Samuel Pepys diary January 1669

JANUARY 1668-1669

January 1st. Up, and presented from Captain Beckford with a noble silver
warming-pan, which I am doubtful whether to take or no. Up, and with W.
Hewer to the New Exchange, and then he and I to the cabinet-shops, to look
out, and did agree, for a cabinet to give my wife for a New-years gift;
and I did buy one cost me L11, which is very pretty, of walnutt-tree, and
will come home to-morrow. So back to the old Exchange, and there met my
uncle Wight; and there walked, and met with the Houblons, and talked with
them—gentlemen whom I honour mightily: and so to my uncles, and met
my wife; and there, with W. Hewer, we dined with our family, and had a
very good dinner, and pretty merry and after dinner, my wife and I with
our coach to the Kings playhouse, and there in a box saw The Mayden
Queene. Knepp looked upon us, but I durst not shew her any countenance;
and, as well as I could carry myself, I found my wife uneasy there, poor
wretch! therefore, I shall avoid that house as much as I can. So back to
my aunts, and there supped and talked, and staid pretty late, it being
dry and moonshine, and so walked home, and to bed in very good humour.

2nd. Up, at the office all the morning, and at noon home to dinner, where
I find my cabinet come home, and paid for it, and it pleases me and my
wife well. So after dinner busy late at the office, and so home and to

3rd (Lords day). Up, and busy all the morning, getting rooms and dinner
ready for my guests, which were my uncle and aunt Wight, and two of their
cousins, and an old woman, and Mr. Mills and his wife; and a good dinner,
and all our plate out, and mighty fine and merry, only I a little vexed at
burning a new table-cloth myself, with one of my trencher-salts. Dinner
done, I out with W. Hewer and Mr. Spong, who by accident come to dine with
me, and good talk with him: to White Hall by coach, and there left him,
and I with my Lord Brouncker to attend the Duke of York, and then up and
down the House till the evening, hearing how the King do intend this
frosty weather, it being this day the first, and very hard frost, that
hath come this year, and very cold it is. So home; and to supper and read;
and there my wife and I treating about coming to an allowance to my wife
for clothes; and there I, out of my natural backwardness, did hang off,
which vexed her, and did occasion some discontented talk in bed, when we
went to bed; and also in the morning, but I did recover all in the

4th. Lay long, talking with my wife, and did of my own accord come to an
allowance of her of L30 a-year for all expences, clothes and everything,
which she was mightily pleased with, it being more than ever she asked or
expected, and so rose, with much content, and up with W. Hewer to White
Hall, there to speak with Mr. Wren, which I did about several things of
the office entered in my memorandum books, and so about noon, going
homeward with W. Hewer, he and I went in and saw the great tall woman that
is to be seen, who is but twenty-one years old, and I do easily stand
under her arms. Then, going further, The. Turner called me, out of her
coach where her mother, &c., was, and invited me by all means to dine
with them, at my cozen Rogers mistresss, the widow Dickenson! So, I went
to them afterwards, and dined with them, and mighty handsomely treated,
and she a wonderful merry, good-humoured, fat, but plain woman, but I
believe a very good woman, and mighty civil to me. Mrs. Turner, the
mother, and Mrs. Dyke, and The., and Betty was the company, and a
gentleman of their acquaintance. Betty I did long to see, and she is
indifferent pretty, but not what the world did speak of her; but I am
mighty glad to have one so pretty of our kindred. After dinner, I walked
with them, to shew them the great woman, which they admire, as well they
may; and so back with them, and left them; and I to White Hall, where a
Committee of Tangier met, but little to do there, but I did receive an
instance of the Duke of Yorks kindness to me, and the whole Committee,
that they would not order any thing about the Treasurer for the
Corporation now in establishing, without my assent, and considering
whether it would be to my wrong or no. Thence up and down the house, and
to the Duke of Yorks side, and there in the Duchesss presence; and was
mightily complimented by my Lady Peterborough, in my Lord Sandwichs
presence, whom she engaged to thank me for my kindness to her and her
Lord…. By and by I met my Lord Brouncker; and he and I to the Duke of
York alone, and discoursed over the carriage of the present Treasurers, in
opposition to, or at least independency of, the Duke of York, or our
Board, which the Duke of York is sensible of, and all remember, I believe;
for they do carry themselves very respectlessly of him and us. We also
declared our minds together to the Duke of York about Sir John Minness
incapacity to do any service in the Office, and that it is but to betray
the King to have any business of trust committed to his weakness. So the
Duke of York was very sensible of it and promised to speak to the King
about it. That done, I with W. Hewer took up my wife at Unthanks, and so
home, and there with pleasure to read and talk, and so to supper, and put
into writing, in merry terms, our agreement between my wife and me, about
L30 a-year, and so to bed. This was done under both our hands merrily, and
put into W. Hewers to keep.

