Samuel Pepys diary July 1664

JULY 1664

July 1st. Up and within all the morning, first bringing down my Tryangle
to my chamber below, having a new frame made proper for it to stand on. By
and by comes Dr. Burnett, who assures me that I have an ulcer either in
the kidneys or bladder, for my water, which he saw yesterday, he is sure
the sediment is not slime gathered by heat, but is a direct pusse. He did
write me down some direction what to do for it, but not with the
satisfaction I expected.

                       Dr. Burnetts advice to mee.

                 The Originall is fyled among my letters.

     Take of ye Rootes of Marsh-Mallows foure ounces, of Cumfry, of
     Liquorish, of each two ounces, of ye Mowers of St. Johns Wort two
     Handsfull, of ye Leaves of Plantan, of Alehoofe, of each three
     handfulls, of Selfeheale, of Red Roses, of each one Handfull, of
     Cynament, of Nutmegg, of each halfe an ounce.  Beate them well, then
     powre upon them one Quart of old Rhenish wine, and about Six houres
     after strayne it and clarify it with ye white of an Egge, and with a
     sufficient quantity of sugar, boyle it to ye consistence of a Syrrup
     and reserve it for use.

     Dissolve one spoonefull of this Syrrup in every draught of Ale or
     beere you drink.

     Morning and evening swallow ye quantity of an hazle-nutt of Cyprus

     If you are bound or have a fit of ye Stone eate an ounce of Cassia
     new drawne, from ye poynt of a knife.

     Old Canary or Malaga wine you may drinke to three or 4 glasses, but
     noe new wine, and what wine you drinke, lett it bee at meales.-[From
     a slip of paper inserted in the Diary at this place.]

I did give him a piece, with good hopes, however, that his advice will be
of use to me, though it is strange that Mr. Hollyard should never say one
word of this ulcer in all his life to me. He being gone, I to the Change,
and thence home to dinner, and so to my office, busy till the evening, and
then by agreement came Mr. Hill and Andrews and one Cheswicke, a maister
who plays very well upon the Spinette, and we sat singing Psalms till 9 at
night, and so broke up with great pleasure, and very good company it is,
and I hope I shall now and then have their company. They being gone, I to
my office till towards twelve oclock, and then home and to bed. Upon the
Change, this day, I saw how uncertain the temper of the people is, that,
from our discharging of about 200 that lay idle, having nothing to do,
upon some of our ships, which were ordered to be fitted for service, and
their works are now done, the towne do talk that the King discharges all
his men, 200 yesterday and 800 to-day, and that now he hath got L100,000
in his hand, he values not a Dutch warr. But I undeceived a great many,
telling them how it is.

2nd. Up and to the office, where all the morning. At noon to the Change,
and there, which is strange, I could meet with nobody that I could invite
home to my venison pasty, but only Mr. Alsopp and Mr. Lanyon, whom I
invited last night, and a friend they brought along with them. So home and
with our venison pasty we had other good meat and good discourse. After
dinner sat close to discourse about our business of the victualling of the
garrison of Tangier, taking their prices of all provisions, and I do hope
to order it so that they and I also may get something by it, which do much
please me, for I hope I may get nobly and honestly with profit to the
King. They being gone came Sir W. Warren, and he and I discoursed long
about the business of masts, and then in the evening to my office, where
late writing letters, and then home to look over some Brampton papers,
which I am under an oathe to dispatch before I spend one half houre in any
pleasure or go to bed before 12 oclock, to which, by the grace of God, I
will be true. Then to bed. When I came home I found that to-morrow being
Sunday I should gain nothing by doing it to-night, and to-morrow I can do
it very well and better than to-night. I went to bed before my time, but
with a resolution of doing the thing to better purpose to-morrow.

3rd (Lords day). Up and ready, and all the morning in my chamber looking
over and settling some Brampton businesses. At noon to dinner, where the
remains of yesterdays venison and a couple of brave green geese, which we
are fain to eat alone, because they will not keepe, which troubled us.
After dinner I close to my business, and before the evening did end it
with great content, and my mind eased by it. Then up and spent the evening
walking with my wife talking, and it thundering and lightning all the
evening, and this yeare have had the most of thunder and lightning they
say of any in mans memory, and so it is, it seems, in France and
everywhere else. So to prayers and to bed.

4th. Up, and many people with me about business, and then out to several
places, and so at noon to my Lord Crews, and there dined and very much
made of there by him. He offered me the selling of some land of his in
Cambridgeshire, a purchase of about L1000, and if I can compass it I will.
After dinner I walked homeward, still doing business by the way, and at
home find my wife this day of her owne accord to have lain out 25s. upon a
pair of pendantes for her eares, which did vex me and brought both me and
her to very high and very foule words from her to me, such as trouble me
to think she should have in her mouth, and reflecting upon our old
differences, which I hate to have remembered. I vowed to breake them, or
that she should go and get what she could for them again. I went with that
resolution out of doors; the poor wretch afterwards in a little while did
send out to change them for her money again. I followed Besse her
messenger at the Change, and there did consult and sent her back; I would
not have them changed, being satisfied that she yielded. So went home, and
friends again as to that business; but the words I could not get out of my
mind, and so went to bed at night discontented, and she came to bed to me,
but all would not make me friends, but sleep and rise in the morning
angry. This day the King and the Queene went to visit my Lord Sandwich and
the fleete, going forth in the Hope.

     [Their Majesties were treated at Tilbury Hope by the Earl of
     Sandwich, returning the same day, abundantly satisfied both with the
     dutiful respects of that honourable person and with the excellent
     condition of all matters committed to his charge (The Newes, July
     7th, 1664).—B.]

5th. Up and to the office, where all the morning. At noon to the Change a
little, then with W. Howe home and dined. So after dinner to my office,
and there busy till late at night, having had among other things much
discourse with young Gregory about the Chest business, wherein Sir W.
Batten is so great a knave, and also with Alsop and Lanyon about the
Tangier victualling, wherein I hope to get something for myself. Late home
to supper and to bed, being full of thoughts of a sudden resolution this
day taken upon the Change of going down to-morrow to the Hope.

