Samuel Pepys diary November 1664

NOVEMBER 1664

November 1st. Up and to the office, where busy all the morning, at noon
(my wife being invited to my Lady Sandwichs) all alone dined at home upon
a good goose with Mr. Wayth, discussing of business. Thence I to the
Committee of the Fishery, and there we sat with several good discourses
and some bad and simple ones, and with great disorder, and yet by the men
of businesse of the towne. But my report in the business of the
collections is mightily commended and will get me some reputation, and
indeed is the only thing looks like a thing well done since we sat. Then
with Mr. Parham to the tavern, but I drank no wine, only he did give me
another barrel of oysters, and he brought one Major Greene, an able
fishmonger, and good discourse to my information. So home and late at
business at my office. Then to supper and to bed.

2nd. Up betimes, and down with Mr. Castle to Redriffe, and there walked to
Deptford to view a parcel of brave knees—[Knees of timber]—of
his, which indeed are very good, and so back again home, I seeming very
friendly to him, though I know him to be a rogue, and one that hates me
with his heart. Home and to dinner, and so to my office all the afternoon,
where in some pain in my backe, which troubled me, but I think it comes
only with stooping, and from no other matter. At night to Nellsons, and
up and down about business, and so home to my office, then home to supper
and to bed.

3rd. Up and to the office, where strange to see how Sir W. Pen is flocked
to by people of all sorts against his going to sea. At the office did much
business, among other an end of that that has troubled me long, the
business of the bewpers and flags. At noon to the Change, and thence by
appointment was met with Bagwells wife, and she followed me into
Moorfields, and there into a drinking house, and all alone eat and drank
together. I did there caress her, but though I did make some offer did not
receive any compliance from her in what was bad, but very modestly she
denied me, which I was glad to see and shall value her the better for it,
and I hope never tempt her to any evil more. Thence back to the town, and
we parted and I home, and then at the office late, where Sir W. Pen came
to take his leave of me, being to-morrow, which is very sudden to us, to
go on board to lie on board, but I think will come ashore again before the
ship, the Charles,

     [The Royal Charles was the Duke of Yorks ship, and Sir William
     Penn, who hoisted his flag in the Royal James on November 8th,
     shifted to the Royal Charles on November 30th.  The duke gave Penn
     the command of the fleet immediately under himself.  On Penns
     monument he is styled Great Captain Commander under His Royal
     Highness (Penns Memorials of Sir William Penn, vol. ii.,
     p. 296).]

can go away. So home to supper and to bed. This night Sir W. Batten did,
among other things, tell me strange newes, which troubles me, that my Lord
Sandwich will be sent Governor to Tangier, which, in some respects,
indeed, I should be glad of, for the good of the place and the safety of
his person; but I think his honour will suffer, and, it may be, his
interest fail by his distance.

4th. Waked very betimes and lay long awake, my mind being so full of
business. Then up and to St. Jamess, where I find Mr. Coventry full of
business, packing up for his going to sea with the Duke. Walked with him,
talking, to White Hall, where to the Dukes lodgings, who is gone thither
to lodge lately. I appeared to the Duke, and thence Mr. Coventry and I an
hour in the Long Gallery, talking about the management of our office, he
tells me the weight of dispatch will lie chiefly on me, and told me freely
his mind touching Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes, the latter of whom, he
most aptly said, was like a lapwing; that all he did was to keepe a
flutter, to keepe others from the nest that they would find. He told me an
old story of the former about the light-houses, how just before he had
certified to the Duke against the use of them, and what a burden they are
to trade, and presently after, at his being at Harwich, comes to desire
that he might have the setting one up there, and gets the usefulness of it
certified also by the Trinity House. After long discoursing and
considering all our stores and other things, as how the King hath resolved
upon Captain Taylor

     [Coventry, writing to Secretary Bennet (November 14th, 1664), refers
     to the objections made to Taylor, and adds: Thinks the King will
     not easily consent to his rejection, as he is a man of great
     abilities and dispatch, and was formerly laid aside at Chatham on
     the Duchess of Albemarles earnest interposition for another.  He is
     a fanatic, it is true, but all hands will be needed for the work cut
     out; there is less danger of them in harbour than at sea, and profit
     will convert most of them (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic,
     1664-65, p. 68).]

and Colonell Middleton, the first to be Commissioner for Harwich and the
latter for Portsmouth, I away to the Change, and there did very much
business, so home to dinner, and Mr. Duke, our Secretary for the Fishery,
dined with me. After dinner to discourse of our business, much to my
content, and then he away, and I by water among the smiths on the other
side, and to the alehouse with one and was near buying 4 or 5 anchors, and
learned something worth my knowing of them, and so home and to my office,
where late, with my head very full of business, and so away home to supper
and to bed.

