Samuel Pepys diary December 1662

DECEMBER 1662

December 1st. Up and by coach with Sir John Minnes and Sir W. Batten to
White Hall to the Dukes chamber, where, as is usual, my Lord Sandwich and
all of us, after his being ready, to his closett, and there discoursed of
matters of the Navy, and here Mr. Coventry did do me the great kindness to
take notice to the Duke of my pains in making a collection of all
contracts about masts, which have been of great use to us. Thence I to my
Lord Sandwichs, to Mr. Moore, to talk a little about business; and then
over the Parke (where I first in my life, it being a great frost, did see
people sliding with their skeates,

     [Iron skates appear to have been introduced by the Dutch, as the
     name certainly was; but we learn from Fitzstephen that bone skates
     (although not so called) were used in London in the twelfth
     century.]

which is a very pretty art), to Mr. Coventrys chamber to St. Jamess,
where we all met to a venison pasty, and were very merry, Major Norwood
being with us, whom they did play upon for his surrendering of Dunkirk.
Here we staid till three or four oclock; and so to the Council Chamber,
where there met the Duke of York, Prince Rupert, Duke of Albemarle, my
Lord Sandwich, Sir Win. Compton, Mr. Coventry, Sir J. Minnes, Sir R. Ford,
Sir W. Rider, myself, and Captain Cuttance, as Commissioners for Tangier.
And after our Commission was read by Mr. Creed, who I perceive is to be
our Secretary, we did fall to discourse of matters: as, first, the
supplying them forthwith with victualls; then the reducing it to make way
for the money, which upon their reduction is to go to the building of the
Mole; and so to other matters, ordered as against next meeting. This done
we broke up, and I to the Cockpitt, with much crowding and waiting, where
I saw The Valiant Cidd—[Translated from the Cid of Corneille]—acted,
a play I have read with great delight, but is a most dull thing acted,
which I never understood before, there being no pleasure in it, though
done by Betterton and by Ianthe, And another fine wench that is come in
the room of Roxalana nor did the King or queen once smile all the whole
play, nor any of the company seem to take any pleasure but what was in the
greatness and gallantry of the company. Thence to my Lords, and Mr. Moore
being in bed I staid not, but with a link walked home and got thither by
12 oclock, knocked up my boy, and put myself to bed.

2nd. Before I went to the office my wife and I had another falling out
about Sarah, against whom she has a deadly hate, I know not for what, nor
can I see but she is a very good servant. Then to my office, and there sat
all the morning, and then to dinner with my wife at home, and after dinner
did give Jane a very serious lesson, against we take her to be our
chamber-maid, which I spoke so to her that the poor girl cried and did
promise to be very dutifull and carefull. So to the office, where we sat
as Commissioners for the Chest, and so examined most of the old
accountants to the Chest about it, and so we broke up, and I to my office
till late preparing business, and so home, being cold, and this night
first put on a wastecoate. So to bed.

3rd. Called up by Commissioner Pett, and with him by water, much against
my will, to Deptford, and after drinking a warm morning draft, with Mr.
Wood and our officers measuring all the morning his New England masts,
with which sight I was much pleased for my information, though I perceive
great neglect and indifference in all the Kings officers in what they do
for the King. That done, to the Globe, and there dined with Mr. Wood, and
so by water with Mr. Pett home again, all the way reading his Chest
accounts, in which I did see things did not please me; as his allowing
himself 1300 for one years looking to the business of the Chest, and L150
per annum for the rest of the years. But I found no fault to him himself,
but shall when they come to be read at the Board. We did also call at
Limehouse to view two Busses that are building, that being a thing we are
now very hot upon. Our call was to see what dimensions they are of, being
50 feet by the keel and about 60 tons. Home and did a little business, and
so taking Mr. Pett by the way, we walked to the Temple, in our way seeing
one of the Russia Embassadors coaches go along, with his footmen not in
liverys, but their country habits; one of one colour and another of
another, which was very strange. At the Temple spoke with Mr. Turner and
Calthrop, and so walked home again, being in some pain through the cold
which I have got to-day by water, which troubles me. At the office doing
business a good while, and so home and had a posset, and so to bed.

4th. At the office all the morning setting about business, and after
dinner to it again, and so till night, and then home looking over my
Brampton papers against to-morrow that we are to meet with our counsel on
both sides toward an arbitration, upon which I was very late, and so to
bed.

5th. Up, it being a snow and hard frost, and being up I did call up Sarah,
who do go away to-day or to-morrow. I paid her her wages, and gave her
10s. myself, and my wife 5s. to give her. For my part I think never
servant and mistress parted upon such foolish terms in the world as they
do, only for an opinion in my wife that she is ill-natured, in all other
things being a good servant. The wench cried, and I was ready to cry too,
but to keep peace I am content she should go, and the rather, though I say
nothing of that, that Jane may come into her place. This being done, I
walked towards Guildhall, thither being summoned by the Commissioners for
the Lieutenancy; but they sat not this morning. So meeting in my way W.
Swan, I took him to a house thereabouts, and gave him a morning draft of
buttered ale;

     [Buttered ale must have been a horrible concoction, as it is
     described as ale boiled with lump sugar and spice.]

he telling me still much of his Fanatique stories, as if he were a great
zealot, when I know him to be a very rogue. But I do it for discourse, and
to see how things stand with him and his party; who I perceive have great
expectation that God will not bless the Court nor Church, as it is now
settled, but they must be purified. The worst news he tells me, is that
Mr. Chetwind is dead, my old and most ingenious acquaintance. He is dead,
worth L3,000, which I did not expect, he living so high as he did always
and neatly. He hath given W. Symons his wife L300, and made Will one of
his executors. Thence to the Temple to my counsel, and thence to Grays
Inn to meet with Mr. Cole but could not, and so took a turn or two in the
garden, being very pleasant with the snow and frost. Thence to my
brothers, and there I eat something at dinner and transcribed a copy or
two of the state of my uncles estate, which I prepared last night, and so
to the Temple Church, and there walked alone till 4 or 5 oclock, and then
to my cozen Turners chamber and staid there, up and down from his to
Calthrops and Bernards chambers, till so late, that Mr. Cole not coming,
we broke up for meeting this night, and so taking my uncle Thomas
homewards with me by coach, talking of our desire to have a peace, and set
him down at Gracious-street end, and so home, and there I find Gosnell
come, who, my wife tells me, is like to prove a pretty companion, of which
I am glad. So to my office for a little business and then home, my mind
having been all this day in most extraordinary trouble and care for my
father, there being so great an appearance of my uncles going away with
the greatest part of the estate, but in the evening by Gosnells coming I
do put off these thoughts to entertain myself with my wife and her, who
sings exceeding well, and I shall take great delight in her, and so
merrily to bed.

