Samuel Pepys diary August 1663

AUGUST 1663

Aug. 1st. Up betimes and got me ready, and so to the office and put things
in order for my going. By and by comes Sir G. Carteret, and he and I did
some business, and then Mr. Coventry sending for me, he staying in the
boat, I got myself presently ready and down to him, he and I by water to
Gravesend (his man Lambert with us), and there eat a bit and so mounted, I
upon one of his horses which met him there, a brave proud horse, all the
way talking of businesses of the office and other matters to good purpose.
Being come to Chatham, we put on our boots and so walked to the yard,
where we met Commissioner Pett, and there walked up and down looking and
inquiring into many businesses, and in the evening went to the
Commissioners and there in his upper Arbor sat and talked, and there
pressed upon the Commissioner to take upon him a power to correct and
suspend officers that do not their duty and other things, which he
unwillingly answered he would if we would own him in it. Being gone thence
Mr. Coventry and I did discourse about him, and conclude that he is not
able to do the same in that yard that he might and can and it maybe will
do in another, what with his old faults and the relations that he has to
most people that act there. After an hour or twos discourse at the
Hill-house before going to bed, I see him to his and he me to my chamber,
he lying in the Treasurers and I in the Controllers chambers.

2nd (Lords day). Up and after the barber had done he and I walked to the
Docke, and so on board the Mathias, where Commissioner Pett and he and I
and a good many of the officers and others of the yard did hear an
excellent sermon of Mr. Hudsons upon All is yours and you are Gods, a
most ready, learned, and good sermon, such as I have not heard a good
while, nor ever thought he could have preached. We took him with us to the
Hill-house, and there we dined, and an officer or two with us. So after
dinner the company withdrew, and we three to private discourse and laid
the matters of the yard home again to the Commissioner, and discoursed
largely of several matters. Then to the parish church, and there heard a
poor sermon with a great deal of false Greek in it, upon these words, Ye
are my friends, if ye do these things which I command you. Thence to the
Docke and by water to view St. Mary Creeke, but do not find it so proper
for a wet docks as we would have it, it being uneven ground and hard in
the bottom and no, great depth of water in many places. Returned and
walked from the Docke home, Mr. Coventry and I very much troubled to see
how backward Commissioner Pett is to tell any of the faults of the
officers, and to see nothing in better condition here for his being here
than they are in other yards where there is none. After some discourse to
bed. But I sat up an hour after Mr. Coventry was gone to read my vows, it
raining a wonderful hard showre about 11 at night for an hour together. So
to bed.

3rd. Up both of us very betimes and to the Yard, and see the men called
over and choose some to be discharged. Then to the Ropehouses and viewed
them all and made an experiment which was the stronger, English or Riga
hemp, the latter proved the stronger, but the other is very good, and much
better we believe than any but Riga. We did many other things this
morning, and I caused the Timber measurer to measure some timber, where I
found much fault and with reason, which we took public notice of, and did
give them admonition for the time to come. At noon Mr. Pett did give us a
very great dinner, too big in all conscience, so that most of it was left
untouched. Here was Collonell Newman and several other gentlemen of the
country and officers of the yard. After dinner they withdrew and
Commissioner Pett, Mr. Coventry and I sat close to our business all the
noon in his parler, and there run through much business and answered
several people. And then in the evening walked in the garden, where we
conjured him to look after the yard, and for the time to come that he
would take the whole faults and ill management of the yard upon himself,
he having full power and our concurrence to suspend or do anything else
that he thinks fit to keep people and officers to their duty. He having
made good promises, though I fear his performance, we parted (though I
spoke so freely that he could have been angry) good friends, and in some
hopes that matters will be better for the time to come. So walked to the
Hillhouse (which we did view and the yard about it, and do think to put it
off as soon as we can conveniently) and there made ourselves ready and
mounted and rode to Gravesend (my riding Coate not being to be found I
fear it is stole) on our way being overtaken by Captain Browne that serves
the office of the Ordnance at Chatham. All the way, though he was a rogue
and served the late times all along, yet he kept us in discourse of the
many services that he did for many of the Kings party, lords and Dukes,
and among others he recovered a dog that was stolne from Mr. Cary
(head-keeper of the buck-hounds to the King) and preserved several horses
of the Duke of Richmonds, and his best horse he was forst to put out his
eyes and keep him for a stallion to preserve him from being carried away.
But he gone at last upon my enquiry to tell us how (he having been here
too for survey of the Ropeyard) the days work of the Rope-makers become
settled, which pleased me very well. Being come to our Inn Mr. Coventry
and I sat, and talked till 9 or 10 a-clock and then to bed.

4th. We were called up about four a-clock, and being ready went and took a
Gravesend boat, and to London by nine a-clock. By the way talking of
several businesses of the navy. So to the office, where Sir Wm. Pen (the
first time that he has been with us a great while, he having been long
sick) met us, and there we sat all the morning. My brother John I find
come to town to my house, as I sent for him, on Saturday last; so at noon
home and dined with him, and after dinner and the barber been with me I
walked out with him to my viall makers and other places and then left
him, and I by water to Blackburys, and there talked with him about some
masts (and by the way he tells me that Pauls is now going to be repaired
in good earnest), and so with him to his garden close by his house, where
I eat some peaches and apricots; a very pretty place. So over the water to
Westminster hall, and not finding Mrs. Lane, with whom I purposed to be
merry, I went to Jervass and took him and his wife over the water to
their mother Palmers (the woman that speaks in the belly, and with whom I
have two or three years ago made good sport with Mr. Mallard), thinking
because I had heard that she is a woman of that sort that I might there
have lit upon some lady of pleasure (for which God forgive me), but blest
be God there was none, nor anything that pleased me, but a poor little
house that she has set out as fine as she can, and for her singing which
she pretends to is only some old body songs and those sung abominably,
only she pretends to be able to sing both bass and treble, which she do
something like, but not what I thought formerly and expected now; nor do
her speaking in her belly take me now as it did then, but it may be that
is because I know it and see her mouth when she speaks, which should not
be. After I had spent a shilling there in wine I took boat with Jervas and
his wife and set them at Westminster, and it being late forbore Mrs. Lane
and went by water to the Old Swan by a boat, where I had good sport with
one of the young men about his travells as far as Voxhall, in mockery,
which yet the fellow answered me most prettily and traveller-like unto my
very good mirth. So home, and with my brother eat a bit of bread and
cheese, and so to bed, he with me. This day I received a letter from my
wife, which troubles me mightily, wherein she tells me how Ashwell did
give her the lie to her teeth, and that thereupon my wife giving her a box
on the eare, the other struck her again, and a deal of stir which troubles
me, and that my Lady has been told by my father or mother something of my
wifes carriage, which altogether vexes me, and I fear I shall find a
trouble of my wife when she comes home to get down her head again, but if
Ashwell goes I am resolved to have no more, but to live poorly and low
again for a good while, and save money and keep my wife within bounds if I
can, or else I shall bid Adieu to all content in the world. So to bed, my
mind somewhat disturbed at this, but yet I shall take care, by prudence,
to avoid the ill consequences which I fear, things not being gone too far
yet, and this height that my wife is come to being occasioned from my own
folly in giving her too much head heretofore for the year past.