6th. Up very betimes, and my wife also, and got us ready; and about eight
oclock, having got some bottles of wine and beer and neats tongues, we
went to our barge at the Towre, where Mr. Pierce and his wife, and a
kinswoman and his sister, and Mrs. Clerke and her sister and cozen were to
expect us; and so set out for the Hope, all the way down playing at cards
and other sports, spending our time pretty merry. Come to the Hope about
one and there showed them all the ships, and had a collacion of anchovies,
gammon, &c., and after an houres stay or more, embarked again for
home; and so to cards and other sports till we came to Greenwich, and
there Mrs. Clerke and my wife and I on shore to an alehouse, for them to
do their business, and so to the barge again, having shown them the Kings
pleasure boat; and so home to the Bridge, bringing night home with us; and
it rained hard, but we got them on foot to the Beare, and there put them
into a boat, and I back to my wife in the barge, and so to the Tower Wharf
and home, being very well pleased today with the company, especially Mrs.
Pierce, who continues her complexion as well as ever, and hath, at this
day, I think, the best complexion that ever I saw on any woman, young or
old, or child either, all days of my life. Also Mrs. Clerkes kinswoman
sings very prettily, but is very confident in it; Mrs. Clerke herself
witty, but spoils all in being so conceited and making so great a flutter
with a few fine clothes and some bad tawdry things worne with them. But
the charge of the barge lies heavy upon me, which troubles me, but it is
but once, and I may make Pierce do me some courtesy as great. Being come
home, I weary to bed with sitting. The reason of Dr. Clerkes not being
here was the Kings being sicke last night and let blood, and so he durst
not come away to-day.

7th. Up, and this day begun, the first day this year, to put off my linnen
waistcoat, but it happening to be a cool day I was afraid of taking cold,
which troubles me, and is the greatest pain I have in the world to think
of my bad temper of my health. At the office all the morning. Dined at
home, to my office to prepare some things against a Committee of Tangier
this afternoon. So to White Hall, and there found the Duke and twenty more
reading their commission (of which I am, and was also sent to, to come)
for the Royall Fishery, which is very large, and a very serious charter it
is; but the company generally so ill fitted for so serious a worke that I
do much fear it will come to little. That being done, and not being able
to do any thing for lacke of an oathe for the Governor and Assistants to
take, we rose. Then our Committee for the Tangier victualling met and did
a little, and so up, and I and Mr. Coventry walked in the garden half an
hour, talking of the business of our masts, and thence away and with Creed
walked half an hour or more in the Park, and thence to the New Exchange to
drink some creame, but missed it and so parted, and I home, calling by the
way for my new bookes, viz., Sir H. Spillmans Whole Glossary,
Scapulas Lexicon, and Shakespeares plays, which I have got money out
of my stationers bills to pay for. So home and to my office a while, and
then home and to bed, finding myself pretty well for all my waistecoate
being put off to-day. The king is pretty well to-day, though let blood the
night before yesterday.

8th. Up and called out by my Lord Peterboroughs gentleman to Mr. Povys
to discourse about getting of his money, wherein I am concerned in hopes
of the L50 my Lord hath promised me, but I dare not reckon myself sure of
it till I have it in my main,—[hand.]—for these Lords are hard
to be trusted. Though I well deserve it. I staid at Povys for his coming
in, and there looked over his stables and every thing, but notwithstanding
all the times I have been there I do yet find many fine things to look on.
Thence to White Hall a little, to hear how the King do, he not having been
well these three days. I find that he is pretty well again. So to Pauls
Churchyarde about my books, and to the binders and directed the doing of
my Chaucer,

     [This was Speghts edition of 1602, which is still in the Pepysian
     Library.  The book is bound in calf, with brass clasps and bosses.
     It is not lettered.]

though they were not full neate enough for me, but pretty well it is; and
thence to the clasp-makers to have it clasped and bossed. So to the
Change and home to dinner, and so to my office till 5 oclock, and then
came Mr. Hill and Andrews, and we sung an houre or two. Then broke up and
Mr. Alsop and his company came and consulted about our Tangier victualling
and brought it to a good head. So they parted, and I to supper and to bed.

9th. Up, and at the office all the morning. In the afternoon by coach with
Sir J. Minnes to White Hall, and there to a Committee for Fishing; but the
first thing was swearing to be true to the Company, and we were all
sworne; but a great dispute we had, which, methought, is very ominous to
the Company; some, that we should swear to be true to the best of our
power, and others to the best of our understanding; and carried in the
last, though in that we are the least able to serve the Company, because
we would not be obliged to attend the business when we can, but when we
list. This consideration did displease me, but it was voted and so went.
We did nothing else, but broke up till a Committee of Guinny was set and
ended, and then met again for Tangier, and there I did my business about
my Lord Peterboroughs order and my own for my expenses for the garrison
lately. So home, by the way calling for my Chaucer and other books, and
that is well done to my mind, which pleased me well. So to my office till
late writing letters, and so home to my wife to supper and bed, where we
have not lain together because of the heat of the weather a good while,
but now against her going into the country.

10th (Lords day). Up and by water, towards noon, to Somersett House, and
walked to my Lord Sandwichs, and there dined with my Lady and the
children. And after some ordinary discourse with my Lady, after dinner
took our leaves and my wife hers, in order to her going to the country
to-morrow. But my Lord took not occasion to speak one word of my father or
mother about the children at all, which I wonder at, and begin I will not.
Here my Lady showed us my Lady Castlemaynes picture, finely done; given
my Lord; and a most beautiful picture it is. Thence with my Lady Jemimah
and Mr. Sidney to St. Gyless Church, and there heard a long, poore
sermon. Thence set them down and in their coach to Kate Joyces
christening, where much company, good service of sweetmeates; and after an
houres stay, left them, and in my Lords coach—his noble, rich
coach—home, and there my wife fell to putting things in order
against her going to-morrow, and I to read, and so to bed, where I not
well, and so had no pleasure at all with my poor wife.

11th. But betimes up this morning, and, getting ready, we by coach to
Holborne, where, at nine oclock, they set out, and I and my man Will on
horseback, by my wife, to Barnett; a very pleasant day; and there dined
with her company, which was very good; a pretty gentlewoman with her, that
goes but to Huntington, and a neighbour to us in towne. Here we staid two
hours and then parted for all together, and my poor wife I shall soon want
I am sure. Thence I and Will to see the Wells, half a mile off,

     [The mineral springs at Barnet Common, nearly a mile to the west of
     High Barnet.  The discovery of the wells was announced in the
     Perfect Diurnall of June 5th, 1652, and Fuller, writing in 1662,
     says that there are hopes that the waters may save as many lives as
     were lost in the fatal battle at Barnet (Worthies, Herts).  A
     pamphlet on The Barnet Well Water was published by the Rev. W. M.
     Trinder, M.D., as late as the year 1800, but in 1840 the old well-
     house was pulled down.]

and there I drank three glasses, and went and walked and came back and
drunk two more; the woman would have had me drink three more; but I could
not, my belly being full, but this wrought very well, and so we rode home,
round by Kingsland, Hackney, and Mile End till we were quite weary, and my
water working at least 7 or 8 times upon the road, which pleased me well,
and so home weary, and not being very well, I betimes to bed, and there
fell into a most mighty sweat in the night, about eleven oclock, and
there, knowing what money I have in the house and hearing a noyse, I begun
to sweat worse and worse, till I melted almost to water. I rung, and could
not in half an houre make either of the wenches hear me, and this made me
fear the more, lest they might be gaga; and then I begun to think that
there was some design in a stone being flung at the window over our
stayres this evening, by which the thiefes meant to try what looking there
would be after them and know our company. These thoughts and fears I had,
and do hence apprehend the fears of all rich men that are covetous and
have much money by them. At last Jane rose, and then I understand it was
only the dogg wants a lodging and so made a noyse. So to bed, but hardly
slept, at last did, and so till morning,

12th. And so rose, called up by my Lord Peterboroughs gentleman about
getting his Lords money to-day of Mr. Povy, wherein I took such order,
that it was paid, and I had my L50 brought me, which comforts my heart. We
sat at the office all the morning, then at home. Dined alone; sad for want
of company and not being very well, and know not how to eat alone. After
dinner down with Sir G. Carteret, Sir J. Minnes, and Sir W. Batten to
view, and did like a place by Deptford yard to lay masts in. By and by
comes Mr. Coventry, and after a little stay he and I down to Blackwall, he
having a mind to see the yarde, which we did, and fine storehouses there
are and good docks, but of no great profit to him that oweth them for
ought we see.