6th. Up and to the office, and there sat all the morning, Mr. Coventry and
I alone, the rest being paying off of ships. Dined at home with my wife
and Gosnell, my mind much pleased with her, and after dinner sat with them
a good while, till my wife seemed to take notice of my being at home now
more than at other times. I went to the office, and there I sat till late,
doing of business, and at 9 oclock walked to Mr. Rawlinsons, thinking to
meet my uncle Wight there, where he was, but a great deal of his wifes
kindred-women and I knew not whom (which Mr. Rawlinson did seem to me to
take much notice of his being led by the nose by his wife), I went away to
my office again, and doing my business there, I went home, and after a
song by Gosnell we to bed.

7th (Lords day). A great snow, and so to church this morning with my
wife, which is the first time she hath been at church since her going to
Brampton, and Gosnell attending her, which was very gracefull. So home,
and we dined above in our dining room, the first time since it was new
done, and in the afternoon I thought to go to the French church; but
finding the Dutch congregation there, and then finding the French
congregations sermon begun in the Dutch, I returned home, and up to our
gallery, where I found my wife and Gosnell, and after a drowsy sermon, we
all three to my aunt Wights, where great store of her usuall company, and
here we staid a pretty while talking, I differing from my aunt, as I
commonly do, in our opinion of the handsomeness of the Queen, which I
oppose mightily, saying that if my nose be handsome, then is hers, and
such like. After much discourse, seeing the room full, and being unwilling
to stay all three, I took leave, and so with my wife only to see Sir W.
Pen, who is now got out of his bed, and sits by the fireside. And after
some talk, home and to supper, and after prayers to bed. This night came
in my wifes brother and talked to my wife and Gosnell about his wife,
which they told me afterwards of, and I do smell that he I doubt is
overreached in thinking that he has got a rich wife, and I fear she will
prove otherwise. So to bed.

8th. Up, and carrying Gosnell by coach, set her down at Temple Barr, she
going about business of hers today. By the way she was telling me how
Balty did tell her that my wife did go every day in the week to Court and
plays, and that she should have liberty of going abroad as often as she
pleased, and many other lies, which I am vexed at, and I doubt the wench
did come in some expectation of, which troubles me. So to the Duke and Mr.
Coventry, and alone, the rest being at a Pay and elsewhere, and alone with
Mr. Coventry I did read over our letter to my Lord Treasurer, which I
think now is done as well as it can be. Then to my Lord Sandwichs, and
there spent the rest of the morning in making up my Lords accounts with
Mr. Moore, and then dined with Mr. Moore and Battersby his friend, very
well and merry, and good discourse. Then into the Park, to see them slide
with their skeates, which is very pretty. And so to the Dukes, where the
Committee for Tangier met: and here we sat down all with him at a table,
and had much good discourse about the business, and is to my great
content. That done, I hearing what play it was that is to be acted before
the King to-night, I would not stay, but home by coach, where I find my
wife troubled about Gosnell, who brings word that her uncle, justice
Jiggins, requires her to come three times a week to him, to follow some
business that her mother intrusts her withall, and that, unless she may
have that leisure given her, he will not have her take any place; for
which we are both troubled, but there is no help for it, and believing it
to be a good providence of God to prevent my running behindhand in the
world, I am somewhat contented therewith, and shall make my wife so, who,
poor wretch, I know will consider of things, though in good earnest the
privacy of her life must needs be irksome to her. So I made Gosnell and we
sit up looking over the book of Dances till 12 at night, not observing how
the time went, and so to prayers and to bed.

9th. Lay long with my wife, contenting her about the business of Gosnells
going, and I perceive she will be contented as well as myself, and so to
the office, and after sitting all the morning in hopes to have Mr.
Coventry dine with me, he was forced to go to White Hall, and so I dined
with my own company only, taking Mr. Hater home with me, but he, poor man,
was not very well, and so could not eat any thing. After dinner staid
within all the afternoon, being vexed in my mind about the going away of
Sarah this afternoon, who cried mightily, and so was I ready to do, and
Jane did also, and then anon went Gosnell away, which did trouble me too;
though upon many considerations, it is better that I am rid of the charge.
All together makes my house appear to me very lonely, which troubles me
much, and in a melancholy humour I went to the office, and there about
business sat till I was called to Sir G. Carteret at the Treasury office
about my Lord Treasurers letter, wherein he puts me to a new trouble to
write it over again. So home and late with Sir John Minnes at the office
looking over Mr. Creeds accounts, and then home and to supper, and my
wife and I melancholy to bed.

10th. This morning rose, receiving a messenger from Sir G. Carteret and a
letter from Mr. Coventry, one contrary to another, about our letter to my
Lord Treasurer, at which I am troubled, but I went to Sir George, and
being desirous to please both, I think I have found out a way to do it. So
back to the office with Sir J. Minnes, in his coach, but so great a snow
that we could hardly pass the streets. So we and Sir W. Batten to the
office, and there did discourse of Mr. Creeds accounts, and I fear it
will be a good while before we shall go through them, and many things we
meet with, all of difficulty. Then to the Dolphin, where Sir J. Minnes,
Sir W. Batten, and I, did treat the Auditors of the Exchequer, Auditors
Wood and Beale, and hither come Sir G. Carteret to us. We had a good
dinner, cost us L5 and 6s., whereof my share 26s., and after dinner did
discourse of our salarys and other matters, which I think now they will
allow. Thence home, and there I found our new cook-mayde Susan come, who
is recommended to us by my wifes brother, for which I like her never the
better, but being a good well-looked lass, I am willing to try, and Jane
begins to take upon her as a chamber-mayde. So to the office, where late
putting papers and my books and businesses in order, it being very cold,
and so home to supper.

11th. Up, it being a great frost upon the snow, and we sat all the morning
upon Mr. Creeds accounts, wherein I did him some service and some
disservice. At noon he dined with me, and we sat all the afternoon
together, discoursing of ways to get money, which I am now giving myself
wholly up to, and in the evening he went away and I to my office,
concluding all matters concerning our great letter so long in doing to my
Lord Treasurer, till almost one in the morning, and then home with my mind
much eased, and so to bed.

12th. From a very hard frost, when I wake, I find a very great thaw, and
my house overflown with it, which vexed me. At the office and home, doing
business all the morning. Then dined with my wife and sat talking with her
all the afternoon, and then to the office, and there examining my copy of
Mr. Hollands book till 10 at night, and so home to supper and bed.

