Samuel Pepys diary May 1663

MAY 1663

May 1st. Up betimes and my father with me, and he and I all the morning
and Will Stankes private, in my wifes closet above, settling our matters
concerning our Brampton estate, &c., and I find that there will be,
after all debts paid within L100, L50 per annum clear coming towards my
fathers maintenance, besides L25 per annum annuities to my Uncle Thomas
and Aunt Perkins. Of which, though I was in my mind glad, yet thought it
not fit to let my father know it thoroughly, but after he had gone out to
visit my uncle Thomas and brought him to dinner with him, and after dinner
I got my father, brother Tom, and myself together, I did make the business
worse to them, and did promise L20 out of my own purse to make it L50 a
year to my father, propounding that Stortlow may be sold to pay L200 for
his satisfaction therein and the rest to go towards payment of debts and
legacies. The truth is I am fearful lest my father should die before debts
are paid, and then the land goes to Tom and the burden of paying all debts
will fall upon the rest of the land. Not that I would do my brother any
real hurt. I advised my father to good husbandry and to living within the
compass of L50 a year, and all in such kind words, as not only made, them
but myself to weep, and I hope it will have a good effect. That being
done, and all things agreed on, we went down, and after a glass of wine we
all took horse, and I, upon a horse hired of Mr. Game, saw him out of
London, at the end of Bishopsgate Street, and so I turned and rode, with
some trouble, through the fields, and then Holborn, &c., towards Hide
Park, whither all the world, I think, are going, and in my going, almost
thither, met W. Howe coming galloping upon a little crop black nag; it
seems one that was taken in some ground of my Lords, by some mischance
being left by his master, a thief; this horse being found with black cloth
ears on, and a false mayne, having none of his own; and I back again with
him to the Chequer, at Charing Cross, and there put up my own dull jade,
and by his advice saddled a delicate stone-horse of Captain Ferrerss, and
with that rid in state to the Park, where none better mounted than I
almost, but being in a throng of horses, seeing the Kings riders showing
tricks with their managed horses, which were very strange, my stone-horse
was very troublesome, and begun to, fight with other horses, to the
dangering him and myself, and with much ado I got out, and kept myself out
of harms way.. Here I saw nothing good, neither the King, nor my Lady
Castlemaine, nor any great ladies or beauties being there, there being
more pleasure a great deal at an ordinary day; or else those few good
faces that there were choked up with the many bad ones, there being people
of all sorts in coaches there, to some thousands, I think. Going thither
in the highway, just by the Park gate, I met a boy in a sculler boat,
carried by a dozen people at least, rowing as hard as he could drive, it
seems upon some wager. By and by, about seven or eight oclock, homeward;
and changing my horse again, I rode home, coaches going in great crowds to
the further end of the town almost. In my way, in Leadenhall Street, there
was morris-dancing which I have not seen a great while. So set my horse up
at Games, paying 5s. for him. And so home to see Sir J. Minnes, who is
well again, and after staying talking with him awhile, I took leave and
went to hear Mrs. Turners daughter, at whose house Sir J. Minnes lies,
play on the harpsicon; but, Lord! it was enough to make any man sick to
hear her; yet I was forced to commend her highly. So home to supper and to
bed, Ashwell playing upon the tryangle very well before I went to bed.
This day Captain Grove sent me a side of pork, which was the oddest
present, sure, that was ever made any man; and the next, I remember I told
my wife, I believe would be a pound of candles, or a shoulder of mutton;
but the fellow do it in kindness, and is one I am beholden to. So to bed
very weary, and a little galled for lack of riding, praying to God for a
good journey to my father, of whom I am afeard, he being so lately ill of
his pain.

2nd. Being weary last night, I slept till almost seven oclock, a thing I
have not done many a day. So up and to my office (being come to some angry
words with my wife about neglecting the keeping of the house clean, I
calling her beggar, and she me pricklouse, which vexed me) and there all
the morning. So to the Exchange and then home to dinner, and very merry
and well pleased with my wife, and so to the office again, where we met
extraordinary upon drawing up the debts of the Navy to my Lord Treasurer.
So rose and up to Sir W. Pen to drink a glass of bad syder in his new far
low dining room, which is very noble, and so home, where Captain Ferrers
and his lady are come to see my wife, he being to go the beginning of next
week to France to sea and I think to fetch over my young Lord
Hinchinbroke. They being gone I to my office to write letters by the post,
and so home to supper and to bed.

3rd (Lords day). Up before 5 oclock and alone at setting my Brampton
papers to rights according to my fathers and my computation and
resolution the other day to my good content, I finding that there will be
clear saved to us L50 per annum, only a debt of it may be L100. So made
myself ready and to church, where Sir W. Pen showed me the young lady
which young Dawes, that sits in the new corner-pew in the church, hath
stole away from Sir Andrew Rickard, her guardian, worth L1000 per annum
present, good land, and some money, and a very well-bred and handsome
lady: he, I doubt, but a simple fellow. However, he got this good luck to
get her, which methinks I could envy him with all my heart. Home to dinner
with my wife, who not being very well did not dress herself but staid at
home all day, and so I to church in the afternoon and so home again, and
up to teach Ashwell the grounds of time and other things on the tryangle,
and made her take out a Psalm very well, she having a good ear and hand.
And so a while to my office, and then home to supper and prayers, to bed,
my wife and I having a little falling out because I would not leave my
discourse below with her and Ashwell to go up and talk with her alone upon
something she has to say. She reproached me but I had rather talk with any
body than her, by which I find I think she is jealous of my freedom with
Ashwell, which I must avoid giving occasion of.

4th. Up betimes and to setting my Brampton papers in order and looking
over my wardrobe against summer, and laying things in order to send to my
brother to alter. By and by took boat intending to have gone down to
Woolwich, but seeing I could not get back time enough to dinner, I
returned and home. Whither by and by the dancing-master came, whom
standing by, seeing him instructing my wife, when he had done with her, he
would needs have me try the steps of a coranto, and what with his desire
and my wifes importunity, I did begin, and then was obliged to give him
entry-money 10s., and am become his scholler. The truth is, I think it a
thing very useful for a gentleman, and sometimes I may have occasion of
using it, and though it cost me what I am heartily sorry it should,
besides that I must by my oath give half as much more to the poor, yet I
am resolved to get it up some other way, and then it will not be above a
month or two in a year. So though it be against my stomach yet I will try
it a little while; if I see it comes to any great inconvenience or charge
I will fling it off. After I had begun with the steps of half a coranto,
which I think I shall learn well enough, he went away, and we to dinner,
and by and by out by coach, and set my wife down at my Lord Crews, going
to see my Lady Jem. Montagu, who is lately come to town, and I to St.
Jamess; where Mr. Coventry, Sir W. Pen and I staid a good while for the
Dukes coming in, but not coming, we walked to White Hall; and meeting the
King, we followed him into the Park, where Mr. Coventry and he talked of
building a new yacht, which the King is resolved to have built out of his
privy purse, he having some contrivance of his own. The talk being done,
we fell off to White Hall, leaving the King in the Park, and going back,
met the Duke going towards St. Jamess to meet us. So he turned back
again, and to his closett at White Hall; and there, my Lord Sandwich
present, we did our weekly errand, and so broke up; and I down into the
garden with my Lord Sandwich (after we had sat an hour at the Tangier
Committee); and after talking largely of his own businesses, we begun to
talk how matters are at Court: and though he did not flatly tell me any
such thing, yet I do suspect that all is not kind between the King and the
Duke, and that the Kings fondness to the little Duke do occasion it; and
it may be that there is some fear of his being made heir to the Crown. But
this my Lord did not tell me, but is my guess only; and that my Lord
Chancellor is without doubt falling past hopes. He being gone to Chelsey
by coach I to his lodgings, where my wife staid for me, and she from
thence to see Mrs. Pierce and called me at Whitehall stairs (where I went
before by land to know whether there was any play at Court to-night) and
there being none she and I to Mr. Creed to the Exchange, where she bought
something, and from thence by water to White Fryars, and wife to see Mrs.
Turner, and then came to me at my brothers, where I did give him order
about my summer clothes, and so home by coach, and after supper to bed to
my wife, with whom I have not lain since I used to lie with my father till
to-night.

5th. Up betimes and to my office, and there busy all the morning, among
other things walked a good while up and down with Sir J. Minnes, he
telling many old stories of the Navy, and of the state of the Navy at the
beginning of the late troubles, and I am troubled at my heart to think,
and shall hereafter cease to wonder, at the bad success of the Kings
cause, when such a knave as he (if it be true what he says) had the whole
management of the fleet, and the design of putting out of my Lord Warwick,
and carrying the fleet to the King, wherein he failed most fatally to the
Kings ruin. Dined at home, and after dinner up to try my dance, and so to
the office again, where we sat all the afternoon. In the evening Deane of
Woolwich went home with me and showed me the use of a little sliding
ruler, less than that I bought the other day, which is the same with that,
but more portable; however I did not seem to understand or even to have
seen anything of it before, but I find him an ingenious fellow, and a good
servant in his place to the King. Thence to my office busy writing
letters, and then came Sir W. Warren, staying for a letter in his business
by the post, and while that was writing he and I talked about merchandise,
trade, and getting of money. I made it my business to enquire what way
there is for a man bred like me to come to understand anything of trade.
He did most discretely answer me in all things, shewing me the danger for
me to meddle either in ships or merchandise of any sort or common stocks,
but what I have to keep at interest, which is a good, quiett, and easy
profit, and once in a little while something offers that with ready money
you may make use of money to good profit. Wherein I concur much with him,
and parted late with great pleasure and content in his discourse, and so
home to supper and to bed. It has been this afternoon very hot and this
evening also, and about 11 at night going to bed it fell a-thundering and
lightening, the greatest flashes enlightening the whole body of the yard,
that ever I saw in my life.