     [For owneth.  This sense is very common in Shakespeare.  In the
     original edition of the authorized version of the Bible we read: So
     shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that oweth this girdle
      (Acts xxi.  I i) Naress Glossary.]

So home by water with him, having good discourse by the way, and so I to
the office a while, and late home to supper and to bed.

13th. Up and to my office, at noon (after having at an alehouse hard by
discoursed with one Mr. Tyler, a neighbour, and one Captain Sanders about
the discovery of some pursers that have sold their provisions) I to my
Lord Sandwich, thinking to have dined there, but they not dining at home,
I with Captain Ferrers to Mr. Barwell the Kings Squire Sadler, where
about this time twelvemonths I dined before at a good venison pasty. The
like we had now, and very good company, Mr. Tresham and others. Thence to
White Hall to the Fishery, and there did little. So by water home, and
there met Lanyon, &c., about Tangier matters, and so late to my
office, and thence home and to bed. Mr. Moore was with me late to desire
me to come to my Lord Sandwich tomorrow morning, which I shall, but I
wonder what my business is.

14th. My mind being doubtful what the business should be, I rose a little
after four oclock, and abroad. Walked to my Lords, and nobody up, but
the porter rose out of bed to me so I back again to Fleete Streete, and
there bought a little book of law; and thence, hearing a psalm sung, I
went into St. Dunstans, and there heard prayers read, which, it seems, is
done there every morning at six oclock; a thing I never did do at a
chappell, but the College Chappell, in all my life. Thence to my Lords
again, and my Lord being up, was sent for up, and he and I alone. He did
begin with a most solemn profession of the same confidence in and love for
me that he ever had, and then told me what a misfortune was fallen upon me
and him: in me, by a displeasure which my Lord Chancellor did show to him
last night against me, in the highest and most passionate manner that ever
any man did speak, even to the not hearing of any thing to be said to him:
but he told me, that he did say all that could be said for a man as to my
faithfullnesse and duty to his Lordship, and did me the greatest right
imaginable. And what should the business be, but that I should be forward
to have the trees in Clarendon Park marked and cut down, which he, it
seems, hath bought of my Lord Albemarle; when, God knows! I am the most
innocent man in the world in it, and did nothing of myself, nor knew of
his concernment therein, but barely obeyed my Lord Treasurers warrant for
the doing thereof. And said that I did most ungentlemanlike with him, and
had justified the rogues in cutting down a tree of his; and that I had
sent the veriest Fanatique [Deane] that is in England to mark them, on
purpose to nose—[provoke]—him. All which, I did assure my
Lord, was most properly false, and nothing like it true; and told my Lord
the whole passage. My Lord do seem most nearly affected; he is partly, I
believe, for me, and partly for himself. So he advised me to wait
presently upon my Lord, and clear myself in the most perfect manner I
could, with all submission and assurance that I am his creature both in
this and all other things; and that I do owne that all I have, is derived
through my Lord Sandwich from his Lordship. So, full of horror, I went,
and found him busy in tryals of law in his great room; and it being
Sitting-day, durst not stay, but went to my Lord and told him so:
whereupon he directed me to take him after dinner; and so away I home,
leaving my Lord mightily concerned for me. I to the office, and there sat
busy all the morning. At noon to the Change, and from the Change over
with Alsopp and the others to the Popes Head tavern, and there staid a
quarter of an hour, and concluded upon this, that in case I got them no
more than 3s. per week per man I should have of them but L150 per ann.,
but to have it without any adventure or charge, but if I got them 3s. 2d.,
then they would give me L300 in the like manner. So I directed them to
draw up their tender in a line or two against the afternoon, and to meet
me at White Hall. So I left them, and I to my Lord Chancellors; and there
coming out after dinner I accosted him, telling him that I was the unhappy
Pepys that had fallen into his high displeasure, and come to desire him to
give me leave to make myself better understood to his Lordship, assuring
him of my duty and service. He answered me very pleasingly, that he was
confident upon the score of my Lord Sandwichs character of me, but that
he had reason to think what he did, and desired me to call upon him some
evening: I named to-night, and he accepted of it. So with my heart light I
to White Hall, and there after understanding by a stratagem, and yet
appearing wholly desirous not to understand Mr. Gaudens price when he
desired to show it me, I went down and ordered matters in our tender so
well that at the meeting by and by I was ready with Mr. Gaudens and his,
both directed him a letter to me to give the board their two tenders, but
there being none but the Generall Monk and Mr. Coventry and Povy and I, I
did not think fit to expose them to view now, but put it off till
Saturday, and so with good content rose. Thence I to the Half Moone,
against the Change, to acquaint Lanyon and his friends of our
proceedings, and thence to my Lord Chancellors, and there heard several
tryals, wherein I perceive my Lord is a most able and ready man. After all
done, he himself called, Come, Mr. Pepys, you and I will take a turn in
the garden. So he was led down stairs, having the goute, and there walked
with me, I think, above an houre, talking most friendly, yet cunningly. I
told him clearly how things were; how ignorant I was of his Lordships
concernment in it; how I did not do nor say one word singly, but what was
done was the act of the whole Board. He told me by name that he was more
angry with Sir G. Carteret than with me, and also with the whole body of
the Board. But thinking who it was of the Board that knew him least, he
did place his fear upon me; but he finds that he is indebted to none of
his friends there. I think I did thoroughly appease him, till he thanked
me for my desire and pains to satisfy him; and upon my desiring to be
directed who I should of his servants advise with about this business, he
told me nobody, but would be glad to hear from me himself. He told me he
would not direct me in any thing, that it might not be said that the Lord
Chancellor did labour to abuse the King; or (as I offered) direct the
suspending the Report of the Purveyors but I see what he means, and I will
make it my worke to do him service in it. But, Lord! to see how he is
incensed against poor Deane, as a fanatique rogue, and I know not what:
and what he did was done in spite to his Lordship, among all his friends
and tenants. He did plainly say that he would not direct me in any thing,
for he would not put himself into the power of any man to say that he did
so and so; but plainly told me as if he would be glad I did something.
Lord! to see how we poor wretches dare not do the King good service for
fear of the greatness of these men. He named Sir G. Carteret, and Sir J.
Minnes, and the rest; and that he was as angry with them all as me. But it
was pleasant to think that, while he was talking to me, comes into the
garden Sir G. Carteret; and my Lord avoided speaking with him, and made
him and many others stay expecting him, while I walked up and down above
an houre, I think; and would have me walk with my hat on. And yet, after
all this, there has been so little ground for this his jealousy of me,
that I am sometimes afeard that he do this only in policy to bring me to
his side by scaring me; or else, which is worse, to try how faithfull I
would be to the King; but I rather think the former of the two. I parted
with great assurance how I acknowledged all I had to come from his
Lordship; which he did not seem to refuse, but with great kindness and
respect parted. So I by coach home, calling at my Lords, but he not
within. At my office late, and so home to eat something, being almost
starved for want of eating my dinner to-day, and so to bed, my head being
full of great and many businesses of import to me.

