Samuel Pepys diary March 1662

MARCH 1661-1662

March 1st. This morning I paid Sir W. Batten L40, which I have owed him
this half year, having borrowed it of him. Then to the office all the
morning, so dined at home, and after dinner comes my uncle Thomas, with
whom I had some high words of difference, but ended quietly, though I fear
I shall do no good by fair means upon him. Thence my wife and I by coach,
first to see my little picture that is a drawing, and thence to the Opera,
and there saw Romeo and Juliet, the first time it was ever acted; but it
is a play of itself the worst that ever I heard in my life, and the worst
acted that ever I saw these people do, and I am resolved to go no more to
see the first time of acting, for they were all of them out more or less.
Thence home, and after supper and wrote by the post, I settled to what I
had long intended, to cast up my accounts with myself, and after much
pains to do it and great fear, I do find that I am 1500 in money
beforehand in the world, which I was afraid I was not, but I find that I
had spent above L250 this last half year, which troubles me much, but by
Gods blessing I am resolved to take up, having furnished myself with all
things for a great while, and to-morrow to think upon some rules and
obligations upon myself to walk by. So with my mind eased of a great deal
of trouble, though with no great content to find myself above L100 worse
now than I was half a year ago, I went to bed.

2nd (Lords day). With my mind much eased talking long in bed with my wife
about our frugall life for the time to come, proposing to her what I could
and would do if I were worth L2,000, that is, be a knight, and keep my
coach, which pleased her,

     [Lord Braybrooke wrote, This reminds me of a story of my fathers,
     when he was of Merton College, and heard Bowen the porter wish that
     he had L100 a-year, to enable him to keep a couple of hunters and a
     pack of foxhounds.]

and so I do hope we shall hereafter live to save something, for I am
resolved to keep myself by rules from expenses. To church in the morning:
none in the pew but myself. So home to dinner, and after dinner came Sir
William and talked with me till church time, and then to church, where at
our going out I was at a loss by Sir W. Pens putting me upon it whether
to take my wife or Mrs. Martha (who alone was there), and I began to take
my wife, but he jogged me, and so I took Martha, and led her down before
him and my wife. So set her at home, and Sir William and my wife and I to
walk in the garden, and anon hearing that Sir G. Carteret had sent to see
whether we were at home or no, Sir William and I went to his house, where
we waited a good while, they being at prayers, and by and by we went up to
him; there the business was about hastening the East India ships, about
which we are to meet to-morrow in the afternoon. So home to my house, and
Sir William supped with me, and so to bed.

3rd. All the morning at home about business with my brother Tom, and then
with Mr. Moore, and then I set to make some strict rules for my future
practice in my expenses, which I did bind myself in the presence of God by
oath to observe upon penalty therein set down, and I do not doubt but
hereafter to give a good account of my time and to grow rich, for I do
find a great deal more of content in these few days, that I do spend well
about my business, than in all the pleasure of a whole week, besides the
trouble which I remember I always have after that for the expense of my
money. Dined at home, and then up to my chamber again about business, and
so to the office about despatching of the East India ships, where we staid
till 8 at night, and then after I had been at Sir W. Pens awhile
discoursing with him and Mr. Kenard the joiner about the new building in
his house, I went home, where I found a vessel of oysters sent me from
Chatham, so I fell to eat some and then to supper, and so after the barber
had done to bed. I am told that this day the Parliament hath voted 2s. per
annum for every chimney in England, as a constant revenue for ever to the
Crown.

     [Although fumage or smoke money was as old as the Conquest, the
     first parliamentary levy of hearth or chimney money was by statute
     13 and 14 Car. II., c. 10, which gave the king an hereditary revenue
     of two shillings annually upon every hearth in all houses paying
     church or poor rate.  This act was repealed by statute I William and
     Mary, c. 10, it being declared in the preamble as not only a great
     oppression to the poorer sort, but a badge of slavery upon the whole
     people, exposing every mans house to be entered into and searched
     at pleasure by persons unknown to him.]

4th. At the office all the morning, dined at home at noon, and then to the
office again in the afternoon to put things in order there, my mind being
very busy in settling the office to ourselves, I having now got distinct
offices for the other two. By and by Sir W. Pen and I and my wife in his
coach to Moore Fields, where we walked a great while, though it was no
fair weather and cold; and after our walk we went to the Popes Head, and
eat cakes and other fine things, and so home, and I up to my chamber to
read and write, and so to bed.