5th. All the morning at the office, whither Deane of Woolwich came to me
and discoursed of the body of ships, which I am now going about to
understand, and then I took him to the coffee-house, where he was very
earnest against Mr. Grants report in favour of Sir W. Pettys vessel,
even to some passion on both sides almost. So to the Exchange, and thence
home to dinner with my brother, and in the afternoon to Westminster hall,
and there found Mrs. Lane, and by and by by agreement we met at the
Parliament stairs (in my way down to the boat who should meet us but my
lady Jemimah, who saw me lead her but said nothing to me of her, though I
ought to speak to her to see whether she would take notice of it or no)
and off to Stangate and so to the Kings Head at Lambeth marsh, and had
variety of meats and drinks, but I did so towse her and handled her, but
could get nothing more from her though I was very near it; but as wanton
and bucksome as she is she dares not adventure upon the business, in which
I very much commend and like her. Staid pretty late, and so over with her
by water, and being in a great sweat with my towsing of her durst not go
home by water, but took coach, and at home my brother and I fell upon Des
Cartes, and I perceive he has studied him well, and I cannot find but he
has minded his book, and do love it. This evening came a letter about
business from Mr. Coventry, and with it a silver pen he promised me to
carry inke in, which is very necessary. So to prayers and to bed.

6th. Up and was angry with my maid Hannah for keeping the house no better,
it being more dirty now-a-days than ever it was while my whole family was
together. So to my office, whither Mr. Coventry came and Sir William Pen,
and we sat all the morning. This day Mr. Coventry borrowed of me my
manuscript of the Navy. At noon I to the Change, and meeting with Sir W.
Warren, to a coffee-house, and there finished a contract with him for the
office, and so parted, and I to my cozen Mary Joyces at a gossiping,
where much company and good cheer. There was the Kings Falconer, that
lives by Pauls, and his wife, an ugly pusse, but brought him money. He
speaking of the strength of hawkes, which will strike a fowle to the
ground with that force that shall make the fowle rebound a great way from
ground, which no force of man or art can do, but it was very pleasant to
hear what reasons he and another, one Ballard, a rich man of the same
Company of Leathersellers of which the Joyces are, did give for this.
Ballards wife, a pretty and a very well-bred woman, I took occasion to
kiss several times, and she to carve, drink, and show me great respect.
After dinner to talk and laugh. I drank no wine, but sent for some water;
the beer not being good. A fiddler was sent for, and there one Mrs.
Lurkin, a neighbour, a good, and merry poor woman, but a very tall woman,
did dance and show such tricks that made us all merry, but above all a
daughter of Mr. Brumfields, black, but well-shaped and modest, did dance
very well, which pleased me mightily. I begun the Duchess with her, but
could not do it; but, however, I came off well enough, and made mighty
much of her, kissing and leading her home, with her cozen Anthony and Kate
Joyce (Kate being very handsome and well, that is, handsomely dressed
to-day, and I grew mighty kind and familiar with her, and kissed her
soundly, which she takes very well) to their house, and there I left them,
having in our way, though nine oclock at night, carried them into a
puppet play in Lincolnes Inn Fields, where there was the story of
Holofernes, and other clockwork, well done. There was at this house today
Mr. Lawrence, who did give the name, it seems, to my cozen Joyces child,
Samuel, who is a very civil gentleman, and his wife a pretty woman, who,
with Kate Joyce, were stewards of the feast to-day, and a double share
cost for a man and a woman came to 16s., which I also would pay, though
they would not by any means have had me do so. I walked home very well
contented with this afternoons work, I thinking it convenient to keep in
with the Joyces against a bad day, if I should have occasion to make use
of them. So I walked home, and after a letter to my wife by the post and
my father, I home to supper, and after a little talk with my brother to
bed.

7th. Up and to my office a little, and then to Browns for my measuring
rule, which is made, and is certainly the best and the most commodious for
carrying in ones pocket, and most useful that ever was made, and myself
have the honour of being as it were the inventor of this form of it. Here
I staid discoursing an hour with him and then home, and thither came Sir
Fairbrother to me, and we walked a while together in the garden and then
abroad into the cittie, and then we parted for a while and I to my Viall,
which I find done and once varnished, and it will please me very well when
it is quite varnished. Thence home and to study my new rule till my head
aked cruelly. So by and by to dinner and the Doctor and Mr. Creed came to
me. The Doctors discourse, which (though he be a very good-natured man)
is but simple, was some sport to me and Creed, though my head akeing I
took no great pleasure in it. We parted after dinner, and I walked to
Deptford and there found Sir W. Pen, and I fell to measuring of some
planks that was serving into the yard, which the people took notice of,
and the measurer himself was amused at, for I did it much more ready than
he, and I believe Sir W. Pen would be glad I could have done less or he
more. By and by he went away and I staid walking up and down, discoursing
with the officers of the yard of several things, and so walked back again,
and on my way young Bagwell and his wife waylayd me to desire my favour
about getting him a better ship, which I shall pretend to be willing to do
for them, but my mind is to know his wife a little better. They being
parted I went with Cadbury the mast maker to view a parcel of good masts
which I think it were good to buy, and resolve to speak to the board about
it. So home, and my brother John and I up and I to my musique, and then to
discourse with him, and I find him not so thorough a philosopher, at least
in Aristotle, as I took him for, he not being able to tell me the
definition of final nor which of the 4 Qualitys belonged to each of the 4
Elements. So to prayers, and to bed, among other things being much
satisfied with my new rule.

