Samuel Pepys diary October 1668

OCTOBER 1668

     [In this part of the Diary no entry occurs for thirteen days,
     though there are several pages left blank.  During the interval
     Pepys went into the country, as he subsequently mentions his having
     been at Saxham, in Suffolk, during the kings visit to Lord Crofts,
     which took place at this time (see October 23rd, host).  He might
     also probably have gone to Impington to fetch his wife.  The pages
     left blank were never filled up.—B.]

October 11th (Lords day). Up and to church, where I find Parson Mills
come to town and preached, and the church full, most people being now come
home to town, though the season of year is as good as summer in all
respects. At noon dined at home with my wife, all alone, and busy all the
afternoon in my closet, making up some papers with W. Hewer and at night
comes Mr. Turner and his wife, and there they tell me that Mr. Harper is
dead at Deptford, and so now all his and my care is, how to secure his
being Storekeeper in his stead; and here they and their daughter, and a
kinswoman that come along with them, did sup with me, and pretty merry,
and then, they gone, and my wife to read to me, and to bed.

12th. Up, and with Mr. Turner by water to White Hall, there to think to
enquire when the Duke of York will be in town, in order to Mr. Turners
going down to Audley Ends about his place; and here I met in St. Jamess
Park with one that told us that the Duke of York would be in town
to-morrow, and so Turner parted and went home, and I also did stop my
intentions of going to the Court, also this day, about securing Mr.
Turners place of Petty-purveyor to Mr. Hater. So I to my Lord
Brounckers, thinking to have gone and spoke to him about it, but he is
gone out to town till night, and so, meeting a gentleman of my Lord
Middletons looking for me about the payment of the L1000 lately ordered
to his Lord, in advance of his pay, which shall arise upon his going
Governor to Tangier, I did go to his Lords lodgings, and there spoke the
first time with him, and find him a shrewd man, but a drinking man, I
think, as the world says; but a man that hath seen much of the world, and
is a Scot. I offered him my service, though I can do him little; but he
sends his man home with me, where I made him stay, till I had gone to Sir
W. Pen, to bespeak him about Mr. Hater, who, contrary to my fears, did
appear very friendly, to my great content; for I was afraid of his
appearing for his man Burroughs. But he did not; but did declare to me
afterwards his intentions to desire an excuse in his own business, to be
eased of the business of the Comptroller, his health not giving him power
to stay always in town, but he must go into the country. I did say little
to him but compliment, having no leisure to think of his business, or any
mans but my own, and so away and home, where I find Sir H. Cholmly come
to town; and is come hither to see me: and he is a man that I love
mightily, as being, of a gentleman, the most industrious that ever I saw.
He staid with me awhile talking, and telling me his obligations to my Lord
Sandwich, which I was glad of; and that the Duke of Buckingham is now
chief of all men in this kingdom, which I knew before; and that he do
think the Parliament will hardly ever meet again; which is a great many
mens thoughts, and I shall not be sorry for it. He being gone, I with my
Lord Middletons servant to Mr. Colvills, but he was not in town, and so
he parted, and I home, and there to dinner, and Mr. Pelling with us; and
thence my wife and Mercer, and W. Hewer and Deb., to the Kings playhouse,
and I afterwards by water with them, and there we did hear the Eunuch
(who, it seems, is a Frenchman, but long bred in Italy) sing, which I
seemed to take as new to me, though I saw him on Saturday last, but said
nothing of it; but such action and singing I could never have imagined to
have heard, and do make good whatever Tom Hill used to tell me. Here we
met with Mr. Batelier and his sister, and so they home with us in two
coaches, and there at my house staid and supped, and this night my
bookseller Shrewsbury comes, and brings my books of Martyrs, and I did pay
him for them, and did this night make the young women before supper to
open all the volumes for me. So to supper, and after supper to read a
ridiculous nonsensical book set out by Will. Pen, for the Quakers; but so
full of nothing but nonsense, that I was ashamed to read in it. So they
gone, we to bed.