13th. Slept long to-day till Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten were set out
towards Portsmouth before I rose, and Sir G. Carteret came to the office
to speak with me before I was up. So I started up and down to him. By and
by we sat, Mr. Coventry and I (Sir G. Carteret being gone), and among
other things, Field and Stint did come, and received the L41 given him by
the judgement against me and Harry Kem;

     [Fine for the imprisonment of Field (see February 4th, 1661-62, and
     October 21st, 1662).]

and we did also sign bonds in L500 to stand to the award of Mr. Porter and
Smith for the rest: which, however, I did not sign to till I got Mr.
Coventry to go up with me to Sir W. Pen; and he did promise me before him
to bear his share in what should be awarded, and both concluded that Sir
W. Batten would do no less. At noon broke up and dined with my wife, and
then to the office again, and there made an end of last nights
examination, and got my study there made very clean and put in order, and
then to write by the post, among other letters one to Sir W. Batten about
this days work with Field, desiring his promise also. The letter I have
caused to be entered in our public book of letters. So home to supper and
to bed.

14th (Lords day). Lay with great content talking with my wife in bed, and
so up and to church and then home, and had a neat dinner by ourselves, and
after dinner walked to White Hall and my Lords, and up and down till
chappell time, and then to the Kings chappell, where I heard the service,
and so to my Lords, and there Mr. Howe and Pagett, the counsellor, an old
lover of musique. We sang some Psalms of Mr. Lawes, and played some
symphonys between till night, that I was sent for to Mr. Creeds lodging,
and there was Captain Ferrers and his lady and W. Howe and I; we supped
very well and good sport in discourse. After supper I was sent for to my
Lord, with whom I staid talking about his, and my owne, and the publique
affairs, with great content, he advising me as to my owne choosing of Sir
R. Bernard for umpire in the businesses between my uncle and us, that I
would not trust to him upon his direction, for he did not think him a man
to be trusted at all; and so bid him good night, and to Mr. Creeds again;
Mr. Moore, with whom I intended to have lain, lying physically without
sheets; and there, after some discourse, to bed, and lay ill, though the
bed good, my stomach being sicke all night with my too heavy supper.

15th. Up and to my Lords and thence to the Duke, and followed him into
the Park, where, though the ice was broken and dangerous, yet he would go
slide upon his scates, which I did not like, but he slides very well. So
back and to his closett, whither my Lord Sandwich comes, and there Mr.
Coventry and we three had long discourse together about the matters of the
Navy; and, indeed, I find myself more and more obliged to Mr. Coventry,
who studies to do me all the right he can in every thing to the Duke.
Thence walked a good while up and down the gallerys; and among others, met
with Dr. Clerke, who in discourse tells me, that Sir Charles Barkeleys
greatness is only his being pimp to the King, and to my Lady Castlemaine.
And yet for all this, that the King is very kind to the Queen; who, he
says, is one of the best women in the world. Strange how the King is
bewitched to this pretty Castlemaine. Thence to my Lords, and there with
Mr. Creed, Moore, and Howe to the Crown and dined, and thence to
Whitehall, where I walked up and down the gallerys, spending my time upon
the pictures, till the Duke and the Committee for Tangier met (the Duke
not staying with us), where the only matter was to discourse with my Lord
Rutherford, who is this day made Governor of Tangier, for I know not what
reasons; and my Lord of Peterborough to be called home; which, though it
is said it is done with kindness, yet all the world may see it is done
otherwise, and I am sorry to see a Catholick Governor sent to command
there, where all the rest of the officers almost are such already. But God
knows what the reason is! and all may see how slippery places all
courtiers stand in. Thence by coach home, in my way calling upon Sir John
Berkenheade, to speak about my assessment of L42 to the Loyal Sufferers;
which, I perceive, I cannot help; but he tells me I have been abused by
Sir R. Ford, which I shall hereafter make use of when it shall be fit.
Thence called at the Major-Generals, Sir R. Browne, about my being
assessed armes to the militia; but he was abroad; and so driving through
the backside of the Shambles in Newgate Market, my coach plucked down two
pieces of beef into the dirt, upon which the butchers stopped the horses,
and a great rout of people in the street, crying that he had done him 40s
and L5 worth of hurt; but going down, I saw that he had done little or
none; and so I give them a shilling for it and they were well contented,
and so home, and there to my Lady Battens to see her, who tells me she
hath just now a letter from Sir William, how that he and Sir J. Minnes did
very narrowly escape drowning on the road, the waters are so high; but is
well. But, Lord! what a hypocrite-like face she made to tell it me. Thence
to Sir W. Pen and sat long with him in discourse, I making myself appear
one of greater action and resolution as to publique business than I have
hitherto done, at which he listens, but I know is a rogue in his heart and
likes not, but I perceive I may hold up my head, and the more the better,
I minding of my business as I have done, in which God do and will bless
me. So home and with great content to bed, and talk and chat with my wife
while I was at supper, to our great pleasure.

16th. Up and to the office, and thither came Mr. Coventry and Sir G.
Carteret, and among other business was Strutts the purser, against Captn.
Browne, Sir W. Battens brother-in-law, but, Lord! though I believe the
Captain has played the knave, though I seem to have a good opinion of him
and to mean him well, what a most troublesome fellow that Strutt is, such
as I never did meet with his fellow in my life. His talking and ours to
make him hold his peace set my head off akeing all the afternoon with
great pain. So to dinner, thinking to have had Mr. Coventry, but he could
not go with me; and so I took Captn. Murford. Of whom I do hear what the
world says of me; that all do conclude Mr. Coventry, and Pett, and me, to
be of a knot; and that we do now carry all things before us; and much more
in particular of me, and my studiousnesse, &c., to my great content.
After dinner came Mrs. Browne, the Captains wife, to see me and my wife,
and I showed her a good countenance, and indeed her husband has been civil
to us, but though I speak them fair, yet I doubt I shall not be able to do
her husband much favour in this business of Strutts, whom without doubt
he has abused. So to the office, and hence, having done some business, by
coach to White Hall to Secretary Bennets, and agreed with Mr. Lee to set
upon our new adventure at the Tower to-morrow. Hence to Col. Lovelace in
Cannon Row about seeing how Sir R. Ford did report all the officers of the
navy to be rated for the Loyal Sufferers, but finding him at the Rhenish
wine-house I could not have any answer, but must take another time. Thence
to my Lords, and having sat talking with Mr. Moore bewailing the vanity
and disorders of the age, I went by coach to my brothers, where I met
Sarah, my late mayde, who had a desire to speak with me, and I with her to
know what it was, who told me out of good will to me, for she loves me
dearly, that I would beware of my wifes brother, for he is begging or
borrowing of her and often, and told me of her Scallop whisk, and her
borrowing of 50s. for Will, which she believes was for him and her father.
I do observe so much goodness and seriousness in the mayde, that I am
again and again sorry that I have parted with her, though it was full
against my will then, and if she had anything in the world I would commend
her for a wife for my brother Tom. After much discourse and her
professions of love to me and all my relations, I bade her good night and
did kiss her, and indeed she seemed very well-favoured to me to-night, as
she is always. So by coach home and to my office, did some business, and
so home to supper and to bed.