6th. Up betimes and to my office a good while at my new rulers, then to
business, and towards noon to the Exchange with Creed, where we met with
Sir J. Minnes coming in his coach from Westminster, who tells us, in great
heat, that, by God, the Parliament will make mad work; that they will
render all men incapable of any military or civil employment that have
borne arms in the late troubles against the King, excepting some persons;
which, if it be so, as I hope it is not, will give great cause of
discontent, and I doubt will have but bad effects. I left them at the
Exchange and walked to Pauls Churchyard to look upon a book or two, and
so back, and thence to the Trinity House, and there dined, where, among
other discourse worth hearing among the old seamen, they tell us that they
have catched often in Greenland in fishing whales with the iron grapnells
that had formerly been struck into their bodies covered over with fat;
that they have had eleven hogsheads of oyle out of the tongue of a whale.
Thence after dinner home to my office, and there busy till the evening.
Then home and to supper, and while at supper comes Mr. Pembleton, and
after supper we up to our dancing room and there danced three or four
country dances, and after that a practice of my coranto I began with him
the other day, and I begin to think that I shall be able to do something
at it in time. Late and merry at it, and so weary to bed.

7th. Up betimes and to my office awhile, and then by water with my wife,
leaving her at the new Exchange, and I to see Dr. Williams, and spoke with
him about my business with Tom Trice, and so to my brothers, who I find
very careful now-a-days, more than ordinary in his business and like to do
well. From thence to Westminster, and there up and down from the Hall to
the Lobby, the Parliament sitting. Sir Thomas Crew this day tells me that
the Queen, hearing that there was L40,000 per annum brought into her
account among the other expences of the Crown to the Committee of
Parliament, she took order to let them know that she hath yet for the
payment of her whole family received but L4,000, which is a notable act of
spirit, and I believe is true. So by coach to my Lord Crews, and there
dined with him. He tells me of the order the House of Commons have made
for the drawing an Act for the rendering none capable of preferment or
employment in the State, but who have been loyall and constant to the King
and Church; which will be fatal to a great many, and makes me doubt lest I
myself, with all my innocence during the late times, should be brought in,
being employed in the Exchequer; but, I hope, God will provide for me.
This day the new Theatre Royal begins to act with scenes the Humourous
Lieutenant, but I have not time to see it, nor could stay to see my Lady
Jemimah lately come to town, and who was here in the house, but dined
above with her grandmother. But taking my wife at my brothers home by
coach, and the officers being at Deptford at a Pay we had no office, but I
took my wife by water and so spent the evening, and so home with great
pleasure to supper, and then to bed.

8th. Up very early and to my office, there preparing letters to my father
of great import in the settling of our affairs, and putting him upon a way
[of] good husbandry, I promising to make out of my own purse him up to L50
per annum, till either by my uncle Thomass death or the fall of the
Wardrobe place he be otherwise provided. That done I by water to the
Strand, and there viewed the Queen-Mothers works at Somersett House, and
thence to the new playhouse, but could not get in to see it. So to visit
my Lady Jemimah, who is grown much since I saw her; but lacks mightily to
be brought into the fashion of the court to set her off: Thence to the
Temple, and there sat till one oclock reading at Playfords in Dr.
Ushers Body of Divinity his discourse of the Scripture, which is as
much, I believe, as is anywhere said by any man, but yet there is room to
cavill, if a man would use no faith to the tradition of the Church in
which he is born, which I think to be as good an argument as most is
brought for many things, and it may be for that among others. Thence to my
brothers, and there took up my wife and Ashwell to the Theatre Royall,
being the second day of its being opened. The house is made with
extraordinary good contrivance, and yet hath some faults, as the
narrowness of the passages in and out of the Pitt, and the distance from
the stage to the boxes, which I am confident cannot hear; but for all
other things it is well, only, above all, the musique being below, and
most of it sounding under the very stage, there is no hearing of the bases
at all, nor very well of the trebles, which sure must be mended. The play
was The Humerous Lieutenant, a play that hath little good in it, nor
much in the very part which, by the Kings command, Lacy now acts instead
of Clun. In the dance, the tall devils actions was very pretty. The play
being done, we home by water, having been a little shamed that my wife and
woman were in such a pickle, all the ladies being finer and better dressed
in the pitt than they used, I think, to be. To my office to set down this
days passage, and, though my oath against going to plays do not oblige me
against this house, because it was not then in being, yet believing that
at the time my meaning was against all publique houses, I am resolved to
deny myself the liberty of two plays at Court, which are in arreare to me
for the months of March and April, which will more than countervail this
excess, so that this month of May is the first that I must claim a liberty
of going to a Court play according to my oath. So home to supper, and at
supper comes Pembleton, and afterwards we all up to dancing till late, and
so broke up and to bed, and they say that I am like to make a dancer.

9th. Up betimes and to my office, whither sooner than ordinary comes Mr.
Hater desiring to speak a word to me alone, which I was from the disorder
of his countenance amused at, and so the poor man began telling me that by
Providence being the last Lords day at a meeting of some Friends upon
doing of their duties, they were surprised, and he carried to the Counter,
but afterwards released; however, hearing that Sir W. Batten do hear of
[it,] he thought it good to give me an account of it, lest it might tend
to any prejudice to me. I was extraordinary surprised with it, and
troubled for him, knowing that now it is out it is impossible for me to
conceal it, or keep him in employment under me without danger to myself. I
cast about all I could, and did give him the best advice I could, desiring
to know if I should promise that he would not for the time to come commit
the same, he told me he desired that I would rather forbear to promise
that, for he durst not do it, whatever God in His providence shall do with
him, and that for my part he did bless God and thank me for all the love
and kindness I have shewed him hitherto. I could not without tears in my
eyes discourse with him further, but at last did pitch upon telling the
truth of the whole to Mr. Coventry as soon as I could, and to that end did
use means to prevent Sir W. Batten (who came to town last night) from
going to that end to-day, lest he might doe it to Sir G. Carteret or Mr.
Coventry before me; which I did prevail and kept him at the office all the
morning. At noon dined at home with a heavy heart for the poor man, and
after dinner went out to my brothers, and thence to Westminster, where at
Mr. Jervass, my old barber, I did try two or three borders and
perriwiggs, meaning to wear one; and yet I have no stomach [for it,] but
that the pains of keeping my hair clean is so great. He trimmed me, and at
last I parted, but my mind was almost altered from my first purpose, from
the trouble that I foresee will be in wearing them also. Thence by water
home and to the office, where busy late, and so home to supper and bed,
with my mind much troubled about T. Hater.

10th (Lords day). Up betimes, and put on a black cloth suit, with white
lynings under all, as the fashion is to wear, to appear under the
breeches. So being ready walked to St. Jamess, where I sat talking with
Mr. Coventry, while he made himself ready, about several businesses of the
Navy, and afterwards, the Duke being gone out, he and I walked to White
Hall together over the Park, I telling him what had happened to Tom Hater,
at which he seems very sorry, but tells me that if it is not made very
publique, it will not be necessary to put him away at present, but give
him good caution for the time to come. However, he will speak to the Duke
about it and know his pleasure. Parted with him there, and I walked back
to St. Jamess, and was there at mass, and was forced in the crowd to
kneel down; and mass being done, to the Kings Head ordinary, whither I
sent for Mr. Creed and there we dined, where many Parliament-men; and most
of their talk was about the news from Scotland, that the Bishop of
Galloway was besieged in his house by some woman, and had like to have
been outraged, but I know not how he was secured; which is bad news, and
looks just as it did in the beginning of the late troubles. From thence
they talked of rebellion; and I perceive they make it their great maxime
to be sure to master the City of London, whatever comes of it or from it.
After that to some other discourse, and, among other things, talking of
the way of ordinaries, that it is very convenient, because a man knows
what he hath to pay: one did wish that, among many bad, we could learn two
good things of France, which were that we would not think it below the
gentleman, or person of honour at a tavern, to bargain for his meat before
he eats it; and next, to take no servant without certificate from some
friend or gentleman of his good behaviour and abilities. Hence with Creed
into St. Jamess Park, and there walked all the afternoon, and thence on
foot home, and after a little while at my office walked in the garden with
my wife, and so home to supper, and after prayers to bed. My brother Tom
supped with me, and should have brought my aunt Ellen with him; she was
not free to go abroad.

