Samuel Pepys diary December 1660

DECEMBER 1660

December 1st. This morning, observing some things to be laid up not as
they should be by the girl, I took a broom and basted her till she cried
extremely, which made me vexed, but before I went out I left her appeased.
So to Whitehall, where I found Mr. Moore attending for me at the Privy
Seal, but nothing to do to-day. I went to my Lord St. Albans lodgings, and
found him in bed, talking to a priest (he looked like one) that leaned
along over the side of the bed, and there I desired to know his mind about
making the catch stay longer, which I got ready for him the other day. He
seems to be a fine civil gentleman. To my Lords, and did give up my audit
of his accounts, which I had been then two days about, and was well
received by my Lord. I dined with my Lord and Lady, and we had a venison
pasty. Mr. Shepley and I went into London, and calling upon Mr. Pinkney,
the goldsmith, he took us to the tavern, and gave us a pint of wine, and
there fell into our company old Mr. Flower and another gentleman; who tell
us how a Scotch knight was killed basely the other day at the Fleece in
Covent Garden, where there had been a great many formerly killed. So to
Pauls Churchyard, and there I took the little man at Mr. Kirtons and Mr.
Shepley to Ringsteads at the Star, and after a pint of wine I went home,
my brains somewhat troubled with so much wine, and after a letter or two
by the post I went to bed.

2d (Lords day). My head not very well, and my body out of order by last
nights drinking, which is my great folly. To church, and Mr. Mills made a
good sermon; so home to dinner. My wife and I all alone to a leg of
mutton, the sawce of which being made sweet, I was angry at it, and eat
none, but only dined upon the marrow bone that we had beside. To church in
the afternoon, and after sermon took Tom Fullers Church History and read
over Henry the 8ths life in it, and so to supper and to bed.

3rd. This morning I took a resolution to rise early in the morning, and so
I rose by candle, which I have not done all this winter, and spent my
morning in fiddling till time to go to the office, where Sir G. Carteret
did begin again discourse on Mr. Hollands proposition, which the King do
take very ill, and so Sir George in lieu of that do propose that the
seamen should have half in ready money and tickets for the other half, to
be paid in three months after, which we judge to be very practicable.
After office home to dinner, where come in my cozen Snow by chance, and I
had a very good capon to dinner. So to the office till night, and so home,
and then come Mr. Davis, of Deptford (the first time that ever he was at
my house), and after him Mons. LImpertinent, who is to go to Ireland
to-morrow, and so came to take his leave of me. They both found me under
the barbers hand; but I had a bottle of good sack in the house, and so
made them very welcome. Mr. Davis sat with me a good while after the other
was gone, talking of his hard usage and of the endeavour to put him out of
his place in the time of the late Commissioners, and he do speak very
highly of their corruption. After he was gone I fell a reading
Cornelianum dolium till 11 oclock at night with great pleasure, and
after that to bed.

4th. To Whitehall to Sir G. Carterets chamber, where all the officers
met, and so we went up to the Duke of York, and he took us into his
closet, and we did open to him our project of stopping the growing charge
of the fleet by paying them in hand one moyety, and the other four months
hence. This he do like, and we returned by his order to Sir G. Carterets
chamber, and there we did draw up this design in order to be presented to
the Parliament. From thence I to my Lords, and dined with him and told
him what we had done to-day. Sir Tho. Crew dined with my Lord to-day, and
we were very merry with Mrs. Borfett, who dined there still as she has
always done lately. After dinner Sir Tho. and my Lady to the Playhouse to
see The Silent Woman. I home by water, and with Mr. Hater in my chamber
all alone he and I did put this mornings design into order, which being
done I did carry it to Sir W. Batten, where I found some gentlemen with
him (Sir W. Pen among the rest pretty merry with drink) playing at cards,
and there I staid looking upon them till one oclock in the morning, and
so Sir W. Pen and I went away, and I to bed. This day the Parliament voted
that the bodies of Oliver, Ireton, Bradshaw, &c., should be taken up
out of their graves in the Abbey, and drawn to the gallows, and there
hanged and buried under it: which (methinks) do trouble me that a man of
so great courage as he was, should have that dishonour, though otherwise
he might deserve it enough.