8th. Up and to my office, whither I search for Brown the mathematical
instrument maker, who now brought me a ruler for measuring timber and
other things so well done and in all things to my mind that I do set up my
trust upon it that I cannot have a better, nor any man else have so good
for this purpose, this being of my own ordering. By and by we sat all the
morning dispatching of business, and then at noon rose, and I with Mr.
Coventry down to the water-side, talking, wherein I see so much goodness
and endeavours of doing the King service, that I do more and more admire
him. It being the greatest trouble to me, he says, in the world to see not
only in the Navy, but in the greatest matters of State, where he can lay
his finger upon the soare (meaning this mans faults, and this mans
office the fault lies in), and yet dare or can not remedy matters. Thence
to the Exchange about several businesses, and so home to dinner, and in
the afternoon took my brother John and Will down to Woolwich by water, and
after being there a good while, and eating of fruit in Sheldons garden,
we began our walk back again, I asking many things in physiques of my
brother John, to which he gives me so bad or no answer at all, as in the
regions of the ayre he told me that he knew of no such thing, for he never
read Aristotles philosophy and Des Cartes ownes no such thing, which
vexed me to hear him say. But I shall call him to task, and see what it is
that he has studied since his going to the University. It was late before
we could get from Greenwich to London by water, the tide being against us
and almost past, so that to save time and to be clear of anchors I landed
at Wapping, and so walked home weary enough, walking over the stones. This
night Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes returned [from] Portsmouth, but I
did not go see them.

9th (Lords day). Up, and leaving my brother John to go somewhere else, I
to church, and heard Mr. Mills (who is lately returned out of the country,
and it seems was fetched in by many of the parishioners, with great
state,) preach upon the authority of the ministers, upon these words, We
are therefore embassadors of Christ. Wherein, among other high
expressions, he said, that such a learned man used to say, that if a
minister of the word and an angell should meet him together, he would
salute the minister first; which methought was a little too high. This day
I begun to make use of the silver pen (Mr. Coventry did give me) in
writing of this sermon, taking only the heads of it in Latin, which I
shall, I think, continue to do. So home and at my office reading my vowes,
and so to Sir W. Batten to dinner, being invited and sent for, and being
willing to hear how they left things at Portsmouth, which I found but ill
enough, and are mightily for a Commissioner to be at seat there to keep
the yard in order. Thence in the afternoon with my Lady Batten, leading
her through the streets by the hand to St. Dunstans Church, hard by us
(where by Mrs. Russells means we were set well), and heard an excellent
sermon of one Mr. Gifford, the parson there, upon Remember Lots wife.
So from thence walked back to Mrs. Russells, and there drank and sat
talking a great while. Among other things talked of young Dawes that
married the great fortune, who it seems has a Baronets patent given him,
and is now Sir Thos. Dawes, and a very fine bred man they say he is.
Thence home, and my brother being abroad I walked to my uncle Wights and
there staid, though with little pleasure, and supped, there being the
husband of Mrs. Anne Wight, who it seems is lately married to one Mr.
Bentley, a Norwich factor. Home, and staid up a good while examining Will
in his Latin below, and my brother along with him in his Greeke, and so to
prayers and to bed. This afternoon I was amused at the tune set to the
Psalm by the Clerke of the parish, and thought at first that he was out,
but I find him to be a good songster, and the parish could sing it very
well, and was a good tune. But I wonder that there should be a tune in the
Psalms that I never heard of.

10th. Up, though not so early this summer as I did all the last, for which
I am sorry, and though late am resolved to get up betimes before the
season of rising be quite past. To my office to fit myself to wait on the
Duke this day. By and by by water to White Hall, and so to St. Jamess,
and anon called into the Dukes chamber, and being dressed we were all as
usual taken in with him and discoursed of our matters, and that being
done, he walked, and I in the company with him, to White Hall, and there
he took barge for Woolwich, and, I up to the Committee of Tangier, where
my Lord Sandwich, pay Lord Peterborough, (whom I have not seen before
since his coming back,) Sir W. Compton, and Mr. Povy. Our discourse about
supplying my Lord Teviott with money, wherein I am sorry to see, though
they do not care for him, yet they are willing to let him for civility and
compliment only have money almost without expecting any account of it; but
by this means, he being such a cunning fellow as he is, the King is like
to pay dear for our courtiers ceremony. Thence by coach with my Lords
Peterborough and Sandwich to my Lord Peterboroughs house; and there,
after an hours looking over some fine books of the Italian buildings,
with fine cuts; and also my Lord Peterboroughs bowes and arrows, of which
he is a great lover, we sat down to dinner, my Lady coming down to dinner
also, and there being Mr. Williamson, that belongs to Sir H. Bennet, whom
I find a pretty understanding and accomplished man, but a little
conceited. After dinner I took leave and went to Greatorexs, whom I found
in his garden, and set him to work upon my ruler, to engrave an almanac
and other things upon the brasses of it, which a little before night he
did, but the latter part he slubbered over, that I must get him to do it
over better, or else I shall not fancy my rule, which is such a folly that
I am come to now, that whereas before my delight was in multitude of
books, and spending money in that and buying alway of other things, now
that I am become a better husband, and have left off buying, now my
delight is in the neatness of everything, and so cannot be pleased with
anything unless it be very neat, which is a strange folly. Hither came W.
Howe about business, and he and I had a great deal of discourse about my
Lord Sandwich, and I find by him that my Lord do dote upon one of the
daughters of Mrs. [Becke] where he lies, so that he spends his time and
money upon her. He tells me she is a woman of a very bad fame and very
impudent, and has told my Lord so, yet for all that my Lord do spend all
his evenings with her, though he be at court in the day time, and that the
world do take notice of it, and that Pickering is only there as a blind,
that the world may think that my Lord spends his time with him when he do
worse, and that hence it is that my Lord has no more mind to go into the
country than he has. In fine, I perceive my Lord is dabbling with this
wench, for which I am sorry, though I do not wonder at it, being a man
amorous enough, and now begins to allow himself the liberty that he says
every body else at Court takes. Here I am told that my Lord Bristoll is
either fled or concealed himself; having been sent for to the King, it is
believed to be sent to the Tower, but he is gone out of the way.
Yesterday, I am told also, that Sir J. Lenthall, in Southwarke, did
apprehend about one hundred Quakers, and other such people, and hath sent
some of them to the gaole at Kingston, it being now the time of the
Assizes. Hence home and examined a piece of, Latin of Wills with my
brother, and so to prayers and to bed. This evening I had a letter from my
father that says that my wife will come to town this week, at which I
wonder that she should come to town without my knowing more of it. But I
find they have lived very ill together since she went, and I must use all
the brains I have to bring her to any good when she do come home, which I
fear will be hard to do, and do much disgust me the thoughts of it.