11th. Up betimes, and by water to Woolwich on board the Royall James, to
see in what dispatch she is to be carried about to Chatham. So to the yard
a little, and thence on foot to Greenwich, where going I was set upon by a
great dogg, who got hold of my garters, and might have done me hurt; but,
Lord, to see in what a maze I was, that, having a sword about me, I never
thought of it, or had the heart to make use of it, but might, for want of
that courage, have been worried. Took water there and home, and both
coming and going did con my lesson on my Ruler to measure timber, which I
think I can well undertake now to do. At home there being Pembleton I
danced, and I think shall come on to do something in a little time, and
after dinner by coach with Sir W. Pen (setting down his daughter at
Clerkenwell), to St. Jamess, where we attended the Duke of York: and,
among other things, Sir G. Carteret and I had a great dispute about the
different value of the pieces of eight rated by Mr. Creed at 4s. and 5d.,
and by Pitts at 4s. and 9d., which was the greatest husbandry to the King?
he persisting that the greatest sum was; which is as ridiculous a piece of
ignorance as could be imagined. However, it is to be argued at the Board,
and reported to the Duke next week; which I shall do with advantage, I
hope. Thence to the Tangier Committee, where we should have concluded in
sending Captain Cuttance and the rest to Tangier to deliberate upon the
design of the Mole before they begin to work upon it, but there being not
a committee (my Lord intending to be there but was taken up at my Lady
Castlemaynes) I parted and went homeward, after a little discourse with
Mr. Pierce the surgeon, who tells me that my Lady Castlemaine hath now got
lodgings near the Kings chamber at Court; and that the other day Dr.
Clerke and he did dissect two bodies, a man and a woman; before the King,
with which the King was highly pleased. By water and called upon Tom Trice
by appointment with Dr. Williams, but the Dr. did not come, it seems by T.
Trices desire, not thinking he should be at leisure. However, in general
we talked of our business, and I do not find that he will come to any
lower terms than L150, which I think I shall not give him but by law, and
so we parted, and I called upon Mr. Crumlum, and did give him the 10s.
remaining, not laid out of the L5 I promised him for the school, with
which he will buy strings, and golden letters upon the books I did give
them. I sat with him and his wife a great while talking, and she is [a]
pretty woman, never yet with child, and methinks looks as if her mouth
watered now and then upon some of her boys. Then upon Tom Pepys, the
Turner, desiring his father and his letter to Piggott signifying his
consent to the selling of his land for the paying of us his money, and so
home, and finding Pembleton there we did dance till it was late, and so to
supper and to bed.

12th. Up between four and five, and after dressing myself then to my
office to prepare business against the afternoon, where all the morning,
and dined at noon at home, where a little angry with my wife for minding
nothing now but the dancing-master, having him come twice a day, which is
a folly. Again, to my office. We sat till late, our chief business being
the reconciling the business of the pieces of eight mentioned yesterday
before the Duke of York, wherein I have got the day, and they are all
brought over to what I said, of which I am proud. Late writing letters,
and so home to supper and to bed. Here I found Creed staying for me, and
so after supper I staid him all night and lay with me, our great discourse
being the folly of our two doting knights, of which I am ashamed.

13th. Lay till 6 oclock and then up, and after a little talk and mirth,
he went away, and I to my office, where busy all the morning, and at noon
home to dinner, and after dinner Pembleton came and I practised. But,
Lord! to see how my wife will not be thought to need telling by me or
Ashwell, and yet will plead that she has learnt but a month, which causes
many short fallings out between us. So to my office, whither one-eyed
Cooper came to see me, and I made him to show me the use of platts, and to
understand the lines, and how to find how lands bear, &c., to my great
content. Then came Mr. Barrow, storekeeper of Chatham, who tells me many
things, how basely Sir W. Batten has carried himself to him, and in all
things else like a passionate dotard, to the Kings great wrong. God mend
all, for I am sure we are but in an ill condition in the Navy, however the
King is served in other places. Home to supper, to cards, and to bed.

14th. Up betimes and put up some things to send to Brampton. Then abroad
to the Temple, and up and down about business, and met Mr. Moore; and with
him to an alehouse in Holborn; where in discourse he told me that he fears
the King will be tempted to endeavour the setting the Crown upon the
little Duke, which may cause troubles; which God forbid, unless it be his
due! He told me my Lord do begin to settle to business again, which I am
glad of, for he must not sit out, now he has done his own business by
getting his estate settled, and that the King did send for him the other
day to my Lady Castlemaines, to play at cards, where he lost L50; for
which I am sorry, though he says my Lord was pleased at it, and said he
would be glad at any time to lose L50 for the King to send for him to
play, which I do not so well like. Thence home, and after dinner to the
office, where we sat till night, and then made up my papers and letters by
the post, and so home to dance with Pembleton. This day we received a
baskett from my sister Pall, made by her of paper, which hath a great deal
of labour in it for country innocent work. After supper to bed, and going
to bed received a letter from Mr. Coventry desiring my coming to him
to-morrow morning, which troubled me to think what the business should be,
fearing it must be some bad news in Tom Haters business.

15th. Up betimes and walked to St. Jamess, where Mr. Coventry being in
bed I walked in the Park, discoursing with the keeper of the Pell Mell,
who was sweeping of it; who told me of what the earth is mixed that do
floor the Mall, and that over all there is cockle-shells powdered, and
spread to keep it fast; which, however, in dry weather, turns to dust and
deads the ball. Thence to Mr. Coventry; and sitting by his bedside, he did
tell me that he sent for me to discourse upon my Lord Sandwichs
allowances for his several pays, and what his thoughts are concerning his
demands; which he could not take the freedom to do face to face, it being
not so proper as by me: and did give me a most friendly and ingenuous
account of all; telling me how unsafe, at this juncture, while every
mans, and his actions particularly, are descanted upon, it is either for
him to put the Duke upon doing, or my Lord himself to desire anything
extraordinary, specially the King having been so bountifull already;
which the world takes notice of even to some repinings. All which he did
desire me to discourse with my Lord of; which I have undertook to do. We
talked also of our office in general, with which he told me that he was
now-a-days nothing so satisfied as he was wont to be. I confess I told him
things are ordered in that way that we must of necessity break in a little
time a pieces. After done with him about these things, he told me that for
Mr. Hater the Dukes word was in short that he found he had a good
servant, an Anabaptist, and unless he did carry himself more to the
scandal of the office, he would bear with his opinion till he heard
further, which do please me very much. Thence walked to Westminster, and
there up and down in the Hall and the Parliament House all the morning; at
noon by coach to my Lord Crews, hearing that Lord Sandwich did dine
there; where I told him what had passed between Mr. Coventry and myself;
with which he was contented, though I could perceive not very well
pleased. And I do believe that my Lord do find some other things go
against his mind in the House; for in the motion made the other day in the
House by my Lord Bruce, that none be capable of employment but such as
have been loyal and constant to the King and Church, the General [Monk]
and my Lord were mentioned to be excepted; and my Lord Bruce did come
since to my Lord, to clear himself that he meant nothing to his prejudice,
nor could it have any such effect if he did mean it. After discourse with
my Lord; to dinner with him; there dining there my Lord Montagu of
Boughton, Mr. William Montagu his brother, the Queens Sollicitor, &c.,
and a fine dinner. Their talk about a ridiculous falling-out two days ago
at my Lord of Oxfords house, at an entertainment of his, there being
there my Lord of Albemarle, Lynsey, two of the Porters, my Lord Bellasses,
and others, where there were high words and some blows, and pulling off of
perriwiggs; till my Lord Monk took away some of their swords, and sent for
some soldiers to guard the house till the fray was ended. To such a degree
of madness the nobility of this age is come! After dinner I went up to Sir
Thomas Crew, who lies there not very well in his head, being troubled with
vapours and fits of dizziness: and there I sat talking with him all the
afternoon from one discourse to another, the most was upon the unhappy
posture of things at this time; that the King do mind nothing but
pleasures, and hates the very sight or thoughts of business; that my Lady
Castlemaine rules him, who, he says, hath all the tricks of Aretin

     [An allusion to Aretins infamous letters and sonnets accompanying
     the as infamous Postures engraved by Marc Antonio from the designs
     of Julio Romano (Steinmans Memoir of Barbara, Duchess of
     Cleveland, privately printed, 1871).]

that are to be practised to give pleasure. In which he is too able ….
but what is the unhappiness in that, as the Italian proverb says, lazzo
dritto non vuolt consiglio. If any of the sober counsellors give him good
advice, and move him in anything that is to his good and honour, the other
part, which are his counsellers of pleasure, take him when he is with my
Lady Castlemaine, and in a humour of delight, and then persuade him that
he ought not to hear nor listen to the advice of those old dotards or
counsellors that were heretofore his enemies: when, God knows! it is they
that now-a-days do most study his honour. It seems the present favourites
now are my Lord Bristol, Duke of Buckingham, Sir H. Bennet, my Lord
Ashley, and Sir Charles Barkeley; who, among them, have cast my Lord
Chancellor upon his back, past ever getting up again; there being now
little for him to do, and he waits at Court attending to speak to the King
as others do: which I pray God may prove of good effects, for it is feared
it will be the same with my Lord Treasurer shortly. But strange to hear
how my Lord Ashley, by my Lord Bristols means (he being brought over to
the Catholique party against the Bishopps, whom he hates to the death, and
publicly rails against them; not that he is become a Catholique, but
merely opposes the Bishopps; and yet, for aught I hear, the Bishopp of
London keeps as great with the King as ever) is got into favour, so much
that, being a man of great business and yet of pleasure, and drolling too,
he, it is thought, will be made Lord Treasurer upon the death or removal
of the good old man. My Lord Albemarle, I hear, do bear through and bustle
among them, and will not be removed from the Kings good opinion and
favour, though none of the Cabinett; but yet he is envied enough. It is
made very doubtful whether the King do not intend the making of the Duke
of Monmouth legitimate;

     [Thomas Ross, Monmouths tutor, put the idea into his head that
     Charles II. had married his mother.  The report was sedulously
     spread abroad, and obtained some kind of credence, until, in June,
     1678, the king set the matter at rest by publishing a declaration,
     which was entered in the Council book and registered in Chancery.
     The words of the declaration are: That to avoid any dispute which
     might happen in time to come concerning the succession of the Crown,
     he (Charles) did declare, in the presence of Almighty God, that he
     never gave, nor made any contract of marriage, nor was married to
     Mrs. Barlow, alias Waters, the Duke of Monmouths mother, nor to any
     other woman whatsoever, but to his present wife, Queen Catherine,
     then living.]

but surely the Commons of England will never do it, nor the Duke of York
suffer it, whose lady, I am told, is very troublesome to him by her
jealousy. But it is wonderful that Sir Charles Barkeley should be so great
still, not [only] with the King, but Duke also; who did so stiffly swear
that he had lain with her.