5th. Up and to the office, where all the morning, at noon to the Change,
and thence home to dinner, and so with my wife to the Dukes house to a
play, Macbeth, a pretty good play, but admirably acted. Thence home; the
coach being forced to go round by London Wall home, because of the
bonefires; the day being mightily observed in the City. To my office late
at business, and then home to supper, and to bed.

6th (Lords day). Up and with my wife to church. Dined at home. And I all
the afternoon close at my office drawing up some proposals to present to
the Committee for the Fishery to-morrow, having a great good intention to
be serviceable in the business if I can. At night, to supper with my uncle
Wight, where very merry, and so home. To prayers and to bed.

7th. Up and with Sir W. Batten to White Hall, where mighty thrusting about
the Duke now upon his going. We were with him long. He advised us to
follow our business close, and to be directed in his absence by the
Committee of the Councell for the Navy. By and by a meeting of the
Fishery, where the Duke was, but in such haste, and things looked so
superficially over, that I had not a fit opportunity to propose my paper
that I wrote yesterday, but I had chewed it to Mr. Gray and Wren before,
who did like it most highly, as they said, and I think they would not
dissemble in that manner in a business of this nature, but I see the
greatest businesses are done so superficially that I wonder anything
succeeds at all among us, that is publique. Thence somewhat vexed to see
myself frustrated in the good I hoped to have done and a little reputation
to have gained, and thence to my barbers, but Jane not being in the way I
to my Lady Sandwichs, and there met my wife and dined, but I find that I
dine as well myself, that is, as neatly, and my meat as good and
well-dressed, as my good Lady do, in the absence of my Lord. Thence by
water I to my barbers again, and did meet in the street my Jane, but
could not talk with her, but only a word or two, and so by coach called my
wife, and home, where at my office late, and then, it being washing day,
to supper and to bed.

8th. Up and to the office, where by and by Mr. Coventry come, and after
doing a little business, took his leave of us, being to go to sea with the
Duke to-morrow. At noon, I and Sir J. Minnes and Lord Barkeley (who with
Sir J. Duncum, and Mr. Chichly, are made Masters of the Ordnance), to the
office of the Ordnance, to discourse about wadding for guns. Thence to
dinner, all of us to the Lieutenants of the Tower; where a good dinner,
but disturbed in the middle of it by the Kings coming into the Tower: and
so we broke up, and to him, and went up and down the store-houses and
magazines; which are, with the addition of the new great store-house, a
noble sight. He gone, I to my office, where Bagwells wife staid for me,
and together with her a good while, to meet again shortly. So all the
afternoon at my office till late, and then to bed, joyed in my love and
ability to follow my business. This day, Mr. Lever sent my wife a pair of
silver candlesticks, very pretty ones. The first man that ever presented
me, to whom I have not only done little service, but apparently did him
the greatest disservice in his business of accounts, as Purser-Generall,
of any man at the board.

9th. Called up, as I had appointed, by H. Russell, between two and three
oclock, and I and my boy Tom by water with a gally down to the Hope, it
being a fine starry night. Got thither by eight oclock, and there, as
expected, found the Charles, her mainmast setting. Commissioner Pett
aboard. I up and down to see the ship I was so well acquainted with, and a
great worke it is, the setting so great a mast. Thence the Commissioner
and I on board Sir G. Ascue, in the Henery, who lacks men mightily, which
makes me think that there is more believed to be in a man that hath
heretofore been employed than truly there is; for one would never have
thought, a month ago, that he would have wanted 1000 men at his heels. Nor
do I think he hath much of a seaman in him: for he told me, says he,
Heretofore, we used to find our ships clear and ready, everything to our
hands in the Downes. Now I come, and must look to see things done like a
slave, things that I never minded, nor cannot look after. And by his
discourse I find that he hath not minded anything in her at all. Thence
not staying, the wind blowing hard, I made use of the Jemmy yacht and
returned to the Tower in her, my boy being a very droll boy and good
company. Home and eat something, and then shifted myself, and to White
Hall, and there the King being in his Cabinet Council (I desiring to speak
with Sir G. Carteret), I was called in, and demanded by the King himself
many questions, to which I did give him full answers. There were at this
Council my Lord Chancellor, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Treasurer, the
two Secretarys, and Sir G. Carteret. Not a little contented at this chance
of being made known to these persons, and called often by my name by the
King, I to Mr. Pierces to take leave of him, but he not within, but saw
her and made very little stay, but straight home to my office, where I did
business, and then to supper and to bed. The Duke of York is this day gone
away to Portsmouth.