11th. Up and to my office, whither, by and by, my brother Tom came, and I
did soundly rattle him for his neglecting to see and please the Joyces as
he has of late done. I confess I do fear that he do not understand his
business, nor will do any good in his trade, though he tells me that he do
please every body and that he gets money, but I shall not believe it till
I see a state of his accounts, which I have ordered him to bring me before
he sees me any more. We met and sat at the office all the morning, and at
noon I to the Change, where I met Dr. Pierce, who tells me that the King
comes to towne this day, from Tunbridge, to stay a day or two, and then
fetch the Queen from thence, who he says is grown a very debonnaire lady,
and now hugs him, and meets him gallopping upon the road, and all the
actions of a fond and pleasant lady that can be, that he believes has a
chat now and then of Mrs. Stewart, but that there is no great danger of
her, she being only an innocent, young, raw girl; but my Lady Castlemaine,
who rules the King in matters of state, and do what she list with him, he
believes is now falling quite out of favour. After the Queen is come back
she goes to the Bath; and so to Oxford, where great entertainments are
making for her. This day I am told that my Lord Bristoll hath warrants
issued out against him, to have carried him to the Tower; but he is fled
away, or hid himself. So much the Chancellor hath got the better of him.
Upon the Change my brother, and Will bring me word that Madam Turner
would come and dine with me to-day, so I hasted home and found her and
Mrs. Morrice there (The. Joyce being gone into the country), which is the
reason of the mother rambling. I got a dinner for them, and after dinner
my uncle Thomas and aunt Bell came and saw me, and I made them almost
foxed with wine till they were very kind (but I did not carry them up to
my ladies). So they went away, and so my two ladies and I in Mrs. Turners
coach to Mr. Povys, who being not within, we went in and there shewed
Mrs. Turner his perspective and volary,

     [A large birdcage, in which the birds can fly about; French
     voliere.  Ben Jonson uses the word volary.]

and the fine things that he is building of now, which is a most neat
thing. Thence to the Temple and by water to Westminster; and there Morrice
and I went to Sir R. Lings to have fetched a niece of his, but she was
not within, and so we went to boat again and then down to the bridge, and
there tried to find a sister of Mrs. Morrices, but she was not within
neither, and so we went through bridge, and I carried them on board the
Kings pleasure-boat, all the way reading in a book of Receipts of making
fine meats and sweetmeats, among others to make my own sweet water, which
made us good sport. So I landed them at Greenwich, and there to a garden,
and gave them fruit and wine, and so to boat again, and finally, in the
cool of the evening, to Lyon Kee,

     [Lion Key, Lower Thames Street, where the famous Duchess of Suffolk
     in the time of Bishop Gardiners persecution took boat for the
     continent.  James, Duke of York, also left the country from this
     same place on the night of April 20th, 1648, when he escaped from
     St. Jamess Palace.]

the tide against us, and so landed and walked to the Bridge, and there
took a coach by chance passing by, and so I saw them home, and there eat
some cold venison with them, and drunk and bade them good night, having
been mighty merry with them, and I think it is not amiss to preserve,
though it cost me a little, such a friend as Mrs. Turner. So home and to
bed, my head running upon what to do to-morrow to fit things against my
wifes coming, as to buy a bedstead, because my brother John is here, and
I have now no more beds than are used.

12th. A little to my office, to put down my yesterdays journall, and so
abroad to buy a bedstead and do other things. So home again, and having
put up the bedstead and done other things in order to my wifes coming, I
went out to several places and to Mrs. Turners, she inviting me last
night, and there dined; with her and Madam Morrice and a stranger we were
very merry and had a fine dinner, and thence I took leave and to White
Hall, where my Lords Sandwich, Peterborough, and others made a Tangier
Committee; spent the afternoon in reading and ordering with a great deal
of alteration, and yet methinks never a whit the better, of a letter drawn
by Creed to my Lord Rutherford. The Lords being against anything that
looked to be rough, though it was in matter of money and accounts, wherein
their courtship may cost the King dear. Only I do see by them, that
speaking in matters distasteful to him that we write to, it is best to do
it in the plainest way and without ambages or reasoning, but only say
matters of fact, and leave the party to collect your meaning. Thence by
water to my brothers, and there I hear my wife is come and gone home, and
my father is come to town also, at which I wondered. But I discern it is
to give my brother advice about his business, and it may be to pacify me
about the differences that have been between my wife and him and my mother
at her late being with them. Though by and by he coming to Mr. Holdens
(where I was buying a hat) he took no notice to me of anything. I talked
to him a little while and left him to lie at the end of the town, and I
home, where methought I found my wife strange, not knowing, I believe, in
what temper she could expect me to be in, but I fell to kind words, and so
we were very kind, only she could not forbear telling me how she had been
used by them and her mayde, Ashwell, in the country, but I find it will be
best not to examine it, for I doubt shes in fault too, and therefore I
seek to put it off from my hearing, and so to bed and there entertained
her with great content, and so to sleep.