5th. Up, and to the office all the morning, the frost and cold continuing.
At noon home with my people to dinner; and so to work at the office again;
in the evening comes Creed to me, and tells me his wife is at my house. So
I in, and spent an hour with them, the first time she hath been here, or I
have seen her, since she was married. She is not overhandsome, though a
good lady, and one I love. So after some pleasant discourse, they gone, I
to the Office again, and there late, and then home to supper to my wife,
who is not very well of those, and so sat talking till past one in the
morning, and then to bed.

6th (Twelfth day). Up, and to look after things against dinner to-day for
my guests, and then to the Office to write down my journall for five or
six days backward, and so home to look after dinner, it being now almost
noon. At noon comes Mrs. Turner and Dyke, and Mrs. Dickenson, and then
comes The. and Betty Turner, the latter of which is a very pretty girl;
and then Creed and his wife, whom I sent for, by my coach. These were my
guests, and Mrs. Turners friend, whom I saw the other day, Mr. Wicken,
and very merry we were at dinner, and so all the afternoon, talking, and
looking up and down my house; and in the evening I did bring out my cake—a
noble cake, and there cut it into pieces, with wine and good drink: and
after a new fashion, to prevent spoiling the cake, did put so many titles
into a hat, and so drew cuts; and I was the Queene; and The. Turner, King—Creed,
Sir Martin Marr-all; and Betty, Mrs. Millicent: and so we were mighty
merry till it was night; and then, being moonshine and fine frost, they
went home, I lending some of them my coach to help to carry them, and so
my wife and I spent the rest of the evening in talk and reading, and so
with great pleasure to bed.

7th. Up, and to the office, where busy all the morning, and then at noon
home to dinner, and thence my wife and I to the Kings playhouse, and
there saw The Island Princesse, the first time I ever saw it; and it is
a pretty good play, many good things being in it, and a good scene of a
town on fire. We sat in an upper box, and the jade Nell come and sat in
the next box; a bold merry slut, who lay laughing there upon people; and
with a comrade of hers of the Dukes house, that come in to see the play.
Thence home and to the office to do some business, and so home to supper
and to bed.

8th. Up, and with Colonel Middleton, in his coach, and Mr. Tippets to
White Hall; and there attended the Duke of York with the rest, where the
Duke was mighty plain with the Treasurers, according to the advice my Lord
Brouncker and I did give him the other night, and he did it fully; and so
as, I believe, will make the Treasurers carefull of themselves, unless
they do resolve upon defying the Duke of York. Thence with W. Hewer home,
and to dinner, and so out again, my wife and I and Mr. Hater to White
Hall, where she set us down, and she up and down to buy things, while we
at the Treasury-Chamber, where I alone did manage the business of The
Leopard against the whole Committee of the East India Company, with Mr.
Blackburne with them; and to the silencing of them all, to my no great
content. Thence walked to my wife, and so set out for home in our coach,
it being very cold weather, and so to the office to do a little business,
and then home to my wifes chamber, my people having laid the cloth, and
got the rooms all clean above-stairs to-night for our dinner to-morrow,
and therefore I to bed.

9th. Up, and at the office all the morning, and at noon, my Lord
Brouncker, Mr. Wren, Joseph Williamson, and Captain Cocke, dined with me;
and, being newly sat down, comes in, by invitation of Williamsons, the
Lieutenant of the Tower, and he brings in with him young Mr. Whore, whose
father, of the Tower, I know.—And here I had a neat dinner, and all
in so good manner and fashion, and with so good company, and everything to
my mind, as I never had more in my life—the company being to my
hearts content, and they all well pleased. So continued, looking over my
books and closet till the evening, and so I to the Office and did a good
deal of business, and so home to supper and to bed with my mind mightily
pleased with this days management, as one of the days of my life of
fullest content.

10th (Lords day). Accidentally talking of our maids before we rose, I
said a little word that did give occasion to my wife to fall out; and she
did most vexatiously, almost all the morning, but ended most perfect good
friends; but the thoughts of the unquiet which her ripping up of old
faults will give me, did make me melancholy all day long. So about noon,
past 12, we rose, and to dinner, and then to read and talk, my wife and I
alone, for Balty was gone, who come to dine with us, and then in the
evening comes Pelting to sit and talk with us, and so to supper and pretty
merry discourse, only my mind a little vexed at the mornings work, but
yet without any appearance. So after supper to bed.

11th. Up, and with W. Hewer, my guard, to White Hall, where no Committee
of Tangier met, so up and down the House talking with this and that man,
and so home, calling at the New Exchange for a book or two to send to Mr.
Shepley and thence home, and thence to the Change, and there did a little
business, and so walked home to dinner, and then abroad with my wife to
the Kings playhouse, and there saw The Joviall Crew, but ill acted to
what it was heretofore, in Cluns time, and when Lacy could dance. Thence
to the New Exchange, to buy some things; and, among others, my wife did
give me my pair of gloves, which, by contract, she is to give me in her
L30 a-year. Here Mrs. Smith tells us of the great murder thereabouts, on
Saturday last, of one Captain Bumbridge, by one Symons, both of her
acquaintance; and hectors that were at play, and in drink: the former is
killed, and is kinsman to my Lord of Ormond, which made him speak of it
with so much passion, as I overheard him this morning, but could not make
anything of it till now, but would they would kill more of them. So home;
and there at home all the evening; and made Tom to prick down some little
conceits and notions of mine, in musique, which do mightily encourage me
to spend some more thoughts about it; for I fancy, upon good reason, that
I am in the right way of unfolding the mystery of this matter, better than
ever yet.