10th. Up, and not finding my things ready, I was so angry with Besse as to
bid my wife for good and all to bid her provide herself a place, for
though she be very good-natured, she hath no care nor memory of her
business at all. So to the office, where vexed at the malice of Sir W.
Batten and folly of Sir J. Minnes against Sir W. Warren, but I prevented,
and shall do, though to my own disquiet and trouble. At noon dined with
Sir W. Batten and the Auditors of the Exchequer at the Dolphin by Mr.
Wayths desire, and after dinner fell to business relating to Sir G.
Carterets account, and so home to the office, where Sir W. Batten begins,
too fast, to shew his knavish tricks in giving what price he pleases for
commodities. So abroad, intending to have spoke with my Lord Chancellor
about the old business of his wood at Clarendon, but could not, and so
home again, and late at my office, and then home to supper and bed. My
little girle Susan is fallen sicke of the meazles, we fear, or, at least,
of a scarlett feavour.

11th. Up, and with Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten to the Council Chamber
at White Hall, to the Committee of the Lords for the Navy, where we were
made to wait an houre or two before called in. In that time looking upon
some books of heraldry of Sir Edward Walkers making, which are very fine,
there I observed the Duke of Monmouths armes are neatly done, and his
title, The most noble and high-born Prince, James Scott, Duke of
Monmouth, &c.; nor could Sir J. Minnes, nor any body there, tell
whence he should take the name of Scott? And then I found my Lord
Sandwich, his title under his armes is, The most noble and mighty Lord,
Edward, Earl of Sandwich, &c. Sir Edward Walker afterwards coming in,
in discourse did say that there was none of the families of princes in
Christendom that do derive themselves so high as Julius Caesar, nor so far
by 1000 years, that can directly prove their rise; only some in Germany do
derive themselves from the patrician familys of Rome, but that
uncertainly; and, among other things, did much inveigh against the writing
of romances, that 500 years hence being wrote of matters in general, true
as the romance of Cleopatra, the world will not know which is the true and
which the false. Here was a gentleman attending here that told us he saw
the other day (and did bring the draught of it to Sir Francis Prigeon) of
a monster born of an hostlers wife at Salisbury, two women children
perfectly made, joyned at the lower part of their bellies, and every part
perfect as two bodies, and only one payre of legs coming forth on one side
from the middle where they were joined. It was alive 24 hours, and cried
and did as all hopefull children do; but, being showed too much to people,
was killed. By and by we were called in, where a great many lords: Annesly
in the chair. But, Lord! to see what work they will make us, and what
trouble we shall have to inform men in a business they are to begin to
know, when the greatest of our hurry is, is a thing to be lamented; and I
fear the consequence will be bad to us. Thence I by coach to the Change,
and thence home to dinner, my head akeing mightily with much business. Our
little girl better than she was yesterday. After dinner out again by coach
to my Lord Chancellors, but could not speak with him, then up and down to
seek Sir Ph. Warwicke, Sir G. Carteret, and my Lord Berkely, but failed in
all, and so home and there late at business. Among other things Mr. Turner
making his complaint to me how my clerks do all the worke and get all the
profit, and he hath no comfort, nor cannot subsist, I did make him
apprehend how he is beholding to me more than to any body for my suffering
him to act as Pourveyour of petty provisions, and told him so largely my
little value of any bodys favour, that I believe he will make no
complaints again a good while. So home to supper and to bed, after
prayers, and having my boy and Mercer give me some, each of them some,
musique.

12th. Up, being frighted that Mr. Coventry was come to towne and now at
the office, so I run down without eating or drinking or washing to the
office and it proved my Lord Berkeley. There all the morning, at noon to
the Change, and so home to dinner, Mr. Wayth with me, and then to the
office, where mighty busy till very late, but I bless God I go through
with it very well and hope I shall.