15th. Up, and to my Lord Sandwichs; where he sent for me up, and I did
give my Lord an account of what had passed with my Lord Chancellor
yesterday; with which he was well pleased, and advised me by all means to
study in the best manner I could to serve him in this business. After this
discourse ended, he begun to tell me that he had now pitched upon his day
of going to sea upon Monday next, and that he would now give me an account
how matters are with him. He told me that his work now in the world is
only to keep up his interest at Court, having little hopes to get more
considerably, he saying that he hath now about L8,000 per annum. It is
true, he says, he oweth about L10,000; but he hath been at great charges
in getting things to this pass in his estate; besides his building and
good goods that he hath bought. He says he hath now evened his reckonings
at the Wardrobe till Michaelmas last, and hopes to finish it to Ladyday
before he goes. He says now there is due, too, L7,000 to him there, if he
knew how to get it paid, besides L2000 that Mr. Montagu do owe him. As to
his interest, he says that he hath had all the injury done him that ever
man could have by another bosom friend that knows all his secrets, by Mr.
Montagu; but he says that the worst of it all is past, and he gone out and
hated, his very person by the King, and he believes the more upon the
score of his carriage to him; nay, that the Duke of Yorke did say a little
while since in his closett, that he did hate him because of his
ungratefull carriage to my Lord of Sandwich. He says that he is as great
with the Chancellor, or greater, than ever in his life. That with the King
he is the like; and told me an instance, that whereas he formerly was of
the private council to the King before he was last sicke, and that by the
sickness an interruption was made in his attendance upon him; the King did
not constantly call him, as he used to do, to his private council, only in
businesses of the sea and the like; but of late the King did send a
message to him by Sir Harry Bennet, to excuse the King to my Lord that he
had not of late sent for him as he used to do to his private council, for
it was not out of any distaste, but to avoid giving offence to some others
whom he did not name; but my Lord supposes it might be Prince Rupert, or
it may be only that the King would rather pass it by an excuse, than be
thought unkind: but that now he did desire him to attend him constantly,
which of late he hath done, and the King never more kind to him in his
life than now. The Duke of Yorke, as much as is possible; and in the
business of late, when I was to speak to my Lord about his going to sea,
he says that he finds the Duke did it with the greatest ingenuity and love
in the world; and whereas, says my Lord, here is a wise man hard by
that thinks himself so, and would be thought so, and it may be is in a
degree so (naming by and by my Lord Crew), would have had me condition
with him that neither Prince Rupert nor any body should come over his
head, and I know not what. The Duke himself hath caused in his
commission, that he be made Admirall of this and what other ships or
fleets shall hereafter be put out after these; which is very noble. He
tells me in these cases, and that of Mr. Montagus, and all others, he
finds that bearing of them patiently is his best way, without noise or
trouble, and things wear out of themselves and come fair again. But, says
he, take it from me, never to trust too much to any man in the world, for
you put yourself into his power; and the best seeming friend and real
friend as to the present may have or take occasion to fall out with you,
and then out comes all. Then he told me of Sir Harry Bennet, though they
were always kind, yet now it is become to an acquaintance and familiarity
above ordinary, that for these months he hath done no business but with my
Lords advice in his chamber, and promises all faithfull love to him and
service upon all occasions. My Lord says, that he hath the advantage of
being able by his experience to helpe and advise him; and he believes that
that chiefly do invite Sir Harry to this manner of treating him. Now,
says my Lord, the only and the greatest embarras that I have in the world
is, how to behave myself to Sir H. Bennet and my Lord Chancellor, in case
that there do lie any thing under the embers about my Lord Bristoll, which
nobody can tell; for then, says he, I must appear for one or other, and
I will lose all I have in the world rather than desert my Lord Chancellor:
so that, says he, I know not for my life what to do in that case. For
Sir H. Bennets love is come to the height, and his confidence, that he
hath given my Lord a character, and will oblige my Lord to correspond with
him. This, says he, is the whole condition of my estate and interest;
which I tell you, because I know not whether I shall see you again or no.
Then as to the voyage, he thinks it will be of charge to him, and no
profit; but that he must not now look after nor think to encrease, but
study to make good what he hath, that what is due to him from the Wardrobe
or elsewhere may be paid, which otherwise would fail, and all a man hath
be but small content to him. So we seemed to take leave one of another; my
Lord of me, desiring me that I would write to him and give him information
upon all occasions in matters that concern him; which, put together with
what he preambled with yesterday, makes me think that my Lord do truly
esteem me still, and desires to preserve my service to him; which I do
bless God for. In the middle of our discourse my Lady Crew came in to
bring my Lord word that he hath another son, my Lady being brought to bed
just now, I did not think her time had been so nigh, but shes well
brought to bed, for which God be praised! and send my Lord to study the
laying up of something the more! Then with Creed to St. Jamess, and
missing Mr. Coventry, to White Hall; where, staying for him in one of the
galleries, there comes out of the chayre-room Mrs. Stewart, in a most
lovely form, with her hair all about her eares, having her picture taking
there. There was the King and twenty more, I think, standing by all the
while, and a lovely creature she in this dress seemed to be. Thence to the
Change by coach, and so home to dinner and then to my office. In the
evening Mr. Hill, Andrews and I to my chamber to sing, which we did very
pleasantly, and then to my office again, where very late and so home, with
my mind I bless God in good state of ease and body of health, only my head
at this juncture very full of business, how to get something. Among others
what this rogue Creed will do before he goes to sea, for I would fain be
rid of him and see what he means to do, for I will then declare myself his
firm friend or enemy.