5th. This morning the Proposal which I wrote the last night I showed to
the officers this morning, and was well liked of, and I wrote it fair for
Sir. G. Carteret to show to the King, and so it is to go to the
Parliament. I dined at home, and after dinner I went to the new Theatre
and there I saw The Merry Wives of Windsor acted, the humours of the
country gentleman and the French doctor very well done, but the rest but
very poorly, and Sir J. Falstaffe t as bad as any. From thence to Mr.
Will. Montagus chamber to have sealed some writings tonight between Sir
R. Parkhurst and myself about my Lords L2000, but he not coming, I went
to my fathers and there found my mother still ill of the stone, and had
just newly voided one, which she had let drop into the chimney, and looked
and found it to shew it me. From thence home and to bed.

6th. This morning some of the Commissioners of Parliament and Sir W.
Batten went to Sir G. Carterets office here in town, and paid off the
Chesnut. I carried my wife to White Friars and landed her there, and
myself to Whitehall to the Privy Seal, where abundance of pardons to seal,
but I was much troubled for it because that there are no fees now coming
for them to me. Thence Mr. Moore and I alone to the Leg in King Street,
and dined together on a neats tongue and udder. From thence by coach to
Mr. Crews to my Lord, who told me of his going out of town to-morrow to
settle the militia in Huntingdonshire, and did desire me to lay up a box
of some rich jewels and things that there are in it, which I promised to
do. After much free discourse with my Lord, who tells me his mind as to
his enlarging his family, &c., and desiring me to look him out a
Master of the Horse and other servants, we parted. From thence I walked to
Greatorex (he was not within), but there I met with Mr. Jonas Moore,

     [Jonas Moore was born at Whitley, Lancashire, February 8th, 1617,
     and was appointed by Charles I. tutor to the Duke of York.  Soon
     after the Restoration he was knighted and made Surveyor-General of
     the Ordnance.  He was famous as a mathematician, and was one of the
     founders of the Royal Society.  He died August 27th, 1679, and at
     his funeral sixty pieces of ordnance were discharged at the Tower.]

and took him to the Five Bells, and drank a glass of wine and left him.
To the Temple, when Sir R. Parkhurst (as was intended the last night) did
seal the writings, and is to have the L2000 told to-morrow. From, thence
by water to Parliament Stairs, and there at an alehouse to Doling (who is
suddenly to go into Ireland to venture his fortune); Simonds (who is at a
great loss for L200 present money, which I was loth to let him have,
though I could now do it, and do love him and think him honest and
sufficient, yet lothness to part with money did dissuade me from it);
Luellin (who was very drowsy from a dose that he had got the last night),
Mr. Mount and several others, among the rest one Mr. Pierce, an army man,
who did make us the best sport for songs and stories in a Scotch tone
(which he do very well) that ever I heard in my life. I never knew so good
a companion in all my observation. From thence to the bridge by water, it
being a most pleasant moonshine night, with a waterman who did tell such a
company of bawdy stories, how once he carried a lady from Putney in such a
night as this, and she bade him lie down by her, which he did, and did
give her content, and a great deal more roguery. Home and found my girl
knocking at the door (it being 11 oclock at night), her mistress having
sent her out for some trivial business, which did vex me when I came in,
and so I took occasion to go up and to bed in a pet. Before I went forth
this morning, one came to me to give me notice that the justices of
Middlesex do meet to-morrow at Hicks Hall, and that I as one am desired to
be there, but I fear I cannot be there though I much desire it.

7th. This morning the judge Advocate Fowler came to see me, and he and I
sat talking till it was time to go to the office. To the office and there
staid till past 12 oclock, and so I left the Comptroller and Surveyor and
went to Whitehall to my Lords, where I found my Lord gone this morning to
Huntingdon, as he told me yesterday he would. I staid and dined with my
Lady, there being Laud the pages mother there, and dined also with us,
and seemed to have been a very pretty woman and of good discourse. Before
dinner I examined Laud in his Latin and found him a very pretty boy and
gone a great way in Latin. After dinner I took a box of some things of
value that my Lord had left for me to carry to the Exchequer, which I did,
and left them with my Brother Spicer, who also had this morning paid L1000
for me by appointment to Sir R. Parkhurst. So to the Privy Seal, where I
signed a deadly number of pardons, which do trouble me to get nothing by.
Home by water, and there was much pleased to see that my little room is
likely to come to be finished soon. I fell a-reading Fullers History of
Abbys, and my wife in Great Cyrus till twelve at night, and so to bed.