     [The conspiracy of Sir Charles Berkeley, Lord Arran, Jermyn, Talbot,
     and Killigrew to traduce Anne Hyde was peculiarly disgraceful, and
     the conduct of all the actors in the affair of the marriage, from
     Lord Clarendon downwards, was far from creditable (see Listers
     Life of Clarendon, ii. 68-79)]

And another one Armour that he rode before her on horseback in Holland I
think…. No care is observed to be taken of the main chance, either for
maintaining of trade or opposing of factions, which, God knows, are ready
to break out, if any of them (which God forbid!) should dare to begin; the
King and every man about him minding so much their pleasures or profits.
My Lord Hinchingbroke, I am told, hath had a mischance to kill his boy by
his birding-piece going off as he was a-fowling. The gun was charged with
small shot, and hit the boy in the face and about the temples, and he
lived four days. In Scotland, it seems, for all the newes-books tell us
every week that they are all so quiett, and everything in the Church
settled, the old woman had like to have killed, the other day, the Bishop
of Galloway, and not half the Churches of the whole kingdom conform.
Strange were the effects of the late thunder and lightning about a week
since at Northampton, coming with great rain, which caused extraordinary
floods in a few hours, bearing away bridges, drowning horses, men, and
cattle. Two men passing over a bridge on horseback, the arches before and
behind them were borne away, and that left which they were upon: but,
however, one of the horses fell over, and was drowned. Stacks of faggots
carried as high as a steeple, and other dreadful things; which Sir Thomas
Crew showed me letters to him about from Mr. Freemantle and others, that
it is very true. The Portugalls have choused us,

     [The word chouse appears to have been introduced into the language
     at the beginning of the seventeenth century.  In 1609, a Chiaus sent
     by Sir Robert Shirley, from Constantinople to London, had chiaused
     (or choused) the Turkish and Persian merchants out of L4,000, before
     the arrival of his employer, and had decamped.  The affair was quite
     recent in 1610, when Jonsons Alchemist appeared, in which it is
     alluded to.]

it seems, in the Island of Bombay, in the East Indys; for after a great
charge of our fleets being sent thither with full commission from the King
of Portugall to receive it, the Governour by some pretence or other will
not deliver it to Sir Abraham Shipman, sent from the King, nor to my Lord
of Marlborough; which the King takes highly ill, and I fear our Queen will
fare the worse for it. The Dutch decay there exceedingly, it being
believed that their people will revolt from them there, and they forced to
give over their trade. This is talked of among us, but how true I
understand not. Sir Thomas showed me his picture and Sir Anthony
Vandikes, in crayon in little, done exceedingly well. Having thus freely
talked with him, and of many more things, I took leave, and by coach to
St. Jamess, and there told Mr. Coventry what I had done with my Lord with
great satisfaction, and so well pleased home, where I found it almost
night, and my wife and the dancing-master alone above, not dancing but
talking. Now so deadly full of jealousy I am that my heart and head did so
cast about and fret that I could not do any business possibly, but went
out to my office, and anon late home again and ready to chide at every
thing, and then suddenly to bed and could hardly sleep, yet durst not say
any thing, but was forced to say that I had bad news from the Duke
concerning Tom Hater as an excuse to my wife, who by my folly has too much
opportunity given her with the man, who is a pretty neat black man, but
married. But it is a deadly folly and plague that I bring upon myself to
be so jealous and by giving myself such an occasion more than my wife
desired of giving her another months dancing. Which however shall be
ended as soon as I can possibly. But I am ashamed to think what a course I
did take by lying to see whether my wife did wear drawers to-day as she
used to do, and other things to raise my suspicion of her, but I found no
true cause of doing it.

16th. Up with my mind disturbed and with my last nights doubts upon me,
for which I deserve to be beaten if not really served as I am fearful of
being, especially since God knows that I do not find honesty enough in my
own mind but that upon a small temptation I could be false to her, and
therefore ought not to expect more justice from her, but God pardon both
my sin and my folly herein. To my office and there sitting all the
morning, and at noon dined at home. After dinner comes Pembleton, and I
being out of humour would not see him, pretending business, but, Lord!
with what jealousy did I walk up and down my chamber listening to hear
whether they danced or no, which they did, notwithstanding I afterwards
knew and did then believe that Ashwell was with them. So to my office
awhile, and, my jealousy still reigning, I went in and, not out of any
pleasure but from that only reason, did go up to them to practise, and did
make an end of La Duchesse, which I think I should, with a little pains,
do very well. So broke up and saw him gone. Then Captain Cocke coming to
me to speak about my seeming discourtesy to him in the business of his
hemp, I went to the office with him, and there discoursed it largely and I
think to his satisfaction. Then to my business, writing letters and other
things till late at night, and so home to supper and bed. My mind in some
better ease resolving to prevent matters for the time to come as much as I
can, it being to no purpose to trouble myself for what is past, being
occasioned too by my own folly.

17th (Lords day). Up and in my chamber all the morning, preparing my
great letters to my father, stating to him the perfect condition of our
estate. My wife and Ashwell to church, and after dinner they to church
again, and I all the afternoon making an end of my mornings work, which I
did about the evening, and then to talk with my wife till after supper,
and so to bed having another small falling out and myself vexed with my
old fit of jealousy about her dancing-master. But I am a fool for doing
it. So to bed by daylight, I having a very great cold, so as I doubt
whether I shall be able to speak to-morrow at our attending the Duke,
being now so hoarse.

18th. Up and after taking leave of Sir W. Batten, who is gone this day
towards Portsmouth (to little purpose, God knows) upon his survey, I home
and spent the morning at dancing; at noon Creed dined with us and Mr.
Deane Woolwich, and so after dinner came Mr. Howe, who however had enough
for his dinner, and so, having done, by coach to Westminster, she to Mrs.
Clerke and I to St. Jamess, where the Duke being gone down by water
to-day with the King I went thence to my Lord Sandwichs lodgings, where
Mr. Howe and I walked a while, and going towards Whitehall through the
garden Dr. Clerk and Creed called me across the bowling green, and so I
went thither and after a stay went up to Mrs. Clerke who was dressing
herself to go abroad with my wife. But, Lord! in what a poor condition her
best chamber is, and things about her, for all the outside and show that
she makes, but I found her just such a one as Mrs. Pierce, contrary to my
expectation, so much that I am sick and sorry to see it. Thence for an
hour Creed and I walked to White Hall, and into the Park, seeing the Queen
and Maids of Honour passing through the house going to the Park. But above
all, Mrs. Stuart is a fine woman, and they say now a common mistress to
the King,

     [The king said to la belle Stuart, who resisted all his
     importunities, that he hoped he should live to see her ugly and
     willing (Lord Dartmouths note to Burnets Own Time, vol. i.,
     p. 436, ed.  1823).]

as my Lady Castlemaine is; which is a great pity. Thence taking a coach to
Mrs. Clerkes, took her, and my wife, and Ashwell, and a Frenchman, a
kinsman of hers, to the Park, where we saw many fine faces, and one
exceeding handsome, in a white dress over her head, with many others very
beautiful. Staying there till past eight at night, I carried Mrs. Clerke
and her Frenchman, who sings well, home, and thence home ourselves,
talking much of what we had observed to-day of the poor household stuff of
Mrs. Clerke and mere show and flutter that she makes in the world; and
pleasing myself in my own house and manner of living more than ever I did
by seeing how much better and more substantially I live than others do. So
to supper and bed.

19th. Up pretty betimes, but yet I observe how my dancing and lying a
morning or two longer than ordinary for my cold do make me hard to rise as
I used to do, or look after my business as I am wont. To my chamber to
make an end of my papers to my father to be sent by the post to-night, and
taking copies of them, which was a great work, but I did it this morning,
and so to my office, and thence with Sir John Minnes to the Tower; and by
Mr. Slingsby, and Mr. Howard, Controller of the Mint, we were shown the
method of making this new money, from the beginning to the end, which is
so pretty that I did take a note of every part of it and set them down by
themselves for my remembrance hereafter. That being done it was dinner
time, and so the Controller would have us dine with him and his company,
the King giving them a dinner every day. And very merry and good discourse
about the business we have been upon, and after dinner went to the Assay
Office and there saw the manner of assaying of gold and silver, and how
silver melted down with gold do part, just being put into aqua-fortis, the
silver turning into water, and the gold lying whole in the very form it
was put in, mixed of gold and silver, which is a miracle; and to see no
silver at all but turned into water, which they can bring again into
itself out of the water. And here I was made thoroughly to understand the
business of the fineness and coarseness of metals, and have put down my
lessons with my other observations therein. At table among other discourse
they told us of two cheats, the best I ever heard. One, of a labourer
discovered to convey away the bits of silver cut out pence by swallowing
them down into his belly, and so they could not find him out, though, of
course, they searched all the labourers; but, having reason to doubt him,
they did, by threats and promises, get him to confess, and did find L7 of
it in his house at one time. The other of one that got a way of coyning
money as good and passable and large as the true money is, and yet saved
fifty per cent. to himself, which was by getting moulds made to stamp
groats like old groats, which is done so well, and I did beg two of them
which I keep for rarities, that there is not better in the world, and is
as good, nay, better than those that commonly go, which was the only thing
that they could find out to doubt them by, besides the number that the
party do go to put off, and then coming to the Comptroller of the Mint, he
could not, I say, find out any other thing to raise any doubt upon, but
only their being so truly round or near it, though I should never have
doubted the thing neither. He was neither hanged nor burned, the cheat was
thought so ingenious, and being the first time they could ever trap him in
it, and so little hurt to any man in it, the money being as good as
commonly goes. Thence to the office till the evening, we sat, and then by
water (taking Pembleton with us), over the water to the Halfway House,
where we played at nine-pins, and there my damned jealousy took fire, he
and my wife being of a side and I seeing of him take her by the hand in
play, though I now believe he did [it] only in passing and sport. Thence
home and being 10 oclock was forced to land beyond the Custom House, and
so walked home and to my office, and having dispatched my great letters by
the post to my father, of which I keep copies to show by me and for my
future understanding, I went home to supper and bed, being late. The most
observables in the making of money which I observed to-day, is the steps
of their doing it.