     [Penns first work, entitled, Truth exalted, in a short but sure
     testimony against all those religions, faiths, and worships, that
     have been formed and followed, in the darkness of apostacy; and for
     that glorious light which is now risen, and shines forth, in the
     life and doctrine of the despised Quakers....  by W. Penn,
     whom divine love constrains, in holy contempt, to trample on Egypts
     glory, not fearing the Kings wrath, having beheld the Majesty of
     Him who is invisible:  London, 1668.—B.]

13th. Up, and to the office, and before the office did speak with my Lord
Brouncker, and there did get his ready assent to T. Haters having of Mr.
Turners place, and so Sir J. Minness also: but when we come to sit down
at the Board, comes to us Mr. Wren this day to town, and tells me that
James Southern do petition the Duke of York for the Storekeepers place of
Deptford, which did trouble me much, and also the Board, though, upon
discourse, after he was gone, we did resolve to move hard for our Clerks,
and that places of preferment may go according to seniority and merit. So,
the Board up, I home with my people to dinner, and so to the office again,
and there, after doing some business, I with Mr. Turner to the Duke of
Albemarles at night; and there did speak to him about his appearing to
Mr. Wren a friend to Mr. Turner, which he did take kindly from me; and so
away thence, well pleased with what we had now done, and so I with him
home, stopping at my Lord Brounckers, and getting his hand to a letter I
wrote to the Duke of York for T. Hater, and also at my Lord Middletons,
to give him an account of what I had done this day, with his man, at
Alderman Backewells, about the getting of his L1000 paid;

     [It was probably for this payment that the tally was obtained, the
     loss of which caused Pepys so much anxiety.  See November 26th,
     1668]

and here he did take occasion to discourse about the business of the Dutch
war, which, he says, he was always an enemy to; and did discourse very
well of it, I saying little, but pleased to hear him talk; and to see how
some men may by age come to know much, and yet by their drinking and other
pleasures render themselves not very considerable. I did this day find by
discourse with somebody, that this nobleman was the great Major-General
Middleton; that was of the Scots army, in the beginning of the late war
against the King. Thence home and to the office to finish my letters, and
so home and did get my wife to read to me, and then Deb to comb my head.

14th. Up, and by water, stopping at Michells, and there saw Betty, but
could have no discourse with her, but there drank. To White Hall, and
there walked to St. Jamess, where I find the Court mighty full, it being
the Duke or Yorks birthday; and he mighty fine, and all the musick, one
after another, to my great content. Here I met with Sir H. Cholmly; and he
and I to walk, and to my Lord Barkeleys new house; there to see a new
experiment of a cart, which; by having two little wheeles fastened to the
axle-tree, is said to make it go with half the ease and more, than another
cart but we did not see the trial made. Thence I home, and after dinner to
St. Jamess, and there met my brethren; but the Duke of York being gone
out, and to-night being a play there; and a great festival, we would not
stay, but went all of us to the Kings playhouse, and there saw The
Faythful Shepherdess again, that we might hear the French Eunuch sing,
which we did, to our great content; though I do admire his action as much
as his singing, being both beyond all I ever saw or heard. Thence with W.
Pen home, and there to get my people to read, and to supper, and so to
bed.

15th. Up, and all the morning at the office, and at home at dinner, where,
after dinner, my wife and I and Deb. out by coach to the upholsters in
Long Lane, Alderman Reeves, and then to Alderman Crows, to see variety
of hangings, and were mightily pleased therewith, and spent the whole
afternoon thereupon; and at last I think we shall pitch upon the best suit
of Apostles, where three pieces for my room will come to almost L80: so
home, and to my office, and then home to supper and to bed. This day at
the Board comes unexpected the warrants from the Duke of York for Mr.
Turner and Hater, for the places they desire, which contents me mightily.