16th. Up in the morning, my head mightily confounded with the great deale
of business I have upon me to do. But to the office, and there dispatched
Mr. Creeds business pretty well about his bill; but then there comes W.
Howe for my Lords bill of Imprest for L500 to carry with him this voyage,
and so I was at a loss how to carry myself in it, Creed being there, but
there being no help I delivered it to them both, and let them contend,
when I perceive they did both endeavour to have it, but W. Howe took it,
and the other had the discretion to suffer it. But I think I cleared
myself to Creed that it past not from any practice of mine. At noon rose
and did some necessary business at the Change. Thence to Trinity House to
a dinner which Sir G. Carteret makes there as Maister this year. Thence to
White Hall to the Tangier Committee, and there, above my expectation, got
the business of our contract for the victualling carried for my people,
viz., Alsopp, Lanyon, and Yeabsly; and by their promise I do thereby get
L300 per annum to myself, which do overjoy me; and the matter is left to
me to draw up. Mr. Lewes was in the gallery and is mightily amazed at it,
and I believe Mr. Gauden will make some stir about it, for he wrote to Mr.
Coventry to-day about it to argue why he should for the Kings convenience
have it, but Mr. Coventry most justly did argue freely for them that
served cheapest. Thence walked a while with Mr. Coventry in the gallery,
and first find that he is mighty cold in his present opinion of Mr. Peter
Pett for his flagging and doing things so lazily there, and he did also
surprise me with a question why Deane did not bring in their report of the
timber of Clarendon. What he means thereby I know not, but at present put
him off; nor do I know how to steer myself: but I must think of it, and
advise with my Lord Sandwich. Thence with Creed by coach to my Lord
Sandwichs, and there I got Mr. Moore to give me my Lords hand for my
receipt of L109 more of my money of Sir G. Carteret, so that then his debt
to me will be under L500, I think. This do ease my mind also. Thence
carried him and W. Howe into London, and set them down at Sir G.
Carterets to receive some money, and I home and there busy very late, and
so home to supper and to bed, with my mind in pretty good ease, my
business being in a pretty good condition every where.

17th (Lords day). All the morning at my office doing business there, it
raining hard. So dined at home alone. After dinner walked to my Lords,
and there found him and much other guests at table at dinner, and it seems
they have christened his young son to-day-called him James. I got a piece
of cake. I got my Lord to signe and seale my business about my selling of
Brampton land, which though not so full as I would, yet is as full as I
can at present. Walked home again, and there fell to read, and by and by
comes my uncle Wight, Dr. Burnett, and another gentleman, and talked and
drank, and the Doctor showed me the manner of eating, turpentine, which
pleases me well, for it is with great ease. So they being gone, I to
supper and to bed.

18th. Up, and walked to my Lords, and there took my leave of him, he
seeming very friendly to me in as serious a manner as ever in his life,
and I believe he is very confident of me. He sets out this morning for
Deale. Thence to St. Jamess to the Duke, and there did our usual
business. He discourses very freely of a warr with Holland, to begin about
winter, so that I believe we shall come to it. Before we went up to the
Duke, Sir G. Carteret and I did talk together in the Parke about my Lord
Chancellors business of the timber; he telling me freely that my Lord
Chancellor was never so angry with him in all his life, as he was for this
business, in great passion; and that when he saw me there, he knew what it
was about. And plots now with me how we may serve my Lord, which I am
mightily glad of; and I hope together we may do it. Thence to Westminster
to my barbers, to have my Periwigg he lately made me cleansed of its
nits, which vexed me cruelly that he should put such a thing into my
hands. Here meeting his mayd Jane, that has lived with them so long, I
talked with her, and sending her of an errand to Dr. Clerks, did meet
her, and took her into a little alehouse in Brewers Yard, and there did
sport with her, without any knowledge of her though, and a very pretty
innocent girl she is. Thence to my Lord Chancellors, but he being busy I
went away to the Change, and so home to dinner. By and by comes Creed,
and I out with him to Fleet Street, and he to Mr. Povys, I to my Lord
Chancellors, and missing him again walked to Povys, and there saw his
new perspective in his closet. Povy, to my great surprise and wonder, did
here attacque me in his own and Mr. Blands behalf that I should do for
them both for the new contractors for the victualling of the garrison.
Which I am ashamed that he should ask of me, nor did I believe that he was
a man that did seek benefit in such poor things. Besides that he professed
that he did not believe that I would have any hand myself in the contract,
and yet here declares that he himself would have profit by it, and himself
did move me that Sir W. Rider might join, and Ford with Gauden. I told him
I had no interest in them, but I fear they must do something to him, for
he told me that those of the Mole did promise to consider him. Thence home
and Creed with me, and there he took occasion to owne his obligations to
me, and did lay down twenty pieces in gold upon my shelf in my closett,
which I did not refuse, but wish and expected should have been more. But,
however, this is better than nothing, and now I am out of expectation, and
shall henceforward know how to deal with him. After discourse of settling
his matters here, we went out by coach, and he light at the Temple, and
there took final leave of me, in order to his following my Lord to-morrow.
I to my Lord Chancellor, and discoursed his business with him. I perceive,
and he says plainly, that he will not have any man to have it in his power
to say that my Lord Chancellor did contrive the wronging the King of his
timber; but yet I perceive, he would be glad to have service done him
therein; and told me Sir G. Carteret hath told him that he and I would
look after his business to see it done in the best manner for him. Of this
I was glad, and so away. Thence home, and late with my Tangier men about
drawing up their agreement with us, wherein I find much trouble, and after
doing as much as we could to-night, broke up and I to bed.

19th. Up, and to the office, where we sat all the morning. At noon dined
alone at home. After dinner Sir W. Batten and I down by water to Woolwich,
where coming to the ropeyarde we are told that Mr. Falconer, who hath been
ill of a relapse these two days, is just now dead. We went up to his
widow, who is sicke in bed also. The poor woman in great sorrow, and
entreats our friendship, which we shall, I think, in every thing do for
her. I am sure I will. Thence to the Docke, and there in Sheldons garden
eat some fruit; so to Deptford a little, and thence home, it raining
mightily, and being cold I doubted my health after it. At the office till
9 oclock about Sir W. Warrens contract for masts, and then at home with
Lanyon and Yeabsly till 12 and past about their contract for Tangier,
wherein they and I differed, for I would have it drawn to the Kings
advantage, as much as might be, which they did not like, but parted good
friends; however, when they were gone, I wished that I had forborne any
disagreement till I had had their promise to me in writing. They being
gone, I to bed.