1. Before they do anything they assay the bullion, which is done, if it be
gold, by taking an equal weight of that and of silver, of each a small
weight, which they reckon to be six ounces or half a pound troy; this they
wrap up in within lead. If it be silver, they put such a quantity of that
alone and wrap it up in lead, and then putting them into little earthen
cupps made of stuff like tobacco pipes, and put them into a burning hot
furnace, where, after a while, the whole body is melted, and at last the
lead in both is sunk into the body of the cupp, which carries away all the
copper or dross with it, and left the pure gold and silver embodyed
together, of that which hath both been put into the cupp together, and the
silver alone in these where it was put alone in the leaden case. And to
part the silver and the gold in the first experiment, they put the mixed
body into a glass of aqua-fortis, which separates them by spitting out the
silver into such small parts that you cannot tell what it becomes, but
turns into the very water and leaves the gold at the bottom clear of
itself, with the silver wholly spit out, and yet the gold in the form that
it was doubled together in when it was a mixed body of gold and silver,
which is a great mystery; and after all this is done to get the silver
together out of the water is as strange. But the nature of the assay is
thus: the piece of gold that goes into the furnace twelve ounces, if it
comes out again eleven ounces, and the piece of silver which goes in
twelve and comes out again eleven and two pennyweight, are just of the
alloy of the standard of England. If it comes out, either of them, either
the gold above eleven, as very fine will sometimes within very little of
what it went in, or the silver above eleven and two pennyweight, as that
also will sometimes come out eleven and ten penny weight or more, they are
so much above the goodness of the standard, and so they know what
proportion of worse gold and silver to put to such a quantity of the
bullion to bring it to the exact standard. And on the contrary, [if] it
comes out lighter, then such a weight is beneath the standard, and so
requires such a proportion of fine metal to be put to the bullion to bring
it to the standard, and this is the difference of good and bad, better and
worse than the standard, and also the difference of standards, that of
Seville being the best and that of Mexico worst, and I think they said
none but Seville is better than ours.

2. They melt it into long plates, which, if the mould do take ayre, then
the plate is not of an equal heaviness in every part of it, as it often
falls out.

3. They draw these plates between rollers to bring them to an even
thickness all along and every plate of the same thickness, and it is very
strange how the drawing it twice easily between the rollers will make it
as hot as fire, yet cannot touch it.

4. They bring it to another pair of rollers, which they call adjusting it,
which bring it to a greater exactness in its thickness than the first
could be.

5. They cut them into round pieces, which they do with the greatest ease,
speed, and exactness in the world.

6. They weigh these, and where they find any to be too heavy they file
them, which they call sizeing them; or light, they lay them by, which is
very seldom, but they are of a most exact weight, but however, in the
melting, all parts by some accident not being close alike, now and then a
difference will be, and, this filing being done, there shall not be any
imaginable difference almost between the weight of forty of these against
another forty chosen by chance out of all their heaps.

7. These round pieces having been cut out of the plates, which in passing
the rollers are bent, they are sometimes a little crooked or swelling out
or sinking in, and therefore they have a way of clapping 100 or 2 together
into an engine, which with a screw presses them so hard that they come out
as flat as is possible.

8. They blanch them.

9. They mark the letters on the edges, which is kept as the great secret
by Blondeau, who was not in the way, and so I did not speak with him
to-day.

     [Professor W. C. Roberts-Austen, C.B., F.R.S., chemist to the Royal
     Mint, refers to Pepyss Diary and to Blondeaus machine in his
     Cantor Lectures on Alloys used for Coinage, printed in the
     journal of the Society of Arts (vol. xxxii.).  He writes, The
     hammer was still retained for coining in the Mint in the Tower of
     London, but the question of the adoption of the screw-press by the
     Moneyers appears to have been revived in 1649, when the Council of
     State had it represented to them that the coins of the Government
     might be more perfectly and beautifully done, and made equal to any
     coins in Europe.  It was proposed to send to France for Peter
     Blondeau, who had invented and improved a machine and method for
     making all coins with the most beautiful polish and equality on the
     edge, or with any proper inscription or graining.  He came on the
     3rd of September, and although a Committee of the Mint reported in
     favour of his method of coining, the Company of Moneyers, who appear
     to have boasted of the success of their predecessors in opposing the
     introduction of the mill and screw-press in Queen Elizabeths reign,
     prevented the introduction of the machinery, and consequently he did
     not produce pattern pieces until 1653....  It is certain that
     Blondeau did not invent, but only improved the method of coining by
     the screw-press, and I believe his improvements related chiefly to a
     method for rounding the pieces before they are sized, and in making
     the edges of the moneys with letters and graining, which he
     undertook to reveal to the king.  Special stress is laid on the
     engines wherewith the rims were marked, which might be kept secret
     among few men.  I cannot find that there is any record in the Paris
     mint of Blondeaus employment there, and the only reference to his
     invention in the Mint records of this country refers to the
     collars, or perforated discs of metal surrounding the blank
     while it was struck into a coin.  There is, however, in the British
     Museum a MS. believed to be in Blondeaus hand, in which he claims
     his process, as a new invention, to make a handsome coyne, than can
     be found in all the world besides, viz., that shall not only be
     stamped on both flat sides, but shall even be marked with letters on
     the thickness of the brim.  The letters were raised.  The press
     Blondeau used was, I believe, the ordinary screw-press, and I
     suppose that the presses drawn in Akermans well-known plate of the
     coining-room of the Mint in the Tower, published in 1803 [Microcosm
     of London, vol.  ii., p. 202], if not actually the same machines,
     were similar to those erected in 1661-62 by Sir William Parkhurst
     and Sir Anthony St. Leger, wardens of the Mint, at a cost of L1400,
     Professor Roberts-Austen shows that Benvenuto Cellini used a similar
     press to that attributed to Blondeau, and he gives an illustration
     of this in his lecture (p. 810).  In a letter to the editor the
     professor writes: Pepyss account of the operations of coining, and
     especially of assaying gold and silver, is very interesting and
     singularly accurate considering that he could not have had technical
     knowledge of the subject.]

10. They mill them, that is, put on the marks on both sides at once with
great exactness and speed, and then the money is perfect. The mill is
after this manner: one of the dyes, which has one side of the piece cut,
is fastened to a thing fixed below, and the other dye (and they tell me a
payre of dyes will last the marking of L10,000 before it be worn out, they
and all other their tools being made of hardened steel, and the Dutchman
who makes them is an admirable artist, and has so much by the pound for
every pound that is coyned to find a constant supply of dyes) to an engine
above, which is moveable by a screw, which is pulled by men; and then a
piece being clapped by one sitting below between the two dyes, when they
meet the impression is set, and then the man with his finger strikes off
the piece and claps another in, and then the other men they pull again and
that is marked, and then another and another with great speed. They say
that this way is more charge to the King than the old way, but it is
neater, freer from clipping or counterfeiting, the putting of the words
upon the edges being not to be done (though counterfeited) without an
engine of the charge and noise that no counterfeit will be at or venture
upon, and it employs as many men as the old and speedier. They now coyne
between L16 and L24,000 in a week. At dinner they did discourse very
finely to us of the probability that there is a vast deal of money hid in
the land, from this:—that in King Charless time there was near ten
millions of money coyned, besides what was then in being of King Jamess
and Queene Elizabeths, of which there is a good deal at this day in
being. Next, that there was but L750,000 coyned of the Harp and Crosse
money,

     [The Commonwealth coins (stamped with the cross and harp, and the
     inscription, The Commonwealth of England) were called in by
     proclamation, September, 1660, and when brought to the Mint an equal
     amount of lawful money was allowed for them, weight for weight,
     deducting only for the coinage (Rudings Annals of the Coinage, 18
     19, vol. iii., p. 293).  The harp was taken out of the naval flags
     in May, 1660.]

and of this there was L500,000 brought in upon its being called in. And
from very good arguments they find that there cannot be less of it in
Ireland and Scotland than L100,000; so that there is but L150,000 missing;
and of that, suppose that there should be not above 650,000 still
remaining, either melted down, hid, or lost, or hoarded up in England,
there will then be but L100,000 left to be thought to have been
transported. Now, if L750,000 in twelve years time lost but a L100,000 in
danger of being transported, then within thirty-five years time will have
lost but L3,888,880 and odd pounds; and as there is L650,000 remaining
after twelve years time in England, so after thirty-five years time,
which was within this two years, there ought in proportion to have been
resting L6,111,120 or thereabouts, beside King Jamess and Queen
Elizabeths money. Now that most of this must be hid is evident, as they
reckon, because of the dearth of money immediately upon the calling-in of
the States money, which was L500,000 that came in; and yet there was not
any money to be had in this City, which they say to their own observation
and knowledge was so. And therefore, though I can say nothing in it
myself, I do not dispute it.