8th. To Whitehall to the Privy Seal, and thence to Mr. Pierces the Surgeon
to tell them that I would call by and by to go to dinner. But I going into
Westminster Hall met with Sir G. Carteret and Sir W. Pen (who were in a
great fear that we had committed a great error of L100,000 in our late
account gone into the Parliament in making it too little), and so I was
fain to send order to Mr. Pierces to come to my house; and also to leave
the key of the chest with Mr. Spicer; wherein my Lords money is, and went
along with Sir W. Pen by water to the office, and there with Mr. Huchinson
we did find that we were in no mistake. And so I went to dinner with my
wife and Mr. and Mrs. Pierce the Surgeon to Mr. Pierce, the Purser (the
first time that ever I was at his house) who does live very plentifully
and finely. We had a lovely chine of beef and other good things very
complete and drank a great deal of wine, and her daughter played after
dinner upon the virginals,

     [All instruments of the harpsichord and spinet kind were styled
     virginals.]

and at night by lanthorn home again, and Mr. Pierce and his wife being
gone home I went to bed, having drunk so much wine that my head was
troubled and was not very well all night, and the wind I observed was rose
exceedingly before I went to bed.

9th (Lords day). Being called up early by Sir W. Batten I rose and went
to his house and he told me the ill news that he had this morning from
Woolwich, that the Assurance (formerly Captain Hollands ship, and now
Captain Stoakess, designed for Guiny and manned and victualled), was by a
gust of wind sunk down to the bottom. Twenty men drowned. Sir Williams
both went by barge thither to see how things are, and I am sent to the
Duke of York to tell him, and by boat with some other company going to
Whitehall from the Old Swan. I went to the Duke. And first calling upon
Mr. Coventry at his chamber, I went to the Dukes bed-side, who had sat up
late last night, and lay long this morning, who was much surprised,
therewith. This being done I went to chappell, and sat in Mr. Blagraves
pew, and there did sing my part along with another before the King, and
with much ease. From thence going to my Lady I met with a letter from my
Lord (which Andrew had been at my house to bring me and missed me),
commanding me to go to Mr. Denham, to get a man to go to him to-morrow to
Hinchinbroke, to contrive with him about some alterations in his house,
which I did and got Mr. Kennard. Dined with my Lady and staid all the
afternoon with her, and had infinite of talk of all kind of things,
especially of beauty of men and women, with which she seems to be much
pleased to talk of. From thence at night to Mr. Kennard and took him to
Mr. Denham, the Surveyors. Where, while we could not speak with him, his
chief man (Mr. Cooper) did give us a cup of good sack. From thence with
Mr. Kennard to my Lady who is much pleased with him, and after a glass of
sack there; we parted, having taken order for a horse or two for him and
his servant to be gone to-morrow. So to my fathers, where I sat while
they were at supper, and I found my mother below, stairs and pretty well.
Thence home, where I hear that the Comptroller had some business with me,
and (with Giffins lanthorn) I went to him and there staid in discourse an
hour till late, and among other things he showed me a design of his, by
the Kings making an Order of Knights of the Seal to give an encouragement
for persons of honour to undertake the service of the sea, and he had done
it with great pains and very ingeniously. So home and to prayers and to
bed.