20th. Up, and a while to my office, and then home with Mr. Deane till
dinner, discoursing upon the business of my Lord Chancellors timber in
Clarendon Parke, and how to make a report therein without offending him;
which at last I drew up, and hope it will please him. But I would to God
neither I nor he ever had had any thing to have done with it! Dined
together with a good pig, and then out by coach to White Hall, to the
Committee for Fishing; but nothing done, it being a great day to-day there
upon drawing at the Lottery of Sir Arthur Slingsby. I got in and stood by
the two Queenes and the Duchesse of Yorke, and just behind my Lady
Castlemayne, whom I do heartily adore; and good sport it was to see how
most that did give their ten pounds did go away with a pair of globes only
for their lot, and one gentlewoman, one Mrs. Fish, with the only blanke.
And one I staid to see drew a suit of hangings valued at L430, and they
say are well worth the money, or near it. One other suit there is better
than that; but very many lots of three and fourscore pounds. I observed
the King and Queenes did get but as poor lots as any else. But the wisest
man I met with was Mr. Cholmley, who insured as many as would, from
drawing of the one blank for 12d.; in which case there was the whole
number of persons to one, which I think was three or four hundred. And so
he insured about 200 for 200 shillings, so that he could not have lost if
one of them had drawn it, for there was enough to pay the L10; but it
happened another drew it, and so he got all the money he took. I left the
lottery, and went to a play, only a piece of it, which was the Dukes
house, Worse and Worse; just the same manner of play, and writ, I
believe, by the same man as The Adventures of Five Hours; very pleasant
it was, and I begin to admire Harris more than ever. Thence to Westminster
to see Creed, and he and I took a walk in the Parke. He is ill, and not
able yet to set out after my Lord, but will do to-morrow. So home, and
late at my office, and so home to bed. This evening being moonshine I
played a little late upon my flageolette in the garden. But being at
Westminster Hall I met with great news that Mrs. Lane is married to one
Martin, one that serves Captain Marsh. She is gone abroad with him to-day,
very fine. I must have a bout with her very shortly to see how she finds

21st. Up, and to the office, where we sat all the morning, among other
things making a contract with Sir W. Warren for almost 1000 Gottenburg
masts, the biggest that ever was made in the Navy, and wholly of my
compassing and a good one I hope it is for the King. Dined at Sir W.
Battens, where I have not eat these many months. Sir G. Carteret, Mr.
Coventry, Sir J. Minnes, and myself there only, and my Lady. A good
venison pasty, and very merry, and pleasant I made myself with my Lady,
and she as much to me. This morning to the office comes Nicholas Osborne,
Mr. Gaudens clerke, to desire of me what piece of plate I would choose to
have a L100, or thereabouts, bestowed upon me in, he having order to lay
out so much; and, out of his freedom with me, do of himself come to make
this question. I a great while urged my unwillingnesse to take any, not
knowing how I could serve Mr. Gauden, but left it wholly to himself; so at
noon I find brought home in fine leather cases, a pair of the noblest
flaggons that ever I saw all the days of my life; whether I shall keepe
them or no I cannot tell; for it is to oblige me to him in the business of
the Tangier victualling, wherein I doubt I shall not; but glad I am to see
that I shall be sure to get something on one side or other, have it which
will: so, with a merry heart, I looked upon them, and locked them up.
After dinner to [give] my Lord Chancellor a good account of his business,
and he is very well pleased therewith, and carries himself with great
discretion to me, without seeming over glad or beholding to me; and yet I
know that he do think himself very well served by me. Thence to
Westminster and to Mrs. Lanes lodgings, to give her joy, and there
suffered me to deal with her as I hoped to do, and by and by her husband
comes, a sorry, simple fellow, and his letter to her which she proudly
showed me a simple, nonsensical thing. A man of no discourse, and I fear
married her to make a prize of, which he is mistaken in, and a sad wife I
believe she will prove to him, for she urged me to appoint a time as soon
as he is gone out of town to give her a meeting next week. So by water
with a couple of cozens of Mrs. Lanes, and set them down at Queenhive,
and I through Bridge home, and there late at business, and so home to
supper and to bed.

22nd. Up and to my office, where busy all the morning. At noon to the
Change, and so home to dinner, and then down by water to Deptford, where
coming too soon, I spent an houre in looking round the yarde, and putting
Mr. Shish

     [Jonas Shish, master-shipwright at Deptford.  There are several
     papers of his among the State Papers.  I was at the funeral of old
     Mr. Shish, Master Shipwright of His Majestys Yard here, an honest
     and remarkable man, and his death a public loss, for his excellent
     success in building ships (though altogether illiterate) and for
     bringing up so many of his children to be able artists.  I held up
     the pall with three knights who did him that honour, and he was
     worthy of it.  It was the custom of this good man to rise in the
     night and pray, kneeling in his own coffin, which he had lying by
     him for many years.  He was born that famous year, the Gunpowder-
     plot, 1605 (Evelyns Diary, May 13th, 1680).]

to measure a piece or two of timber, which he did most cruelly wrong, and
to the Kings losse 12 or 13s. in a piece of 28 feet in contents. Thence
to the Clerke of the Cheques, from whose house Mr. Falconer was buried
to-day; Sir J. Minnes and I the only principal officers that were there.
We walked to church with him, and then I left them without staying the
sermon and straight home by water, and there find, as I expected, Mr.
Hill, and Andrews, and one slovenly and ugly fellow, Seignor Pedro, who
sings Italian songs to the theorbo most neatly, and they spent the whole
evening in singing the best piece of musique counted of all hands in the
world, made by Seignor Charissimi, the famous master in Rome. Fine it was,
indeed, and too fine for me to judge of. They have spoke to Pedro to meet
us every weeke, and I fear it will grow a trouble to me if we once come to
bid judges to meet us, especially idle Masters, which do a little
displease me to consider. They gone comes Mr. Lanyon, who tells me Mr.
Alsopp is now become dangerously ill, and fears his recovery, covery,
which shakes my expectation of L630 per annum by the business; and,
therefore, bless God for what Mr. Gauden hath sent me, which, from some
discourse to-day with Mr. Osborne, swearing that he knows not any thing of
this business of the victualling; but, the contrary, that it is not that
moves Mr. Gauden to send it me, for he hath had order for it any time
these two months. Whether this be true or no, I know not; but I shall
hence with the more confidence keepe it. To supper and to the office a
little, and to walk in the garden, the moon shining bright, and fine warm
fair weather, and so home to bed.