5th. In the morning to the Painters about my little picture. Thence to
Toms about business, and so to the pewterers, to buy a poores-box to
put my forfeits in, upon breach of my late vows. So to the Wardrobe and
dined, and thence home and to my office, and there sat looking over my
papers of my voyage, when we fetched over the King, and tore so many of
these that were worth nothing, as filled my closet as high as my knees. I
staid doing this till 10 at night, and so home and to bed.

6th. Up early, my mind full of business, then to the office, where the two
Sir Williams and I spent the morning passing the victuallers accounts,
the first I have had to do withal. Then home, where my Uncle Thomas (by
promise and his son Tom) were come to give me his answer whether he would
have me go to law or arbitracon with him, but he is unprovided to answer
me, and desires two days more. I left them to dine with my wife, and
myself to Mr. Gauden and the two knights at dinner at the Dolphin, and
thence after dinner to the office back again till night, we having been
these four or five days very full of business, and I thank God I am well
pleased with it, and hope I shall continue of that temper, which God
grant. So after a little being at Sir W. Battens with Sir G. Carteret
talking, I went home, and so to my chamber, and then to bed, my mind
somewhat troubled about Brampton affairs. This night my new camelott
riding coat to my coloured cloth suit came home. More news to-day of our
losses at Brampton by the late storm.

7th. Early to White Hall to the chappell, where by Mr. Blagraves means I
got into his pew, and heard Dr. Creeton, the great Scotchman, preach
before the King, and Duke and Duchess, upon the words of Micah:—Roule
yourselves in dust. He made a most learned sermon upon the words; but, in
his application, the most comical man that ever I heard in my life. Just
such a man as Hugh Peters; saying that it had been better for the poor
Cavalier never to have come with the King into England again; for he that
hath the impudence to deny obedience to the lawful magistrate, and to
swear to the oath of allegiance, &c., was better treated now-a-days in
Newgate, than a poor Royalist, that hath suffered all his life for the
King, is at White Hall among his friends. He discoursed much against a
mans lying with his wife in Lent, saying that he might be as incontinent
during that time with his own wife as at another time in another mans
bed. Thence with Mr. Moore to Whitehall and walked a little, and so to the
Wardrobe to dinner, and so home to the office about business till late at
night by myself, and so home and to bed.

8th. By coach with both Sir Williams to Westminster; this being a great
day there in the House to pass the business for chimney-money, which was
done. In the Hall I met with Serjeant Pierce; and he and I to drink a cup
of ale at the Swan, and there he told me how my Lady Monk hath disposed of
all the places which Mr. Edwd. Montagu hoped to have had, as he was Master
of the Horse to the Queen; which I am afraid will undo him, because he
depended much upon the profit of what he should make by these places. He
told me, also, many more scurvy stories of him and his brother Ralph,
which troubles me to hear of persons of honour as they are. About one
oclock with both Sir Williams and another, one Sir Rich. Branes, to the
Trinity House, but came after they had dined, so we had something got
ready for us. Here Sir W. Batten was taken with a fit of coughing that
lasted a great while and made him very ill, and so he went home sick upon
it. Sir W. Pen. and I to the office, whither afterward came Sir G.
Carteret; and we sent for Sir Thos. Allen, one of the Aldermen of the
City, about the business of one Colonel Appesley, whom we had taken
counterfeiting of bills with all our hands and the officers of the yards,
so well counterfeited that I should never have mistrusted them. We staid
about this business at the office till ten at night, and at last did send
him with a constable to the Counter; and did give warrants for the seizing
of a complice of his, one Blinkinsopp. So home and wrote to my father, and
so to bed.

9th (Lords day). Church in the morning: dined at home, then to Church
again and heard Mr. Naylor, whom I knew formerly of Keyes College, make a
most eloquent sermon. Thence to Sir W. Battens to see how he did, then to
walk an hour with Sir W. Pen in the garden: then he in to supper with me
at my house, and so to prayers and to bed.

10th. At the office doing business all the morning, and my wife being gone
to buy some things in the city I dined with Sir W. Batten, and in the
afternoon met Sir W. Pen at the Treasury Office, and there paid off the
Guift, where late at night, and so called in and eat a bit at Sir W.
Battens again, and so home and to bed, to-morrow being washing day.

11th. At the office all the morning, and all the afternoon rummaging of
papers in my chamber, and tearing some and sorting others till late at
night, and so to bed, my wife being not well all this day. This afternoon
Mrs. Turner and The. came to see me, her mother not having been abroad
many a day before, but now is pretty well again and has made me one of the
first visits.