10th. Up exceedingly early to go to the Comptroller, but he not being up
and it being a very fine, bright, moonshine morning I went and walked all
alone twenty turns in Cornhill, from Gracious Street corner to the Stockes
and back again, from 6 oclock till past 7, so long that I was weary, and
going to the Comptrollers thinking to find him ready, I found him gone,
at which I was troubled, and being weary went home, and from thence with
my wife by water to Westminster, and put her to my father Bowyers (they
being newly come out of the country), but I could not stay there, but left
her there. I to the Hall and there met with Col. Slingsby. So hearing that
the Duke of York is gone down this morning, to see the ship sunk yesterday
at Woolwich, he and I returned by his coach to the office, and after that
to dinner. After dinner he came to me again and sat with me at my house,
ands among other discourse he told me that it is expected that the Duke
will marry the Lord Chancellors daughter at last which is likely to be
the ruin of Mr. Davis and my Lord Barkley, who have carried themselves so
high against the Chancellor; Sir Chas. Barkley swearing that he and others
had lain with her often, which all believe to be a lie. He and I in the
evening to the Coffee House in Cornhill, the first time that ever I was
there, and I found much pleasure in it, through the diversity of company
and discourse. Home and found my wife at my Lady Battens, and have made a
bargain to go see the ship sunk at Woolwich, where both the Sir Williams
are still since yesterday, and I do resolve to go along with them. From
thence home and up to bed, having first been into my study, and to ease my
mind did go to cast up how my cash stands, and I do find as near as I can
that I am worth in money clear L240, for which God be praised. This
afternoon there was a couple of men with me with a book in each of their
hands, demanding money for pollmoney,

     [Pepys seems to have been let off very easily, for, by Act of
     Parliament 18 Car. II. cap. I (1666), servants were to pay one
     shilling in the pound of their wages, and others from one shilling
     to three shillings in the pound.]

and I overlooked the book and saw myself set down Samuel Pepys, gent. 10s.
for himself and for his servants 2s., which I did presently pay without
any dispute, but I fear I have not escaped so, and therefore I have long
ago laid by L10 for them, but I think I am not bound to discover myself.

11th. My wife and I up very early this day, and though the weather was
very bad and the wind high, yet my Lady Batten and her maid and we two did
go by our barge to Woolwich (my Lady being very fearfull) where we found
both Sir Williams and much other company, expecting the weather to be
better, that they might go about weighing up the Assurance, which lies
there (poor ship, that I have been twice merry in, in Captn. Hollands
time,) under water, only the upper deck may be seen and the masts. Captain
Stoakes is very melancholy, and being in search for some clothes and money
of his, which he says he hath lost out of his cabin. I did the first
office of a justice of Peace to examine a seaman thereupon, but could find
no reason to commit him. This last tide the Kingsale was also run aboard
and lost her mainmast, by another ship, which makes us think it ominous to
the Guiny voyage, to have two of her ships spoilt before they go out.
After dinner, my Lady being very fearfull she staid and kept my wife
there, and I and another gentleman, a friend of Sir W. Pens, went back in
the barge, very merry by the way, as far as Whitehall in her. To the Privy
Seal, where I signed many pardons and some few things else. From thence
Mr. Moore and I into London to a tavern near my house, and there we drank
and discoursed of ways how to put out a little money to the best
advantage, and at present he has persuaded me to put out L250 for L50 per
annum for eight years, and I think I shall do it. Thence home, where I
found the wench washing, and I up to my study, and there did make up an
even L100, and sealed it to lie by. After that to bed.

12th. Troubled with the absence of my wife. This morning I went (after the
Comptroller and I had sat an hour at the office) to Whitehall to dine with
my Lady, and after dinner to the Privy Seal and sealed abundance of
pardons and little else. From thence to the Exchequer and did give my
mother Bowyer a visit and her daughters, the first time that I have seen
them since I went last to sea. From thence up with J. Spicer to his office
and took L100, and by coach with it as far as my fathers, where I called
to see them, and my father did offer me six pieces of gold, in lieu of six
pounds that he borrowed of me the other day, but it went against me to
take it of him and therefore did not, though I was afterwards a little
troubled that I did not. Thence home, and took out this L100 and sealed it
up with the other last night, it being the first L200 that ever I saw
together of my own in my life. For which God be praised. So to my Lady
Batten, and sat an hour or two, and talked with her daughter and people in
the absence of her father and mother and my wife to pass away the time.
After that home and to bed, reading myself asleep, while the wench sat
mending my breeches by my bedside.