20th. Up and to my office, and anon home and to see my wife dancing with
Pembleton about noon, and I to the Trinity House to dinner and after
dinner home, and there met Pembleton, who I perceive has dined with my
wife, which she takes no notice of, but whether that proceeds out of
design, or fear to displease me I know not, but it put me into a great
disorder again, that I could mind nothing but vexing, but however I
continued my resolution of going down by water to Woolwich, took my wife
and Ashwell; and going out met Mr. Howe come to see me, whose horse we
caused to be set up, and took him with us. The tide against us, so I went
ashore at Greenwich before, and did my business at the yard about putting
things in order as to their proceeding to build the new yacht ordered to
be built by Christopher Pett,

     [In the minutes of the Royal Society is the following entry: June
     11, 1662.  Dr. Petts brother shewed a draught of the pleasure boat
     which he intended to make for the king (Birchs History of the
     Royal Society, vol. i., p. 85).  Peter Pett had already built a
     yacht for the king at Deptford.]

and so to Woolwich town, where at an alehouse I found them ready to attend
my coming, and so took boat again, it being cold, and I sweating, with my
walk, which was very pleasant along the green come and pease, and most of
the way sang, he and I, and eat some cold meat we had, and with great
pleasure home, and so he took horse again, and Pembleton coming, we danced
a country dance or two and so broke up and to bed, my mind restless and
like to be so while she learns to dance. God forgive my folly.

21st. Up, but cannot get up so early as I was wont, nor my mind to
business as it should be and used to be before this dancing. However, to
my office, where most of the morning talking of Captain Cox of Chatham
about his and the whole yards difference against Mr. Barrow the
storekeeper, wherein I told him my mind clearly, that he would be upheld
against the design of any to ruin him, he being we all believed, but Sir
W. Batten his mortal enemy, as good a servant as any the King has in the
yard. After much good advice and other talk I home and danced with
Pembleton, and then the barber trimmed me, and so to dinner, my wife and I
having high words about her dancing to that degree that I did enter and
make a vow to myself not to oppose her or say anything to dispraise or
correct her therein as long as her month lasts, in pain of 2s. 6d. for
every time, which, if God pleases, I will observe, for this roguish
business has brought us more disquiett than anything [that] has happened a
great while. After dinner to my office, where late, and then home; and
Pembleton being there again, we fell to dance a country dance or two, and
so to supper and bed. But being at supper my wife did say something that
caused me to oppose her in, she used the word devil, which vexed me, and
among other things I said I would not have her to use that word, upon
which she took me up most scornfully, which, before Ashwell and the rest
of the world, I know not now-a-days how to check, as I would heretofore,
for less than that would have made me strike her. So that I fear without
great discretion I shall go near to lose too my command over her, and
nothing do it more than giving her this occasion of dancing and other
pleasures, whereby her mind is taken up from her business and finds other
sweets besides pleasing of me, and so makes her that she begins not at all
to take pleasure in me or study to please me as heretofore. But if this
month of her dancing were but out (as my first was this night, and I paid
off Pembleton for myself) I shall hope with a little pains to bring her to
her old wont. This day Susan that lived with me lately being out of
service, and I doubt a simple wench, my wife do take her for a little time
to try her at least till she goes into the country, which I am yet
doubtful whether it will be best for me to send her or no, for fear of her
running off in her liberty before I have brought her to her right temper
again.

22nd. Up pretty betimes, and shall, I hope, come to myself and business
again, after a small playing the truant, for I find that my interest and
profit do grow daily, for which God be praised and keep me to my duty. To
my office, and anon one tells me that Rundall, the house-carpenter of
Deptford, hath sent me a fine blackbird, which I went to see. He tells me
he was offered 20s. for him as he came along, he do so whistle. So to my
office, and busy all the morning, among other things, learning to
understand the course of the tides, and I think I do now do it. At noon
Mr. Creed comes to me, and he and I to the Exchange, where I had much
discourse with several merchants, and so home with him to dinner, and then
by water to Greenwich, and calling at the little alehouse at the end of
the town to wrap a rag about my little left toe, being new sore with
walking, we walked pleasantly to Woolwich, in our way hearing the
nightingales sing. So to Woolwich yard, and after doing many things there,
among others preparing myself for a dispute against Sir W. Pen in the
business of Bowyers, wherein he is guilty of some corruption to the
Kings wrong, we walked back again without drinking, which I never do
because I would not make my coming troublesome to any, nor would become
obliged too much to any. In our going back we were overtook by Mr.
Steventon, a purser, and uncle to my clerk Will, who told me how he was
abused in the passing of his accounts by Sir J. Minnes to the degree that
I am ashamed to hear it, and resolve to retrieve the matter if I can
though the poor man has given it over. And however am pleased enough to
see that others do see his folly and dotage as well as myself, though I
believe in my mind the man in general means well.

Took boat at Greenwich and to Deptford, where I did the same thing, and
found Davis, the storekeeper, a knave, and shuffling in the business of
Bewpers, being of the party with Young and Whistler to abuse the King, but
I hope I shall be even with them. So walked to Redriffe, drinking at the
Half-way house, and so walked and by water to White Hall, all our way by
water coming and going reading a little book said to be writ by a person
of Quality concerning English gentry to be preferred before titular
honours, but the most silly nonsense, no sense nor grammar, yet in as good
words that ever I saw in all my life, but from beginning to end you met
not with one entire and regular sentence. At White Hall Sir G. Carteret
was out of the way, and so returned back presently, and home by water and
to bed.

23rd. Waked this morning between four and five by my blackbird, which
whistles as well as ever I heard any; only it is the beginning of many
tunes very well, but there leaves them, and goes no further. So up and to
my office, where we sat, and among other things I had a fray with Sir J.
Minnes in defence of my Will in a business where the old coxcomb would
have put a foot upon him, which was only in Jack Davis and in him a
downright piece of knavery in procuring a double ticket and getting the
wrong one paid as well as the second was to the true party. But it
appeared clear enough to the board that Will was true in it. Home to
dinner, and after dinner by water to the Temple, and there took my Lyra
Viall book bound up with blank paper for new lessons. Thence to
Greatorexs, and there seeing Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Pen go by coach I
went in to them and to White Hall; where, in the Matted Gallery, Mr.
Coventry was, who told us how the Parliament have required of Sir G.
Carteret and him an account what money shall be necessary to be settled
upon the Navy for the ordinary charge, which they intend to report
L200,000 per annum. And how to allott this we met this afternoon, and took
their papers for our perusal, and so we parted. Only there was walking in
the gallery some of the Barbary company, and there we saw a draught of the
arms of the company, which the King is of, and so is called the Royall
Company, which is, in a field argent an elephant proper, with a canton on
which England and France is quartered, supported by two Moors. The crest
an anchor winged, I think it is, and the motto too tedious: Regio floret,
patrocinio commercium, commercioque Regnum. Thence back by water to
Greatorexs, and there he showed me his varnish which he had invented,
which appears every whit as good, upon a stick which he hath done, as the
Indian, though it did not do very well upon my paper ruled with musique
lines, for it sunk and did not shine. Thence home by water, and after a
dance with Pembleton to my office and wrote by the post to Sir W. Batten
at Portsmouth to send for him up against next Wednesday, being our triall
day against Field at Guildhall, in which God give us good end. So home: to
supper and to bed.

24th (Lords day). Having taken one of Mr. Holliards pills last night it
brought a stool or two this morning, and so forebore going to church this
morning, but staid at home looking over my papers about Tom Trices
business, and so at noon dined, and my wife telling me that there was a
pretty lady come to church with Peg Pen to-day, I against my intention had
a mind to go to church to see her, and did so, and she is pretty handsome.
But over against our gallery I espied Pembleton, and saw him leer upon my
wife all the sermon, I taking no notice of him, and my wife upon him, and
I observed she made a curtsey to him at coming out without taking notice
to me at all of it, which with the consideration of her being desirous
these two last Lords days to go to church both forenoon and afternoon do
really make me suspect something more than ordinary, though I am loth to
think the worst, but yet it put and do still keep me at a great loss in my
mind, and makes me curse the time that I consented to her dancing, and
more my continuing it a second month, which was more than she desired,
even after I had seen too much of her carriage with him. But I must have
patience and get her into the country, or at least to make an end of her
learning to dance as soon as I can. After sermon to Sir W. Pens, with Sir
J. Minnes to do a little business to answer Mr. Coventry to-night. And so
home and with my wife and Ashwell into the garden walking a great while,
discoursing what this pretty wench should be by her garb and deportment;
with respect to Mrs. Pen she may be her woman, but only that she sat in
the pew with her, which I believe he would not let her do. So home, and
read to my wife a fable or two in Oglebys AEsop, and so to supper, and
then to prayers and to bed. My wife this evening discoursing of making
clothes for the country, which I seem against, pleading lack of money, but
I am glad of it in some respects because of getting her out of the way
from this fellow, and my own liberty to look after my business more than
of late I have done. So to prayers and to bed. This morning it seems
Susan, who I think is distracted, or however is since she went from me
taught to drink, and so gets out of doors 2 or 3 times a day without leave
to the alehouse, did go before 5 oclock to-day, making Griffin rise in
his shirt to let her out to the alehouse, she said to warm herself, but
her mistress, falling out with her about it, turned her out of doors this
morning, and so she is gone like an idle slut. I took a pill also this
night.