12th. Up, and to the Office, where, by occasion of a message from the
Treasurers that their Board found fault with Commissioner Middleton, I
went up from our Board to the Lords of the Treasury to meet our
Treasurers, and did, and there did dispute the business, it being about
the matter of paying a little money to Chatham Yard, wherein I find the
Treasurers mighty supple, and I believe we shall bring them to reason,
though they begun mighty upon us, as if we had no power of directing them,
but they, us. Thence back presently home, to dinner, where I discern my
wife to have been in pain about where I have been, but said nothing to me,
but I believe did send W. Hewer to seek me, but I take no notice of it,
but am vexed. So to dinner with my people, and then to the Office, where
all the afternoon, and did much business, and at it late, and so home to
supper, and to bed. This day, meeting Mr. Pierce at White Hall, he tells
me that his boy hath a great mind to see me, and is going to school again;
and Dr. Clerke, being by, do tell me that he is a fine boy; but I durst
not answer anything, because I durst not invite him to my house, for fear
of my wife; and therefore, to my great trouble, was forced to neglect that
discourse. But here Mr. Pierce, I asking him whither he was going, told me
as a great secret that he was going to his masters mistress, Mrs.
Churchill, with some physic; meaning for the pox I suppose, or else that
she is got with child. This evening I observed my wife mighty dull, and I
myself was not mighty fond, because of some hard words she did give me at
noon, out of a jealousy at my being abroad this morning, which, God knows,
it was upon the business of the Office unexpectedly: but I to bed, not
thinking but she would come after me. But waking by and by out of a
slumber, which I usually fall into presently after my coming into the bed,
I found she did not prepare to come to bed, but got fresh candles, and
more wood for her fire, it being mighty cold, too. At this being troubled,
I after a while prayed her to come to bed, all my people being gone to
bed; so, after an hour or two, she silent, and I now and then praying her
to come to bed, she fell out into a fury, that I was a rogue, and false to
her. But yet I did perceive that she was to seek what to say, only she
invented, I believe, a business that I was seen in a hackney coach with
the glasses up with Deb., but could not tell the time, nor was sure I was
he. I did, as I might truly, deny it, and was mightily troubled, but all
would not serve. At last, about one oclock, she come to my side of the
bed, and drew my curtaine open, and with the tongs red hot at the ends,
made as if she did design to pinch me with them, at which, in dismay, I
rose up, and with a few words she laid them down; and did by little and,
little, very sillily, let all the discourse fall; and about two, but with
much seeming difficulty, come to bed, and there lay well all night, and
long in bed talking together, with much pleasure, it being, I know,
nothing but her doubt of my going out yesterday, without telling her of my
going, which did vex her, poor wretch! last night, and I cannot blame her
jealousy, though it do vex me to the heart.

13th. So up and by coach to Sir W. Coventrys, but he gone out, so I to
White Hall, and thence walked out into the Park, all in the snow, with the
Duke of York and the rest, and so home, after visiting my Lady
Peterborough, and there by invitation find Mr. Povy, and there was also
Talbot Pepys, newly come from Impington, and dined with me; and after
dinner and a little talk with Povy about publick matters, he gone, and I
and my wife and Talbot towards the Temple, and there to the Kings
playhouse, and there saw, I think, The Maiden Queene, and so home and to
supper and read, and to bed. This day come home the instrument I have so
long longed for, the Parallelogram.

14th. Up and to the office, where all the morning busy, and so home to
dinner, where Goodgroome with us, and after dinner a song, and then to the
office, where busy till night, and then home to work there with W. Hewer
to get ready some Tangier papers against to-morrow, and so to supper and
to bed.