12th. At the office from morning till night putting of papers in order,
that so I may have my office in an orderly condition. I took much pains in
sorting and folding of papers. Dined at home, and there came Mrs.
Goldsborough about her old business, but I did give her a short answer and
sent away. This morning we had news from Mr. Coventry, that Sir G. Downing
(like a perfidious rogue, though the action is good and of service to the
King,

     [(And hail the treason though we hate the traitor.) On the 21st
     Charles returned his formal thanks to the States for their
     assistance in the matter.—B.]

yet he cannot with any good conscience do it) hath taken Okey, Corbet, and
Barkestead at Delfe, in Holland, and sent them home in the Blackmore. Sir
W. Pen, talking to me this afternoon of what a strange thing it is for
Downing to do this, he told me of a speech he made to the Lords States of
Holland, telling them to their faces that he observed that he was not
received with the respect and observance now, that he was when he came
from the traitor and rebell Cromwell: by whom, I am sure, he hath got all
he hath in the world,—and they know it too.

     [Charles, when residing at Brussels, went to the Hague at night to
     pay a secret visit to his sister, the Princess of Orange.  After his
     arrival, an old reverend-like man, with a long grey beard and
     ordinary grey clothes, entered the inn and begged for a private
     interview.  He then fell on his knees, and pulling off his disguise,
     discovered himself to be Mr. Downing, then ambassador from Cromwell
     to the States-General.  He informed Charles that the Dutch had
     guaranteed to the English Commonwealth to deliver him into their
     hands should he ever set foot in their territory.  This warning
     probably saved Charless liberty.—M. B.]

13th. All day, either at the office or at home, busy about business till
late at night, I having lately followed my business much, I find great
pleasure in it, and a growing content.

14th. At the office all the morning. At noon Sir W. Pen and I making a
bargain with the workmen about his house, at which I did see things not so
well contracted for as I would have, and I was vexed and made him so too
to see me so critical in the agreement. Home to dinner. In the afternoon
came the German Dr. Kuffler,

     [This is the secret of Cornelius van Drebbel (1572-1634), which is
     referred to again by Pepys on November 11th, 1663.  Johannes
     Siberius Kuffler was originally a dyer at Leyden, who married
     Drebbels daughter. In the Calendar of State Papers, Domestic,
      1661-62 (p. 327), is the following entry: Request of Johannes
     Siberius Kuffler and Jacob Drebble for a trial of their father
     Cornelius Drebbles secret of sinking or destroying ships in a
     moment; and if it succeed, for a reward of L10,000. The secret was
     left them by will, to preserve for the English crown before any
     other state.  Cornelius van Drebbel settled in London, where he
     died. James I.  took some interest in him, and is said to have
     interfered when he was in prison in Austria and in danger of
     execution.]

to discourse with us about his engine to blow up ships. We doubted not the
matter of fact, it being tried in Cromwells time, but the safety of
carrying them in ships; but he do tell us, that when he comes to tell the
King his secret (for none but the Kings, successively, and their heirs
must know it), it will appear to be of no danger at all. We concluded
nothing; but shall discourse with the Duke of York to-morrow about it. In
the afternoon, after we had done with him, I went to speak with my uncle
Wight and found my aunt to have been ill a good while of a miscarriage, I
staid and talked with her a good while. Thence home, where I found that
Sarah the maid had been very ill all day, and my wife fears that she will
have an ague, which I am much troubled for. Thence to my lute, upon which
I have not played a week or two, and trying over the two songs of Nulla,
nulla, &c., and Gaze not on Swans, which Mr. Berkenshaw set for me
a little while ago, I find them most incomparable songs as he has set
them, of which I am not a little proud, because I am sure none in the
world has them but myself, not so much as he himself that set them. So to
bed.

15th. With Sir G. Carteret and both the Sir Williams at Whitehall to wait
on the Duke in his chamber, which we did about getting money for the Navy
and other things. So back again to the office all the morning. Thence to
the Exchange to hire a ship for the Maderas, but could get none. Then home
to dinner, and Sir G. Carteret and I all the afternoon by ourselves upon
business in the office till late at night. So to write letters and home to
bed. Troubled at my maids being ill.