16th. Up, and busy all the morning at the office, and before noon I took
my wife by coach, and Deb., and shewed her Mr. Wrens hangings and bed, at
St. Jamess, and Sir W. Coventrys in the Pell Mell, for our satisfaction
in what we are going to buy; and so by Mr. Crows, home, about his
hangings, and do pitch upon buying his second suit of Apostles-the whole
suit, which comes to L83; and this we think the best for us, having now
the whole suit, to answer any other rooms or service. So home to dinner,
and with Mr. Hater by water to St. Jamess: there Mr. Hater, to give Mr.
Wren thanks for his kindness about his place that he hath lately granted
him, of Petty Purveyor of petty emptions, upon the removal of Mr. Turner
to be Storekeeper at Deptford, on the death of Harper. And then we all up
to the Duke of York, and there did our usual business, and so I with J.
Minnes home, and there finding my wife gone to my aunt Wights, to see her
the first time after her coming to town, and indeed the first time, I
think, these two years (we having been great strangers one to the other
for a great while), I to them; and there mighty kindly used, and had a
barrel of oysters, and so to look up and down their house, they having
hung a room since I was there, but with hangings not fit to be seen with
mine, which I find all come home to-night, and here staying an hour or two
we home, and there to supper and to bed.

17th. Up, and to the office, where all the morning sitting, and at noon
home to dinner, and to the office all the afternoon, and then late home,
and there with much pleasure getting Mr. Gibbs, that writes well, to write
the name upon my new draught of The Resolution; and so set it up, and
altered the situation of some of my pictures in my closet, to my
extraordinary content, and at it with much pleasure till almost 12 at
night. Mr. Moore and Seymour were with me this afternoon, who tell me that
my Lord Sandwich was received mighty kindly by the King, and is in
exceeding great esteem with him, and the rest about him; but I doubt it
will be hard for him to please both the King and the Duke of York, which I
shall be sorry for. Mr. Moore tells me the sad condition my Lord is in, in
his estate and debts; and the way he now lives in, so high, and so many
vain servants about him, that he must be ruined, if he do not take up,
which, by the grace of God, I will put him upon, when I come to see him.

18th (Lords day). Up, and with my boy Tom all the morning altering the
places of my pictures with great pleasure, and at noon to dinner, and then
comes Mr. Shales to see me, and I with him to recommend him to my Lord
Brounckers service, which I did at Madam Williamss, and my Lord receives
him. Thence with Brouncker to Lincolnes Inn, and Mr. Ball, to visit Dr.
Wilkins, now newly Bishop of Chester: and he received us mighty kindly;
and had most excellent discourse from him about his Book of Reall
Character: and so I with Lord Brouncker to White Hall, and there saw the
Queen and some ladies, and with Lord Brouncker back, it again being a
rainy evening, and so my Lord forced to lend me his coach till I got a
hackney, which I did, and so home and to supper, and got my wife to read
to me, and so to bed.

19th. Up, and to my office to set down my Journall for some days past, and
so to other business. At the office all the morning upon some business of
Sir W. Warrens, and at noon home to dinner, and thence out by coach with
my wife and Deb. and Mr. Harman, the upholster, and carried them to take
measure of Mr. Wrens bed at St. Jamess, I being resolved to have just
such another made me, and thence set him down in the Strand, and my wife
and I to the Duke of Yorks playhouse; and there saw, the first time
acted, The Queene of Arragon, an old Blackfriars play, but an admirable
one, so good that I am astonished at it, and wonder where it hath lain
asleep all this while, that I have never heard of it before. Here met W.
Batelier and Mrs. Hunt, Deb.s aunt; and saw her home—a very witty
woman, and one that knows this play, and understands a play mighty well.
Left her at home in Jewen Street, and we home, and to supper, and my wife
to read to me, and so to bed.

20th. Up, and to the office all the morning, and then home to dinner,
having this day a new girl come to us in the room of Nell, who is lately,
about four days since, gone away, being grown lazy and proud. This girl to
stay only till we have a boy, which I intend to keep when I have a coach,
which I am now about. At this time my wife and I mighty busy laying out
money in dressing up our best chamber, and thinking of a coach and
coachman and horses, &c.; and the more because of Creeds being now
married to Mrs. Pickering; a thing I could never have expected, but it is
done about seven or ten days since, as I hear out of the country. At noon
home to dinner, and my wife and Harman and girl abroad to buy things, and
I walked out to several places to pay debts, and among other things to
look out for a coach, and saw many; and did light on one for which I bid
L50, which do please me mightily, and I believe I shall have it. So to my
tailors, and the New Exchange, and so by coach home, and there, having
this day bought The Queene of Arragon play, I did get my wife and W.
Batelier to read it over this night by 11 oclock, and so to bed.