13th. All the day long looking upon my workmen who this day began to paint
my parlour. Only at noon my Lady Batten and my wife came home, and so I
stepped to my Ladys, where were Sir John Lawson and Captain Holmes, and
there we dined and had very good red wine of my Ladys own making in
England.

14th. Also all this day looking upon my workmen. Only met with the
Comptroller at the office a little both forenoon and afternoon, and at
night step a little with him to the Coffee House where we light upon very
good company and had very good discourse concerning insects and their
having a generative faculty as well as other creatures. This night in
discourse the Comptroller told me among other persons that were heretofore
the principal officers of the Navy, there was one Sir Peter Buck, a Clerk
of the Acts, of which to myself I was not a little proud.

15th. All day at home looking upon my workmen, only at noon Mr. Moore came
and brought me some things to sign for the Privy Seal and dined with me.
We had three eels that my wife and I bought this morning of a man, that
cried them about, for our dinner, and that was all I did to-day.

16th. In the morning to church, and then dined at home. In the afternoon I
to White Hall, where I was surprised with the news of a plot against the
Kings person and my Lord Monks; and that since last night there are
about forty taken up on suspicion; and, amongst others, it was my lot to
meet with Simon Beale, the Trumpeter, who took me and Tom Doling into the
Guard in Scotland Yard, and showed us Major-General Overton, where I heard
him deny that he is guilty of any such things; but that whereas it is said
that he is found to have brought many arms to town, he says it is only to
sell them, as he will prove by oath. From thence with Tom Doling and
Boston and D. Vines (whom we met by the way) to Prices, and there we
drank, and in discourse I learnt a pretty trick to try whether a woman be
a maid or no, by a string going round her head to meet at the end of her
nose, which if she be not will come a great way beyond. Thence to my
Ladys and staid with her an hour or two talking of the Duke of York and
his lady, the Chancellors daughter, between whom, she tells me, that all
is agreed and he will marry her. But I know not how true yet. It rained
hard, and my Lady would have had me have the coach, but I would not, but
to my fathers, where I met my wife, and there supped, and after supper by
link home and to bed.

17th. All day looking after my workmen, only in the afternoon to the
office where both Sir Williams were come from Woolwich, and tell us that,
contrary to their expectations, the Assurance is got up, without much
damage to her body, only to the goods that she hath within her, which
argues her to be a strong, good ship. This day my parlour is gilded, which
do please me well.

18th. All day at home, without stirring at all, looking after my workmen.

19th. At noon I went and dined with my Lady at Whitehall, and so back
again to the office, and after that home to my workmen. This night Mr.
Gauden sent me a great chine of beef and half a dozen of tongues.

20th. All day at home with my workmen, that I may get all done before
Christmas. This day I hear that the Princess Royal has the small pox.

21st. By water to Whitehall (leaving my wife at Whitefriars going to my
fathers to buy her a muff and mantle), there I signed many things at the
Privy Seal, and carried L200 from thence to the Exchequer, and laid it up
with Mr. Hales, and afterwards took him and W. Bowyer to the Swan and
drank with them. They told me that this is St. Thomass [day], and that by
an old custom, this day the Exchequer men had formerly, and do intend this
night to have a supper; which if I could I promised to come to, but did
not. To my Ladys, and dined with her: she told me how dangerously ill the
Princess Royal is and that this morning she was said to be dead. But she
hears that she hath married herself to young Jermyn, which is worse than
the Duke of Yorks marrying the Chancellors daughter, which is now
publicly owned. After dinner to the office all the afternoon. At seven at
night I walked through the dirt to Whitehall to see whether my Lord be
come to town, and I found him come and at supper, and I supped with him.
He tells me that my aunt at Brampton has voided a great stone (the first
time that ever I heard she was troubled therewith) and cannot possibly
live long, that my uncle is pretty well, but full of pain still. After
supper home and to bed.