23rd. Up, and all the morning at the office. At noon to the Change, where
I took occasion to break the business of my Lord Chancellors timber to
Mr. Coventry in the best manner I could. He professed to me, that, till,
Sir G. Carteret did speake of it at the table, after our officers were
gone to survey it, he did not know that my Lord Chancellor had any thing
to do with it; but now he says that he had been told by the Duke that Sir
G. Carteret had spoke to him about it, and that he had told the Duke that,
were he in my Lord Chancellors case, if he were his father, he would
rather fling away the gains of two or L3,000, than have it said that the
timber, which should have been the Kings, if it had continued the Duke of
Albemarles, was concealed by us in favour of my Lord Chancellor; for,
says he, he is a great man, and all such as he, and he himself
particularly, have a great many enemies that would be glad of such an
advantage against him. When I told him it was strange that Sir J. Minnes
and Sir G. Carteret, that knew my Lord Chancellors concernment therein,
should not at first inform us, he answered me that for Sir J. Minnes, he
is looked upon to be an old good companion, but by nobody at the other end
of the towne as any man of business, and that my Lord Chancellor, he dares
say, never did tell him of it, only Sir G. Carteret, he do believe, must
needs know it, for he and Sir J. Shaw are the greatest confidants he hath
in the world. So for himself, he said, he would not mince the matter, but
was resolved to do what was fit, and stand upon his owne legs therein, and
that he would speak to the Duke, that he and Sir G. Carteret might be
appointed to attend my Lord Chancellor in it. All this disturbs me
mightily. I know not what to say to it, nor how to carry myself therein;
for a compliance will discommend me to Mr. Coventry, and a discompliance
to my Lord Chancellor. But I think to let it alone, or at least meddle in
it as little more as I can. From thence walked toward Westminster, and
being in an idle and wanton humour, walked through Fleet Alley, and there
stood a most pretty wench at one of the doors, so I took a turn or two,
but what by sense of honour and conscience I would not go in, but much
against my will took coach and away, and away to Westminster Hall, and
there light of Mrs. Lane, and plotted with her to go over the water. So
met at Whites stairs in Chanel Row, and over to the old house at Lambeth
Marsh, and there eat and drank, and had my pleasure of her twice, she
being the strangest woman in talk of love to her husband sometimes, and
sometimes again she do not care for him, and yet willing enough to allow
me a liberty of doing what I would with her. So spending 5s. or 6s. upon
her, I could do what I would, and after an hours stay and more back again
and set her ashore there again, and I forward to Fleet Street, and called
at Fleet Alley, not knowing how to command myself, and went in and there
saw what formerly I have been acquainted with, the wickedness of these
houses, and the forcing a man to present expense. The woman indeed is a
most lovely woman, but I had no courage to meddle with her for fear of her
not being wholesome, and so counterfeiting that I had not money enough, it
was pretty to see how cunning she was, would not suffer me to have to do
in any manner with her after she saw I had no money, but told me then I
would not come again, but she now was sure I would come again, but I hope
in God I shall not, for though she be one of the prettiest women I ever
saw, yet I fear her abusing me. So desiring God to forgive me for this
vanity, I went home, taking some books from my bookseller, and taking his
lad home with me, to whom I paid L10 for books I have laid up money for,
and laid out within these three weeks, and shall do no more a great while
I hope. So to my office writing letters, and then home and to bed, weary
of the pleasure I have had to-day, and ashamed to think of it.

24th (Lords day). Up, in some pain all day from yesterdays passages,
having taken cold, I suppose. So staid within all day reading of two or
three good plays. At night to my office a little, and so home, after
supper to bed.

25th. Up, and with Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten by coach to St.
Jamess, but there the Duke being gone out we to my Lord Berkeleys
chamber, Mr. Coventry being there, and among other things there met with a
printed copy of the Kings commission for the repair of Pauls, which is
very large, and large power for collecting money, and recovering of all
people that had bought or sold formerly any thing belonging to the Church.
And here I find my Lord Mayor of the City set in order before the
Archbishopp or any nobleman, though all the greatest officers of state are
there. But yet I do not hear by my Lord Berkeley, who is one of them, that
any thing is like to come of it. Thence back again homewards, and Sir W.
Batten and I to the Coffee-house, but no newes, only the plague is very
hot still, and encreases among the Dutch. Home to dinner, and after dinner
walked forth, and do what I could I could not keep myself from going
through Fleet Lane, but had the sense of safety and honour not to go in,
and the rather being a holiday I feared I might meet with some people that
might know me. Thence to Charing Cross, and there called at Unthankes to
see what I owed, but found nothing, and here being a couple of pretty
ladies, lodgers in the kitchen, I staid a little there. Thence to my
barber Gervas, who this day buries his child, which it seems was born
without a passage behind, so that it never voided any thing in the week or
fortnight that it has been born. Thence to Mr. Reeves, it coming just now
in my head to buy a microscope, but he was not within, so I walked all
round that end of the town among the loathsome people and houses, but, God
be thanked! had no desire to visit any of them. So home, where I met Mr.
Lanyon, who tells me Mr. Alsop is past hopes, which will mightily
disappoint me in my hopes there, and yet it may be not. I shall think
whether it will be safe for me to venture myself or no, and come in as an
adventurer. He gone, Mr. Cole (my old Jack Cole) comes to see and speak
with me, and his errand in short to tell me that he is giving over his
trade; he can do no good in it, and will turn what he has into money and
go to sea, his father being dead and leaving him little, if any thing.
This I was sorry to hear, he being a man of good parts, but, I fear,
debauched. I promised him all the friendship I can do him, which will end
in little, though I truly mean it, and so I made him stay with me till 11
at night, talking of old school stories, and very pleasing ones, and truly
I find that we did spend our time and thoughts then otherwise than I think
boys do now, and I think as well as methinks that the best are now. He
supped with me, and so away, and I to bed. And strange to see how we are
all divided that were bred so long at school together, and what various
fortunes we have run, some good, some bad.

26th. All the morning at the office, at noon to Anthony Joyces, to our
gossips dinner. I had sent a dozen and a half of bottles of wine thither,
and paid my double share besides, which is 18s. Very merry we were, and
when the women were merry and rose from table, I above with them, neer a
man but I, I began discourse of my not getting of children, and prayed
them to give me their opinions and advice, and they freely and merrily did
give me these ten, among them (1) Do not hug my wife too hard nor too
much; (2) eat no late suppers; (3) drink juyce of sage; (4) tent and
toast; (5) wear cool holland drawers; (6) keep stomach warm and back cool;
(7) upon query whether it was best to do at night or morn, they answered
me neither one nor other, but when we had most mind to it; (8) wife not to
go too straight laced; (9) myself to drink mum and sugar; (10) Mrs. Ward
did give me, to change my place. The 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 10th they all
did seriously declare, and lay much stress upon them as rules fit to be
observed indeed, and especially the last, to lie with our heads where our
heels do, or at least to make the bed high at feet and low at head. Very
merry all, as much as I could be in such sorry company. Great discourse of
the fray yesterday in Moorefields, how the butchers at first did beat the
weavers (between whom there hath been ever an old competition for
mastery), but at last the weavers rallied and beat them. At first the
butchers knocked down all for weavers that had green or blue aprons, till
they were fain to pull them off and put them in their breeches. At last
the butchers were fain to pull off their sleeves, that they might not be
known, and were soundly beaten out of the field, and some deeply wounded
and bruised; till at last the weavers went out tryumphing, calling L100
for a butcher. I to Mr. Reeves to see a microscope, he having been with me
to-day morning, and there chose one which I will have. Thence back and
took up young Mrs. Harman, a pretty bred and pretty humoured woman whom I
could love well, though not handsome, yet for her person and carriage, and
black. By the way met her husband going for her, and set them both down at
home, and so home to my office a while, and so to supper and bed.