15th. Up, and by coach to Sir W. Coventry, where with him a good while in
his chamber, talking of one thing or another; among others, he told me of
the great factions at Court at this day, even to the sober engaging of
great persons, and differences, and making the King cheap and ridiculous.
It is about my Lady Harvys being offended at Doll Commons acting of
Sempronia, to imitate her; for which she got my Lord Chamberlain, her
kinsman, to imprison Doll: when my Lady Castlemayne made the King to
release her, and to order her to act it again, worse than ever, the other
day, where the King himself was: and since it was acted again, and my Lady
Harvy provided people to hiss her and fling oranges at her: but, it seems
the heat is come to a great height, and real troubles at Court about it.
Thence he and I out of doors, but he to Sir J. Duncomb, and I to White
Hall through the Park, where I met the King and the Duke of York, and so
walked with them, and so to White Hall, where the Duke of York met the
office and did a little business; and I did give him thanks for his favour
to me yesterday, at the Committee of Tangier, in my absence, Mr. Povy
having given me advice of it, of the discourse there of doing something as
to the putting the payment of the garrison into some undertakers hand,
Alderman Backewell, which the Duke of York would not suffer to go on,
without my presence at the debate. And he answered me just thus: that he
ought to have a care of him that do the Kings business in the manner that
I do, and words of more force than that. Then down with Lord Brouncker to
Sir R. Murray, into the Kings little elaboratory, under his closet, a
pretty place; and there saw a great many chymical glasses and things, but
understood none of them. So I home and to dinner, and then out again and
stop with my wife at my cozen Turners where I staid and sat a while, and
carried The. and my wife to the Duke of Yorks house, to Macbeth, and
myself to White Hall, to the Lords of the Treasury, about Tangier
business; and there was by at much merry discourse between them and my
Lord Anglesey, who made sport of our new Treasurers, and called them his
deputys, and much of that kind. And having done my own business, I away
back, and carried my cozen Turner and sister Dyke to a friends house,
where they were to sup, in Lincolns Inn Fields; and I to the Duke of
Yorks house and saw the last two acts, and so carried The. thither, and
so home with my wife, who read to me late, and so to supper and to bed.
This day The. Turner shewed me at the play my Lady Portman, who has grown
out of my knowledge.

16th. Up, and to the office all the morning, dined at home with my people,
and so all the afternoon till night at the office busy, and so home to
supper and to bed. This morning Creed, and in the afternoon comes Povy, to
advise with me about my answer to the Lords [Commissioners] of Tangier,
about the propositions for the Treasurership there, which I am not much
concerned for. But the latter, talking of publick things, told me, as Mr.
Wren also did, that the Parliament is likely to meets again, the King
being frighted with what the Speaker hath put him in mind of—his
promise not to prorogue, but only to adjourne them. They speak mighty
freely of the folly of the King in this foolish womans business, of my
Lady Harvy. Povy tells me that Sir W. Coventry was with the King alone, an
hour this day; and that my Lady Castlemayne is now in a higher command
over the King than ever—not as a mistress, for she scorns him, but
as a tyrant, to command him: and says that the Duchess of York and the
Duke of York are mighty great with her, which is a great interest to my
Lord Chancellors family; and that they do agree to hinder all they can
the proceedings of the Duke of Buckingham and Arlington: and so we are in
the old mad condition, or rather worse than any; no man knowing what the
French intend to do the next summer.

17th (Lords day). To church myself after seeing every thing fitted for
dinner, and so, after church, home, and thither comes Mrs. Batelier and
her two daughters to dinner to us; and W. Hewer and his mother, and Mr.
Spong. We were very civilly merry, and Mrs. Batelier a very discreet
woman, but mighty fond in the stories she tells of her son Will. After
dinner, Mr. Spong and I to my closet, there to try my instrument
Parallelogram, which do mighty well, to my full content; but only a little
stiff, as being new. Thence, taking leave of my guests, he and I and W.
Hewer to White Hall, and there parting with Spong, a man that I mightily
love for his plainness and ingenuity, I into the Court, and there up and
down and spoke with my Lords Bellassis and Peterborough about the business
now in dispute, about my deputing a Treasurer to pay the garrison at
Tangier, which I would avoid, and not be accountable, and they will serve
me therein. Here I met Hugh May, and he brings me to the knowledge of Sir
Henry Capell, a Member of Parliament, and brother of my Lord of Essex, who
hath a great value, it seems, for me; and they appoint a day to come and
dine with me, and see my books, and papers of the Office, which I shall be
glad to shew them, and have opportunity to satisfy them therein. Here all
the discourse is, that now the King is of opinion to have the Parliament
called, notwithstanding his late resolutions for proroguing them; so
unstable are his councils, and those about him. So staying late talking in
the Queens side, I away, with W. Hewer home, and there to read and talk
with my wife, and so to bed.