22nd. All the morning with my painters, who will make an end of all this
day I hope. At noon I went to the Sun tavern; on Fish Street hill, to a
dinner of Captn. Teddimans, where was my Lord Inchiquin (who seems to be a
very fine person), Sir W. Pen, Captn. Cuttance, and one Mr. Lawrence (a
fine gentleman now going to Algiers), and other good company, where we had
a very fine dinner, good musique, and a great deal of wine. We staid here
very late, at last Sir W. Pen and I home together, he so overcome with
wine that he could hardly go; I was forced to lead him through the streets
and he was in a very merry and kind mood. I home (found my house clear of
the workmen and their work ended), my head troubled with wine, and I very
merry went to bed, my head akeing all night.

23rd (Lords day). In the morning to Church, where our pew all covered
with rosemary and baize. A stranger made a dull sermon. Home and found my
wife and maid with much ado had made shift to spit a great turkey sent me
this week from Charles Carter, my old colleague, now minister in
Huntingdonshire, but not at all roasted, and so I was fain to stay till
two oclock, and after that to church with my wife, and a good sermon
there was, and so home. All the evening at my book, and so to supper and
to bed.

24th. In the morning to the office and Commissioner Pett (who seldom comes
there) told me that he had lately presented a piece of plate (being a
couple of flaggons) to Mr. Coventry, but he did not receive them, which
also put me upon doing the same too; and so after dinner I went and chose
a payre of candlesticks to be made ready for me at Alderman Backwells. To
the office again in the afternoon till night, and so home, and with the
painters till 10 at night, making an end of my house and the arch before
my door, and so this night I was rid of them and all other work, and my
house was made ready against to-morrow being Christmas day. This day the
Princess Royal died at Whitehall.

25th (Christmas day). In the morning very much pleased to see my house
once more clear of workmen and to be clean, and indeed it is so, far
better than it was that I do not repent of my trouble that I have been at.
In the morning to church, where Mr. Mills made a very good sermon. After
that home to dinner, where my wife and I and my brother Tom (who this
morning came to see my wifes new mantle put on, which do please me very
well), to a good shoulder of mutton and a chicken. After dinner to church
again, my wife and I, where we had a dull sermon of a stranger, which made
me sleep, and so home, and I, before and after supper, to my lute and
Fullers History, at which I staid all alone in my chamber till 12 at
night, and so to bed.

26th. In the morning to Alderman Backwells for the candlesticks for Mr.
Coventry, but they being not done I went away, and so by coach to Mr.
Crews, and there took some money of Mr. Moores for my Lord, and so to my
Lords, where I found Sir Thomas Bond (whom I never saw before) with a
message from the Queen about vessells for the carrying over of her goods,
and so with him to Mr. Coventry, and thence to the office (being soundly
washed going through the bridge) to Sir Wm. Batten and Pen (the last of
whom took physic to-day), and so I went up to his chamber, and there
having made an end of the business I returned to White Hall by water, and
dined with my Lady Sandwich, who at table did tell me how much fault was
laid upon Dr. Frazer and the rest of the Doctors, for the death of the
Princess! My Lord did dine this day with Sir Henry Wright, in order to his
going to sea with the Queen. Thence to my father Bowyers where I met my
wife, and with her home by water.

27th. In the morning to Alderman Backwells again, where I found the
candlesticks done, and went along with him in his coach to my Lords and
left the candlesticks with Mr. Shepley. I staid in the garden talking much
with my Lord, who do show me much of his love and do communicate his mind
in most things to me, which is my great content. Home and with my wife to
Sir W. Battens to dinner, where much and good company. My wife not very
well went home, I staid late there seeing them play at cards, and so home
to bed. This afternoon there came in a strange lord to Sir William
Battens by a mistake and enters discourse with him, so that we could not
be rid of him till Sir Arn. Breames and Mr. Bens and Sir W. Pen fell
a-drinking to him till he was drunk, and so sent him away. About the
middle of the night I was very ill—I think with eating and drinking
too much—and so I was forced to call the maid, who pleased my wife
and I in her running up and down so innocently in her smock, and vomited
in the bason, and so to sleep, and in the morning was pretty well, only
got cold, and so had pain…. as I used to have.

28th. Office day. There all the morning. Dined at home alone with my wife,
and so staid within all the afternoon and evening; at my lute, with great
pleasure, and so to bed with great content.

