Samuel Pepys diary June 1661

JUNE 1661

June 1st. Having taken our leaves of Sir W. Batten and my Lady, who are
gone this morning to keep their Whitsuntide, Sir W. Pen and I and Mr.
Gauden by water to Woolwich, and there went from ship to ship to give
order for and take notice of their forwardness to go forth, and then to
Deptford and did the like, having dined at Woolwich with Captain Poole at
the tavern there. From Deptford we walked to Redriffe, calling at the
half-way house, and there come into a room where there was infinite of new
cakes placed that are made against Whitsuntide, and there we were very
merry. By water home, and there did businesses of the office. Among others
got my Lords imprest of L1000 and Mr. Creeds of L10,000 against this
voyage their bills signed. Having wrote letters into the country and read
some things I went to bed.

2nd (Whitsunday). The barber having done with me, I went to church, and
there heard a good sermon of Mr. Mills, fit for the day. Then home to
dinner, and then to church again, and going home I found Greatorex (whom I
expected today at dinner) come to see me, and so he and I in my chamber
drinking of wine and eating of anchovies an hour or two, discoursing of
many things in mathematics, and among others he showed me how it comes to
pass the strength that levers have, and he showed me that what is got as
to matter of strength is lost by them as to matter of time. It rained very
hard, as it hath done of late so much that we begin to doubt a famine, and
so he was forced to stay longer than I desired. At night after prayers to
bed.

3rd. To the Wardrobe, where discoursing with my Lord, he did instruct me
as to the business of the Wardrobe, in case, in his absence, Mr. Townsend
should die, and told me that he do intend to joyne me and Mr. Moore with
him as to the business, now he is going to sea, and spoke to me many other
things, as to one that he do put the greatest confidence in, of which I am
proud. Here I had a good occasion to tell him (what I have had long in my
mind) that, since it has pleased God to bless me with something, I am
desirous to lay out something for my father, and so have pitched upon Mr.
Youngs place in the Wardrobe, which I desired he would give order in his
absence, if the place should fall that I might have the refusal. Which my
Lord did freely promise me, at which I was very glad, he saying that he
would do that at the least. So I saw my Lord into the barge going to
Whitehall, and I and Mr. Creed home to my house, whither my father and my
cozen Scott came to dine with me, and so we dined together very well, and
before we had done in comes my father Bowyer and my mother and four
daughters, and a young gentleman and his sister, their friends, and there
staid all the afternoon, which cost me great store of wine, and were very
merry. By and by I am called to the office, and there staid a little. So
home again, and took Mr. Creed and left them, and so he and I to the
Towre, to speak for some ammunition for ships for my Lord; and so he and
I, with much pleasure, walked quite round the Towre, which I never did
before. So home, and after a walk with my wife upon the leads, I and she
went to bed. This morning I and Dr. Peirce went over to the Beare at the
Bridge foot, thinking to have met my Lord Hinchinbroke and his brother
setting forth for France; but they being not come we went over to the
Wardrobe, and there found that my Lord Abbot Montagu being not at Paris,
my Lord hath a mind to have them stay a little longer before they go.

4th. The Comptroller came this morning to get me to go see a house or two
near our office, which he would take for himself or Mr. Turner, and then
he would have me have Mr. Turners lodgings and himself mine and Mr.
Daviss. But the houses did not like us, and so that design at present is
stopped. Then he and I by water to the bridge, and then walked over the
Bank-side till we came to the Temple, and so I went over and to my
fathers, where I met with my cozen J. Holcroft, and took him and my
father and my brother Tom to the Bear tavern and gave them wine, my cozen
being to go into the country again to-morrow. From thence to my Lord
Crews to dinner with him, and had very good discourse about having of
young noblemen and gentlemen to think of going to sea, as being as
honourable service as the land war. And among other things he told us how,
in Queen Elizabeths time, one young nobleman would wait with a trencher
at the back of another till he came to age himself. And witnessed in my
young Lord of Kent, that then was, who waited upon my Lord Bedford at
table, when a letter came to my Lord Bedford that the Earldom of Kent was
fallen to his servant, the young Lord; and so he rose from table, and made
him sit down in his place, and took a lower for himself, for so he was by
place to sit. From thence to the Theatre and saw Harry the 4th, a good
play. That done I went over the water and walked over the fields to
Southwark, and so home and to my lute. At night to bed.