16th (Lords day). This morning, till churches were done, I spent going
from one church to another and hearing a bit here and a bit there. So to
the Wardrobe to dinner with the young Ladies, and then into my Ladys
chamber and talked with her a good while, and so walked to White Hall, an
hour or two in the Park, which is now very pleasant. Here the King and
Duke came to see their fowl play. The Duke took very civil notice of me.
So walked home, calling at Toms, giving him my resolution about my boys
livery. Here I spent an hour walking in the garden with Sir W. Pen, and
then my wife and I thither to supper, where his son William is at home not
well. But all things, I fear, do not go well with them; they look
discontentedly, but I know not what ails them. Drinking of cold small beer
here I fell ill, and was forced to go out and vomit, and so was well again
and went home by and by to bed. Fearing that Sarah would continue ill,
wife and I removed this night to our matted chamber and lay there.

17th. All the morning at the office by myself about setting things in
order there, and so at noon to the Exchange to see and be seen, and so
home to dinner and then to the office again till night, and then home and
after supper and reading a while to bed. Last night the Blackmore pink

     [A pink was a form of vessel now obsolete, and had a very narrow
     stern. The Blackmoor was a sixth-rate of twelve guns, built at
     Chatham by Captain Tayler in 1656.]

brought the three prisoners, Barkestead, Okey, and Corbet, to the Tower,
being taken at Delfe in Holland; where, the Captain tells me, the Dutch
were a good while before they could be persuaded to let them go, they
being taken prisoners in their land. But Sir G. Downing would not be
answered so: though all the world takes notice of him for a most
ungrateful villain for his pains.

18th. All the morning at the office with Sir W. Pen. Dined at home, and
Luellin and Blurton with me. After dinner to the office again, where Sir
G. Carteret and we staid awhile, and then Sir W. Pen and I on board some
of the ships now fitting for East Indys and Portugall, to see in what
forwardness they are, and so back home again, and I write to my father by
the post about Brampton Court, which is now coming on. But that which
troubles me is that my Father has now got an ague that I fear may endanger
his life. So to bed.

19th. All the morning and afternoon at my office putting things in order,
and in the evening I do begin to digest my uncle the Captains papers into
one book, which I call my Brampton book, for the clearer understanding
things how they are with us. So home and supper and to bed. This noon came
a letter from T. Pepys, the turner, in answer to one of mine the other day
to him, wherein I did cheque him for not coming to me, as he had promised,
with his and his fathers resolucion about the difference between us. But
he writes to me in the very same slighting terms that I did to him,
without the least respect at all, but word for word as I did him, which
argues a high and noble spirit in him, though it troubles me a little that
he should make no more of my anger, yet I cannot blame him for doing so,
he being the elder brothers son, and not depending upon me at all.

20th. At my office all the morning, at noon to the Exchange, and so home
to dinner, and then all the afternoon at the office till late at night,
and so home and to bed, my mind in good ease when I mind business, which
methinks should be a good argument to me never to do otherwise.

21st. With Sir W. Batten by water to Whitehall, and he to Westminster. I
went to see Sarah and my Lords lodgings, which are now all in dirt, to be
repaired against my Lords coming from sea with the Queen. Thence to
Westminster Hall; and there walked up and down and heard the great
difference that hath been between my Lord Chancellor and my Lord of
Bristol, about a proviso that my Lord Chancellor would have brought into
the Bill for Conformity, that it shall be in the power of the King, when
he sees fit, to dispense with the Act of Conformity; and though it be
carried in the House of Lords, yet it is believed it will hardly pass in
the Commons. Here I met with Chetwind, Parry, and several others, and went
to a little house behind the Lords house to drink some wormwood ale,
which doubtless was a bawdy house, the mistress of the house having the
look and dress: Here we staid till noon and then parted, I by water to the
Wardrobe to meet my wife, but my Lady and they had dined, and so I dined
with the servants, and then up to my Lady, and there staid and talked a
good while, and then parted and walked into Cheapside, and there saw my
little picture, for which I am to sit again the next week. So home, and
staid late writing at my office, and so home and to bed, troubled that now
my boy is also fallen sick of an ague we fear.

22nd. At the office all the morning. At noon Sir Williams both and I by
water down to the Lewes, Captain Dekins, his ship, a merchantman, where we
met the owners, Sir John Lewes and Alderman Lewes, and several other great
merchants; among others one Jefferys, a merry man that is a fumbler, and
he and I called brothers, and he made all the mirth in the company. We had
a very fine dinner, and all our wives healths, with seven or nine guns
apiece; and exceeding merry we were, and so home by barge again, and I
vexed to find Griffin leave the office door open, and had a design to have
carried away the screw or the carpet in revenge to him, but at last I
would not, but sent for him and chid him, and so to supper and to bed,
having drank a great deal of wine.