13th (Lords day). This morning to church, where mighty sport, to hear our
clerke sing out of tune, though his master sits by him that begins and
keeps the tune aloud for the parish. Dined at home very well, and spent
all the afternoon with my wife within doors, and getting a speech out of
Hamlett, To bee or not to bee, without book. In the evening to sing
psalms, and in come Mr. Hill to see me, and then he and I and the boy
finely to sing, and so anon broke up after much pleasure, he gone I to
supper, and so prayers and to bed.

14th. Up, and with Sir W. Batten to White Hall, to the Lords of the
Admiralty, and there did our business betimes. Thence to Sir Philip
Warwicke about Navy business: and my Lord Ashly; and afterwards to my Lord
Chancellor, who is very well pleased with me, and my carrying of his
business. And so to the Change, where mighty busy; and so home to dinner,
where Mr. Creed and Moore: and after dinner I to my Lord Treasurers, to
Sir Philip Warwicke there, and then to White Hall, to the Duke of
Albemarle, about Tangier; and then homeward to the Coffee-house to hear
newes. And it seems the Dutch, as I afterwards found by Mr. Coventrys
letters, have stopped a ship of masts of Sir W. Warrens, coming for us in
a Swedes ship, which they will not release upon Sir G. Downings claiming
her: which appears as the first act of hostility; and is looked upon as so
by Mr. Coventry. The Elias, coming from New England (Captain Hill,
commander), is sunk; only the captain and a few men saved. She foundered
in the sea. So home, where infinite busy till 12 at night, and so home to
supper and to bed.

15th. That I might not be too fine for the business I intend this day, I
did leave off my fine new cloth suit lined with plush and put on my poor
black suit, and after office done (where much business, but little done),
I to the Change, and thence Bagwells wife with much ado followed me
through Moorfields to a blind alehouse, and there I did caress her and eat
and drink, and many hard looks and sooth the poor wretch did give me, and
I think verily was troubled at what I did, but at last after many
protestings by degrees I did arrive at what I would, with great pleasure,
and then in the evening, it raining, walked into town to where she knew
where she was, and then I took coach and to White Hall to a Committee of
Tangier, where, and every where else, I thank God, I find myself growing
in repute; and so home, and late, very late, at business, nobody minding
it but myself, and so home to bed, weary and full of thoughts. Businesses
grow high between the Dutch and us on every side.

16th. My wife not being well, waked in the night, and strange to see how
dead sleep our people sleep that she was fain to ring an hour before any
body would wake. At last one rose and helped my wife, and so to sleep
again. Up and to my business, and then to White Hall, there to attend the
Lords Commissioners, and so directly home and dined with Sir W. Batten and
my Lady, and after dinner had much discourse tending to profit with Sir W.
Batten, how to get ourselves into the prize office

     [The Calendars of State Papers are full of references to
     applications for Commissionerships of the Prize Office.  In
     December, 1664, the Navy Committee appointed themselves the
     Commissioners for Prize Goods, Sir Henry Bennet being appointed
     comptroller, and Lord Ashley treasurer.]

or some other fair way of obliging the King to consider us in our
extraordinary pains. Then to the office, and there all the afternoon very
busy, and so till past 12 at night, and so home to bed. This day my wife
went to the burial of a little boy of W. Joyces.

17th. Up and to my office, and there all the morning mighty busy, and
taking upon me to tell the Comptroller how ill his matters were done, and
I think indeed if I continue thus all the business of the office will come
upon me whether I will or no. At noon to the Change, and then home with
Creed to dinner, and thence I to the office, where close at it all the
afternoon till 12 at night, and then home to supper and to bed. This day I
received from Mr. Foley, but for me to pay for it, if I like it, an iron
chest, having now received back some money I had laid out for the King,
and I hope to have a good sum of money by me, thereby, in a few days, I
think above L800. But when I come home at night, I could not find the way
to open it; but, which is a strange thing, my little girle Susan could
carry it alone from one table clear from the ground and set upon another,
when neither I nor anyone in my house but Jane the cook-mayde could do it.