17th. This morning come Mr. Lee, Wade, and Evett, intending to have gone
upon our new design to the Tower today; but it raining, and the work being
to be done in the open garden, we put it off to Friday next. And so I to
the office doing business, and then dined at home with my poor wife with
great content, and so to the office again and made an end of examining the
other of Mr. Hollands books about the Navy, with which I am much
contented, and so to other businesses till night at my office, and so home
to supper, and after much dear company and talk with my wife, to bed.

18th. Up and to the office, Mr. Coventry and I alone sat till two oclock,
and then he inviting himself to my house to dinner, of which I was proud;
but my dinner being a legg of mutton and two capons, they were not done
enough, which did vex me; but we made shift to please him, I think; but I
was, when he was gone, very angry with my wife and people. This afternoon
came my wifes brother and his wife, and Mrs. Lodum his landlady (my old
friend Mr. Ashwells sister), Baltys wife is a most little and yet, I
believe, pretty old girl, not handsome, nor has anything in the world
pleasing, but, they say, she plays mighty well on the Base Violl. They
dined at her fathers today, but for ought I hear he is a wise man, and
will not give any thing to his daughter till he sees what her husband do
put himself to, so that I doubt he has made but a bad matter of it, but I
am resolved not to meddle with it. They gone I to the office, and to see
Sir W. Pen, with my wife, and thence I to Mr. Cade the stationer, to
direct him what to do with my two copies of Mr. Hollands books which he
is to bind, and after supplying myself with several things of him, I
returned to my office, and so home to supper and to bed.

19th. Up and by appointment with Mr. Lee, Wade, Evett, and workmen to the
Tower, and with the Lieutenants leave set them to work in the garden, in
the corner against the mayne-guard, a most unlikely place. It being cold,
Mr. Lee and I did sit all the day till three oclock by the fire in the
Governors house; I reading a play of Fletchers, being A Wife for a
Month, wherein no great wit or language. Having done we went to them at
work, and having wrought below the bottom of the foundation of the wall, I
bid them give over, and so all our hopes ended; and so went home, taking
Mr. Leigh with me, and after drunk a cup of wine he went away, and I to my
office, there reading in Sir W. Pettys book, and so home and to bed, a
little displeased with my wife, who, poor wretch, is troubled with her
lonely life, which I know not how without great charge to help as yet, but
I will study how to do it.

20th. Up and had L100 brought me by Prior of Brampton in full of his
purchase money for Bartons house and some land. So to the office, and
thence with Mr. Coventry in his coach to St. Jamess, with great content
and pride to see him treat me so friendly; and dined with him, and so to
White Hall together; where we met upon the Tangier Commission, and
discoursed many things thereon; but little will be done before my Lord
Rutherford comes there, as to the fortification or Mole. That done, my
Lord Sandwich and I walked together a good while in the Matted Gallery, he
acquainting me with his late enquiries into the Wardrobe business to his
content; and tells me how things stand. And that the first year was worth
about L3000 to him, and the next about as much; so that at this day, if he
were paid, it will be worth about L7000 to him. But it contents me above
all things to see him trust me as his confidant: so I bid him good night,
he being to go into the country, to keep his Christmas, on Monday next. So
by coach home and to my office, being post night, and then home and to
bed.

21st (Lords day). Lay long in bed, so up to Church, and so home to dinner
alone with my wife very pleasant. After dinner I walked to my brothers,
where he told me some hopes he had of bringing his business to pass still
of his mistress, but I do find they do stand upon terms that will not be
either fit or in his power to grant, and therefore I did dislike his talk
and advised him to give it quite over. Thence walked to White Hall, and
there to chappell, and from thence up stairs, and up and down the house
and gallerys on the Kings and Queens side, and so through the garden to
my Lords lodgings, where there was Mr. Gibbons, Madge, and Mallard, and
Pagett; and by and by comes in my Lord Sandwich, and so we had great store
of good musique. By and by comes in my simple Lord Chandois, who (my Lord
Sandwich being gone out to Court) began to sing psalms, but so dully that
I was weary of it. At last we broke up; and by and by comes in my Lord
Sandwich again, and he and I to talk together about his businesses, and so
he to bed and I and Mr. Creed and Captain Ferrers fell to a cold goose pye
of Mrs. Sarahs, heartily, and so spent our time till past twelve oclock,
and then with Creed to his lodgings, and so with him to bed, and slept
till

22nd. Six or seven oclock and so up, and by the fireside read a good part
of The Advice to a Daughter, which a simple coxcomb has wrote against
Osborne, but in all my life I never did nor can expect to see so much
nonsense in print Thence to my Lords, who is getting himself ready for
his journey to Hinchingbroke. And by and by, after eating something, and
talking with me about many things, and telling me his mind, upon my asking
about Sarah (who, it seems, only married of late, but is also said to be
turned a great drunkard, which I am ashamed of), that he likes her service
well, and do not love a strange face, but will not endure the fault, but
hath bade me speak to her and advise her if she hath a mind to stay with
him, which I will do. My Lord and his people being gone, I walked to Mr.
Coventrys chamber, where I found him gone out into the Park with the
Duke, so the boy being there ready with my things, I shifted myself into a
riding-habitt, and followed him through White Hall, and in the Park Mr.
Coventrys people having a horse ready for me (so fine a one that I was
almost afeard to get upon him, but I did, and found myself more feared
than hurt) and I got up and followed the Duke, who, with some of his
people (among others Mr. Coventry) was riding out. And with them to Hide
Park. Where Mr. Coventry asking leave of the Duke, he bid us go to
Woolwich. So he and I to the waterside, and our horses coming by the
ferry, we by oars over to Lambeth, and from thence, with brave discourse
by the way, rode to Woolwich, where we eat and drank at Mr. Peats, and
discoursed of many businesses, and put in practice my new way of the
Call-book, which will be of great use. Here, having staid a good while, we
got up again and brought night home with us and foul weather. So over to
Whitehall to his chamber, whither my boy came, who had staid in St.
Jamess Park by my mistake all day, looking for me. Thence took my things
that I put off to-day, and by coach, being very wet and cold, on my feet
home, and presently shifted myself, and so had the barber come; and my
wife and I to read Ovids Metamorphoses, which I brought her home from
Pauls Churchyard to-night, having called for it by the way, and so to
bed,