5th. This morning did give my wife L4 to lay out upon lace and other
things for herself. I to Wardrobe and so to Whitehall and Westminster,
where I dined with my Lord and Ned Dickering alone at his lodgings. After
dinner to the office, where we sat and did business, and Sir W. Pen and I
went home with Sir R. Slingsby to bowls in his ally, and there had good
sport, and afterwards went in and drank and talked. So home Sir William
and I, and it being very hot weather I took my flageolette and played upon
the leads in the garden, where Sir W. Pen came out in his shirt into his
leads, and there we staid talking and singing, and drinking great drafts
of claret, and eating botargo

     [Botarga.  The roe of the mullet pressed flat and dried; that of
     commerce, however, is from the tunny, a large fish of passage which
     is common in the Mediterranean.  The best kind comes from Tunis.
      —Smyths Sailors Word-Book.  Botargo was chiefly used to promote
     drinking by causing thirst, and Rabelais makes Gargantua eat it.]

and bread and butter till 12 at night, it being moonshine; and so to bed,
very near fuddled.

6th. My head hath aked all night, and all this morning, with my last
nights debauch. Called up this morning by Lieutenant Lambert, who is now
made Captain of the Norwich, and he and I went down by water to Greenwich,
in our way observing and discoursing upon the things of a ship, he telling
me all I asked him, which was of good use to me. There we went and eat and
drank and heard musique at the Globe, and saw the simple motion that is
there of a woman with a rod in her hand keeping time to the musique while
it plays, which is simple, methinks. Back again by water, calling at
Captain Lamberts house, which is very handsome and neat, and a fine
prospect at top. So to the office, where we sat a little, and then the
Captain and I again to Bridewell to Mr. Hollands, where his wife also, a
plain dowdy, and his mother was. Here I paid Mrs. Holland the money due
from me to her husband. Here came two young gentlewomen to see Mr.
Holland, and one of them could play pretty well upon the viallin, but,
good God! how these ignorant people did cry her up for it! We were very
merry. I staid and supped there, and so home and to bed. The weather very
hot, this night I left off my wastecoat.

7th. To my Lords at Whitehall, but not finding him I went to the Wardrobe
and there dined with my Lady, and was very kindly treated by her. After
dinner to the office, and there till late at night. So home, and to Sir
William Battens, who is come this day from Chatham with my Lady, who is
and has been much troubled with the toothache. Here I staid till late, and
so home and to bed.

8th. To Whitehall to my Lord, who did tell me that he would have me go to
Mr. Townsend, whom he had ordered to discover to me the whole mystery of
the Wardrobe, and none else but me, and that he will make me deputy with
him for fear that he should die in my Lords absence, of which I was glad.
Then to the Cooks with Mr. Shepley and Mr. Creed, and dined together, and
then I went to the Theatre and there saw Bartholomew Faire, the first time
it was acted now a-days. It is a most admirable play and well acted, but
too much prophane and abusive. From thence, meeting Mr. Creed at the door,
he and I went to the tobacco shop under Temple Bar gate, and there went up
to the top of the house and there sat drinking Lambeth ale a good while.
Then away home, and in my way called upon Mr. Rawlinson (my uncle Wight
being out of town), for his advice to answer a letter of my uncle Robert,
wherein he do offer me a purchase to lay some money upon, that joynes upon
some of his own lands, and plainly telling me that the reason of his
advice is the convenience that it will give me as to his estate, of which
I am exceeding glad, and am advised to give up wholly the disposal of my
money to him, let him do what he will with it, which I shall do. So home
and to bed.

9th (Lords day). This day my wife put on her black silk gown, which is
now laced all over with black gimp lace, as the fashion is, in which she
is very pretty. She and I walked to my Ladys at the Wardrobe, and there
dined and was exceeding much made of. After dinner I left my wife there,
and I walked to Whitehall, and then went to Mr. Pierces and sat with his
wife a good while (who continues very pretty) till he came, and then he
and I, and Mr. Symons (dancing master), that goes to sea with my Lord, to
the Swan tavern, and there drank, and so again to White Hall, and there
met with Dean Fuller, and walked a great while with him; among other
things discoursed of the liberty the Bishop (by name the of Galloway)
takes to admit into orders any body that will; among others, Roundtree, a
simple mechanique that was a person [parson?] formerly in the fleet. He
told me he would complain of it. By and by we went and got a sculler, and
landing him at Worcester House, I and W. Howe, who came to us at
Whitehall, went to the Wardrobe, where I met with Mr. Townsend, who is
very willing he says to communicate anything for my Lords advantage to me
as to his business. I went up to Jane Shores towre, and there W. Howe and
I sang, and so took my wife and walked home, and so to bed. After I came
home a messenger came from my Lord to bid me come to him tomorrow morning.