18th. Up and to the office, and thence to the Committee of the Fishery at
White Hall, where so poor simple doings about the business of the Lottery,
that I was ashamed to see it, that a thing so low and base should have any
thing to do with so noble an undertaking. But I had the advantage this day
to hear Mr. Williamson discourse, who come to be a contractor with others
for the Lotterys, and indeed I find he is a very logicall man and a good
speaker. But it was so pleasant to see my Lord Craven, the chaireman,
before many persons of worth and grave, use this comparison in saying that
certainly these that would contract for all the lotteries would not suffer
us to set up the Virginia lottery for plate before them, For, says he,
if I occupy a wench first, you may occupy her again your heart out you
can never have her maidenhead after I have once had it, which he did more
loosely, and yet as if he had fetched a most grave and worthy instance.
They made mirth, but I and others were ashamed of it. Thence to the
Change and thence home to dinner, and thence to the office a good while,
and thence to the Council chamber at White Hall to speake with Sir G.
Carteret, and here by accident heard a great and famous cause between Sir
G. Lane and one Mr. Phill. Whore, an Irish business about Sir G. Lanes
endeavouring to reverse a decree of the late Commissioners of Ireland in a
Rebells case for his land, which the King had given as forfeited to Sir G.
Lane, for whom the Sollicitor did argue most angell like, and one of the
Commissioners, Baron, did argue for the other and for himself and his
brethren who had decreed it. But the Sollicitor do so pay the
Commissioners, how four all along did act for the Papists, and three only
for the Protestants, by which they were overvoted, but at last one word
(which was omitted in the Sollicitors repeating of an Act of Parliament
in the case) being insisted on by the other part, the Sollicitor was put
to a great stop, and I could discern he could not tell what to say, but
was quite out. Thence home well pleased with this accident, and so home to
my office, where late, and then to supper and to bed. This day I had a
letter from Mr. Coventry, that tells me that my Lord Brunkard is to be one
of our Commissioners, of which I am very glad, if any more must be.

19th. All the morning at the office, and without dinner down by galley up
and down the river to visit the yards and ships now ordered forth with
great delight, and so home to supper, and then to office late to write
letters, then home to bed.

20th (Lords day). Up, and with my wife to church, where Pegg Pen very
fine in her new coloured silk suit laced with silver lace. Dined at home,
and Mr. Sheply, lately come to town, with me. A great deal of ordinary
discourse with him. Among other things praying him to speak to Stankes to
look after our business. With him and in private with Mr. Bodham talking
of our ropeyarde stores at Woolwich, which are mighty low, even to
admiration. They gone, in the evening comes Mr. Andrews and sings with us,
and he gone, I to Sir W. Battens, where Sir J. Minnes and he and I to
talk about our letter to my Lord Treasurer, where his folly and simple
confidence so great in a report so ridiculous that he hath drawn up to
present to my Lord, nothing of it being true, that I was ashamed, and did
roundly and in many words for an houre together talk boldly to him, which
pleased Sir W. Batten and my Lady, but I was in the right, and was the
willinger to do so before them, that they might see that I am somebody,
and shall serve him so in his way another time. So home vexed at this
nights passage, for I had been very hot with him, so to supper and to
bed, out of order with this nights vexation.

21st. Up, and with them to the Lords at White Hall, where they do single
me out to speake to and to hear, much to my content, and received their
commands, particularly in several businesses. Thence by their order to the
Attorney Generals about a new warrant for Captain Taylor which I shall
carry for him to be Commissioner in spite of Sir W. Batten, and yet indeed
it is not I, but the ability of the man, that makes the Duke and Mr.
Coventry stand by their choice. I to the Change and there staid long
doing business, and this day for certain newes is come that Teddiman hath
brought in eighteen or twenty Dutchmen, merchants, their Bourdeaux fleete,
and two men of wary to Portsmouth.

     [Captain Sir Thomas Teddiman (or Tyddiman) had been appointed
     Rear-Admiral of Lord Sandwichs squadron of the English fleet.  In a
     letter from Sir William Coventry to Secretary Bennet, dated November
     13th, 1664, we read, Rear Admiral Teddeman with four or five ships
     has gone to course in the Channel, and if he meet any refractory
     Dutchmen will teach them their duty (Calendar of State Papers,
      Domestic, 1664.-65, p. 66).]