21st. Lay pretty long talking with content with my wife about our coach
and things, and so to the office, where Sir D. Gawden was to do something
in his accounts. At noon to dinner to Mr. Bateliers, his mother coming
this day a-housewarming to him, and several friends of his, to which he
invited us. Here mighty merry, and his mother the same; I heretofore took
her for a gentlewoman, and understanding. I rose from table before the
rest, because under an obligation to go to my Lord Brounckers, where to
meet several gentlemen of the Royal Society, to go and make a visit to the
French Embassador Colbert, at Leicester House, he having endeavoured to
make one or two to my Lord Brouncker, as our President, but he was not
within, but I come too late, they being gone before: but I followed to
Leicester House; but they are gore in and up before me; and so I away to
the New Exchange, and there staid for my wife, and she come, we to Cow
Lane, and there I shewed her the coach which I pitch on, and she is out of
herself for joy almost. But the man not within, so did nothing more
towards an agreement, but to Mr. Crows about a bed, to have his advice,
and so home, and there had my wife to read to me, and so to supper and to
bed. Memorandum: that from Crows, we went back to Charing Cross, and
there left my people at their tailors, while I to my Lord Sandwichs
lodgings, who come to town the last night, and is come thither to lye: and
met with him within: and among others my new cozen Creed, who looks mighty
soberly; and he and I saluted one another with mighty gravity, till we
come to a little more freedom of talk about it. But here I hear that Sir
Gilbert Pickering is lately dead, about three days since, which makes some
sorrow there, though not much, because of his being long expected to die,
having been in a lethargy long. So waited on my Lord to Court, and there
staid and saw the ladies awhile: and thence to my wife, and took them up;
and so home, and to supper and bed.

22nd. Up, and W. Bateliers Frenchman, a perriwigg maker, comes and brings
me a new one, which I liked and paid him for: a mighty genteel fellow. So
to the office, where sat all the morning, and at noon home to dinner, and
thence with wife and Deb. to Crows, and there did see some more beds; and
we shall, I think, pitch upon a camlott one, when all is done. Thence sent
them home, and I to Arundell House, where the first time we have met since
the vacation, and not much company: but here much good discourse, and
afterwards my Lord and others and I to the Devil tavern, and there eat and
drank, and so late, with Mr. Colwell, home by coach; and at home took him
with me, and there found my uncle Wight and aunt, and Woolly and his wife,
and there supped, and mighty merry. And anon they gone, and Mrs. Turner
staid, who was there also to talk of her husbands business; and the truth
is, I was the less pleased to talk with her, for that she hath not yet
owned, in any fit manner of thanks, my late and principal service to her
husband about his place, which I alone ought to have the thanks for, if
they know as much as I do; but let it go: if they do not own it, I shall
have it in my hand to teach them to do it. So to bed. This day word come
for all the Principal Officers to bring them [the Commissioners of
Accounts] their patents, which I did in the afternoon, by leaving it at
their office, but am troubled at what should be their design therein.

