sup with them, and to
my Inn again, where I dined with some others that were there at an
ordinary. After dinner my brother to the College, and my father and I to
my Cozen Angiers, to see them, where Mr. Fairbrother came to us. Here we
sat a while talking. My father he went to look after his things at the
carriers, and my brothers chamber, while Mr. Fairbrother, my Cozen
Angier, and Mr. Zanchy, whom I met at Mr. Mertons shop (where I bought
Elenchus Motuum, having given my former to Mr. Downing when he was
here), to the Three Tuns, where we drank pretty hard and many healths to
the King, &c., till it began to be darkish: then we broke up and I and
Mr. Zanchy went to Magdalene College, where a very handsome supper at Mr.
Hills chambers, I suppose upon a club among them, where in their
discourse I could find that there was nothing at all left of the old
preciseness in their discourse, specially on Saturday nights. And Mr.
Zanchy told me that there was no such thing now-a-days among them at any
time. After supper and some discourse then to my Inn, where I found my
father in his chamber, and after some discourse, and he well satisfied
with this days work, we went to bed, my brother lying with me, his things
not being come by the carrier that he could not lie in the College.

26th (Sunday). My brother went to the College to Chapel. My father and I
went out in the morning, and walked out in the fields behind Kings
College, and in Kings College Chapel Yard, where we met with Mr.
Fairbrother, who took us to Botolphs Church, where we heard Mr. Nicholas,
of Queens College, who I knew in my time to be Tripos,

     [The Tripos or Bachelor of the Stool, who made the speech on Ash
     Wednesday, when the senior Proctor called him up and exhorted him to
     be witty but modest withal.  Their speeches, especially after the
     Restoration, tended to be boisterous, and even scurrilous.
     26 Martii 1669.  Da Hollis, fellow of Clare Hall is to make a
     publick Recantation in the Bac. Schools for his Tripos speeche.
      The Tripos verses still come out, and are circulated on Ash
     Wednesday.  The list of successful candidates for honours is printed
     on the same paper, hence the term Tripos applied to it.]

with great applause, upon this text, For thy commandments are broad.
Thence my father and I to Mr. Widdringtons chamber to dinner, where he
used us very courteously again, and had two Fellow Commoners at table with
him, and Mr. Pepper, a Fellow of the College. After dinner, while we sat
talking by the fire, Mr. Pierces man came to tell me that his master was
come to town, so my father and I took leave, and found Mr. Pierce at our
Inn, who told us that he had lost his journey, for my Lord was gone from
Hinchingbroke to London on Thursday last, at which I was a little put to a
stand. So after a cup of drink I went to Magdalene College to get the
certificate of the College for my brothers entrance there, that he might
save his year. I met with Mr. Burton in the Court, who took me to Mr.
Pechells chamber, where he was and Mr. Zanchy. By and by, Mr. Pechell and
Sanchy and I went out, Pechell to Church, Sanchy and I to the Rose Tavern,
where we sat and drank till sermon done, and then Mr. Pechell came to us,
and we three sat drinking the Kings and his whole familys health till it
began to be dark. Then we parted; Sanchy and I went to my lodging, where
we found my father and Mr. Pierce at the door, and I took them both and
Mr. Blayton to the Rose Tavern, and there gave them a quart or two of
wine, not telling them that we had been there before. After this we broke
up, and my father, Mr. Zanchy, and I to my Cosen Angier to supper, where I
caused two bottles of wine to be carried from the Rose Tavern; that was
drunk up, and I had not the wit to let them know at table that it was I
that paid for them, and so I lost my thanks for them. After supper Mr.
Fairbrother, who supped there with us, took me into a room by himself, and
shewed me a pitiful copy of verses upon Mr. Prinn which he esteemed very
good, and desired that I would get them given to Mr. Prinn, in hopes that
he would get him some place for it, which I said I would do, but did laugh
in my sleeve to think of his folly, though indeed a man that has always
expressed great civility to me. After that we sat down and talked; I took
leave of all my friends, and so to my Inn, where after I had wrote a note
and enclosed the certificate to Mr. Widdrington, I bade good night to my
father, and John went to bed, but I staid up a little while, playing the
fool with the lass of the house at the door of the chamber, and so to bed.