13th. Lay long in bed with my wife talking of family matters, and so up
and to the office, where we sat all the morning, and then home to dinner,
and after dinner my wife and I to talk again about getting of a couple of
good mayds and to part with Ashwell, which troubles me for her fathers
sake, though I shall be glad to have the charge taken away of keeping a
woman. Thence a little to the office, and so abroad with my wife by water
to White Hall, and there at my Lords lodgings met my Lady Jemimah, with
whom we staid a good while. Thence to Mrs. Hunts, where I left my wife,
and I to walk a little in St. Jamess Park, while Mrs. Harper might come
home, with whom we came to speak about her kinswoman Jane Gentleman to
come and live with us as a chamber mayde, and there met with Mr. Hoole my
old acquaintance of Magdalen, and walked with him an hour in the Parke,
discoursing chiefly of Sir Samuel Morland, whose lady is gone into France.
It seems he buys ground and a farm in the country, and lays out money upon
building, and God knows what! so that most of the money he sold his
pension of L500 per annum for, to Sir Arthur Slingsby, is believed is
gone. It seems he hath very great promises from the King, and Hoole hath
seen some of the Kings letters, under his own hand, to Morland, promising
him great things (and among others, the order of the Garter, as Sir Samuel
says); but his lady thought it below her to ask any thing at the Kings
first coming, believing the King would do it of himself, when as Hoole do
really think if he had asked to be Secretary of State at the Kings first
coming, he might have had it. And the other day at her going into France,
she did speak largely to the King herself, how her husband hath failed of
what his Majesty had promised, and she was sure intended him; and the King
did promise still, as he is a King and a gentleman, to be as good as his
word in a little time, to a tittle: but I never believe it. Here in the
Park I met with Mr. Coventry, where he sent for a letter he had newly writ
to me, wherein he had enclosed one from Commissioner Pett complaining of
his being defeated in his attempt to suspend two pursers, wherein the
manner of his doing it, and complaint of our seeing him (contrary to our
promises the other day), deserted, did make us laugh mightily, and was
good sport to think how awkwardly he goes about a thing that he has no
courage of his own nor mind to do. Mr. Coventry answered it very
handsomely, but I perceive Pett has left off his corresponding with me any
more. Thence to fetch my wife from Mrs. Hunts, where now he was come in,
and we eat and drunk, and so away (their child being at home, a very
lively, but not pretty at all), by water to Mrs. Turners, and there made
a short visit, and so home by coach, and after supper to prayers and to
bed, and before going to bed Ashwell began to make her complaint, and by
her I do perceive that she has received most base usage from my wife,
which my wife sillily denies, but it is impossible the wench could invent
words and matter so particularly, against which my wife has nothing to say
but flatly to deny, which I am sorry to see, and blows to have past, and
high words even at Hinchinbrooke House among my Ladys people, of which I
am mightily ashamed. I said nothing to either of them, but let them talk
till she was gone and left us abed, and then I told my wife my mind with
great sobriety of grief, and so to sleep.

14th. Awake, and to chide my wife again, and I find that my wife has got
too great head to be brought down soon, nor is it possible with any
convenience to keep Ashwell longer, my wife is so set and convinced, as
she was in Sarah, to make her appear a Lyer in every small thing that we
shall have no peace while she stays. So I up and to my office doing
several businesses in my study, and so home to dinner. The time having
outslipt me and my stomach, it being past, two a-clock, and yet before we
could sit down to dinner Mrs. Harper and her cousin Jane came, and we
treated and discoursed long about her coming to my wife for a chamber
mayd, and I think she will do well. So they went away expecting notice
when she shall come, and so we sat down to dinner at four a-clock almost,
and then I walked forth to my brothers, where I found my father very
discontented, and has no mind to come to my house, and would have begun
some of the differences between my wife and him, but I desired to hear
none of them, and am sorry at my folly in forcing it and theirs in not
telling me of it at the beginning, and therefore am resolved to make the
best of a bad market, and to bring my wife to herself again as soon and as
well as I can. So we parted very kindly, and he will dine with me
to-morrow or next day. Thence walked home, doing several errands by the
way, and at home took my wife to visit Sir W. Pen, who is still lame, and
after an hour with him went home and supped, and with great content to
bed.

15th. Lay pretty long in bed, being a little troubled with some pain got
by wind and cold, and so up with good peace of mind, hoping that my wife
will mind her house and servants, and so to the office, and being too soon
to sit walked to my viail, which is well nigh done, and I believe I may
have it home to my mind next week. So back to my office, and there we sat
all the morning, I till 2 oclock before I could go to dinner again. After
dinner walked forth to my instrument maker, and there had my rule he made
me lay now so perfected, that I think in all points I have never need or
desire a better, or think that any man yet had one so good in all the
several points of it for my use. So by water down to Deptford, taking into
my boat with me Mr. Palmer, one whom I knew and his wife when I was first
married, being an acquaintance of my wifes and her friends lodging at
Charing Cross during our differences. He joyed me in my condition, and
himself it seems is forced to follow the law in a common ordinary way, but
seems to do well, and is a sober man, enough by his discourse. He landed
with me at Deptford, where he saw by the officers respect to me a piece
of my command, and took notice of it, though God knows I hope I shall not
be elated with that, but rather desire to be known for serving the King
well, and doing my duty. He gone I walked up and down the yard a while
discoursing with the officers, and so by water home meditating on my new
Rule with great pleasure. So to my office, and there by candle light doing
business, and so home to supper and to bed.

16th (Lords day). Up and with my wife to church, and finding her desirous
to go to church, I did suspect her meeting of Pembleton, but he was not
there, and so I thought my jealousy in vain, and treat the sermon with
great quiet. And home to dinner very pleasant, only some angry,
notwithstanding my wife could not forbear to give Ashwell, and after
dinner to church again, and there, looking up and down, I found Pembleton
to stand in the isle against us, he coming too late to get a pew. Which,
Lord! into what a sweat did it put me! I do not think my wife did see him,
which did a little satisfy me. But it makes me mad to see of what a
jealous temper I am and cannot helpe it, though let him do what he can I
do not see, as I am going to reduce my family, what hurt he can do me,
there being no more occasion now for my wife to learn of him. Here
preached a confident young coxcomb. So home, and I staid a while with Sir
J. Minnes, at Mrs. Turners, hearing his parrat talk, laugh, and crow,
which it do to admiration. So home and with my wife to see Sir W. Pen, and
thence to my uncle Wight, and took him at supper and sat down, where
methinks my uncle is more kind than he used to be both to me now, and my
father tell me to him also, which I am glad at. After supper home, it
being extraordinary dark, and by chance a lanthorn came by, and so we
hired it to light us home, otherwise were we no sooner within doors but a
great showre fell that had doused us cruelly if we had not been within, it
being as dark as pitch. So to prayers and to bed.