10th. Early to my Lords, who privately told me how the King had made him
Embassador in the bringing over the Queen.

     [Katherine of Braganza, daughter of John IV. of Portugal, born 1638,
     married to Charles II., May 21st, 1662.  After the death of the king
     she lived for some time at Somerset House, and then returned to
     Portugal, of which country she became Regent in 1704 on the
     retirement of her brother Don Pedro.  She died December 31st, 1705.]

That he is to go to Algier, &c., to settle the business, and to put
the fleet in order there; and so to come back to Lisbone with three ships,
and there to meet the fleet that is to follow him. He sent for me, to tell
me that he do intrust me with the seeing of all things done in his absence
as to this great preparation, as I shall receive orders from my Lord
Chancellor and Mr. Edward Montagu. At all which my heart is above measure
glad; for my Lords honour, and some profit to myself, I hope. By and by,
out with Mr. Shepley Walden, Parliament-man for Huntingdon, Rolt,
Mackworth, and Alderman Backwell, to a house hard by, to drink Lambeth
ale. So I back to the Wardrobe, and there found my Lord going to Trinity
House, this being the solemn day of choosing Master, and my Lord is
chosen, so he dines there to-day. I staid and dined with my Lady; but
after we were set, comes in some persons of condition, and so the children
and I rose and dined by ourselves, all the children and I, and were very
merry and they mighty fond of me. Then to the office, and there sat
awhile. So home and at night to bed, where we lay in Sir R. Slingsbys
lodgings in the dining room there in one green bed, my house being now in
its last work of painting and whiting.

11th. At the office this morning, Sir G. Carteret with us; and we agreed
upon a letter to the Duke of York, to tell him the sad condition of this
office for want of money; how men are not able to serve us more without
some money; and that now the credit of the office is brought so low, that
none will sell us any thing without our personal security given for the
same. All the afternoon abroad about several businesses, and at night home
and to bed.

12th. Wednesday, a day kept between a fast and a feast, the Bishops not
being ready enough to keep the fast for foul weather before fair weather
came; and so they were forced to keep it between both.

     [A Form of Prayer was published to be used in London on the 12th,
     and in the country on the 19th of June, being the special days
     appointed for a general fast to be kept in the respective places for
     averting those sicknesses and diseases, that dearth and scarcity,
     which justly may be feared from the late immoderate rain and waters:
     for a thanksgiving also for the blessed change of weather; and the
     begging the continuance of it to us for our comfort: And likewise
     for beseeching a Blessing upon the High Court of Parliament now
     assembled: Set forth by his Majestys authority.  A sermon was
     preached before the Commons by Thomas Greenfield, preacher of
     Lincolns Inn.  The Lords taxed themselves for the poor—an earl,
     30s., a baron, 20s.  Those absent from prayers were to pay a
     forfeit.—B.]

I to Whitehall, and there with Captain Rolt and Ferrers we went to Lambeth
to drink our morning draft, where at the Three Mariners, a place noted for
their ale, we went and staid awhile very merry, and so away. And wanting a
boat, we found Captain Bun going down the river, and so we went into his
boat having a lady with him, and he landed them at Westminster and me at
the Bridge. At home all day with my workmen, and doing several things,
among others writing the letter resolved of yesterday to the Duke. Then to
White Hall, where I met my Lord, who told me he must have L300 laid out in
cloth, to give in Barbary, as presents among the Turks. At which occasion
of getting something I was very glad. Home to supper, and then to Sir R.
Slingsby, who with his brother and I went to my Lords at the Wardrobe,
and there staid a great while, but he being now taking his leave of his
friends staid out late, and so they went away. Anon came my Lord in, and I
staid with him a good while, and then to bed with Mr. Moore in his
chamber.