27th. Up, and after some discourse with Mr. Duke, who is to be Secretary
to the Fishery, and is now Secretary to the Committee for Trade, who I
find a very ingenious man, I went to Mr. Povys, and there heard a little
of his empty discourse, and fain he would have Mr. Gauden been the
victualler for Tangier, which none but a fool would say to me when he
knows he hath made it his request to me to get him something of these men
that now do it. Thence to St. Jamess, but Mr. Coventry being ill and in
bed I did not stay, but to White Hall a little, walked up and down, and so
home to fit papers against this afternoon, and after dinner to the Change
a little, and then to White Hall, where anon the Duke of Yorke came, and a
Committee we had of Tangier, where I read over my rough draught of the
contract for Tangier victualling, and acquainted them with the death of
Mr. Alsopp, which Mr. Lanyon had told me this morning, which is a sad
consideration to see how uncertain a thing our lives are, and how little
to be presumed of in our greatest undertakings. The words of the contract
approved of, and I home and there came Mr. Lanyon to me and brought my
neighbour, Mr. Andrews, to me, whom he proposes for his partner in the
room of Mr. Alsopp, and I like well enough of it. We read over the
contract together, and discoursed it well over and so parted, and I am
glad to see it once over in this condition again, for Mr. Lanyon and I had
some discourse to-day about my share in it, and I hope if it goes on to
have my first hopes of L300 per ann. They gone, I to supper and to bed.
This afternoon came my great store of Coles in, being to Chaldron, so that
I may see how long they will last me.

28th. At the office all the morning, dined, after Change, at home, and
then abroad, and seeing The Bondman upon the posts, I consulted my oaths
and find I may go safely this time without breaking it; I went thither,
notwithstanding my great desire to have gone to Fleet Alley, God forgive
me, again. There I saw it acted. It is true, for want of practice, they
had many of them forgot their parts a little; but Betterton and my poor
Ianthe outdo all the world. There is nothing more taking in the world with
me than that play. Thence to Westminster to my barbers, and strange to
think how when I find that Jervas himself did intend to bring home my
periwigg, and not Jane his maid, I did desire not to have it at all, for I
had a mind to have her bring it home. I also went to Mr. Blagraves about
speaking to him for his kinswoman to come live with my wife, but they are
not come to town, and so I home by coach and to my office, and then to
supper and to bed. My present posture is thus: my wife in the country and
my mayde Besse with her and all quiett there. I am endeavouring to find a
woman for her to my mind, and above all one that understands musique,
especially singing. I am the willinger to keepe one because I am in good
hopes to get 2 or L300 per annum extraordinary by the business of the
victualling of Tangier, and yet Mr. Alsopp, my chief hopes, is dead since
my looking after it, and now Mr. Lanyon, I fear, is, falling sicke too. I
am pretty well in health, only subject to wind upon any cold, and then
immediate and great pains. All our discourse is of a Dutch warr and I find
it is likely to come to it, for they are very high and desire not to
compliment us at all, as far as I hear, but to send a good fleete to
Guinny to oppose us there. My Lord Sandwich newly gone to sea, and I, I
think, fallen into his very good opinion again, at least he did before his
going, and by his letter since, show me all manner of respect and
confidence. I am over-joyed in hopes that upon this months account I
shall find myself worth L1000, besides the rich present of two silver and
gilt flaggons which Mr. Gauden did give me the other day. I do now live
very prettily at home, being most seriously, quietly, and neatly served by
my two mayds Jane and the girle Su, with both of whom I am mightily well
pleased. My greatest trouble is the settling of Brampton Estate, that I
may know what to expect, and how to be able to leave it when I die, so as
to be just to my promise to my uncle Thomas and his son. The next thing is
this cursed trouble my brother Tom is likely to put us to by his death,
forcing us to law with his creditors, among others Dr. Tom Pepys, and that
with some shame as trouble, and the last how to know in what manner as to
saving or spending my father lives, lest they should run me in debt as one
of my uncles executors, and I never the wiser nor better for it. But in
all this I hope shortly to be at leisure to consider and inform myself

29th. At the office all the morning dispatching of business, at noon to
the Change after dinner, and thence to Tom Trice about Dr. Pepyss
business, and thence it raining turned into Fleet Alley, and there was
with Cocke an hour or so. The jade, whether I would not give her money or
not enough; she would not offer to invite to do anything, but on the
contrary saying she had no time, which I was glad of, for I had no mind to
meddle with her, but had my end to see what a cunning jade she was, to see
her impudent tricks and ways of getting money and raising the reckoning by
still calling for things, that it come to 6 or 7 shillings presently. So
away home, glad I escaped without any inconvenience, and there came Mr.
Hill, Andrews and Seignor Pedro, and great store of musique we had, but I
begin to be weary of having a master with us, for it spoils, methinks, the
ingenuity of our practice. After they were gone comes Mr. Bland to me, sat
till 11 at night with me, talking of the garrison of Tangier and serving
them with pieces of eight. A mind he hath to be employed there, but dares
not desire any courtesy of me, and yet would fain engage me to be for him,
for I perceive they do all find that I am the busy man to see the King
have right done him by inquiring out other bidders. Being quite tired with
him, I got him gone, and so to bed.

30th. All the morning at the office; at noon to the Change, where great
talke of a rich present brought by an East India ship from some of the
Princes of India, worth to the King L70,000 in two precious stones. After
dinner to the office, and there all the afternoon making an end of several
things against the end of the month, that I may clear all my reckonings
tomorrow; also this afternoon, with great content, I finished the
contracts for victualling of Tangier with Mr. Lanyon and the rest, and to
my comfort got him and Andrews to sign to the giving me L300 per annum, by
which, at least, I hope to be a L100 or two the better. Wrote many letters
by the post to ease my mind of business and to clear my paper of minutes,
as I did lately oblige myself to clear every thing against the end of the
month. So at night with my mind quiet and contented to bed. This day I
sent a side of venison and six bottles of wine to Kate Joyce.

31st (Lords day). Up, and to church, where I have not been these many
weeks. So home, and thither, inviting him yesterday, comes Mr. Hill, at
which I was a little troubled, but made up all very well, carrying him
with me to Sir J. Minnes, where I was invited and all our families to a
venison pasty. Here good cheer and good discourse. After dinner Mr. Hill
and I to my house, and there to musique all the afternoon. He being gone,
in the evening I to my accounts, and to my great joy and with great thanks
to Almighty God, I do find myself most clearly worth L1014, the first time
that ever I was worth L1000 before, which is the height of all that ever I
have for a long time pretended to. But by the blessing of God upon my care
I hope to lay up something more in a little time, if this business of the
victualling of Tangier goes on as I hope it will. So with praise to God
for this state of fortune that I am brought to as to wealth, and my
condition being as I have at large set it down two days ago in this book,
I home to supper and to bed, desiring God to give me the grace to make
good use of what I have and continue my care and diligence to gain more.