29th. Within all the morning. Several people to speak with me; Mr. Shepley
for L100; Mr. Kennard and Warren, the merchant, about deals for my Lord.
Captain Robert Blake lately come from the Straights about some Florence
Wine for my Lord, and with him I went to Sir W. Pen, who offering me a
barrel of oysters I took them both home to my house (having by chance a
good piece of roast beef at the fire for dinner), and there they dined
with me, and sat talking all the afternoon-good company. Thence to
Alderman Backwells and took a brave state-plate and cupp in lieu of the
candlesticks that I had the other day and carried them by coach to my
Lords and left them there. And so back to my fathers and saw my mother,
and so to my uncle Fenners, whither my father came to me, and there we
talked and drank, and so away; I home with my father, he telling me what
bad wives both my cozen Joyces make to their husbands, which I much
wondered at. After talking of my sisters coming to me next week, I went
home and to bed.

30th (Lords day). Lay long in bed, and being up, I went with Will to my
Lords, calling in at many churches in my way. There I found Mr. Shepley,
in his Venetian cap, taking physique in his chamber, and with him I sat
till dinner. My Lord dined abroad and my Lady in her chamber, so Mr.
Hetly, Child and I dined together, and after dinner Mr. Child and I spent
some time at the lute, and so promising to prick me some lessons to my
theorbo he went away to see Henry Laws, who lies very sick. I to the Abby
and walked there, seeing the great confusion of people that come there to
hear the organs. So home, calling in at my fathers, but staid not, my
father and mother being both forth. At home I fell a-reading of Fullers
Church History till it was late, and so to bed.

31st. At the office all the morning and after that home, and not staying
to dine I went out, and in Pauls Church-yard I bought the play of Henry
the Fourth, and so went to the new Theatre (only calling at Mr. Crews
and eat a bit with the people there at dinner) and saw it acted; but my
expectation being too great, it did not please me, as otherwise I believe
it would; and my having a book, I believe did spoil it a little. That
being done I went to my Lords, where I found him private at cards with my
Lord Lauderdale and some persons of honour. So Mr. Shepley and I over to
Harpers, and there drank a pot or two, and so parted. My boy taking a cat
home with him from my Lords, which Sarah had given him for my wife, we
being much troubled with mice. At Whitehall inquiring for a coach, there
was a Frenchman with one eye that was going my way, so he and I hired the
coach between us and he set me down in Fenchurch Street. Strange how the
fellow, without asking, did tell me all what he was, and how he had ran
away from his father and come into England to serve the King, and now
going back again. Home and to bed.