23rd. Up, and plasterers at work and painters about my house. Commissioner
Middleton and I to St. Jamess, where with the rest of our company we
attended on our usual business the Duke of York. Thence I to White Hall,
to my Lord Sandwichs, where I find my Lord within, but busy, private; and
so I staid a little talking with the young gentlemen: and so away with Mr.
Pierce, the surgeon, towards Tyburne, to see the people executed; but come
too late, it being done; two men and a woman hanged, and so back again and
to my coachmakers, and there did come a little nearer agreement for the
coach, and so to Duck Lane, and there my booksellers, and saw his moher,
but elle is so big-bellied that elle is not worth seeing. So home, and
there all alone to dinner, my wife and W. Hewer being gone to Deptford to
see her mother, and so I to the office all the afternoon. In the afternoon
comes my cozen, Sidney Pickering, to bring my wife and me his sisters
Favour for her wedding, which is kindly done, and he gone, I to business
again, and in the evening home, made my wife read till supper time, and so
to bed. This day Pierce do tell me, among other news, the late frolick and
debauchery of Sir Charles Sidly and Buckhurst, running up and down all the
night with their arses bare, through the streets; and at last fighting,
and being beat by the watch and clapped up all night; and how the King
takes their parts; and my Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the
constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid
shame. How the King and these gentlemen did make the fiddlers of Thetford,
this last progress, to sing them all the bawdy songs they could think of.
How Sir W. Coventry was brought the other day to the Duchesse of York by
the Duke, to kiss her hand; who did acknowledge his unhappiness to
occasion her so much sorrow, declaring his intentions in it, and praying
her pardon; which she did give him upon his promise to make good his
pretences of innocence to her family, by his faithfulness to his master,
the Duke of York. That the Duke of Buckingham is now all in all, and will
ruin Coventry, if he can: and that W. Coventry do now rest wholly upon the
Duke of York for his standing, which is a great turn. He tells me that my
Lady Castlemayne, however, is a mortal enemy to the Duke of Buckingham,
which I understand not; but, it seems, she is disgusted with his
greatness, and his ill usage of her. That the King was drunk at Saxam with
Sidly, Buckhurst, &c., the night that my Lord Arlington come thither,
and would not give him audience, or could not which is true, for it was
the night that I was there, and saw the King go up to his chamber, and was
told that the King had been drinking. He tells me, too, that the Duke of
York did the next day chide Bab. May for his occasioning the Kings giving
himself up to these gentlemen, to the neglecting of my Lord Arlington: to
which he answered merrily, that, by God, there was no man in England that
had heads to lose, durst do what they do, every day, with the King, and
asked the Duke of Yorks pardon: which is a sign of a mad world. God bless
us out of it!

24th. This morning comes to me the coachmaker, and agreed with me for L53,
and stand to the courtesy of what more I should give him upon the
finishing of the coach: he is likely also to fit me with a coachman. There
comes also to me Mr. Shotgrave, the operator of our Royal Society, to show
me his method of making the Tubes for the eyes, which are clouterly done,
so that mine are better, but I have well informed myself in several things
from him, and so am glad of speaking with him. So to the office, where all
the morning, and then to dinner, and so all the afternoon late at the
office, and so home; and my wife to read to me, and then with much content
to bed. This day Lord Brouncker tells me that the making Sir J. Minnes a
bare Commissioner is now in doing, which I am glad of; but he speaks of
two new Commissioners, which I do not believe.

25th (Lords day). Up, and discoursing with my wife about our house and
many new things we are doing of, and so to church I, and there find Jack
Fenn come, and his wife, a pretty black woman: I never saw her before, nor
took notice of her now. So home and to dinner, and after dinner all the
afternoon got my wife and boy to read to me, and at night W. Batelier
comes and sups with us; and, after supper, to have my head combed by Deb.,
which occasioned the greatest sorrow to me that ever I knew in this world,
for my wife, coming up suddenly, did find me embracing the girl…. I was
at a wonderful loss upon it, and the girle also, and I endeavoured to put
it off, but my wife was struck mute and grew angry, and so her voice come
to her, grew quite out of order, and I to say little, but to bed, and my
wife said little also, but could not sleep all night, but about two in the
morning waked me and cried, and fell to tell me as a great secret that she
was a Roman Catholique and had received the Holy Sacrament, which troubled
me, but I took no notice of it, but she went on from one thing to another
till at last it appeared plainly her trouble was at what she saw, but yet
I did not know how much she saw, and therefore said nothing to her. But
after her much crying and reproaching me with inconstancy and preferring a
sorry girl before her, I did give her no provocation, but did promise all
fair usage to her and love, and foreswore any hurt that I did with her,
till at last she seemed to be at ease again, and so toward morning a
little sleep, and so I with some little repose and rest