23rd. And slept hard till 8 oclock this morning, and so up and to the
office, where I found Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten come unexpectedly
home last night from Portsmouth, having done the Pay there before we could
have, thought it. Sat all the morning, and at noon home to dinner with my
wife alone, and after dinner sat by the fire, and then up to make up my
accounts with her, and find that my ordinary housekeeping comes to L7 a
month, which is a great deal. By and by comes Dr. Pierce, who among other
things tells me that my Lady Castlemaines interest at Court increases,
and is more and greater than the Queens; that she hath brought in Sir H.
Bennet, and Sir Charles Barkeley; but that the queen is a most good lady,
and takes all with the greatest meekness that may be. He tells me too that
Mr. Edward Montagu is quite broke at Court with his repute and purse; and
that he lately was engaged in a quarrell against my Lord Chesterfield: but
that the King did cause it to be taken up. He tells me, too, that the King
is much concerned in the Chancellors sickness, and that the Chancellor is
as great, he thinks, as ever he was with the King. He also tells me what
the world says of me, that Mr. Coventry and I do all the business of the
office almost: at which I am highly proud. He being gone I fell to
business, which was very great, but got it well over by nine at night, and
so home, and after supper to bed.

24th. Lay pleasantly, talking to my wife, till 8 oclock, then up and to
Sir W. Battens to see him and Sir G. Carteret and Sir J. Minnes take
coach towards the Pay at Chatham, which they did and I home, and took
money in my pocket to pay many reckonings to-day in the town, as my
booksellers, and paid at another shop L4 10s. for Stephenss Thesaurus
Graecae Linguae, given to Pauls School: So to my brothers and
shoemaker, and so to my Lord Crews, and dined alone with him, and after
dinner much discourse about matters. Upon the whole, I understand there
are great factions at Court, and something he said that did imply a
difference like to be between the King and the Duke, in case the Queen
should not be with child. I understand, about this bastard.

     [James Crofts, son of Charles II. by Lucy Walter, created Duke of
     Monmouth in 1663, Duke of Buccleuch in 1673, when he took the name
     of Scott.]

He says, also, that some great man will be aimed at when Parliament comes
to sit again; I understand, the Chancellor: and that there is a bill will
be brought in, that none that have been in arms for the Parliament shall
be capable of office. And that the Court are weary of my Lord Albemarle
and Chamberlin. He wishes that my Lord Sandwich had some good occasion to
be abroad this summer which is coming on, and that my Lord Hinchingbroke
were well married, and Sydney had some place at Court. He pities the poor
ministers that are put out, to whom, he says, the King is beholden for his
coming in, and that if any such thing had been foreseen he had never come
in. After this, and much other discourse of the sea, and breeding young
gentlemen to the sea, I went away, and homeward, met Mr. Creed at my
booksellers in Pauls Church-yard, who takes it ill my letter last night
to Mr. Povy, wherein I accuse him of the neglect of the Tangier boats, in
which I must confess I did not do altogether like a friend; but however it
was truth, and I must own it to be so, though I fall wholly out with him
for it. Thence home and to my office alone to do business, and read over
half of Mr. Blands discourse concerning Trade, which (he being no
scholler and so knows not the rules of writing orderly) is very good. So
home to supper and to bed, my wife not being well…. This evening Mr.
Gauden sent me, against Christmas, a great chine of beef and three dozen
of tongues. I did give 5s. to the man that brought it, and half-a-crown to
the porters. This day also the parish-clerk brought the general bill of
mortality, which cost me half-a-crown more.

     [The Bills of Mortality for London were first compiled by order of
     Thomas Cromwell about 1538, and the keeping of them was commenced by
     the Company of Parish Clerks in the great plague year of 1593.  The
     bills were issued weekly from 1603.  The charter of the Parish
     Clerks Company (1611) directs that each parish clerk shall bring
     to the Clerks Hall weekly a note of all christenings and burials.
      Charles I. in 1636 granted permission to the Parish Clerks to have a
     printing press and employ a printer in their hall for the purpose of
     printing their weekly bills.]

25th (Christmas Day). Up pretty early, leaving my wife not well in bed,
and with my boy walked, it being a most brave cold and dry frosty morning,
and had a pleasant walk to White Hall, where I intended to have received
the Communion with the family, but I came a little too late. So I walked
up into the house and spent my time looking over pictures, particularly
the ships in King Henry the VIIIths Voyage to Bullen;

     [Boulogne.  These pictures were given by George III. to the Society
     of Antiquaries, who in return presented to the king a set of Thomas
     Hearnes works, on large paper.  The pictures were reclaimed by
     George IV., and are now at Hampton Court.  They were exhibited in
     the Tudor Exhibition, 1890.]

marking the great difference between their build then and now. By and by
down to the chappell again where Bishopp Morley preached upon the song of
the Angels, Glory to God on high, on earth peace, and good will towards
men. Methought he made but a poor sermon, but long, and reprehending the
mistaken jollity of the Court for the true joy that shall and ought to be
on these days, he particularized concerning their excess in plays and
gaming, saying that he whose office it is to keep the gamesters in order
and within bounds, serves but for a second rather in a duell, meaning the
groom-porter. Upon which it was worth observing how far they are come from
taking the reprehensions of a bishopp seriously, that they all laugh in
the chappell when he reflected on their ill actions and courses. He did
much press us to joy in these publique days of joy, and to hospitality.
But one that stood by whispered in my ear that the Bishopp himself do not
spend one groat to the poor himself. The sermon done, a good anthem
followed, with vialls, and then the King came down to receive the
Sacrament. But I staid not, but calling my boy from my Lords lodgings,
and giving Sarah some good advice, by my Lords order, to be sober and
look after the house, I walked home again with great pleasure, and there
dined by my wifes bed-side with great content, having a mess of brave
plum-porridge

     [The national Christmas dish of plum pudding is a modern evolution
     from plum porridge, which was probably similar to the dish still
     produced at Windsor Castle.]

and a roasted pullet for dinner, and I sent for a mince-pie abroad, my
wife not being well to make any herself yet. After dinner sat talking a
good while with her, her [pain] being become less, and then to see Sir W.
Pen a little, and so to my office, practising arithmetique alone and
making an end of last nights book with great content till eleven at
night, and so home to supper and to bed.