17th. Up, and then fell into discourse, my wife and I to Ashwell, and much
against my will I am fain to express a willingness to Ashwell that she
should go from us, and yet in my mind I am glad of it, to ease me of the
charge. So she is to go to her father this day. And leaving my wife and
her talking highly, I went away by coach with Sir J. Minnes and Sir W.
Batten to St. Jamess, and there attended of course the Duke. And so to
White Hall, where I met Mr. Moore, and he tells me with great sorrow of my
lords being debauched he fears by this woman at Chelsey, which I am
troubled at, and resolve to speak to him of it if I can seasonably. Thence
home, where I dined, and after dinner comes our old mayde Susan to look
for a gorgett that she says she has lost by leaving it here, and by many
circumstances it being clear to me that Hannah, our present cook-mayde,
not only has it, but had it on upon her necke when Susan came in, and
shifted it off presently upon her coming in, I did charge her so home with
it (having a mind to have her gone from us), that in a huff she told us
she would be gone to-night if I would pay her her wages, which I was glad
and my wife of, and so fetched her her wages, and though I am doubtful
that she may convey some things away with her clothes, my wife searching
them, yet we are glad of her being so gone, and so she went away in a
quarter of an hours time. Being much amused at this to have never a maid
but Ashwell, that we do not intend to keep, nor a boy, and my wife and I
being left for an hour, till my brother came in, alone in the house, I
grew very melancholy, and so my brother being come in I went forth to Mrs.
Holdens, to whom I formerly spoke about a girle to come to me instead of
a boy, and the like I did to Mrs. Standing and also to my brother Tom,
whom I found at an alehouse in Popinjay ally drinking, and I standing with
him at the gate of the ally, Ashwell came by, and so I left Tom and went
almost home with her, talking of her going away. I find that she is
willing to go, and told her (though behind my back my wife has told her
that it was more my desire than hers that she should go, which was not
well), that seeing my wife and she could not agree I did choose rather
(was she my sister) have her gone, it would be better for us and for her
too. To which she willing agreed, and will not tell me anything but that
she do believe that my wife would have some body there that might not be
so liable to give me information of things as she takes her to be. But,
however, I must later to prevent all that. I parted with her near home,
agreeing to take no notice of my coming along with her, and so by and by
came home after her. Where I find a sad distracted house, which troubles
me. However, to supper and prayers and to bed. And while we were getting
to bed my wife began to discourse to her, and plainly asked whether she
had got a place or no. And the other answered that she could go if we
would to one of our own office, to which we agreed if she would. She
thereupon said no; she would not go to any but where she might teach
children, because of keeping herself in use of what things she had earnt,
which she do not here nor will there, but only dressing. By which I
perceive the wench is cunning, but one very fit for such a place, and
accomplished to be woman to any lady in the land. So quietly to sleep, it
being a cold night. But till my house is settled, I do not see that I can
mind my business of the office, which grieves me to the heart. But I hope
all will over in a little time, and I hope to the best. This day at Mrs.
Holdens I found my new low crowned beaver according to the present
fashion made, and will be sent home to-morrow.

18th. Up and to my office, where we sat all the morning. And at noon home,
and my father came and dined with me, Susan being come and helped my wife
to dress dinner. After dinner my father and I talked about our
country-matters, and in fine I find that he thinks L50 per ann. will go
near to keep them all, which I am glad of. He having taken his leave of me
and my wife without any mention of the differences between them and my
wife in the country, I went forth to several places about businesses, and
so home again, and after prayers to bed.

19th. Up betimes, and my wife up and about the house, Susan beginning to
have her drunken tricks, and put us in mind of her old faults and folly
and distractednesse, which we had forgot, so that I became mightily
troubled with her. This morning came my joyners to new lay the floors, and
begun with the dining room. I out and see my viall again, and it is very
well, and to Mr. Hollyard, and took some pills of him and a note under his
hand to drink wine with my beere, without which I was obliged, by my
private vowe, to drink none a good while, and have strictly observed it,
and by my drinking of small beere and not eating, I am so mightily
troubled with wind, that I know not what to do almost. Thence to White
Hall, and there met Mr. Moore, and fell a-talking about my Lords folly at
Chelsey, and it was our discourse by water to London and to the great
coffee house against the Exchange, where we sat a good while talking; and
I find that my lord is wholly given up to this wench, who it seems has
been reputed a common strumpett. I have little encouragement from Mr.
Moore to meddle with it to tell my Lord, for fear it may do him no good,
but me hurt. Thence homewards, taking leave of him, and met Tom Marsh, my
old acquaintance at Westminster, who talks mightily of the honour of his
place, being Clerke Assistant to the Clerke of the House of Commons, and I
take him to be a coxcombe, and so did give him half a pint of wine, but
drink none myself, and so got shut of him. So home, and there found my
wife almost mad with Susans tricks, so as she is forced to let her go and
leave the house all in dirt and the clothes all wet, and gets Goody
Taylour to do the business for her till another comes. Here came Will
Howe, and he and I alone in my chamber talking of my Lord, who drives me
out of love to my Lord to tell my Lord of the matter we discoursed of,
which tend so much to the ruin of his state, and so I resolved to take a
good heart and do whatever comes of it. He gone, we sat down and eat a bit
of dinner fetched from the cookes, and so up again and to my joyners, who
will make my floors very handsome. By and by comes in Pembleton, which
begun to make me sweat, but I did give him so little countenance, and
declared at one word against dancing any more, and bid him a short (God be
with you) myself, and so he took as short a leave of my wife and so went
away, and I think without any time of receiving any great satisfaction
from my wife or invitation to come again. To my office till it was dark
doing business, and so home by candle light to make up my accounts for my
Lord and Mr. Moore. By and by comes Mr. Moore to me, and staid a good
while with me making up his accounts and mine, and we did not come to any
end therein for want of his papers, and so put it off to another time. He
supped with me in all my dirt and disorder, and so went away and we to
bed. I discoursed with him a great while about my speaking to my Lord of
his business, and I apprehend from him that it is likely to prove perhaps
of bad effect to me and no good to him, and therefore I shall even let it
alone and let God do his will, at least till my Lord is in the country,
and then we shall see whether he resolves to come to Chelsey again or no,
and so order the stopping of him therein if we can.

20th. Up betimes and to my office (having first been angry with my brother
John, and in the heat of my sudden passion called him Asse and coxcomb,
for which I am sorry, it being but for leaving the key of his chamber with
a spring lock within side of his door), and there we sat all the morning,
and at noon dined at home, and there found a little girl, which she told
my wife her name was Jinny, by which name we shall call her. I think a
good likely girl, and a parish child of St. Brides, of honest parentage,
and recommended by the churchwarden. After dinner among my joyners laying
my floors, which please me well, and so to my office, and we sat this
afternoon upon an extraordinary business of victualling. In the evening
came Commissioner Pett, who fell foule on mee for my carriage to him at
Chatham, wherein, after protestation of my love and good meaning to him,
he was quiet; but I doubt he will not be able to do the service there that
any other man of his ability would. Home in the evening my viall (and lute
new strung being brought home too), and I would have paid Mr. Hunt for it,
but he did not come along with it himself, which I expected and was angry
for it, so much is it against my nature to owe anything to any body. This
evening the girle that was brought to me to-day for so good a one, being
cleansed of lice this day by my wife, and good, new clothes put on her
back, she run away from Goody Taylour that was shewing her the way to the
bakehouse, and we heard no more of her. So to supper and to bed.