26th. Rose, and up and by water to White Hall, but with my mind mightily
troubled for the poor girle, whom I fear I have undone by this, my [wife]
telling me that she would turn her out of doors. However, I was obliged to
attend the Duke of York, thinking to have had a meeting of Tangier to-day,
but had not; but he did take me and Mr. Wren into his closet, and there
did press me to prepare what I had to say upon the answers of my
fellow-officers to his great letter, which I promised to do against his
coming to town again, the next week; and so to other discourse, finding
plainly that he is in trouble, and apprehensions of the Reformers, and
would be found to do what he can towards reforming, himself. And so thence
to my Lord Sandwichs, where, after long stay, he being in talk with
others privately, I to him; and there he, taking physic and keeping his
chamber, I had an hours talk with him about the ill posture of things at
this time, while the King gives countenance to Sir Charles Sidly and Lord
Buckhurst, telling him their late story of running up and down the streets
a little while since all night, and their being beaten and clapped up all
night by the constable, who is since chid and imprisoned for his pains. He
tells me that he thinks his matters do stand well with the King, and hopes
to have dispatch to his mind; but I doubt it, and do see that he do fear
it, too. He told me my Lady Carterets trouble about my writing of that
letter of the Duke of Yorks lately to the Office, which I did not own,
but declared to be of no injury to G. Carteret, and that I would write a
letter to him to satisfy him therein. But this I am in pain how to do,
without doing myself wrong, and the end I had, of preparing a
justification to myself hereafter, when the faults of the Navy come to be
found out however, I will do it in the best manner I can. Thence by coach
home and to dinner, finding my wife mightily discontented, and the girle
sad, and no words from my wife to her. So after dinner they out with me
about two or three things, and so home again, I all the evening busy, and
my wife full of trouble in her looks, and anon to bed, where about
midnight she wakes me, and there falls foul of me again, affirming that
she saw me hug and kiss the girle; the latter I denied, and truly, the
other I confessed and no more, and upon her pressing me did offer to give
her under my hand that I would never see Mrs. Pierce more nor Knepp, but
did promise her particular demonstrations of my true love to her, owning
some indiscretions in what I did, but that there was no harm in it. She at
last upon these promises was quiet, and very kind we were, and so to
sleep, and

27th. In the morning up, but my mind troubled for the poor girle, with
whom I could not get opportunity to speak, but to the office, my mind
mighty full of sorrow for her, to the office, where all the morning, and
to dinner with my people, and to the office all the afternoon, and so at
night home, and there busy to get some things ready against to-morrows
meeting of Tangier, and that being done, and my clerks gone, my wife did
towards bedtime begin to be in a mighty rage from some new matter that she
had got in her head, and did most part of the night in bed rant at me in
most high terms of threats of publishing my shame, and when I offered to
rise would have rose too, and caused a candle to be light to burn by her
all night in the chimney while she ranted, while the knowing myself to
have given some grounds for it, did make it my business to appease her all
I could possibly, and by good words and fair promises did make her very
quiet, and so rested all night, and rose with perfect good peace, being
heartily afflicted for this folly of mine that did occasion it, but was
forced to be silent about the girle, which I have no mind to part with,
but much less that the poor girle should be undone by my folly. So up with
mighty kindness from my wife and a thorough peace, and being up did by a
note advise the girle what I had done and owned, which note I was in pain
for till she told me she had burned it. This evening Mr. Spong come, and
sat late with me, and first told me of the instrument called
parallelogram,

     [This useful instrument, used for copying maps, plans, drawings, &c.
     either of the same size, or larger or smaller than the originals, is
     now named a pantograph.]

which I must have one of, shewing me his practice thereon, by a map of
England.

28th. So by coach with Mr. Gibson to Chancery Lane, and there made oath
before a Master of Chancery to the Tangier account of fees, and so to
White Hall, where, by and by, a Committee met, my Lord Sandwich there, but
his report was not received, it being late; but only a little business
done, about the supplying the place with victuals. But I did get, to my
great content, my account allowed of fees, with great applause by my Lord
Ashly and Sir W. Pen. Thence home, calling at one or two places; and there
about our workmen, who are at work upon my wifes closet, and other parts
of my house, that we are all in dirt. So after dinner with Mr. Gibson all
the afternoon in my closet, and at night to supper and to bed, my wife and
I at good peace, but yet with some little grudgings of trouble in her and
more in me about the poor girle.