27th. Up by four oclock, and after I was ready, took my leave of my
father, whom I left in bed, and the same of my brother John, to whom I
gave 10s. Mr. Blayton and I took horse and straight to Saffron Walden,
where at the White Hart, we set up our horses, and took the master of the
house to shew us Audley End House, who took us on foot through the park,
and so to the house, where the housekeeper shewed us all the house, in
which the stateliness of the ceilings, chimney-pieces, and form of the
whole was exceedingly worth seeing. He took us into the cellar, where we
drank most admirable drink, a health to the King. Here I played on my
flageolette, there being an excellent echo. He shewed us excellent
pictures; two especially, those of the four Evangelists and Henry VIII.
After that I gave the man 2s. for his trouble, and went back again. In our
going, my landlord carried us through a very old hospital or almshouse,
where forty poor people was maintained; a very old foundation; and over
the chimney in the mantelpiece was an inscription in brass: Orate pre
anima Thomae Bird, &c.; and the poor box also was on the same
chimney-piece, with an iron door and locks to it, into which I put 6d.
They brought me a draft of their drink in a brown bowl, tipt with silver,
which I drank off, and at the bottom was a picture of the Virgin and the
child in her arms, done in silver. So we went to our Inn, and after eating
of something, and kissed the daughter of the house, she being very pretty,
we took leave, and so that night, the road pretty good, but the weather
rainy to Ep[p]ing, where we sat and played a game at cards, and after
supper, and some merry talk with a plain bold maid of the house, we went
to bed.

28th. Up in the morning, and had some red herrings to our breakfast, while
my boot-heel was a-mending, by the same token the boy left the hole as big
as it was before. Then to horse, and for London through the forest, where
we found the way good, but only in one path, which we kept as if we had
rode through a canal all the way. We found the shops all shut, and the
militia of the red regiment in arms at the Old Exchange, among whom I
found and spoke to Nich. Osborne, who told me that it was a
thanksgiving-day through the City for the return of the Parliament. At
Pauls I light, Mr. Blayton holding my horse, where I found Dr. Reynolds
in the pulpit, and General Monk there, who was to have a great
entertainment at Grocers Hall. So home, where my wife and all well.
Shifted myself,—[Changed his dress.]—and so to Mr. Crews, and
then to Sir Harry Wrights, where I found my Lord at dinner, who called
for me in, and was glad to see me. There was at dinner also Mr. John
Wright and his lady, a very pretty lady, Alderman Allens daughter. I
dined here with Will. Howe, and after dinner went out with him to buy a
hat (calling in my way and saw my mother), which we did at the Plough in
Fleet Street by my Lords direction, but not as for him. Here we met with
Mr. Pierce a little before, and he took us to the Greyhound Tavern, and
gave us a pint of wine, and as the rest of the seamen do, talked very high
again of my Lord. After we had done about the hat we went homewards, he to
Mr. Crews and I to Mrs. Jem, and sat with her a little. Then home, where
I found Mr. Sheply, almost drunk, come to see me, afterwards Mr. Spong
comes, with whom I went up and played with him a Duo or two, and so good
night. I was indeed a little vexed with Mr. Sheply, but said nothing,
about his breaking open of my study at my house, merely to give him the
key of the stair door at my Lords, which lock he might better have broke
than mine.

29th. To my office, and drank at Wills with Mr. Moore, who told me how my
Lord is chosen General at Sea by the Council, and that it is thought that
Monk will be joined with him therein. Home and dined, after dinner my wife
and I by water to London, and thence to Herrings, the merchant in Coleman
Street, about L50 which he promises I shall have on Saturday next. So to
my mothers, and then to Mrs. Turners, of whom I took leave, and her
company, because she was to go out of town to-morrow with Mr. Pepys into
Norfolk. Here my cosen Norton gave me a brave cup of metheglin,

     [A liquor made of honey and water, boiled and fermenting.  By 12
     Charles II.  cap. 23, a grant of certain impositions upon beer, ale,
     and other liquors, a duty of 1d.  per gallon was laid upon all
     metheglin or mead.]

the first I ever drank. To my mothers and supped there.

She shewed me a letter to my father from my uncle inviting him to come to
Brampton while he is in the country. So home and to bed. This day my Lord
came to the House, the first time since he came to town; but he had been
at the Council before.