18th. Up by candlelight, and with W. Hewer walked to the Temple, and
thence took coach and to Sir William Coventrys, and there discoursed the
business of my Treasurers place, at Tangier, wherein he consents to my
desire, and concurs therein, which I am glad of, that I may not be
accountable for a man so far off. And so I to my Lord Sandwichs, and
there walk with him through the garden, to White Hall, where he tells me
what he had done about this Treasurers place, and I perceive the whole
thing did proceed from him: that finding it would be best to have the
Governor have nothing to do with the pay of the garrison, he did propose
to the Duke of York alone that a pay-master should be there; and that
being desirous to do a courtesy to Sir Charles Harbord, and to prevent the
Duke of Yorks looking out for any body else, he did name him to the Duke
of York. That when he come the other day to move this to the Board of
Tangier, the Duke of York, it seems, did readily reply, that it was fit to
have Mr. Pepys satisfied therein first, and that it was not good to make
places for persons. This my Lord in great confidence tells me, that he do
take very ill from the Duke of York, though nobody knew the meaning of
these words but him; and that he did take no notice of them, but bit his
lip, being satisfied that the Duke of Yorks care of me was as desirable
to him, as it could be to have Sir Charles Harbord: and did seem
industrious to let me see that he was glad that the Duke of York and he
might come to contend who shall be the kindest to me, which I owned as his
great love, and so I hope and believe it is, though my Lord did go a
little too far in this business, to move it so far, without consulting me.
But I took no notice of that, but was glad to see this competition come
about, that my Lord Sandwich is apparently jealous of my thinking that the
Duke of York do mean me more kindness than him. So we walked together, and
I took this occasion to invite him to dinner one day to my house, and he
readily appointed Friday next, which I shall be glad to have over to his
content, he having never yet eat a bit of my bread. Thence to the Duke of
York on the Kings side, with our Treasurers of the Navy, to discourse
some business of the Navy, about the pay of the yards, and there I was
taken notice of, many Lords being there in the room, of the Duke of Yorks
conference with me; and so away, and meeting Mr. Sidney Montagu and
Sheres, a small invitation served their turn to carry them to London,
where I paid Sheres his L100, given him for his pains in drawing the plate
of Tangier fortifications, &c., and so home to my house to dinner,
where I had a pretty handsome sudden dinner, and all well pleased; and
thence we three and my wife to the Duke of Yorks playhouse, and there saw
The Witts, a medley of things, but some similes mighty good, though ill
mixed; and thence with my wife to the Exchange and bought some things, and
so home, after I had been at White Hall, and there in the Queens
withdrawing-room invited my Lord Peterborough to dine with me, with my
Lord Sandwich, who readily accepted it. Thence back and took up my wife at
the Change, and so home. This day at noon I went with my young gentlemen
(thereby to get a little time while W. Hewer went home to bid them get a
dinner ready) to the Popes Head tavern, there to see the fine painted
room which Rogerson told me of, of his doing; but I do not like it at all,
though it be good for such a publick room.

19th. Up, and at the office all the morning. At noon eat a mouthful, and
so with my wife to Madam Turners, and find her gone, but The. staid for
us; and so to the Kings house, to see Horace; this the third day of its
acting—a silly tragedy; but Lacy hath made a farce of several dances—between
each act, one: but his words are but silly, and invention not
extraordinary, as to the dances; only some Dutchmen come out of the mouth
and tail of a Hamburgh sow. Thence, not much pleased with the play, set
them at home in the Strand; and my wife and I home, and there to do a
little business at the Office, and so home to supper and to bed.

20th. Up; and my wife, and I, and W. Hewer to White Hall, where she set us
down; and there I spoke with my Lord Peterborough, to tell him of the day
for his dining with me being altered by my Lord Sandwich from Friday to
Saturday next. And thence heard at the Council-board the City, by their
single counsel Symson, and the company of Strangers Merchants, a debate
the business of water-baylage; a tax demanded upon all goods, by the City,
imported and exported: which these Merchants oppose, and demanding leave
to try the justice of the Citys demand by a Quo Warranto, which the City
opposed, the Merchants did quite lay the City on their backs with great
triumph, the Citys cause being apparently too weak: but here I observed
Mr. Gold, the merchant, to speak very well, and very sharply, against the
City. Thence to my wife at Unthankes, and with her and W. Hewer to
Hercules Pillars, calling to do two or three things by the way, end there
dined, and thence to the Duke of Yorks house, and saw Twelfth Night, as
it is now revived; but, I think, one of the weakest plays that ever I saw
on the stage. This afternoon, before the play, I called with my wife at
Dancres, the great landscape-painter, by Mr. Povys advice; and have
bespoke him to come to take measure of my dining-room panels, and there I
met with the pretty daughter of the coalsellers, that lived in Cheapside,
and now in Covent Garden, who hath her picture drawn here, but very
poorly; but she is a pretty woman, and now, I perceive, married, a very
pretty black woman. So, the play done, we home, my wife letting fall some
words of her observing my eyes to be mightily employed in the playhouse,
meaning upon women, which did vex me; but, however, when we come home, we
were good friends; and so to read, and to supper, and so to bed.

21st. Up, and walked to the Temple, it being frosty, and there took coach,
my boy Tom with me, and so to White Hall to a Committee of Tangier, where
they met, and by and by and till twelve at noon upon business, among
others mine, where my desire about being eased of appointing and standing
accountable for a Treasurer there was well accepted, and they will think
of some other way. This I was glad of, finding reason to doubt that I
might in this (since my Lord Sandwich made me understand what he had said
to the Duke of York herein) fear to offend either the Duke of York by
denying it, for he seemed on Sunday night last, when I first made known my
desire to him herein to be a little amused at it, though I knew not then
the reason, or else offend my Lord Sandwich by accepting it, or denying it
in a manner that might not forward his desire for Sir Charles Harbord, but
I thank God I did it to my great content without any offence, I think, to
either. Thence in my own coach home, where I find Madam Turner, Dyke, and
The., and had a good dinner for them, and merry; and so carried them to
the Duke of Yorks house, all but Dyke, who went away on other business;
and there saw The Tempest; but it is but ill done by Gosnell, in lieu of
Moll Davis. Thence set them at home, and my wife and I to the Change, and
so home, where my wife mighty dogged, and I vexed to see it, being
mightily troubled, of late, at her being out of humour, for fear of her
discovering any new matter of offence against me, though I am conscious of
none; but do hate to be unquiet at home. So, late up, silent, and not
supping, but hearing her utter some words of discontent to me with
silence, and so to bed, weeping to myself for grief, which she discerning,
come to bed, and mighty kind, and so with great joy on both sides to