25th. Up, and my pill working a little I staid within most of the morning,
and by and by the barber came and Sarah Kite my cozen, poor woman, came to
see me and borrow 40s. of me, telling me she will pay it at Michaelmas
again to me. I was glad it was no more, being indifferent whether she pays
it me or no, but it will be a good excuse to lend her nor give her any
more. So I did freely at first word do it, and give her a crown more
freely to buy her child something, she being a good-natured and painful
wretch, and one that I would do good for as far as I can that I might not
be burdened. My wife was not ready, and she coming early did not see her,
and I was glad of it. She gone, I up and then hear that my wife and her
maid Ashwell had between them spilled the pot…. upon the floor and stool
and God knows what, and were mighty merry making of it clean. I took no
great notice, but merrily. Ashwell did by and by come to me with an errand
from her mistress to desire money to buy a country suit for her against
she goes as we talked last night, and so I did give her L4, and believe it
will cost me the best part of 4 more to fit her out, but with peace and
honour I am willing to spare anything so as to be able to keep all ends
together, and my power over her undisturbed. So to my office and by and by
home, where my wife and her master were dancing, and so I staid in my
chamber till they had done, and sat down myself to try a little upon the
Lyra viall, my hand being almost out, but easily brought to again. So by
and by to dinner, and then carried my wife and Ashwell to St. Jamess, and
there they sat in the coach while I went in, and finding nobody there
likely to meet with the Duke, but only Sir J. Minnes with my Lord Barkely
(who speaks very kindly, and invites me with great compliments to come now
and then and eat with him, which I am glad to hear, though I value not the
thing, but it implies that my esteem do increase rather than fall), and so
I staid not, but into the coach again, and taking up my wifes taylor, it
raining hard, they set me down, and who should our coachman be but
Carleton the Vintner, that should have had Mrs. Sarah, at Westminster, my
Lord Chancellors, and then to Paternoster Row. I staid there to speak
with my Lord Sandwich, and in my staying, meeting Mr. Lewis Phillips of
Brampton, he and afterwards others tell me that news came last night to
Court, that the King of France is sick of the spotted fever, and that they
are struck in again; and this afternoon my Lord Mandeville is gone from
the King to make him a visit; which will be great news, and of great
import through Europe. By and by, out comes my Lord Sandwich, and he and I
talked a great while about his business, of his accounts for his pay, and
among other things he told me that this day a vote hath passed that the
Kings grants of land to my Lord Monk and him should be made good; which
pleases him very well. He also tells me that things dont go right in the
House with Mr. Coventry; I suppose he means in the business of selling of
places; but I am sorry for it. Thence by coach home, where I found
Pembleton, and so I up to dance with them till the evening, when there
came Mr. Alsopp, the Kings brewer, and Lanyon of Plymouth to see me. Mr.
Alsopp tells me of a horse of his that lately, after four days pain,
voided at his fundament four stones, bigger than that I was cut of, very
heavy, and in the middle of each of them either a piece of iron or wood.
The King has two of them in his closett, and a third the College of
Physicians to keep for rarity, and by the Kings command he causes the
turd of the horse to be every day searched to find more. At night to see
Sir W. Batten come home this day from Portsmouth. I met with some that say
that the King of France is poisoned, but how true that is is not known. So
home to supper and to bed pleasant.

26th. Lay long in bed talking and pleasing myself with my wife. So up and
to my office a while and then home, where I found Pembleton, and by many
circumstances I am led to conclude that there is something more than
ordinary between my wife and him, which do so trouble me that I know not
at this very minute that I now write this almost what either I write or am
doing, nor how to carry myself to my wife in it, being unwilling to speak
of it to her for making of any breach and other inconveniences, nor let it
pass for fear of her continuing to offend me and the matter grow worse
thereby. So that I am grieved at the very heart, but I am very unwise in
being so. There dined with me Mr. Creed and Captain Grove, and before
dinner I had much discourse in my chamber with Mr. Deane, the builder of
Woolwich, about building of ships. But nothing could get the business out
of my head, I fearing that this afternoon by my wifes sending every [one]
abroad and knowing that I must be at the office she has appointed him to
come. This is my devilish jealousy, which I pray God may be false, but it
makes a very hell in my mind, which the God of heaven remove, or I shall
be very unhappy. So to the office, where we sat awhile. By and by my mind
being in great trouble I went home to see how things were, and there I
found as I doubted Mr. Pembleton with my wife, and nobody else in the
house, which made me almost mad, and going up to my chamber after a turn
or two I went out again and called somebody on pretence of business and
left him in my little room at the door (it was the Dutchman, commander of
the Kings pleasure boats, who having been beat by one of his men sadly,
was come to the office to-day to complain) telling him I would come again
to him to speak with him about his business. So in great trouble and doubt
to the office, and Mr. Coventry nor Sir G. Carteret being there I made a
quick end of our business and desired leave to be gone, pretending to go
to the Temple, but it was home, and so up to my chamber, and as I think if
they had any intention of hurt I did prevent doing anything at that time,
but I continued in my chamber vexed and angry till he went away,
pretending aloud, that I might hear, that he could not stay, and Mrs.
Ashwell not being within they could not dance. And, Lord! to see how my
jealousy wrought so far that I went softly up to see whether any of the
beds were out of order or no, which I found not, but that did not content
me, but I staid all the evening walking, and though anon my wife came up
to me and would have spoke of business to me, yet I construed it to be but
impudence, and though my heart full yet I did say nothing, being in a
great doubt what to do. So at night, suffered them to go all to bed, and
late put myself to bed in great discontent, and so to sleep.

27th. So I waked by 3 oclock, my mind being troubled, and so took
occasion by making water to wake my wife, and after having lain till past
4 oclock seemed going to rise, though I did it only to see what she would
do, and so going out of the bed she took hold of me and would know what
ailed me, and after many kind and some cross words I began to tax her
discretion in yesterdays business, but she quickly told me my own,
knowing well enough that it was my old disease of jealousy, which I
denied, but to no purpose. After an hours discourse, sometimes high and
sometimes kind, I found very good reason to think that her freedom with
him is very great and more than was convenient, but with no evil intent,
and so after awhile I caressed her and parted seeming friends, but she
crying in a great discontent. So I up and by water to the Temple, and
thence with Commissioner Pett to St. Jamess, where an hour with Mr.
Coventry talking of Mr. Petts proceedings lately in the forest of
Sherwood, and thence with Pett to my Lord Ashley, Chancellor of the
Exchequer; where we met the auditors about settling the business of the
accounts of persons to whom money is due before the Kings time in the
Navy, and the clearing of their imprests for what little of their debts
they have received. I find my Lord, as he is reported, a very ready,
quick, and diligent person. Thence I to Westminster Hall, where Term and
Parliament make the Hall full of people; no further news yet of the King
of France, whether he be dead or not. Here I met with my cozen Roger
Pepys, and walked a good while with him, and among other discourse as a
secret he hath committed to nobody but myself, and he tells me that his
sister Claxton now resolving to give over the keeping of his house at
Impington, he thinks it fit to marry again, and would have me, by the help
of my uncle Wight or others, to look him out a widow between thirty and
forty years old, without children, and with a fortune, which he will
answer in any degree with a joynture fit for her fortune. A woman sober,
and no high-flyer, as he calls it. I demanded his estate. He tells me,
which he says also he hath not done to any, that his estate is not full
L800 per annum, but it is L780 per annum, of which L200 is by the death of
his last wife, which he will allot for a joynture for a wife, but the
rest, which lies in Cambridgeshire, he is resolved to leave entire for his
eldest son. I undertook to do what I can in it, and so I shall. He tells
me that the King hath sent to them to hasten to make an end by midsummer,
because of his going into the country; so they have set upon four bills to
dispatch: the first of which is, he says, too devilish a severe act
against conventicles; so beyond all moderation, that he is afeard it will
ruin all: telling me that it is matter of the greatest grief to him in the
world, that he should be put upon this trust of being a Parliament-man,
because he says nothing is done, that he can see, out of any truth and
sincerity, but mere envy and design. Thence by water to Chelsey, all the
way reading a little book I bought of Improvement of Trade, a pretty
book and many things useful in it. So walked to Little Chelsey, where I
found my Lord Sandwich with Mr. Becke, the master of the house, and Mr.
Creed at dinner, and I sat down with them, and very merry. After dinner
(Mr. Gibbons being come in also before dinner done) to musique, they
played a good Fancy, to which my Lord is fallen again, and says he cannot
endure a merry tune, which is a strange turn of his humour, after he has
for two or three years flung off the practice of Fancies and played only
fidlers tunes. Then into the Great Garden up to the Banqueting House; and
there by his glass we drew in the species very pretty. Afterwards to
ninepins, where I won a shilling, Creed and I playing against my Lord and
Cooke. This day there was great thronging to Banstead Downs, upon a great
horse-race and foot-race. I am sorry I could not go thither. So home back
as I came, to London Bridge, and so home, where I find my wife in a musty
humour, and tells me before Ashwell that Pembleton had been there, and she
would not have him come in unless I was there, which I was ashamed of; but
however, I had rather it should be so than the other way. So to my office,
to put things in order there, and by and by comes Pembleton, and word is
brought me from my wife thereof that I might come home. So I sent word
that I would have her go dance, and I would come presently. So being at a
great loss whether I should appear to Pembleton or no, and what would most
proclaim my jealousy to him, I at last resolved to go home, and took Tom
Hater with me, and staid a good while in my chamber, and there took
occasion to tell him how I hear that Parliament is putting an act out
against all sorts of conventicles,

     [16 Car. II., cap. 4, An Act to prevent and suppresse seditious
     Conventicles.  It was enacted that anyone of the age of sixteen or
     upwards present at an unlawful assembly or conventicle was to incur
     fine or imprisonment.  A conventicle was defined as an assembly of
     more than five persons besides the members of a family met together
     for holding worship not according to the rites of the Church of
     England.  The act was amended 22 Car. II., cap. i (1670), and
     practically repealed by the Toleration Act of 1689, but the act 22
     Car. II., cap. i, was specially repealed 52 Geo. III., cap. 155, s.
     1.]

and did give him good counsel, not only in his own behalf, but my own,
that if he did hear or know anything that could be said to my prejudice,
that he would tell me, for in this wicked age (specially Sir W. Batten
being so open to my reproaches, and Sir J. Minnes, for the neglect of
their duty, and so will think themselves obliged to scandalize me all they
can to right themselves if there shall be any inquiry into the matters of
the Navy, as I doubt there will) a man ought to be prepared to answer for
himself in all things that can be inquired concerning him. After much
discourse of this nature to him I sent him away, and then went up, and
there we danced country dances, and single, my wife and I; and my wife
paid him off for this month also, and so he is cleared. After dancing we
took him down to supper, and were very merry, and I made myself so, and
kind to him as much as I could, to prevent his discourse, though I
perceive to my trouble that he knows all, and may do me the disgrace to
publish it as much as he can. Which I take very ill, and if too much
provoked shall witness it to her. After supper and he gone we to bed.