13th. I went up and down to Alderman Backwells, but his servants not
being up, I went home and put on my gray cloth suit and faced white coat,
made of one of my wifes pettycoates, the first time I have had it on, and
so in a riding garb back again and spoke with Mr. Shaw at the Aldermans,
who offers me L300 if my Lord pleases to buy this cloth with, which
pleased me well. So to the Wardrobe and got my Lord to order Mr. Creed to
imprest so much upon me to be paid by Alderman Backwell. So with my Lord
to Whitehall by water, and he having taken leave of the King, comes to us
at his lodgings and from thence goes to the garden stairs and there takes
barge, and at the stairs was met by Sir R. Slingsby, who there took his
leave of my Lord, and I heard my Lord thank him for his kindness to me,
which Sir Robert answered much to my advantage. I went down with my Lord
in the barge to Deptford, and there went on board the Dutch yacht and
staid there a good while, W. Howe not being come with my Lords things,
which made my Lord very angry. By and by he comes and so we set sayle, and
anon went to dinner, my Lord and we very merry; and after dinner I went
down below and there sang, and took leave of W. Howe, Captain Rolt, and
the rest of my friends, then went up and took leave of my Lord, who give
me his hand and parted with great respect. So went and Captain Ferrers
with me into our wherry, and my Lord did give five guns, all they had
charged, which was the greatest respect my Lord could do me, and of which
I was not a little proud. So with a sad and merry heart I left them
sailing pleasantly from Erith, hoping to be in the Downs tomorrow early.
We toward London in our boat. Pulled off our stockings and bathed our legs
a great while in the river, which I had not done some years before. By and
by we come to Greenwich, and thinking to have gone on the Kings yacht,
the King was in her, so we passed by, and at Woolwich went on shore, in
the company of Captain Poole of Jamaica and young Mr. Kennersley, and many
others, and so to the tavern where we drank a great deal both wine and
beer. So we parted hence and went home with Mr. Falconer, who did give us
cherrys and good wine. So to boat, and young Poole took us on board the
Charity and gave us wine there, with which I had full enough, and so to
our wherry again, and there fell asleep till I came almost to the Tower,
and there the Captain and I parted, and I home and with wine enough in my
head, went to bed.

14th. To Whitehall to my Lords, where I found Mr. Edward Montagu and his
family come to lie during my Lords absence. I sent to my house by my
Lords order his shipp—[Qy. glass omitted after shipp.]—and
triangle virginall. So to my fathers, and did give him order about the
buying of this cloth to send to my Lord. But I could not stay with him
myself, for having got a great cold by my playing the fool in the water
yesterday I was in great pain, and so went home by coach to bed, and went
not to the office at all, and by keeping myself warm, I broke wind and so
came to some ease. Rose and eat some supper, and so to bed again.

15th. My father came and drank his morning draft with me, and sat with me
till I was ready, and so he and I about the business of the cloth. By and
by I left him and went and dined with my Lady, who, now my Lord is gone,
is come to her poor housekeeping again. Then to my fathers, who tells me
what he has done, and we resolved upon two pieces of scarlet, two of
purple, and two of black, and L50 in linen. I home, taking L300 with me
home from Alderman Backwells. After writing to my Lord to let him know
what I had done I was going to bed, but there coming the purser of the
Kings yacht for victualls presently, for the Duke of York is to go down
to-morrow, I got him to promise stowage for these things there, and so I
went to bed, bidding Will go and fetch the things from the carriers
hither, which about 12 oclock were brought to my house and laid there all
night.

16th (Lords day). But no purser coming in the morning for them, and I
hear that the Duke went last night, and so I am at a great loss what to
do; and so this day (though the Lords day) staid at home, sending Will up
and down to know what to do. Sometimes thinking to continue my resolution
of sending by the carrier to be at Deal on Wednesday next, sometimes to
send them by sea by a vessel on purpose, but am not yet come to a
resolution, but am at a very great loss and trouble in mind what in the
world to do herein. The afternoon (while Will was abroad) I spent in
reading The Spanish Gypsey, a play not very good, though commended much.
At night resolved to hire a Margate Hoy, who would go away to-morrow
morning, which I did, and sent the things all by him, and put them on
board about 12 this night, hoping to have them as the wind now serves in
the Downs to-morrow night. To-bed with some quiet of mind, having sent the
things away.

17th. Visited this morning by my old friend Mr. Ch. Carter, who staid and
went to Westminster with me, and there we parted, and I to the Wardrobe
and dined with my Lady. So home to my painters, who are now about painting
my stairs. So to the office, and at night we all went to Sir W. Pens, and
there sat and drank till 11 at night, and so home and to bed.

