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Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Saturday 01 May 1669. Up betimes. Called up by my tailor, and there first put on a summer suit this year; but it was not my fine one of flowered tabby vest, and coloured camelott tunique, because it was too fine with the gold lace at the hands, that I was afeard to be seen in it; but put on the stuff suit I made the last year, which is now repaired; and so did go to the Navy Office, Seething Lane in it, and sat all the morning, the day looking as if it would be fowle. At noon home to dinner, and there find my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) extraordinary fine, with her flowered tabby gown that she made two years ago, now laced exceeding pretty; and, indeed, was fine all over; and mighty earnest to go, though the day was very lowering; and she would have me put on my fine suit, which I did. And so anon we went alone through the town with our new liveries of serge, and the horses’ manes and tails tied with red ribbons, and the standards there gilt with varnish, and all clean, and green refines, that people did mightily look upon us; and, the truth is, I did not see any coach more pretty, though more gay, than ours, all the day. But we set out, out of humour — I because Betty Turner, whom I expected, was not come to go with us; and my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) that I would sit on the same seat with her, which she likes not, being so fine: and she then expected to meet Henry Sheers -1710, which we did in the Pall Mall, St James', and, against my will, I was forced to take him into the coach, but was sullen all day almost, and little complaisant: the day also being unpleasing, though the Hyde Park full of coaches, but dusty and windy, and cold, and now and then a little dribbling rain; and, what made it worst, there were so many hackney-coaches as spoiled the sight of the gentlemen’s; and so we had little pleasure. But here was William Batalier and his sister in a borrowed coach by themselves, and I took them and we to the Keeper's Lodge, Hyde Park; and at the door did give them a syllabub, and other things, cost me 12s., and pretty merry. And so back to the coaches, and there till the evening, and then home, leaving Henry Sheers -1710 at St James' Gate, St James', where he took leave of us for altogether, he being this night to set out for Portsmouth post, in his way to Tangier, which troubled my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) mightily, who is mighty, though not, I think, too fond of him. But she was out of humour all the evening, and I vexed at her for it, and she did not rest almost all the night, so as in the night I was forced; to take her and hug her to put her to rest. So home, and after a little supper, to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Sunday 02 May 1669. Lord’s Day. Up, and by water to Whitehall Palace, and there visit my Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (43), who, after about two months’ absence at Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, come to town last night. I saw him, and very kind; and I am glad he is so, I having not wrote to him all the time, my eyes indeed not letting me. Here with Charles Harbord 1640-1670 (29), and my Edward Montagu 2nd Earl Sandwich 1648-1688 (21), and Sidney, we looked upon the picture of Tangier, designed by Charles Harbord 1640-1670 (29), and drawn by Dancre, which my Lord Sandwich admires, as being the truest picture that ever he’s saw in his life: and it is indeed very pretty, and I will be at the cost of having one of them. Thence with them to Whitehall Palace, and there walked out the sermon, with one or other; and then saw the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) after sermon, and he talked to me a little; and so away back by water Navy Office, Seething Lane, and after dinner got my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) to read, and then by coach, she and I, to the Hyde Park, and there spent the evening with much pleasure, it proving clear after a little shower, and we mighty fine as yesterday, and people mightily pleased with our coach, as I perceived; but I had not on my fine suit, being really afeard to wear it, it being so fine with the gold lace, though not gay. So home and to supper, and my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) to read, and Tom, my Nepotisme, and then to bed.

Around 1749. Canaletto Painter 1697-1768. Whitehall Palace and the Privy Garden from Richmond House.

Around 1650 Peter Lely 1618-1680 (31). Portrait of Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (24).

Around 1662 Peter Lely 1618-1680 (43). Portrait of Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (36) in his Garter Robes and Garter Collar.

Around 1665 Peter Lely 1618-1680 (46). Portrait of James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (31) and Anne Hyde Queen Consort England 1637-1671 (27).

Before 04 Jan 1674 Peter Lely 1618-1680. Portrait of James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 wearing his Garter Robes.

Around 1672 Henri Gascar 1635-1701 (37). Portrait of James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (38).