26th. Up, my wife to the making of Christmas pies all day, being now
pretty well again, and I abroad to several places about some businesses,
among others bought a bake-pan in Newgate Market, and sent it home, it
cost me 16s. So to Dr. Williams, but he is out of town, then to the
Wardrobe. Hither come Mr. Battersby; and we falling into a discourse of a
new book of drollery in verse called Hudebras,

     [The first edition of Butlers Hudibras is dated 1663, and it
     probably had only been published a few days when Pepys bought it and
     sold it at a loss.  He subsequently endeavoured to appreciate the
     work, but was not successful.  The edition in the Pepysian Library
     is dated 1689.]

I would needs go find it out, and met with it at the Temple: cost me 2s.
6d. But when I came to read it, it is so silly an abuse of the Presbyter
Knight going to the warrs, that I am ashamed of it; and by and by meeting
at Mr. Townsends at dinner, I sold it to him for 18d. Here we dined with
many tradesmen that belong to the Wardrobe, but I was weary soon of their
company, and broke up dinner as soon as I could, and away, with the
greatest reluctancy and dispute (two or three times my reason stopping my
sense and I would go back again) within myself, to the Dukes house and
saw The Villaine, which I ought not to do without my wife, but that my
time is now out that I did undertake it for. But, Lord! to consider how my
natural desire is to pleasure, which God be praised that he has given me
the power by my late oaths to curb so well as I have done, and will do
again after two or three plays more. Here I was better pleased with the
play than I was at first, understanding the design better than I did. Here
I saw Gosnell and her sister at a distance, and could have found it in my
heart to have accosted them, but thought not prudent. But I watched their
going out and found that they came, she, her sister and another woman,
alone, without any man, and did go over the fields a foot. I find that I
have an inclination to have her come again, though it is most against my
interest either of profit or content of mind, other than for their
singing. Home on foot, in my way calling at Mr. Rawlinsons and drinking
only a cup of ale there. He tells me my uncle has ended his purchase,
which cost him L4,500, and how my uncle do express his trouble that he has
with his wifes relations, but I understand his great intentions are for
the Wights that hang upon him and by whose advice this estate is bought.
Thence home, and found my wife busy among her pies, but angry for some
saucy words that her mayde Jane has given her, which I will not allow of,
and therefore will give her warning to be gone. As also we are both
displeased for some slight words that Sarah, now at Sir W. Pens, hath
spoke of us, but it is no matter. We shall endeavour to joyne the lions
skin to the foxs tail. So to my office alone a while, and then home to my
study and supper and bed. Being also vexed at my boy for his staying
playing abroad when he is sent of errands, so that I have sent him
to-night to see whether their country carrier be in town or no, for I am
resolved to keep him no more.

27th. Up, and while I am dressing I sent for my boys brother, William,
that lives in town here as a groom, to whom and their sister Jane I told
my resolution to keep the boy no longer. So upon the whole they desire to
have him stay a week longer, and then he shall go. So to the office, and
there Mr. Coventry and I sat till noon, and then I stept to the Exchange,
and so home to dinner, and after dinner with my wife to the Dukes
Theatre, and saw the second part of Rhodes, done with the new Roxalana;
which do it rather better in all respects for person, voice, and judgment,
then the first Roxalana. Home with great content with my wife, not so well
pleased with the company at the house to-day, which was full of citizens,
there hardly being a gentleman or woman in the house; a couple of pretty
ladies by us that made sport in it, being jostled and crowded by
prentices. So home, and I to my study making up my monthly accounts, which
is now fallen again to L630 or thereabouts, which not long since was L680,
at which I am sorry, but I trust in God I shall get it up again, and in
the meantime will live sparingly. So home to supper and to bed.

28th (Lords day). Up and, with my wife to church, and coming out, went
out both before my Lady Batten, he not being there, which I believe will
vex her. After dinner my wife to church again, and I to the French church,
where I heard an old man make a tedious, long sermon, till they were fain
to light candles to baptize the children by. So homewards, meeting my
brother Tom, but spoke but little with him, and calling also at my uncle
Wights, but met him and her going forth, and so I went directly home, and
there fell to the renewing my last years oaths, whereby it has pleased
God so much to better myself and practise, and so down to supper, and then
prayers and bed.

29th. Up and walked to Whitehall, where the Duke and Mr. Coventry being
gone forth I went to Westminster Hall, where I staid reading at Mrs.
Mitchells shop, and sent for half a pint of sack for her. Here she told
me what I heard not of before, the strange burning of Mr. De Laun, a
merchants house in Loathbury, and his lady (Sir Thomas Allens daughter)
and her whole family; not one thing, dog nor cat, escaping; nor any of the
neighbours almost hearing of it till the house was quite down and burnt.
How this should come to pass, God knows, but a most strange thing it is!
Hither came Jack Spicer to me, and I took him to the Swan, where Mr.
Herbert did give me my breakfast of cold chine of pork; and here Spicer
and I talked of Exchequer matters, and how the Lord Treasurer hath now
ordered all monies to be brought into the Exchequer, and hath settled the
Kings revenue, and given to every general expence proper assignments; to
the Navy L200,000 and odd. He also told me of the great vast trade of the
goldsmiths in supplying the King with money at dear rates. Thence to White
Hall, and got up to the top gallerys in the Banquetting House, to see the
audience of the Russia Embassadors; which [took place] after long waiting
and fear of the falling of the gallery (it being so full, and part of it
being parted from the rest, for nobody to come up merely from the weakness
thereof): and very handsome it was. After they were come in, I went down
and got through the croude almost as high as the King and the Embassadors,
where I saw all the presents, being rich furs, hawks, carpets, cloths of
tissue, and sea-horse teeth. The King took two or three hawks upon his
fist, having a glove on, wrought with gold, given him for the purpose. The
son of one of the Embassadors was in the richest suit for pearl and
tissue, that ever I did see, or shall, I believe. After they and all the
company had kissed the Kings hand, then the three Embassadors and the
son, and no more, did kiss the Queens. One thing more I did observe, that
the chief Embassador did carry up his masters letters in state before him
on high; and as soon as he had delivered them, he did fall down to the
ground and lay there a great while. After all was done, the company broke
up; and I spent a little while walking up and down the gallery seeing the
ladies, the two Queens, and the Duke of Monmouth with his little mistress,
which is very little, and like my brother-in-laws wife. So with Mr. Creed
to the Harp and Ball, and there meeting with Mr. How, Goodgroom, and young
Coleman, did drink and talk with them, and I have almost found out a young
gentlewoman for my turn, to wait on my wife, of good family and that can
sing. Thence I went away, and getting a coach went home and sat late
talking with my wife about our entertaining Dr. Clerkes lady and Mrs.
Pierce shortly, being in great pain that my wife hath never a winter gown,
being almost ashamed of it, that she should be seen in a taffeta one; when
all the world wears moyre;—[By moyre is meant mohair.-B.]—so
to prayers and to bed, but we could not come to any resolution what to do
therein, other than to appear as she is.