21st. Up betimes and among my joyners, and to my office, where the joyners
are also laying mouldings in the inside of my closet. Then abroad and by
water to White Hall, and there got Sir G. Carteret to sign me my last
quarters bills for my wages, and meeting with Mr. Creed he told me how my
Lord Teviott hath received another attaque from Guyland at Tangier with
10,000 men, and at last, as is said, is come, after a personal treaty with
him, to a good understanding and peace with him. Thence to my brothers,
and there told him how my girl has served us which he sent me, and
directed him to get my clothes again, and get the girl whipped. So to
other places by the way about small businesses, and so home, and after
looking over all my workmen, I went by water and land to Deptford, and
there found by appointment Sir W. Batten, but he was got to Mr. Waiths to
dinner, where I dined with him, a good dinner and good discourse, and his
wife, I believe, a good woman. We fell in discourse of Captain Cocke, and
how his lady has lost all her fine linen almost, but besides that they say
she gives out she had L3000 worth of linen, which we all laugh at, and Sir
W. Batten (who I perceive is not so fond of the Captain as he used to be,
and less of her, from her slight receiving of him and his lady it seems
once) told me how he should say that he see he must spend L700 per ann.
get it how he could, which was a high speech, and by all mens discover,
his estate not good enough to spend so much. After dinner altered our
design to go to Woolwich, and put it off to to-morrow morning, and so went
all to Greenwich (Mrs. Waith excepted, who went thither, but not to the
same house with us, but to her fathers, that lives there), to the
musique-house, where we had paltry musique, till the master organist came,
whom by discourse I afterwards knew, having employed him for my Lord
Sandwich, to prick out something (his name Arundell), and he did give me a
fine voluntary or two, and so home by water, and at home I find my girl
that run away brought by a bedel of St. Brides Parish, and stripped her
and sent her away, and a newe one come, of Griffins helping to, which I
think will prove a pretty girl. Her name, Susan, and so to supper after
having this evening paid Mr. Hunt L3 for my viall (besides the carving
which I paid this day 10s. for to the carver), and he tells me that I may,
without flattery, say, I have as good a Theorbo viall and viallin as is in
England. So to bed.

22nd. Up by four oclock to go with Sir W. Batten to Woolwich and Sir J.
Minnes, which we did, though not before 6 or 7 by their laying a-bed. Our
business was to survey the new wharf building there, in order to the
giving more to him that do it (Mr. Randall) than contracted for, but I see
no reason for it, though it be well done, yet no better than contracted to
be. Here we eat and drank at the Clerke of the Cheques, and in taking
water at the Tower gate, we drank a cup of strong water, which I did out
of pure conscience to my health, and I think is not excepted by my oaths,
but it is a thing I shall not do again, hoping to have no such occasion.
After breakfast Mr. Castle and I walked to Greenwich, and in our way met
some gypsys, who would needs tell me my fortune, and I suffered one of
them, who told me many things common as others do, but bade me beware of a
John and a Thomas, for they did seek to do me hurt, and that somebody
should be with me this day sennight to borrow money of me, but I should
lend him none. She got ninepence of me. And so I left them and to
Greenwich and so to Deptford, where the two knights were come, and thence
home by water, where I find my closet done at my office to my mind and
work gone well on at home; and Ashwell gone abroad to her father, my wife
having spoken plainly to her. After dinner to my office, getting my closet
made clean and setting some papers in order, and so in the evening home
and to bed. This day Sir W. Batten tells me that Mr. Newburne (of whom the
nickname came up among us forarse Tom Newburne) is dead of eating
cowcumbers, of which, the other day, I heard another, I think Sir Nicholas
Crisps son.

23rd (Lords day). Up and to church without my wife, she being all dirty,
as my house is. God forgive me, I looked about to see if I could spy
Pembleton, but I could not, which did please me not a little. Home to
dinner, and then to walk up and down in my house with my wife, discoursing
of our family matters, and I hope, after all my troubles of mind and
jealousy, we shall live happily still. To church again, and so home to my
wife; and with her read Iter Boreale, a poem, made just at the Kings
coming home; but I never read it before, and now like it pretty well, but
not so as it was cried up. So to supper. No pleasure or discourse with
Ashwell, with whom for her neglect and unconcernment to do any thing in
this time of dirt and trouble in the house, but gadding abroad as she has
been all this afternoon, I know not whither. After supper to prayers and
to bed, having been, by a sudden letter coming to me from Mr. Coventry,
been with Sir W. Pen, to discourse with him about sending 500 soldiers
into Ireland. I doubt matters do not go very right there.

24th. Up very early, and my joyners came to work. I to Mr. Moore; from him
came back home again, and drew up an account to my Lord, and that being
done met him at my Lord Sandwichs, where I was a good while alone with my
Lord; and I perceive he confides in me and loves me as he uses to do, and
tells me his condition, which is now very well all I fear is that he will
not live within compass, for I am told this morning of strange dotages of
his upon the slut at Chelsea, even in the presence of his daughter, my
Lady Jem, and Mrs. Ferrets, who took notice of it. There come to him this
morning his prints of the river Tagus and the City of Lisbon, which he
measured with his own hand, and printed by command of the King. My Lord
pleases himself with it, but methinks it ought to have been better done
than by jobing. Besides I put him upon having some took off upon white
sattin, which he ordered presently. I offered my Lord my accounts, and did
give him up his old bond for L500 and took a new one of him for L700,
which I am by lending him more money to make up: and I am glad of it. My
Lord would have had me dine with him, but I had a mind to go home to my
workmen, and so took a kind good bye of him, and so with Creed to St.
Jamess, and, missing Mr. Coventry, walked to the New Exchange, and there
drank some whey, and so I by water home, and found my closett at my office
made very clean and neat to my mind mightily, and home to dinner, and then
to my office to brush my books, and put them and my papers in order again,
and all the afternoon till late at night doing business there, and so home
to supper, and then to work in my chamber, making matters of this days
accounts clear in my books, they being a little extraordinary, and so
being very late I put myself to bed, the rest being long ago gone.