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Monday 03 May 1669. Up, and by coach to my William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49), where George Carteret 1st Baronet Metesches 1610-1680 (59) did meet John Mennes Comptroller 1599-1671 (70) and me, to discourse upon Edward Dering 2nd Baronet Dering 1625-1684 (43) business, who was directed, in the time of the war, to provide provisions at Hamburgh, by George Carteret 1st Baronet Metesches 1610-1680 (59) direction; and now George Carteret 1st Baronet Metesches 1610-1680 (59) is afeard to own it, it being done without written order. But by our meeting we do all begin to recollect enough to preserve Edward Dering 2nd Baronet Dering 1625-1684 (43), I think, which, poor silly man! I shall be glad of, it being too much he should suffer for endeavouring to serve us. Thence to St. James’s, where the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) was playing in the Pall Mall, St James'; and so he called me to him most part of the time that he played, which was an hour, and talked alone to me; and, among other things, tells me how the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) will not yet be got to name anybody in the room of Admiral William Penn 1621-1670 (48), but puts it off for three or four days; from whence he do collect that they are brewing something for the Navy, but what he knows not; but I perceive is vexed that things should go so, and he hath reason; for he told me that it is likely they will do in this as in other things — resolve first, and consider it and the fitness of it afterward. Thence to Whitehall Palace, and met with John Creed -1701, and I took him to the Harp and Ball's, Charing Cross, and there drank a cup of ale, he and I alone, and discoursed of matters; and I perceive by him that he makes no doubt but that all will turn to the old religion, for these people cannot hold things in their hands, nor prevent its coming to that; and by his discourse fits himself for it, and would have my Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (43) do so, too, and me. After a little talk with him, and particularly about the ruinous condition of Tangier, which I have a great mind to lay before the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), before it be too late, but dare not, because of his great kindness to John Middleton 1st Earl Middleton 1608-1674 (61), we parted, and I homeward; but called at Thomas Povey 1614-1705 (55), and there he stopped me to dinner, there being Joseph Williamson 1633-1701 (35), the Lieutenant Tower of London, Josiah Child Merchant 1631-1699 (38), and several others. And after dinner, Thomas Povey 1614-1705 (55) and I together to talk of Tangier; and he would have me move the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) in it, for it concerns him particularly, more than any, as being the head of us; and I do think to do it. Thence Navy Office, Seething Lane, and at the office busy all the afternoon, and so to supper and to bed.

Before 09 Dec 1641 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. Portrait of John Mennes Comptroller 1599-1671.

Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman 1603-1671. Portrait of Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685.

Before 12 Dec 1676 Jacob Huysmans 1633-1696. Portrait of John Middleton 1st Earl Middleton 1608-1674.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of Thomas Povey 1614-1705.