18th. All this morning at home vexing about the delay of my painters, and
about four in the afternoon my wife and I by water to Captain Lamberts,
where we took great pleasure in their turret-garden, and seeing the fine
needle-works of his wife, the best I ever saw in my life, and afterwards
had a very handsome treat and good musique that she made upon the
harpsicon, and with a great deal of pleasure staid till 8 at night, and so
home again, there being a little pretty witty child that is kept in their
house that would not let us go without her, and so fell a-crying by the
water-side. So home, where I met Jack Cole, who staid with me a good
while, and is still of the old good humour that we were of at school
together, and I am very glad to see him. He gone, I went to bed.

19th. All the morning almost at home, seeing my stairs finished by the
painters, which pleases me well. So with Mr. Moore to Westminster Hall, it
being term, and then by water to the Wardrobe, where very merry, and so
home to the office all the afternoon, and at night to the Exchange to my
uncle Wight about my intention of purchasing at Brampton. So back again
home and at night to bed. Thanks be to God I am very well again of my late
pain, and to-morrow hope to be out of my pain of dirt and trouble in my
house, of which I am now become very weary. One thing I must observe here
while I think of it, that I am now become the most negligent man in the
world as to matters of news, insomuch that, now-a-days, I neither can tell
any, nor ask any of others.

20th. At home the greatest part of the day to see my workmen make an end,
which this night they did to my great content.

21st. This morning going to my fathers I met him, and so he and I went
and drank our morning draft at the Samson in Pauls Churchyard, and eat
some gammon of bacon, &c., and then parted, having bought some green
Say—[A woollen cloth. Saye clothe serge.—Palsgrave.]—for
curtains in my parler. Home, and so to the Exchequer, where I met with my
uncle Wight, and home with him to dinner, where among others (my aunt
being out of town), Mr. Norbury and I did discourse of his wifes house
and land at Brampton, which I find too much for me to buy. Home, and in
the afternoon to the office, and much pleased at night to see my house
begin to be clean after all the dirt.

22nd. Abroad all the morning about several businesses. At noon went and
dined with my Lord Crew, where very much made of by him and his lady. Then
to the Theatre, The Alchymist,—[Comedy by Ben Jonson, first
printed in 1612.]—which is a most incomparable play. And that being
done I met with little Luellin and Blirton, who took me to a friends of
theirs in Lincolns Inn fields, one Mr. Hodges, where we drank great store
of Rhenish wine and were very merry. So I went home, where I found my
house now very clean, which was great content to me.

23rd (Lords day). In the morning to church, and my wife not being well, I
went with Sir W. Batten home to dinner, my Lady being out of town, where
there was Sir W. Pen, Captain Allen and his daughter Rebecca, and Mr.
Hempson and his wife. After dinner to church all of us and had a very good
sermon of a stranger, and so I and the young company to walk first to
Grayes Inn Walks, where great store of gallants, but above all the ladies
that I there saw, or ever did see, Mrs. Frances Butler (Monsieur
LImpertinents sister) is the greatest beauty. Then we went to Islington,
where at the great house I entertained them as well as I could, and so
home with them, and so to my own home and to bed. Pall, who went this day
to a childs christening of Kate Joyces, staid out all night at my
fathers, she not being well.

24th (Midsummer-day). We kept this a holiday, and so went not to the
office at all. All the morning at home. At noon my father came to see my
house now it is done, which is now very neat. He and I and Dr. Williams
(who is come to see my wife, whose soare belly is now grown dangerous as
she thinks) to the ordinary over against the Exchange, where we dined and
had great wrangling with the master of the house when the reckoning was
brought to us, he setting down exceeding high every thing. I home again
and to Sir W. Battens, and there sat a good while. So home.

25th. Up this morning to put my papers in order that are come from my
Lords, so that now I have nothing there remaining that is mine, which I
have had till now. This morning came Mr. Goodgroome

     [Theodore Goodgroome, Pepyss singing-master.  He was probably
     related to John Goodgroome, a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, who is
     also referred to in the Diary.]

to me (recommended by Mr. Mage), with whom I agreed presently to give him
20s. entrance, which I then did, and 20s. a month more to teach me to
sing, and so we began, and I hope I have come to something in it. His
first song is La cruda la bella. He gone my brother Tom comes, with whom
I made even with my father and the two drapers for the cloths I sent to
sea lately. At home all day, in the afternoon came Captain Allen and his
daughter Rebecca and Mr. Hempson, and by and by both Sir Williams, who sat
with me till it was late, and I had a very gallant collation for them. At
night to bed.