And I had letters this afternoon, that three are brought into the Downes
and Dover; so that the warr is begun: God give a good end to it! After
dinner at home all the afternoon busy, and at night with Sir W. Batten and
Sir J. Minnes looking over the business of stating the accounts of the
navy charge to my Lord Treasurer, where Sir J. Minness paper served us in
no stead almost, but was all false, and after I had done it with great
pains, he being by, I am confident he understands not one word in it. At
it till 10 at night almost. Thence by coach to Sir Philip Warwickes, by
his desire to have conferred with him, but he being in bed, I to White
Hall to the Secretaries, and there wrote to Mr. Coventry, and so home by
coach again, a fine clear moonshine night, but very cold. Home to my
office awhile, it being past 12 at night; and so to supper and to bed.

22nd. At the office all the morning. Sir G. Carteret, upon a motion of Sir
W. Battens, did promise, if we would write a letter to him, to shew it to
the King on our behalf touching our desire of being Commissioners of the
Prize office. I wrote a letter to my mind and, after eating a bit at home
(Mr. Sheply dining and taking his leave of me), abroad and to Sir G.
Carteret with the letter and thence to my Lord Treasurers; wherewith Sir
Philip Warwicke long studying all we could to make the last year swell as
high as we could. And it is much to see how he do study for the King, to
do it to get all the money from the Parliament all he can: and I shall be
serviceable to him therein, to help him to heads upon which to enlarge the
report of the expense. He did observe to me how obedient this Parliament
was for awhile, and the last sitting how they begun to differ, and to carp
at the Kings officers; and what they will do now, he says, is to make
agreement for the money, for there is no guess to be made of it. He told
me he was prepared to convince the Parliament that the Subsidys are a most
ridiculous tax (the four last not rising to L40,000), and unequall. He
talks of a tax of Assessment of L70,000 for five years; the people to be
secured that it shall continue no longer than there is really a warr; and
the charges thereof to be paid. He told me, that one year of the late
Dutch warr cost L1,623,000. Thence to my Lord Chancellors, and there
staid long with Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes, to speak with my lord
about our Prize Office business; but, being sicke and full of visitants,
we could not speak with him, and so away home. Where Sir Richard Ford did
meet us with letters from Holland this day, that it is likely the Dutch
fleete will not come out this year; they have not victuals to keep them
out, and it is likely they will be frozen before they can get back.
Captain Cocke is made Steward for sick and wounded seamen. So home to
supper, where troubled to hear my poor boy Tom has a fit of the stone, or
some other pain like it. I must consult Mr. Holliard for him. So at one in
the morning home to bed.

23rd. Up and to my office, where close all the morning about my Lord
Treasurers accounts, and at noon home to dinner, and then to the office
all the afternoon very busy till very late at night, and then to supper
and to bed. This evening Mr. Hollyard came to me and told me that he hath
searched my boy, and he finds he hath a stone in his bladder, which
grieves me to the heart, he being a good-natured and well-disposed boy,
and more that it should be my misfortune to have him come to my house. Sir
G. Carteret was here this afternoon; and strange to see how we plot to
make the charge of this warr to appear greater than it is, because of
getting money.

24th. Up and to the office, where all the morning busy answering of
people. About noon out with Commissioner Pett, and he and I to a
Coffee-house, to drink jocolatte, very good; and so by coach to
Westminster, being the first day of the Parliaments meeting. After the
House had received the Kings speech, and what more he had to say,
delivered in writing, the Chancellor being sicke, it rose, and I with Sir
Philip Warwicke home and conferred our matters about the charge of the
Navy, and have more to give him in the excessive charge of this years
expense. I dined with him, and Mr. Povy with us and Sir Edmund Pooly, a
fine gentleman, and Mr. Chichly, and fine discourse we had and fine talke,
being proud to see myself accepted in such company and thought better than
I am. After dinner Sir Philip and I to talk again, and then away home to
the office, where sat late; beginning our sittings now in the afternoon,
because of the Parliament; and they being rose, I to my office, where late
till almost one oclock, and then home to bed.