22nd. Up, and with W. Hewer to White Hall, and there attended the Duke of
York, and thence to the Exchange, in the way calling at several places on
occasions relating to my feast to-morrow, on which my mind is now set; as
how to get a new looking-glass for my dining-room, and some pewter, and
good wine, against to-morrow; and so home, where I had the looking-glass
set up, cost me L6 7s. 6d. And here at the Change I met with Mr. Dancre,
the famous landscape painter, with whom I was on Wednesday; and he took
measure of my panels in my dining-room, where, in the four, I intend to
have the four houses of the King, White Hall, Hampton Court, Greenwich,
and Windsor. He gone, I to dinner with my people, and so to my office to
dispatch a little business, and then home to look after things against
to-morrow, and among other things was mightily pleased with the fellow
that come to lay the cloth, and fold the napkins, which I like so well, as
that I am resolved to give him 40s. to teach my wife to do it. So to
supper, with much kindness between me and my wife, which, now-a-days, is
all my care, and so to bed.

23rd. Up, and again to look after the setting things right against dinner,
which I did to very good content. So to the office, where all the morning
till noon, when word brought me to the Board that my Lord Sandwich was
come; so I presently rose, leaving the Board ready to rise, and there I
found my Lord Sandwich, Peterborough, and Sir Charles Harbord; and
presently after them comes my Lord Hinchingbroke, Mr. Sidney, and Sir
William Godolphin. And after greeting them, and some time spent in talk,
dinner was brought up, one dish after another, but a dish at a time, but
all so good; but, above all things, the variety of wines, and excellent of
their kind, I had for them, and all in so good order, that they were
mightily pleased, and myself full of content at it: and indeed it was, of
a dinner of about six or eight dishes, as noble as any man need to have, I
think; at least, all was done in the noblest manner that ever I had any,
and I have rarely seen in my life better anywhere else, even at the Court.
After dinner, my Lords to cards, and the rest of us sitting about them and
talking, and looking on my books and pictures, and my wifes drawings,
which they commend mightily; and mighty merry all day long, with exceeding
great content, and so till seven at night; and so took their leaves, it
being dark and foul weather. Thus was this entertainment over, the best of
its kind, and the fullest of honour and content to me, that ever I had in
my life: and shall not easily have so good again. The truth is, I have
some fear that I am more behind-hand in the world for these last two
years, since I have not, or for some time could not, look after my
accounts, which do a little allay my pleasure. But I do trust in God I am
pretty well yet, and resolve, in a very little time, to look into my
accounts, and see how they stand. So to my wifes chamber, and there
supped, and got her cut my hair and look my shirt, for I have itched
mightily these 6 or 7 days, and when all comes to all she finds that I am
lousy, having found in my head and body about twenty lice, little and
great, which I wonder at, being more than I have had I believe these 20
years. I did think I might have got them from the little boy, but they did
presently look him, and found none. So how they come I know not, but
presently did shift myself, and so shall be rid of them, and cut my hair
close to my head, and so with much content to bed.