30th. Up and to the office, whither Sir W. Pen came, the first time that
he has come downstairs since his late great sickness of the gout. We with
Mr. Coventry sat till noon, then I to the Change ward, to see what play
was there, but I liked none of them, and so homeward, and calling in at
Mr. Rawlinsons, where he stopped me to dine with him and two East India
officers of ships and Howell our turner. With the officers I had good
discourse, particularly of the people at the Cape of Good Hope, of whom
they of their own knowledge do tell me these one or two things: viz ….
that they never sleep lying, but always sitting upon the ground, that
their speech is not so articulate as ours, but yet [they] understand one
another well, that they paint themselves all over with the grease the
Dutch sell them (who have a fort there) and soot. After dinner drinking
five or six glasses of wine, which liberty I now take till I begin my oath
again, I went home and took my wife into coach, and carried her to
Westminster; there visited Mrs. Ferrer, and staid talking with her a good
while, there being a little, proud, ugly, talking lady there, that was
much crying up the Queen-Mothers Court at Somerset House above our own
Queens; there being before no allowance of laughing and the mirth that is
at the others; and indeed it is observed that the greatest Court
now-a-days is there. Thence to White Hall, where I carried my wife to see
the Queen in her presence-chamber; and the maydes of honour and the young
Duke of Monmouth playing at cards. Some of them, and but a few, were very
pretty; though all well dressed in velvet gowns. Thence to my Lords
lodgings, where Mrs. Sarah did make us my Lords bed, and Mr. Creed I
being sent for, sat playing at cards till it was late, and so good night,
and with great pleasure to bed.

31st. Lay pretty long in bed, and then I up and to Westminster Hall, and
so to the Swan, sending for Mr. W. Bowyer, and there drank my morning
draft, and had some of his simple discourse. Among other things he tells
me how the difference comes between his fair cozen Butler and Collonell
Dillon, upon his opening letters of her brothers from Ireland,
complaining of his knavery, and forging others to the contrary; and so
they are long ago quite broke off. Thence to a barbers and so to my wife,
and at noon took her to Mrs. Pierces by invitacion to dinner, where there
came Dr. Clerke and his wife and sister and Mr. Knight, chief chyrurgeon
to the King and his wife. We were pretty merry, the two men being
excellent company, but I confess I am wedded from the opinion either of
Mrs. Pierces beauty upon discovery of her naked neck to-day, being undrest
when we came in, or of Mrs. Clerkes genius, which I so much admired, I
finding her to be so conceited and fantastique in her dress this day and
carriage, though the truth is, witty enough. After dinner with much ado
the doctor and I got away to follow our business for a while, he to his
patients and I to the Tangier Committee, where the Duke of York was, and
we staid at it a good while, and thence in order to the despatch of the
boats and provisions for Tangier away, Mr. Povy, in his coach, carried Mr.
Gauden and I into London to Mr. Blands, the merchant, where we staid
discoursing upon the reason of the delay of the going away of these things
a great while. Then to eat a dish of anchovies, and drink wine and syder,
and very merry, but above all things pleased to hear Mrs. Bland talk like
a merchant in her husbands business very well, and it seems she do
understand it and perform a great deal. Thence merry back, Mr. Povy and, I
to White Hall; he carrying me thither on purpose to carry me into the ball
this night before the King. All the way he talking very ingenuously, and I
find him a fine gentleman, and one that loves to live nobly and neatly, as
I perceive by his discourse of his house, pictures, and horses. He brought
me first to the Dukes chamber, where I saw him and the Duchess at supper;
and thence into the room where the ball was to be, crammed with fine
ladies, the greatest of the Court. By and by comes the King and Queen, the
Duke and Duchess, and all the great ones: and after seating themselves,
the King takes out the Duchess of York; and the Duke, the Duchess of
Buckingham; the Duke of Monmouth, my Lady Castlemaine; and so other lords
other ladies: and they danced the Bransle.

     Branle.  Espece de danse de plusieurs personnes, qui se tiennent
     par la main, et qui se menent tour-a-tour. Dictionnaire de
     lAcademie.  A country dance mentioned by Shakespeare and other
     dramatists under the form of brawl, which word continued to be used
     in the eighteenth century.

                    My grave Lord Keeper led the brawls;
                    The seals and maces danced before him.
                                              Gray, A Long Story.

After that, the King led a lady a single Coranto—[swift and lively]—and
then the rest of the lords, one after another, other ladies very noble it
was, and great pleasure to see. Then to country dances; the King leading
the first, which he called for; which was, says he, Cuckolds all awry,
the old dance of England. Of the ladies that danced, the Duke of
Monmouths mistress, and my Lady Castlemaine, and a daughter of Sir Harry
de Vickes, were the best. The manner was, when the King dances, all the
ladies in the room, and the Queen herself, stand up: and indeed he dances
rarely, and much better that the Duke of York. Having staid here as long
as I thought fit, to my infinite content, it being the greatest pleasure I
could wish now to see at Court, I went out, leaving them dancing, and to
Mrs. Pierces, where I found the company had staid very long for my coming,
but all gone but my wife, and so I took her home by coach and so to my
Lords again, where after some supper to bed, very weary and in a little
pain from my riding a little uneasily to-night in the coach.