29th. At the office all the morning, where Mr. Wren first tells us of the
order from the King, came last night to the Duke of York, for signifying
his pleasure to the Sollicitor-General for drawing up a Commission for
suspending of my Lord Anglesey, and putting in Sir Thomas. Littleton and
Sir Thomas Osborne, the former a creature of Arlingtons, and the latter
of the Duke of Buckinghams, during the suspension. The Duke of York was
forced to obey, and did grant it, he being to go to Newmarket this day
with the King, and so the King pressed for it. But Mr. Wren do own that
the Duke of York is the most wounded in this, in the world, for it is done
and concluded without his privity, after his appearing for Lord Anglesey,
and that it is plain that they do ayme to bring the Admiralty into
Commission too, and lessen the Duke of York. This do put strange
apprehensions into all our Board; only I think I am the least troubled at
it, for I care not at all for it: but my Lord Brouncker and Pen do seem to
think much of it. So home to dinner, full of this news, and after dinner
to the office, and so home all the afternoon to do business towards my
drawing up an account for the Duke of York of the answers of this office
to his late great letter, and late at it, and so to bed, with great peace
from my wife and quiet, I bless God.

30th. Up betimes; and Mr. Povy comes to even accounts with me, which we
did, and then fell to other talk. He tells, in short, how the King is made
a child of, by Buckingham and Arlington, to the lessening of the Duke of
York, whom they cannot suffer to be great, for fear of my Lord
Chancellors return, which, therefore, they make the King violent against.
That he believes it is impossible these two great men can hold together
long: or, at least, that the ambition of the former is so great, that he
will endeavour to master all, and bring into play as many as he can. That
Anglesey will not lose his place easily, but will contend in law with
whoever comes to execute it. That the Duke of York, in all things but in
his cod-piece, is led by the nose by his wife. That W. Coventry is now, by
the Duke of York, made friends with the Duchess; and that he is often
there, and waits on her. That he do believe that these present great men
will break in time, and that W. Coventry will be a great man again; for he
do labour to have nothing to do in matters of the State, and is so usefull
to the side that he is on, that he will stand, though at present he is
quite out of play. That my Lady Castlemayne hates the Duke of Buckingham.
That the Duke of York hath expressed himself very kind to my Lord
Sandwich, which I am mighty glad of. That we are to expect more changes if
these men stand. This done, he and I to talk of my coach, and I got him to
go see it, where he finds most infinite fault with it, both as to being
out of fashion and heavy, with so good reason that I am mightily glad of
his having corrected me in it; and so I do resolve to have one of his
build, and with his advice, both in coach and horses, he being the fittest
man in the world for it, and so he carried me home, and said the same to
my wife. So I to the office and he away, and at noon I home to dinner, and
all the afternoon late with Gibson at my chamber about my present great
business, only a little in the afternoon at the office about Sir D.
Gawdens accounts, and so to bed and slept heartily, my wife and I at good
peace, but my heart troubled and her mind not at ease, I perceive, she
against and I for the girle, to whom I have not said anything these three
days, but resolve to be mighty strange in appearance to her. This night W.
Batelier come and took his leave of us, he setting out for France
to-morrow.

31st. Up, and at the office all the morning. At noon home to dinner with
my people, and afternoon to the office again, and then to my chamber with
Gibson to do more about my great answer for the Duke of York, and so at
night after supper to bed well pleased with my advance thereon. This day
my Lord Anglesey was at the Office, and do seem to make nothing of this
business of his suspension, resolving to bring it into the Council, where
he seems not to doubt to have right, he standing upon his defence and
patent, and hath put in his caveats to the several Offices: so, as soon as
the King comes back again, which will be on Tuesday next, he will bring it
into the Council. So ends this month with some quiet to my mind, though
not perfect, after the greatest falling out with my poor wife, and through
my folly with the girl, that ever I had, and I have reason to be sorry and
ashamed of it, and more to be troubled for the poor girls sake, whom I
fear I shall by this means prove the ruin of, though I shall think myself
concerned both to love and be a friend to her. This day Roger Pepys and
his son Talbot, newly come to town, come and dined with me, and mighty
glad I am to see them.