24th (Lords day). An order brought me in bed, for the Principal Officers
to attend the King at my Lord Keepers this afternoon, it being resolved
late the last night; and, by the warrant, I find my Lord Keeper did not
then know the cause of it, the messenger being ordered to call upon him,
to tell it him by the way, as he come to us. So I up, and to my Office to
set down my Journall for yesterday, and so home, and with my wife to
Church, and then home, and to dinner, and after dinner out with my wife by
coach, to cozen Turners, where she and The. gone to church, but I left my
wife with Mrs. Dyke and Joyce Norton, whom I have not seen till now since
their coming to town: she is become an old woman, and with as cunning a
look as ever, and thence I to White Hall, and there walked up and down
till the King and Duke of York were ready to go forth; and here I met
Will. Batelier, newly come post from France, his boots all dirty. He
brought letters to the King, and I glad to see him, it having been
reported that he was drowned, for some days past, and then, he being gone,
I to talk with Tom Killigrew, who told me and others, talking about the
playhouse, that he is fain to keep a woman on purpose at 20s. a week to
satisfy 8 or 10 of the young men of his house, whom till he did so he
could never keep to their business, and now he do. By and by the King
comes out, and so I took coach, and followed his coaches to my Lord
Keepers, at Essex House, where I never was before, since I saw my old
Lord Essex lie in state when he was dead; a large, but ugly house. Here
all the Officers of the Navy attended, and by and by were called in to the
King and Cabinet, where my Lord, who was ill, did lie upon the bed, as my
old Lord Treasurer, or Chancellor, heretofore used to; and the business
was to know in what time all the Kings ships might be repaired, fit for
service. The Surveyor answered, in two years, and not sooner. I did give
them hopes that, with supplies of money suitable, we might have them all
fit for sea some part of the summer after this. Then they demanded in what
time we could set out forty ships. It was answered, as they might be
chosen of the newest and most ready, we could, with money, get forty ready
against May. The King seemed mighty full that we should have money to do
all that we desired, and satisfied that, without it, nothing could be
done: and so, without determining any thing, we were dismissed; and I
doubt all will end in some little fleete this year, and those of hired
merchant-men, which would indeed be cheaper to the King, and have many
conveniences attending it, more than to fit out the Kings own; and this,
I perceive, is designed, springing from Sir W. Coventrys counsel; and the
King and most of the Lords, I perceive, full of it, to get the Kings
fleete all at once in condition for service. Thence I with Mr. Wren in his
coach to my cozen Turners for discourse sake, and in our way he told me
how the business of the Parliament is wholly laid aside, it being
overruled now, that they shall not meet, but must be prorogued, upon this
argument chiefly, that all the differences between the two Houses, and
things on foot, that were matters of difference and discontent, may be
laid aside, and must begin again, if ever the House shall have a mind to
pursue them. They must begin all anew. Here he set me down, and I to my
cozen Turner, and stayed and talked a little; and so took my wife, and
home, and there to make her read, and then to supper, and to bed. At
supper come W. Batelier and supped with us, and told us many pretty things
of France, and the greatness of the present King.

25th. Up, and to the Committee of Tangier, where little done, and thence I
home by my own coach, and busy after dinner at my office all the afternoon
till late at night, that my eyes were tired. So home, and my wife shewed
me many excellent prints of Nanteuils and others, which W. Batelier hath,
at my desire, brought me out of France, of the King, and Colbert, and
others, most excellent, to my great content. But he hath also brought a
great many gloves perfumed, of several sorts; but all too big by half for
her, and yet she will have two or three dozen of them, which vexed me, and
made me angry. So she, at last, to please me, did come to take what alone
I thought fit, which pleased me. So, after a little supper, to bed, my
eyes being very bad.

26th. Up, and to the office, where busy sitting all the morning. Then to
the Office again, and then to White Hall, leaving my wife at Unthankes;
and I to the Secretarys chamber, where I was, by particular order, this
day summoned to attend, as I find Sir D. Gawden also was. And here was the
King and the Cabinet met; and, being called in, among the rest I find my
Lord Privy Seale, whom I never before knew to be in so much play, as to be
of the Cabinet. The business is, that the Algerines have broke the peace
with us, by taking some Spaniards and goods out of an English ship, which
had the Duke of Yorks pass, of which advice come this day; and the King
is resolved to stop Sir Thomas Allens fleete from coming home till he
hath amends made him for this affront, and therefore sent for us to advise
about victuals to be sent to that fleete, and some more ships; wherein I
answered them to what they demanded of me, which was but some few mean
things; but I see that on all these occasions they seem to rely most upon
me. And so, this being done, I took coach and took up my wife and straight
home, and there late at the office busy, and then home, and there I find
W. Batelier hath also sent the books which I made him bring me out of
France. Among others, LEstat, de France, Marnix, &c., to my great
content; and so I was well pleased with them, and shall take a time to
look them over: as also one or two printed musick-books of songs; but my
eyes are now too much out of tune to look upon them with any pleasure,
therefore to supper and to bed.

27th. Up, and with Sir John Minnes in his coach to White Hall, where first
we waited on the Lords of the Treasury about finishing the Victualling
Contract; and there also I was put to it to make good our letter
complaining against my Lord Angleseys failing us in the payment of the
moneys assigned us upon the Customs, where Mr. Fenn was, and I know will
tell my Lord; but it is no matter, I am over shy already, and therefore
must not fear. Then we up to a Committee of the Council for the Navy,
about a business of Sir D. Gawdens relating to the Victualling, and
thence I by hackney to the Temple to the Auditors man, and with him to a
tavern to meet with another under-auditor to advise about the clearing of
my Lord Bellasses accounts without injuring myself and perplexing my
accounts, and so thence away to my cozen Turners, where I find Roger
Pepys come last night to town, and here is his mistress, Mrs. Dickenson,
and by and by comes in Mr. Turner, a worthy, sober, serious man—I
honour him mightily. And there we dined, having but an ordinary dinner;
and so, after dinner, she, and I, and Roger, and his mistress, to the Duke
of Yorks playhouse, and there saw The Five Hours Adventure, which hath
not been acted a good while before, but once, and is a most excellent
play, I must confess. My wife and The. come after us, after they had been
to buy some things abroad, and so after the play done we to see them home,
and then home ourselves, and my wife to read to me, and so to supper and
to bed.