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     A very fine dinner
     A good handsome wench I kissed, the first that I have seen
     Among all the beauties there, my wife was thought the greatest
     An exceeding pretty lass, and right for the sport
     An offer of L500 for a Baronets dignity
     And in all this not so much as one
     Asleep, while the wench sat mending my breeches by my bedside
     Barkley swearing that he and others had lain with her often
     Bought for the love of the binding three books
     Boy up to-night for his sister to teach him to put me to bed
     But we were friends again as we are always
     But I think I am not bound to discover myself
     Cavaliers have now the upper hand clear of the Presbyterians
     Confusion of years in the case of the months of January (etc.)
     Court attendance infinite tedious
     Cure of the Kings evil, which he do deny altogether
     Diana did not come according to our agreement
     Did not like that Clergy should meddle with matters of state
     Dined with my wife on pease porridge and nothing else
     Dined upon six of my pigeons, which my wife has resolved to kill
     Do press for new oaths to be put upon men
     Drink at a bottle beer house in the Strand
     Drinking of the Kings health upon their knees in the streets
     Duke of York and Mrs. Palmer did talk to one another very wanton
     Else he is a blockhead, and not fitt for that imployment
     Fashionable and black spots
     Finding my wifes clothes lie carelessly laid up
     First time I had given her leave to wear a black patch
     First time that ever I heard the organs in a cathedral
     Five pieces of gold for to do him a small piece of service
     Fixed that the year should commence in January instead of March
     Formerly say that the King was a bastard and his mother a whore
     Gave him his morning draft
     Gentlewomen did hold up their heads to be kissed by the King
     God help him, he wants bread.
     Had no more manners than to invite me and to let me pay
     Hand i the cap
     Hanging jack to roast birds on
     Have her come not as a sister in any respect, but as a servant
     Have not known her this fortnight almost, which is a pain to me
     He and I lay in one press bed, there being two more
     He is, I perceive, wholly sceptical, as well as I
     He that must do the business, or at least that can hinder it
     He was fain to lie in the priests hole a good while
     He did very well, but a deadly drinker he is
     He made the great speech of his life, and spoke for three hours
     He knew nothing about the navy
     Hired her to procure this poor soul for him
     How the Presbyterians would be angry if they durst
     I fear is not so good as she should be
     I never designed to be a witness against any man
     I was demanded L100, for the fee of the office at 6d. a pound
     I took a broom and basted her till she cried extremely
     I pray God to make me able to pay for it.
     I was angry with her, which I was troubled for
     I went to the cooks and got a good joint of meat
     I was exceeding free in dallying with her, and she not unfree
     I was a great Roundhead when I was a boy
     If it should come in print my name maybe at it
     Ill all this day by reason of the last nights debauch
     In discourse he seems to be wise and say little
     In comes Mr. North very sea-sick from shore
     In perpetual trouble and vexation that need it least
     Inoffensive vanity of a man who loved to see himself in the glass
     It not being handsome for our servants to sit so equal with us
     John Pickering on board, like an ass, with his feathers
     King do tire all his people that are about him with early rising
     Kings Proclamation against drinking, swearing, and debauchery
     Kiss my Parliament, instead of Kiss my [rump]
      Kissed them myself very often with a great deal of mirth
     L100 worth of plate for my Lord to give Secretary Nicholas
     Learned the multiplication table for the first time in  1661
     Learnt a pretty trick to try whether a woman be a maid or no
     Long cloaks being now quite out
     Made to drink, that they might know him not to be a Roundhead
     Montaigne is conscious that we are looking over his shoulder
     Most of my time in looking upon Mrs. Butler
     Mottoes inscribed on rings was of Roman origin
     Much troubled with thoughts how to get money
     My luck to meet with a sort of drolling workmen on all occasions
     My new silk suit, the first that ever I wore in my life
     My wife and I had some high words
     My wife was very unwilling to let me go forth
     My wife was making of her tarts and larding of her pullets
     My Lord, who took physic to-day and was in his chamber
     Nothing in it approaching that single page in St. Simon
     Offer me L500 if I would desist from the Clerk of the Acts place
     Petition against hackney coaches
     Playing the fool with the lass of the house
     Posies for Rings, Handkerchers and Gloves
     Presbyterians against the House of Lords
     Protestants as to the Church of Rome are wholly fanatiques
     Put to a great loss how I should get money to make up my cash
     Resolve to have the doing of it himself, or else to hinder it
     Sceptic in all things of religion
     She had six children by the King
     Show many the strangest emotions to shift off his drink
     Sit up till 2 oclock that she may call the wench up to wash
     Smoke jack consists of a wind-wheel fixed in the chimney
     So we went to bed and lay all night in a quarrel
     So I took occasion to go up and to bed in a pet
     Some merry talk with a plain bold maid of the house
     Strange thing how I am already courted by the people
     Strange how civil and tractable he was to me
     The present Irish pronunciation of English
     The rest did give more, and did believe that I did so too
     The ceremonies did not please me, they do so overdo them
     There being ten hanged, drawn, and quartered
     This afternoon I showed my Lord my accounts, which he passed
     This day I began to put on buckles to my shoes
     Thus it was my chance to see the King beheaded at White Hall
     To see the bride put to bed
     To the Swan and drank our morning draft
     To see Major-general Harrison hanged, drawn; and quartered
     Upon the leads gazing upon Diana
     We cannot tell what to do for want of her (the maid)
     Wedding for which the posy ring was required
     Went to bed with my head not well by my too much drinking to-day
     Where I find the worst very good
     Which I did give him some hope of, though I never intend it
     Woman that they have a fancy to, to make her husband a cuckold