Before 1691. John Riley 1646-1691. Portrait of Josiah Child Merchant 1631-1699.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Tuesday 04 May 1669. Up, and to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, and then my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) being gone to see her Dorothea Kingsmill at Deptford, I before the Navy Office, Seething Lane sat went to the Excise Office, Aldersgate Street, Aldersgate, and thence being alone stepped into Duck Lane, Smithfield, Farringdon Without, and thence tried to have sent a porter to Deborah Willet 1650-1678 (18), but durst not trust him, and therefore having bought a book to satisfy the bookseller for my stay there, a 12d. book, Andronicus of Thomas Fuller Author 1608-1661, I took coach, and at the end of Jewen Street, Aldersgate next Red Cross Street I sent the coachman to her lodging, and understand she is gone for Greenwich to one Marys’s, a tanner’s, at which I, was glad, hoping to have opportunity to find her out; and so, in great fear of being seen, I to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, and there all the morning, dined at home, and presently after dinner comes home my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), who I believe is jealous of my spending the day, and I had very good fortune in being at home, for if Deborah Willet 1650-1678 (18) had been to have been found it is forty to one but I had been abroad, God forgive me. So the afternoon at the office, and at night walked with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) in the garden, and my William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49) with us, who is newly come to Admiral William Penn 1621-1670 (48) lodgings; and by and by comes Robert Hooke Scientist 1635-1703 (33); and my Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (43), and he, and I into my Lord’s lodgings, and there discoursed of many fine things in philosophy, to my great content, and so home to supper and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Wednesday 05 May 1669. Up, and thought to have gone with William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49) to Robert Hooke Scientist 1635-1703 (33) this morning betimes; but my Lord is taken ill of the gout, and says his new lodgings have infected him, he never having had any symptoms of it till now. So walked to Gresham College, to tell Robert Hooke Scientist 1635-1703 (33) that my Lord could not come; and so left word, he being abroad, and I to St. James’s, and thence, with the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), to Whitehall Palace, where the Navy Board waited on him all the morning: and so at noon with Thomas Allin 1st Baronet 1612-1685 (57), and Edward Scott -1688, and Theobald Taffe 1st Earl Carlingford 1603-1677 (66), to the Antonio Francesca Ambassador Mesia Conde de Molina 1620-1674 (49), where I dined the first time. The Olla Podrida not so good as Henry Sheers -1710. There was at the table Antonio Francesca Ambassador Mesia Conde de Molina 1620-1674 (49) and a Spanish Countess, a good, comely, and witty lady — three Fathers and us. Discourse good and pleasant. And here was an Oxford scholar in a Doctor of Law’s gowne, sent from the College where the Embassador lay, when the Court was there, to salute him before his return to Spain: This man, though a gentle sort of scholar, yet sat like a fool for want of French or Spanish, but [knew] only Latin, which he spoke like an Englishman to one of the Fathers. And by and by he and I to talk, and the company very merry at my defending Cambridge against Oxford: and I made much use of my French and Spanish here, to my great content. But the dinner not extraordinary at all, either for quantity or quality. Thence Navy Office, Seething Lane, where my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) ill of those upon the maid’s bed, and troubled at my being abroad. So I to the office, and there till night, and then to Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), and she read to me the Epistle of Cassandra, which is very good indeed; and the better to her, because recommended by Sheres. So to supper, and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Thursday 06 May 1669. Up, and by coach to William Coventry 1628-1686 (41), but he gone out. I by water back to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, and there all the morning; then to dinner, and then to the Navy Office, Seething Lane again, and anon with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) by coach to take the ayre, it being a noble day, as far as the Green Man, Stroud Green, Hornsey, mightily pleased with our journey, and our condition of doing it in our own coach, and so Navy Office, Seething Lane, and to walk in the garden, and so to supper and to bed, my eyes being bad with writing my journal, part of it, to-night.

Before 23 Jun 1686 Mary Cradock 1633-1699. Portrait of William Coventry 1628-1686.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Friday 07 May 1669. Up, and by coach to William Coventry 1628-1686 (41); and there to talk with him a great deal with great content; and so to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), having a great mind to speak to him about Tangier; but, when I come to it, his interest for my John Middleton 1st Earl Middleton 1608-1674 (61)Excise Office, having by private vows last night in prayer to God Almighty cleared my mind for the present of the thoughts of going to Deborah Willet 1650-1678 (18) at Greenwich, which I did long after. I passed by Guildhall, Cheapside, which is almost finished, and saw a poor labourer carried by, I think, dead with a fall, as many there are, I hear. So home to dinner, and then to the office a little, and so to see my William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49), who is a little ill of the gout; and there Abigail Williams Actress told me that she heard that my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) was going into France this year, which I did not deny, if I can get time, and I pray God I may. But I wondering how she come to know it, she tells me a woman that my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) spoke to for a maid, did tell her so, and that a lady that desires to go thither would be glad to go in her company. Thence with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) abroad, with our coach, most pleasant weather; and to Hackney, and into the Hackney Marshes, Hackney, where I never was before, and thence round about to Old Ford and Stratford-le-Bow, Stepney; and coming through the latter home, there being some young gentlewomen at a door, and I seeming not to know who they were, my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) jealousy told me presently that I knew well enough it was that damned place where Deborah Willet 1650-1678 (18) dwelt, which made me swear very angrily that it was false, as it was, and I carried [her] back again to see the place, and it proved not so, so I continued out of humour a good while at it, she being willing to be friends, so I was by and by, saying no more of it. So home, and there met with a letter from Captain Silas Taylor 1624-1678 (44), and, with it, his written copy of a play that he hath wrote, and intends to have acted. — It is called “The Serenade or Disappointment,” which I will read, not believing he can make any good of that kind. He did once offer to show Henry Harris Actor 1634-1704 (35) it, but Henry Harris Actor 1634-1704 (35) told him that he would judge by one Act whether it were good or no, which is indeed a foolish saying, and we see them out themselves in the choice of a play after they have read the whole, it being sometimes found not fit to act above three times; nay, and some that have been refused at one house is found a good one at the other. This made Captain Silas Taylor 1624-1678 (44) say he would not shew it him, but is angry, and hath carried it to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Convent Garden, and he thinks it will be acted there, though he tells me they are not yet agreed upon it. But I will find time to get it read to me, and I did get my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) to begin a little to-night in the garden, but not so much as I could make any judgment of it. So home to supper and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Saturday 08 May 1669. Up, and to the Office, and there comes Mr Lead Mask Maker to me, and at last my Vizard are done, and glasses got to put in and out, as I will; and I think I have brought it to the utmost, both for easiness of using and benefit, that I can; and so I paid Mr Lead Mask Maker 15s. for what he hath done now last, in the finishing them, and they, I hope, will do me a great deal of ease. At the Navy Office, Seething Lane all the morning, and this day, the first time, did alter my side of the table, after above eight years sitting on that next the fire. But now I am not able to bear the light of the windows in my eyes, I do begin there, and I did sit with much more content than I had done on the other side for a great while, and in winter the fire will not trouble my back. At noon home to dinner, and after dinner all the afternoon within, with Mr. Thomas Hayter Comptroller, Richard Gibson, and William Hewer 1642-1715 (27), reading over and drawing up new things in the Instructions of Commanders, which will be good, and I hope to get them confirmed by the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), though I perceive nothing will effectually perfect them but to look over the whole body of the Instructions, of all the Officers of a ship, and make them all perfect together. This being done, comes my bookseller, and brings me home bound my collection of papers, about my Addresse to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) in August, which makes me glad, it being that which shall do me more right many years hence than, perhaps, all I ever did in my life: and therefore I do, both for my own and the King’s sake, value it much. By and by also comes John Brown Instrument Maker -1697, the mathematical instrument maker, and brings me home my instrument for perspective, made according to the description of Christopher Wren Architect 1632-1723 (45), in the late Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; and he hath made it, I think, very well, and that, that I believe will do the thing, and therein gives me great content; but have I fear all the content that must be received by my eyes is almost lost. So to the office, and there late at business, and then home to supper and to bed.