28th. Up, and to the office, where all the afternoon, also after dinner,
and there late dispatching much business, and then home to supper with my
wife, and to get her to read to me, and here I did find that Mr. Sheres
hath, beyond his promise, not only got me a candlestick made me, after a
form he remembers to have seen in Spain, for keeping the light from ones
eyes, but hath got it done in silver very neat, and designs to give it me,
in thanks for my paying him his L100 in money, for his service at Tangier,
which was ordered him; but I do intend to force him to make me [pay] for
it. But I yet, without his direction, cannot tell how it is to be made use
of. So after a little reading to bed.

29th. Up, and with W. Hewer in Colonel Middletons coach to White Hall,
and there to the Duke of York, to attend him, where among other things I
did give a severe account of our proceedings, and what we found, in the
business of Sir W. Jeningss demand of Supernumeraries. I thought it a
good occasion to make an example of him, for he is a proud, idle fellow;
and it did meet with the Duke of Yorks acceptance and well-liking; and he
did call him in, after I had done, and did not only give him a soft
rebuke, but condemns him to pay both their victuals and wages, or right
himself of the purser. This I was glad of, and so were all the rest of us,
though I know I have made myself an immortal enemy by it. Thence home by
hackney, calling Roger Pepys at the Temple gate in the booksellers shop,
and to the Old Exchange, where I staid a little to invite my uncle Wight,
and so home, and there find my aunt Wight and her husband come presently,
and so to dinner; and after dinner Roger, and I, and my wife, and aunt, to
see Mr. Cole; but he nor his wife was within, but we looked upon his
picture of Cleopatra, which I went principally to see, being so much
commended by my wife and aunt; but I find it a base copy of a good
originall, that vexed me to hear so much commended. Thence to see Creeds
wife, and did so, and staid a while, where both of them within; and here I
met Mr. Bland, newly come from Gales [Cadiz] after his differences with
Norwood. I think him a foolish, light-headed man; but certainly he hath
been abused in this matter by Colonel Norwood. Here Creed shewed me a copy
of some propositions, which Bland and others, in the name of the
Corporation of Tangier, did present to Norwood, for his opinion in, in
order to the Kings service, which were drawn up very humbly, and were
really good things; but his answer to them was in the most shitten proud,
carping, insolent, and ironically-prophane stile, that ever I saw in my
life, so as I shall never think the place can do well, while he is there.
Here, after some talk, and Creeds telling us that he is upon taking the
next house to his present lodgings, which is next to that that my cozen
Tom Pepys once lived in, in Newport Street, in Covent Garden; and is in a
good place, and then, I suppose, he will keep his coach. So, setting Roger
down at the Temple, who tells me that he is now concluded in all matters
with his widow, we home, and there hired my wife to make an end of Boyles
Book of Formes, to-night and to-morrow; and so fell to read and sup, and
then to bed. This day, Mr. Ned Pickering brought his lady to see my wife,
in acknowledgment of a little present of oranges and olives, which I sent
her, for his kindness to me in the buying of my horses, which was very
civil. She is old, but hath, I believe, been a pretty comely woman:

30th. Lay long in bed, it being a fast-day for the murder of the late
King; and so up and to church, where Dr. Hicks made a dull sermon; and so
home, and there I find W. Batelier and Balty, and they dined with us, and
I spent all the afternoon with my wife and W. Batelier talking, and then
making them read, and particularly made an end of Mr. Boyles Book of
Formes, which I am glad to have over, and then fell to read a French
discourse, which he hath brought over with him for me, to invite the
people of France to apply themselves to Navigation, which it do very well,
and is certainly their interest, and what will undo us in a few years, if
the King of France goes on to fit up his Navy, and encrease it and his
trade, as he hath begun. At night to supper, and after supper, and W.
Batelier gone, my wife begun another book I lately bought, called The
State of England, which promises well, and is worth reading, and so after
a while to bed.

31st (Lords day). Lay long talking with pleasure, and so up and I to
church, and there did hear the Doctor that is lately turned Divine, I have
forgot his name, I met him a while since at Sir D. Gawdens at dinner, Dr.
Waterhouse! He preaches in a devout manner of way, not elegant nor very
persuasive, but seems to mean well, and that he would preach holily; and
was mighty passionate against people that make a scoff of religion. And,
the truth is, I did observe Mrs. Hollworthy smile often, and many others
of the parish, who, I perceive, have known him, and were in mighty
expectation of hearing him preach, but could not forbear smiling, and she
particularly upon me, and I on her. So home to dinner: and before dinner
to my Office, to set down my journal for this week, and then home to
dinner; and after dinner to get my wife and boy, one after another, to
read to me: and so spent the afternoon and the evening, and so after
supper to bed. And thus endeth this month, with many different days of
sadness and mirth, from differences between me and my wife, from her
remembrance of my late unkindness to her with Willet, she not being able
to forget it, but now and then hath her passionate remembrance of it as
often as prompted to it by any occasion; but this night we are at present
very kind. And so ends this month.