25th. Up very early and removed the things out of my chamber into the
dining room, it being to be new floored this day. So the workmen being
come and falling to work there, I to the office, and thence down to
Lymehouse to Phin. Petts about masts, and so back to the office, where we
sat; and being rose, and Mr. Coventry being gone, taking his leave, for
that he is to go to the Bath with the Duke to-morrow, I to the Change and
there spoke with several persons, and lastly with Sir W. Warren, and with
him to a Coffee House, and there sat two hours talking of office business
and Mr. Woods knavery, which I verily believe, and lastly he tells me
that he hears that Captain Cocke is like to become a principal officer,
either a Controller or a Surveyor, at which I am not sorry so either of
the other may be gone, and I think it probable enough that it may be so.
So home at 2 oclock, and there I found Ashwell gone, and her wages come
to 50s., and my wife, by a mistake from me, did give her 20s. more; but I
am glad that she is gone and the charge saved. After dinner among my
joyners, and with them till dark night, and this night they made an end of
all; and so having paid them 40s. for their six days work, I am glad they
have ended and are gone, for I am weary and my wife too of this dirt. My
wife growing peevish at night, being weary, and I a little vexed to see
that she do not retain things in her memory that belong to the house as
she ought and I myself do, I went out in a little seeming discontent to
the office, and after being there a while, home to supper and to bed.
To-morrow they say the King and the Duke set out for the Bath. This noon
going to the Exchange, I met a fine fellow with trumpets before him in
Leadenhall-street, and upon enquiry I find that he is the clerk of the
City Market; and three or four men carried each of them an arrow of a
pound weight in their hands. It seems this Lord Mayor begins again an old
custome, that upon the three first days of Bartholomew Fayre, the first,
there is a match of wrestling, which was done, and the Lord Mayor there
and Aldermen in Moorefields yesterday: to-day, shooting: and to-morrow,
hunting. And this officer of course is to perform this ceremony of riding
through the city, I think to proclaim or challenge any to shoot. It seems
that the people of the fayre cry out upon it as a great hindrance to them.

26th. Up, and after doing something in order to the putting of my house in
order now the joynery is done, I went by water to White Hall, where the
Court full of waggons and horses, the King and Court going this day out
towards the Bath, and I to St. Jamess, where I spent an hour or more
talking of many things to my great content with Mr. Coventry in his
chamber, he being ready to set forth too with the Duke to-day, and so left
him, and I meeting Mr. Gauden, with him to our offices and in Sir W. Pens
chamber did discourse by a meeting on purpose with Mr. Waith about the
victualling business and came to some issue in it. So home to dinner, and
Mr. Moore came and dined with me, and after dinner I paid him some money
which evened all reckonings between him and me to this day, and for my
Lord also I paid him some money, so that now my Lord owes me, for which I
have his bond, just L700. After long discourse with him of the fitness of
his giving me a receipt for this money, which I for my security think
necessary and he otherwise do not think so, at last, after being a little
angry, and I resolving not to let go my money without it, he did give me
one. Thence I took him, and he and I took a pleasant walk to Deptford and
back again, I doing much business there. He went home and I home also,
indoors to supper, being very glad to see my house begin to look like
itself again, hoping after this is over not to be in any dirt a great
while again, but it is very handsome, and will be more when the floors
come to be of one colour. So weary to bed. Pleased this day to see Captain
Hickes come to me with a list of all the officers of Deptford Yard,
wherein he, being a high old Cavalier, do give me an account of every one
of them to their reproach in all respects, and discovers many of their
knaverys; and tells me, and so I thank God I hear every where, that my
name is up for a good husband for the King, and a good man, for which I
bless God; and that he did this by particular direction of Mr. Coventry.

27th. Up, after much pleasant talke with my wife and a little that vexes
me, for I see that she is confirmed in it that all that I do is by design,
and that my very keeping of the house in dirt, and the doing of this and
any thing else in the house, is but to find her employment to keep her
within and from minding of her pleasure, in which, though I am sorry to
see she minds it, is true enough in a great degree. To my office, and
there we sat and despatched much business. Home and dined with my wife
well, and then up and made clean my closet of books, and had my chamber a
third time made very clean, so that it is now in a very fine condition.
Thence down to see some good plank in the river with Sir W. Batten and
back again, it being a very cold day and a cold wind. Home again, and
after seeing Sir W. Pen, to my office, and there till late doing of
business, being mightily encouraged by every body that I meet withal upon
the Change and every where else, that I am taken notice of for a man that
do the Kings business wholly and well. For which the Lord be praised, for
I know no honour I desire more. Home to supper, where I find my house very
clean from top to bottom again to my great content. I found a feacho (as
he calls it) of fine sugar and a case of orange-flower water come from Mr.
Cocke, of Lisbon, the fruits of my last years service to him, which I did
in great justice to the man, a perfect stranger. He sends it me desiring
that I would not let Sir J. Minnes know it, from whom he expected to have
found the service done that he had from me, from whom he could expect
nothing, and the other failed him, and would have done I am sure to this
day had not I brought it to some end. After supper to bed.

28th. At the office betimes (it being cold all night and this morning, and
a very great frost they say abroad, which is much, having had no summer at
all almost), where we sat, and in the afternoon also about settling the
establishment of the number of men borne on ships, &c., till the
evening, and after that in my closet till late, and quite tired with
business, home to supper and to bed.

29th. Abroad with my wife by water to Westminster, and there left her at
my Lords lodgings, and I to Jervas the barbers, and there was trimmed,
and did deliver back a periwigg, which he brought by my desire the other
day to show me, having some thoughts, though no great desire or resolution
yet to wear one, and so I put it off for a while. Thence to my wife, and
calling at both the Exchanges, buying stockings for her and myself, and
also at Leadenhall, where she and I, it being candlelight, bought meat for
to-morrow, having never a mayde to do it, and I myself bought, while my
wife was gone to another shop, a leg of beef, a good one, for six pense,
and my wife says is worth my money. So walked home with a woman carrying
our things. I am mightily displeased at a letter Tom sent me last night,
to borrow L20 more of me, and yet gives me no account, as I have long
desired, how matters stand with him in the world. I am troubled also to
see how, contrary to my expectation, my brother John neither is the
scholler nor minds his studies as I thought would have done, but loiters
away his time, so that I must send him soon to Cambridge again.

31st. Up and to my office all the morning, where Sir W. Batten and Sir J.
Minnes did pay the short allowance money to the East India companies, and
by the assistance of the City Marshall and his men, did lay hold of two or
three of the chief of the companies that were in the mutiny the other day,
and sent them to prison. This noon came Jane Gentleman to serve my wife as
her chamber mayde. I wish she may prove well. So ends this month, with my
mind pretty well in quiett, and in good disposition of health since my
drinking at home of a little wine with my beer; but no where else do I
drink any wine at all. The King and Queen and the Court at the Bath, my
Lord Sandwich in the country newly gone.