26th. To Westminster about several businesses, then to dine with my Lady
at the Wardrobe, taking Dean Fuller along with me; then home, where I
heard my father had been to find me about special business; so I took
coach and went to him, and found by a letter to him from my aunt that my
uncle Robert is taken with a dizziness in his head, so that they desire my
father to come down to look after his business, by which we guess that he
is very ill, and so my father do think to go to-morrow. And so Gods will
be done. Back by water to the office, there till night, and so home to my
musique and then to bed.

27th. To my fathers, and with him to Mr. Starlings to drink our morning
draft, and there I told him how I would have him speak to my uncle Robert,
when he comes thither, concerning my buying of land, that I could pay
ready money L600 and the rest by L150 per annum, to make up as much as
will buy L50 per annum, which I do, though I not worth above L500 ready
money, that he may think me to be a greater saver than I am. Here I took
my leave of my father, who is going this morning to my uncle upon my
aunts letter this week that he is not well and so needs my fathers help.
At noon home, and then with my Lady Batten, Mrs. Rebecca Allen, Mrs.
Thompson, &c., two coaches of us, we went and saw Bartholomew Fayre
acted very well, and so home again and staid at Sir W. Battens late, and
so home to bed. This day Mr. Holden sent me a bever, which cost me L4 5s.

     [Whilst a hat (see January 28th, 1660-61, ante) cost only 35s.  See
     also Lord Sandwichs vexation at his beaver being stolen, and a hat
     only left in lieu of it, April 30th, 1661, ante; and April 19th and
     26th, 1662, Post.—B.]

28th. At home all the morning practising to sing, which is now my great
trade, and at noon to my Lady and dined with her. So back and to the
office, and there sat till 7 at night, and then Sir W. Pen and I in his
coach went to Moorefields, and there walked, and stood and saw the
wrestling, which I never saw so much of before, between the north and west
countrymen. So home, and this night had our bed set up in our room that we
called the Nursery, where we lay, and I am very much pleased with the
room.

29th. By a letter from the Duke complaining of the delay of the ships that
are to be got ready, Sir Williams both and I went to Deptford and there
examined into the delays, and were satisfyed. So back again home and staid
till the afternoon, and then I walked to the Bell at the Maypole in the
Strand, and thither came to me by appointment Mr. Chetwind, Gregory, and
Hartlibb, so many of our old club, and Mr. Kipps, where we staid and drank
and talked with much pleasure till it was late, and so I walked home and
to bed. Mr. Chetwind by chewing of tobacco is become very fat and sallow,
whereas he was consumptive, and in our discourse he fell commending of
Hookers Ecclesiastical Polity, as the best book, and the only one that
made him a Christian, which puts me upon the buying of it, which I will do
shortly.

30th (Lords day). To church, where we observe the trade of briefs is come
now up to so constant a course every Sunday, that we resolve to give no
more to them.

     [It appears, from an old MS. account-book of the collections in the
     church of St. Olave, Hart Street, beginning in 1642, still extant,
     that the money gathered on the 30th June, 1661, for several
     inhabitants of the parish of St. Dunstan in the West towards their
     losse by fire, amounted to xxs. viiid.  Pepys might complain of
     the trade in briefs, as similar contributions had been levied
     fourteen weeks successively, previous to the one in question at St.
     Olaves church.  Briefs were abolished in 1828.—B.]

A good sermon, and then home to dinner, my wife and I all alone. After
dinner Sir Williams both and I by water to Whitehall, where having walked
up and down, at last we met with the Duke of York, according to an order
sent us yesterday from him, to give him an account where the fault lay in
the not sending out of the ships, which we find to be only the wind hath
been against them, and so they could not get out of the river. Hence I to
Grayes Inn Walk, all alone, and with great pleasure seeing the fine
ladies walk there. Myself humming to myself (which now-a-days is my
constant practice since I begun to learn to sing) the trillo, and found by
use that it do come upon me. Home very weary and to bed, finding my wife
not sick, but yet out of order, that I fear she will come to be sick. This
day the Portuguese Embassador came to White Hall to take leave of the
King; he being now going to end all with the Queen, and to send her over.
The weather now very fair and pleasant, but very hot. My father gone to
Brampton to see my uncle Robert, not knowing whether to find him dead or
alive. Myself lately under a great expense of money upon myself in clothes
and other things, but I hope to make it up this summer by my having to do
in getting things ready to send with the next fleet to the Queen.

Myself in good health, but mighty apt to take cold, so that this hot
weather I am fain to wear a cloth before my belly.