23rd (Lords day). This morning was brought me my boys fine livery, which
is very handsome, and I do think to keep to black and gold lace upon gray,
being the colour of my arms, for ever. To church in the morning, and so
home with Sir W. Batten, and there eat some boiled great oysters, and so
home, and while I was at dinner with my wife I was sick, and was forced to
vomit up my oysters again, and then I was well. By and by a coach came to
call me by my appointment, and so my wife and I carried to Westminster to
Mrs. Hunts, and I to Whitehall, Worcester House, and to my Lord
Treasurers to have found Sir G. Carteret, but missed in all these places.
So back to White Hall, and there met with Captn. Isham, this day come from
Lisbon, with letters from the Queen to the King. And he did give me
letters which speak that our fleet is all at Lisbon;

     [One of these letters was probably from John Creed.  Mr. S. J.
     Davey, of 47, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, in 1889 had in his
     possession nine long letters from Creed to Pepys.  In the first of
     these, dated from Lisbon, March, 1662, Creed wrote: My Lord
     Embassador doth all he can to hasten the Queens Majesties
     embarquement, there being reasons enough against suffering any
     unnecessary delay.  There appear to have been considerable delays
     in the arrangements for the following declaration of Charles II.
     was dated June 22nd, 1661: Charles R.  Whereas his Maj. is resolved
     to declare, under his Royall hand and seale, the most illustrious
     Lady Infanta of Portugall to be his lawfull wife, before the Treaty
     shall be signed by the King of Portugall; which is to be done only
     for the better expediting the marriage, without sending to Rome for
     a dispensation, which the laws of Portugall would require if the
     said most Illustrious Infanta were to be betrothed in that
     Kingdome, &c.]

and that the Queen do not intend to embarque sooner than tomorrow come
fortnight. So having sent for my wife, she and I to my Lady Sandwich, and
after a short visit away home. She home, and I to Sir G. Carterets about
business, and so home too, and Sarah having her fit we went to bed.

24th. Early Sir G. Carteret, both Sir Williams and I on board the
Experiment, to dispatch her away, she being to carry things to the
Madeiras with the East Indy fleet. Here (Sir W. Pen going to Deptford to
send more hands) we staid till noon talking, and eating and drinking a
good ham of English bacon, and having put things in very good order home,
where I found Jane, my old maid, come out of the country, and I have a
mind to have her again. By and by comes La Belle Pierce to see my wife,
and to bring her a pair of peruques of hair, as the fashion now is for
ladies to wear; which are pretty, and are of my wifes own hair, or else I
should not endure them. After a good whiles stay, I went to see if any
play was acted, and I found none upon the post, it being Passion week. So
home again, and took water with them towards Westminster; but as we put
off with the boat Griffin came after me to tell me that Sir G. Carteret
and the rest were at the office, so I intended to see them through the
bridge and come back again, but the tide being against us, when we were
almost through we were carried back again with much danger, and Mrs.
Pierce was much afeard and frightened. So I carried them to the other side
and walked to the Beare, and sent them away, and so back again myself to
the office, but finding nobody there I went again to the Old Swan, and
thence by water to the New Exchange, and there found them, and thence by
coach carried my wife to Bowes to buy something, and while they were there
went to Westminster Hall, and there bought Mr. Grants book of
observations upon the weekly bills of mortality, which appear to me upon
first sight to be very pretty. So back again and took my wife, calling at
my brother Toms, whom I found full of work, which I am glad of, and
thence at the New Exchange and so home, and I to Sir W. Battens, and
supped there out of pure hunger and to save getting anything ready at
home, which is a thing I do not nor shall not use to do. So home and to
bed.

26th. Up early. This being, by Gods great blessing, the fourth solemn day
of my cutting for the stone this day four years, and am by Gods mercy in
very good health, and like to do well, the Lords name be praised for it.
To the office and Sir G. Carterets all the morning about business. At
noon come my good guests, Madame Turner, The., and Cozen Norton, and a
gentleman, one Mr. Lewin of the Kings Life-Guard; by the same token he
told us of one of his fellows killed this morning in a duel. I had a
pretty dinner for them, viz., a brace of stewed carps, six roasted
chickens, and a jowl of salmon, hot, for the first course; a tanzy