28th. Up this morning, and my wife, I know not for what cause, being
against going to Chelsey to-day, it being a holy day (Ascension Day) and I
at leisure, it being the first holy day almost that we have observed ever
since we came to the office, we did give Ashwell leave to go by herself,
and I out to several places about business. Among others to Dr. Williams,
to reckon with him for physique that my wife has had for a year or two,
coming to almost L4. Then to the Exchange, where I hear that the King had
letters yesterday from France that the King there is in a [way] of living
again, which I am glad to hear. At the coffee-house in Exchange Alley I
bought a little book, Counsell to Builders, by Sir Balth. Gerbier. It is
dedicated almost to all the men of any great condition in England, so that
the Epistles are more than the book itself, and both it and them not worth
a turd, that I am ashamed that I bought it. Home and there found Creed,
who dined with us, and after dinner by water to the Royall Theatre; but
that was so full they told us we could have no room. And so to the Dukes
House; and there saw Hamlett done, giving us fresh reason never to think
enough of Betterton. Who should we see come upon the stage but Gosnell, my
wifes maid? but neither spoke, danced, nor sung; which I was sorry for.
But she becomes the stage very well. Thence by water home, after we had
walked to and fro, backwards and forwards, six or seven times in the
Temple walks, disputing whether to go by land or water. By land home, and
thence by water to Halfway House, and there eat some supper we carried
with us, and so walked home again, it being late we were forced to land at
the dock, my wife and they, but I in a humour not willing to daub my shoes
went round by the Custom House. So home, and by and by to bed, Creed lying
with me in the red chamber all night.

29th. This day is kept strictly as a holy-day, being the Kings
Coronation. We lay long in bed, and it rained very hard, rain and hail,
almost all the morning. By and by Creed and I abroad, and called at
several churches; and it is a wonder to see, and by that to guess the ill
temper of the City at this time, either to religion in general, or to the
King, that in some churches there was hardly ten people in the whole
church, and those poor people. So to a coffee-house, and there in
discourse hear the King of France is likely to be well again. So home to
dinner, and out by water to the Royall Theatre, but they not acting
to-day, then to the Dukes house, and there saw The Slighted Mayde,
wherein Gosnell acted Pyramena, a great part, and did it very well, and I
believe will do it better and better, and prove a good actor. The play is
not very excellent, but is well acted, and in general the actors, in all
particulars, are better than at the other house. Thence to the Cocke
alehouse, and there having drunk, sent them with Creed to see the German
Princess,

     [Mary Moders, alias Stedman, a notorious impostor, who pretended to
     be a German princess.  Her arrival as the German princess at the
     Exchange Tavern, right against the Stocks betwixt the Poultry and
     Cornhill, at 5 in the morning...., with her marriage to
     Carleton the taverners wifes brother, are incidents fully
     narrated in Francis Kirkmans Counterfeit Lady Unveiled, 1673
     (Boynes Tokens, ed.  Williamson, vol. i., p. 703).  Her
     adventures formed the plot of a tragi-comedy by T. P., entitled A
     Witty Combat, or the Female Victor, 1663, which was acted with
     great applause by persons of quality in Whitsun week.  Mary Carleton
     was tried at the Old Bailey for bigamy and acquitted, after which
     she appeared on the stage in her own character as the heroine of a
     play entitled The German Princess.  Pepys went to the Dukes House
     to see her on April 15th, 1664.  The rest of her life was one
     continued course of robbery and fraud, and in 1678 she was executed
     at Tyburn for stealing a piece of plate in Chancery Lane.]

at the Gatehouse, at Westminster, and I to my brothers, and thence to my
uncle Fenners to have seen my aunt James (who has been long in town and
goes away to-morrow and I not seen her), but did find none of them within,
which I was glad of, and so back to my brothers to speak with him, and so
home, and in my way did take two turns forwards and backwards through the
Fleete Ally to see a couple of pretty [strumpets] that stood off the doors
there, and God forgive me I could scarce stay myself from going into their
houses with them, so apt is my nature to evil after once, as I have these
two days, set upon pleasure again. So home and to my office to put down
these two days journalls, then home again and to supper, and then Creed
and I to bed with good discourse, only my mind troubled about my spending
my time so badly for these seven or eight days; but I must impute it to
the disquiet that my mind has been in of late about my wife, and for my
going these two days to plays, for which I have paid the due forfeit by
money and abating the times of going to plays at Court, which I am now to
remember that I have cleared all my times that I am to go to Court plays
to the end of this month, and so June is the first time that I am to begin
to reckon.

30th. Up betimes, and Creed and I by water to Fleet Street, and my brother
not being ready, he and I walked to the New Exchange, and there drank our
morning draught of whay, the first I have done this year; but I perceive
the lawyers come all in as they go to the Hall, and I believe it is very
good. So to my brothers, and there I found my aunt James, a poor,
religious, well-meaning, good soul, talking of nothing but God Almighty,
and that with so much innocence that mightily pleased me. Here was a
fellow that said grace so long like a prayer; I believe the fellow is a
cunning fellow, and yet I by my brothers desire did give him a crown, he
being in great want, and, it seems, a parson among the fanatiques, and a
cozen of my poor aunts, whose prayers she told me did do me good among
the many good souls that did by my fathers desires pray for me when I was
cut of the stone, and which God did hear, which I also in complaisance did
own; but, God forgive me, my mind was otherwise. I had a couple of
lobsters and some wine for her, and so, she going out of town to-day, and
being not willing to come home with me to dinner, I parted and home, where
we sat at the office all the morning, and after dinner all the afternoon
till night, there at my office getting up the time that I have of late
lost by not following my business, but I hope now to settle my mind again
very well to my business. So home, and after supper did wash my feet, and
so to bed.

31st (Lords day). Lay long in bed talking with my wife, and do plainly
see that her distaste (which is beginning now in her again) against
Ashwell arises from her jealousy of me and her, and my neglect of herself,
which indeed is true, and I to blame; but for the time to come I will take
care to remedy all. So up and to church, where I think I did see
Pembleton, whatever the reason is I did not perceive him to look up
towards my wife, nor she much towards him; however, I could hardly keep
myself from being troubled that he was there, which is a madness not to be
excused now that his coming to my house is past, and I hope all likelyhood
of her having occasion to converse with him again. Home to dinner, and
after dinner up and read part of the new play of The Five Houres
Adventures, which though I have seen it twice; yet I never did admire or
understand it enough, it being a play of the greatest plot that ever I
expect to see, and of great vigour quite through the whole play, from
beginning to the end. To church again after dinner (my wife finding
herself ill…. did not go), and there the Scot preaching I slept most of
the sermon. This day Sir W. Battens sons child is christened in the
country, whither Sir J. Minnes, and Sir W, Batten, and Sir W. Pen are all
gone. I wonder, and take it highly ill that I am not invited by the
father, though I know his father and mother, with whom I am never likely
to have much kindness, but rather I study the contrary, are the cause of
it, and in that respect I am glad of it. Being come from church, I to make
up my months accounts, and find myself clear worth L726, for which God be
praised, but yet I might have been better by L20 almost had I forborne
some layings out in dancing and other things upon my wife, and going to
plays and other things merely to ease my mind as to the business of the
dancing-master, which I bless God is now over and I falling to my quiet of
mind and business again, which I have for a fortnight neglected too much.
This month the greatest news is, the height and heat that the Parliament
is in, in enquiring into the revenue, which displeases the Court, and
their backwardness to give the King any money. Their enquiring into the
selling of places do trouble a great many among the chief, my Lord
Chancellor (against whom particularly it is carried), and Mr. Coventry;
for which I am sorry. The King of France was given out to be poisoned and
dead; but it proves to be the measles: and he is well, or likely to be
soon well again. I find myself growing in the esteem and credit that I
have in the office, and I hope falling to my business again will confirm
me in it, and the saving of money which God grant! So to supper, prayers,
and bed. My whole family lying longer this morning than was fit, and
besides Will having neglected to brush my clothes, as he ought to do, till
I was ready to go to church, and not then till I bade him, I was very
angry, and seeing him make little matter of it, but seeming to make it a
matter indifferent whether he did it or no, I did give him a box on the
ear, and had it been another day should have done more. This is the second
time I ever struck him.