25th. Up and at my office all the morning, to prepare an account of the
charge we have been put to extraordinary by the Dutch already; and I have
brought it to appear L852,700; but God knows this is only a scare to the
Parliament, to make them give the more money. Thence to the Parliament
House, and there did give it to Sir Philip Warwicke; the House being hot
upon giving the King a supply of money, and I by coach to the Change and
took up Mr. Jenings along with me (my old acquaintance), he telling me the
mean manner that Sir Samuel Morland lives near him, in a house he hath
bought and laid out money upon, in all to the value of L1200, but is
believed to be a beggar; and so I ever thought he would be. From the
Change with Mr. Deering and Luellin to the White Horse tavern in Lombard
Street, and there dined with them, he giving me a dish of meat to
discourse in order to my serving Deering, which I am already obliged to
do, and shall do it, and would be glad he were a man trusty that I might
venture something along with him. Thence home, and by and by in the
evening took my wife out by coach, leaving her at Unthankes while I to
White Hall and to Westminster Hall, where I have not been to talk a great
while, and there hear that Mrs. Lane and her husband live a sad life
together, and he is gone to be a paymaster to a company to Portsmouth to
serve at sea. She big with child. Thence I home, calling my wife, and at
Sir W. Battens hear that the House have given the King L2,500,000 to be
paid for this warr, only for the Navy, in three years time; which is a
joyfull thing to all the Kings party I see, but was much opposed by Mr.
Vaughan and others, that it should be so much. So home and to supper and
to bed.

26th. Up and to the office, where busy all the morning. Home a while to
dinner and then to the office, where very late busy till quite weary, but
contented well with my dispatch of business, and so home to supper and to
bed.

27th (Lords day). To church in the morning, then dined at home, and to my
office, and there all the afternoon setting right my business of flaggs,
and after all my pains find reason not to be sorry, because I think it
will bring me considerable profit. In the evening come Mr. Andrews and
Hill, and we sung, with my boy, Ravenscrofts 4-part psalms, most
admirable musique. Then (Andrews not staying) we to supper, and after
supper fell into the rarest discourse with Mr. Hill about Rome and Italy;
but most pleasant that I ever had in my life. At it very late and then to
bed.

28th. Up, and with Sir J. Minnes and W. Batten to White Hall, but no
Committee of Lords (which is like to do the Kings business well). So to
Westminster, and there to Jervass and was a little while with Jane, and
so to London by coach and to the Coffee-house, where certain news of our
peace made by Captain Allen with Argier, which is good news; and that the
Dutch have sent part of their fleete round by Scotland; and resolve to pay
off the rest half-pay, promising the rest in the Spring, hereby keeping
their men. But how true this, I know not. Home to dinner, then come Dr.
Clerke to speak with me about sick and wounded men, wherein he is like to
be concerned. After him Mr. Cutler, and much talk with him, and with him
to White Hall, to have waited on the Lords by order, but no meeting,
neither to-night, which will spoil all. I think I shall get something by
my discourse with Cutler. So home, and after being at my office an hour
with Mr. Povy talking about his business of Tangier, getting him some
money allowed him for freight of ships, wherein I hope to get something
too. He gone, home hungry and almost sick for want of eating, and so to
supper and to bed.

29th. Up, and with Sir W. Batten to the Committee of Lords at the Council
Chamber, where Sir G. Carteret told us what he had said to the King, and
how the King inclines to our request of making us Commissioners of the
Prize office, but meeting him anon in the gallery, he tells me that my
Lord Barkely is angry we should not acquaint him with it, so I found out
my Lord and pacified him, but I know not whether he was so in earnest or
no, for he looked very frowardly. Thence to the Parliament House, and with
Sir W. Batten home and dined with him, my wife being gone to my Lady
Sandwichs, and then to the office, where we sat all the afternoon, and I
at my office till past 12 at night, and so home to bed. This day I hear
that the King should say that the Dutch do begin to comply with him. Sir
John Robinson told Sir W. Batten that he heard the King say so. I pray God
it may be so.

30th. Up, and with Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes to the Committee of the
Lords, and there did our business; but, Lord! what a sorry dispatch these
great persons give to business. Thence to the Change, and there hear the
certainty and circumstances of the Dutch having called in their fleete and
paid their men half-pay, the other to be paid them upon their being ready
upon beat of drum to come to serve them again, and in the meantime to have
half-pay. This is said. Thence home to dinner, and so to my office all the
afternoon. In the evening my wife and Sir W. Warren with me to White Hall,
sending her with the coach to see her father and mother. He and I up to
Sir G. Carteret, and first I alone and then both had discourse with him
about things of the Navy, and so I and he calling my wife at Unthankes,
home again, and long together talking how to order things in a new
contract for Norway goods, as well to the Kings as to his advantage. He
gone, I to my monthly accounts, and, bless God! I find I have increased my
last balance, though but little; but I hope ere long to get more. In the
meantime praise God for what I have, which is L1209. So, with my heart
glad to see my accounts fall so right in this time of mixing of monies and
confusion, I home to bed.