     [Tansy (tanacetum), a herb from which puddings were made.  Hence any
     pudding of the kind.  Selden (Table Talk) says: Our tansies at
     Easter have reference to the bitter herbs.  See in Wordsworths
     University Life in the Eighteenth Century recipes for an apple
     tansey, a bean tansey, and a gooseberry tansey.—M. B.]

and two neats tongues, and cheese the second; and were very merry all the
afternoon, talking and singing and piping upon the flageolette. In the
evening they went with great pleasure away, and I with great content and
my wife walked half an hour in the garden, and so home to supper and to
bed. We had a man-cook to dress dinner to-day, and sent for Jane to help
us, and my wife and she agreed at L3 a year (she would not serve under)
till both could be better provided, and so she stays with us, and I hope
we shall do well if poor Sarah were but rid of her ague.

27th. Early Sir G. Carteret, both Sir Williams and I by coach to Deptford,
it being very windy and rainy weather, taking a codd and some prawnes in
Fish Street with us. We settled to pay the Guernsey, a small ship, but
come to a great deal of money, it having been unpaid ever since before the
King came in, by which means not only the King pays wages while the ship
has lain still, but the poor men have most of them been forced to borrow
all the money due for their wages before they receive it, and that at a
dear rate, God knows, so that many of them had very little to receive at
the table, which grieved me to see it. To dinner, very merry. Then Sir
George to London, and we again to the pay, and that done by coach home
again and to the office, doing some business, and so home and to bed.

28th (Good Friday). At home all the morning, and dined with my wife, a
good dinner. At my office all the afternoon. At night to my chamber to
read and sing, and so to supper and to bed.

29th. At the office all the morning. Then to the Wardrobe, and there
coming late dined with the people below. Then up to my Lady, and staid two
hours talking with her about her family business with great content and
confidence in me. So calling at several places I went home, where my
people are getting the house clean against to-morrow. I to the office and
wrote several letters by post, and so home and to bed.

30th (Easter day). Having my old black suit new furbished, I was pretty
neat in clothes to-day, and my boy, his old suit new trimmed, very
handsome. To church in the morning, and so home, leaving the two Sir
Williams to take the Sacrament, which I blame myself that I have hitherto
neglected all my life, but once or twice at Cambridge.

     [This does not accord with the certificate which Dr. Mines wrote in
     1681, where he says that Pepys was a constant communicant.  See Life
     of Pepys in vol. i.]

Dined with my wife, a good shoulder of veal well dressed by Jane, and
handsomely served to table, which pleased us much, and made us hope that
she will serve our turn well enough. My wife and I to church in the
afternoon, and seated ourselves, she below me, and by that means the
precedence of the pew, which my Lady Batten and her daughter takes, is
confounded; and after sermon she and I did stay behind them in the pew,
and went out by ourselves a good while after them, which we judge a very
fine project hereafter to avoyd contention. So my wife and I to walk an
hour or two on the leads, which begins to be very pleasant, the garden
being in good condition. So to supper, which is also well served in. We
had a lobster to supper, with a crabb Pegg Pen sent my wife this
afternoon, the reason of which we cannot think; but something there is of
plot or design in it, for we have a little while carried ourselves pretty
strange to them. After supper to bed.

31st. This morning Mr. Coventry and all our company met at the office
about some business of the victualling, which being dispatched we parted.
I to my Lord Crews to dinner (in my way calling upon my brother Tom, with
whom I staid a good while and talked, and find him a man like to do well,
which contents me much), where used with much respect, and talking with
him about my Lords debts, and whether we should make use of an offer of
Sir G. Carterets to lend my Lady 4 or L500, he told me by no means, we
must not oblige my Lord to him, and by the by he made a question whether
it was not my Lords interest a little to appear to the King in debt, and
for people to clamor against him as well as others for their money, that
by that means the King and the world may see that he do lay out for the
Kings honour upon his own main stock, which many he tells me do, that in
fine if there be occasion he and I will be bound for it. Thence to Sir
Thomas Crews lodgings. He hath been ill, and continues so, under fits of
apoplexy. Among other things, he and I did discourse much of Mr. Montagus
base doings, and the dishonour that he will do my Lord, as well as
cheating him of 2 or L3,000, which is too true. Thence to the play, where
coming late, and meeting with Sir W. Pen, who had got room for my wife and
his daughter in the pit, he and I into one of the boxes, and there we sat
and heard The Little Thiefe, a pretty play and well done. Thence home,
and walked in the garden with them, and then to the house to supper and
sat late talking, and so to bed.