Thus ends this year with great mirth to me and my wife: Our condition
being thus:—we are at present spending a night or two at my Lords
lodgings at White Hall. Our home at the Navy-office, which is and hath a
pretty while been in good condition, finished and made very convenient. My
purse is worth about L650, besides my goods of all sorts, which yet might
have been more but for my late layings out upon my house and public
assessment, and yet would not have been so much if I had not lived a very
orderly life all this year by virtue of the oaths that God put into my
heart to take against wine, plays, and other expenses, and to observe for
these last twelve months, and which I am now going to renew, I under God
owing my present content thereunto. My family is myself and wife, William,
my clerk; Jane, my wifes upper mayde, but, I think, growing proud and
negligent upon it: we must part, which troubles me; Susan, our cook-mayde,
a pretty willing wench, but no good cook; and Wayneman, my boy, who I am
now turning away for his naughty tricks. We have had from the beginning
our healths to this day very well, blessed be God! Our late mayde Sarah
going from us (though put away by us) to live with Sir W. Pen do trouble
me, though I love the wench, so that we do make ourselves a little strange
to him and his family for it, and resolve to do so. The same we are for
other reasons to my Lady Batten and hers. We have lately had it in our
thoughts, and I can hardly bring myself off of it, since Mrs. Gosnell
cannot be with us, to find out another to be in the quality of a woman to
my wife that can sing or dance, and yet finding it hard to save anything
at the years end as I now live, I think I shall not be such a fool till I
am more warm in my purse, besides my oath of entering into no such
expenses till I am worth L1000. By my last years diligence in my office,
blessed be God! I am come to a good degree of knowledge therein; and am
acknowledged so by all—the world, even the Duke himself, to whom I
have a good access and by that, and my being Commissioner with him for
Tangier, he takes much notice of me; and I doubt not but, by the
continuance of the same endeavours, I shall in a little time come to be a
man much taken notice of in the world, specially being come to so great an
esteem with Mr. Coventry. The only weight that lies heavy upon my mind is
the ending the business with my uncle Thomas about my-dead uncles estate,
which is very ill on our side, and I fear when all is done I must be
forced to maintain my father myself, or spare a good deal towards it out
of my own purse, which will be a very great pull back to me in my fortune.
But I must be contented and bring it to an issue one way or other.
Publique matters stand thus: The King is bringing, as is said, his family,
and Navy, and all other his charges, to a less expence. In the mean time,
himself following his pleasures more than with good advice he would do; at
least, to be seen to all the world to do so. His dalliance with my Lady
Castlemaine being publique, every day, to his great reproach; and his
favouring of none at Court so much as those that are the confidants of his
pleasure, as Sir H. Bennet and Sir Charles Barkeley; which, good God! put
it into his heart to mend, before he makes himself too much contemned by
his people for it! The Duke of Monmouth is in so great splendour at Court,
and so dandled by the King, that some doubt, if the King should have no
child by the Queen (which there is yet no appearance of), whether he would
not be acknowledged for a lawful son; and that there will be a difference
follow upon it between the Duke of York and him; which God prevent! My
Lord Chancellor is threatened by people to be questioned, the next sitting
of the Parliament, by some spirits that do not love to see him so great:
but certainly he is a good servant to the King. The Queen-Mother is said
to keep too great a Court now; and her being married to my Lord St. Albans
is commonly talked of; and that they had a daughter between them in
France, how true, God knows. The Bishopps are high, and go on without any
diffidence in pressing uniformity; and the Presbyters seem silent in it,
and either conform or lay down, though without doubt they expect a turn,
and would be glad these endeavours of the other Fanatiques would take
effect; there having been a plot lately found, for which four have been
publickly tried at the Old Bayley and hanged. My Lord Sandwich is still in
good esteem, and now keeping his Christmas in the country; and I in good
esteem, I think, as any man can be, with him. Mr. Moore is very sickly,
and I doubt will hardly get over his late fit of sickness, that still
hangs on him. In fine, for the good condition of myself, wife, family, and
estate, in the great degree that it is, and for the public state of the
nation, so quiett as it is, the Lord God be praised!

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     Afeard of being louzy
     Afeard that my Lady Castlemaine will keep still with the King
     Afraid now to bring in any accounts for journeys
     After taking leave of my wife, which we could hardly do kindly
     Agreed at L3 a year (she would not serve under)
     All may see how slippery places all courtiers stand in
     All made much worse in their report among people than they are
     All the fleas came to him and not to me
     Aptness I have to be troubled at any thing that crosses me
     As much his friend as his interest will let him
     Badge of slavery upon the whole people (taxes)
     Bewailing the vanity and disorders of the age
     Bowling-ally (where lords and ladies are now at bowles)
     Cannot but be with the workmen to see things done to my mind
     Care not for his commands, and especially on Sundays
     Catched cold yesterday by putting off my stockings
     Charles Barkeleys greatness is only his being pimp to the King
     Comb my head clean, which I found so foul with powdering
     Command of an army is not beholden to any body to make him King
     Deliver her from the hereditary curse of child-bearing
     Did much insist upon the sin of adultery
     Discontented at the pride and luxury of the Court
     Discoursed much against a mans lying with his wife in Lent
     Enjoy some degree of pleasure now that we have health, money
     Fanatiques do say that the end of the world is at hand
     Fear she should prove honest and refuse and then tell my wife
     Fearing that Sarah would continue ill, wife and I removed
     God forgive me! what a mind I had to her
     Goldsmiths in supplying the King with money at dear rates
     Hard matter to settle to business after so much leisure
     Hate in others, and more in myself, to be careless of keys
     He made but a poor sermon, but long
     Holes for me to see from my closet into the great office
     Hopes to have had a bout with her before she had gone
     I fear that it must be as it can, and not as I would
     I know not yet what that is, and am ashamed to ask
     Joyne the lions skin to the foxs tail
     King dined at my Lady Castlemaines, and supped, every day
     Lady Castlemaine do speak of going to lie in at Hampton Court
     Lady Castlemaine is still as great with the King
     Lady Castlemaines interest at Court increases
     Last of a great many Presbyterian ministers
     Laughing and jeering at every thing that looks strange
     Let me blood, about sixteen ounces, I being exceedingly full
     Lord! to see the absurd nature of Englishmen
     Lust and wicked lives of the nuns heretofore in England
     Lying a great while talking and sporting in bed with my wife
     Muske Millon
     My Janes cutting off a carpenters long mustacho
     My first attempt being to learn the multiplication-table
     No good by taking notice of it, for the present she forbears
     Only wind do now and then torment me...  extremely
     Parliament hath voted 2s. per annum for every chimney in England
     Parson is a cunning fellow he is as any of his coat
     Peruques of hair, as the fashion now is for ladies to wear
     Pleasures are not sweet to me now in the very enjoying of them
     Raising of our roofs higher to enlarge our houses
     See her look dejectedly and slighted by people already
     See a dead man lie floating upon the waters
     Sermon; but, it being a Presbyterian one, it was so long
     She so cruel a hypocrite that she can cry when she pleases
     She also washed my feet in a bath of herbs, and so to bed
     Short of what I expected, as for the most part it do fall out
     Sir W. Pen did it like a base raskall, and so I shall remember
     Slight answer, at which I did give him two boxes on the ears
     So good a nature that he cannot deny any thing
     Sorry to hear that Sir W. Pens maid Betty was gone away
     Strange things he has been found guilty of, not fit to name
     Then to church to a tedious sermon
     They were not occupiers, but occupied (women)
     To Mr. Holliards in the morning, thinking to be let blood
     Trumpets were brought under the scaffold that he not be heard
     Up and took physique, but such as to go abroad with
     Up early and took my physique; it wrought all the morning well
     When the candle is going out, how they bawl and dispute
     Whether she suspected anything or no I know not
     Whether he would have me go to law or arbitracon with him
     Will upon occasion serve for a fine withdrawing room
     Will put Madam Castlemaines nose out of joynt
     With my whip did whip him till I was not able to stir