In 1689 Godfrey Kneller Painter 1646-1723. Portrait of William Hewer 1642-1715 (47).

In 1711 Godfrey Kneller Painter 1646-1723. Portrait of Christopher Wren Architect 1632-1723 (87).

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Sunday 09 May 1669. Lord’s day. Up and, after dressing in my best suit with gold trimming, I to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, and there with Richard Gibson and Tom finishing against to-morrow my notes upon Commanders’ Instructions; and, when church-time, to St Olave's Church, Hart Street with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), leaving them at work. Daniel Milles Rector -1689 preached a dull sermon, and so we home to dinner; and thence by coach to St Andrew's Church, Holborn, thinking to have heard Edward Stillingfleet Bishop Worcester 1635-1699 (34) preach, but we could not get a place, and so to St Margaret's Church, and there heard a sermon, and did get a place, the first we have heard there these many years, and here at a distance I saw Betty Howlett, but she is become much a plainer woman than she was a girl. Thence towards the Hyde Park, but too soon to go in, so went on to Knightsbridge, and there eat and drank at “World's End, Knightsbridge,” where we had good things, and then back to the Park, and there till night, being fine weather, and much company, and so home, and after supper to bed. This day I first left off both my waistcoats by day, and my waistcoat by night, it being very hot weather, so hot as to make me break out, here and there, in my hands, which vexes me to see, but is good for me.

Around 1680 Mary Cradock 1633-1699 (46). Portrait of her husband Edward Stillingfleet Bishop Worcester 1635-1699 (44)When Dean of St Pauls.

Around 1690 Mary Cradock 1633-1699 (56) (attributed). Portrait of Edward Stillingfleet Bishop Worcester 1635-1699 (54).

1749. Canaletto Painter 1697-1768. Westminster Abbey with a procession of Knights of the Bath. St Margaret's Church adjacent with the flag.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Monday 10 May 1669. Troubled, about three in the morning, with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) calling her maid up, and rising herself, to go with her coach abroad, to gather May-dew, which she did, and I troubled for it, for fear of any hurt, going abroad so betimes, happening to her; but I to sleep again, and she come home about six, and to bed again all well, and I up and with Richard Gibson by coach to St. James’s, and thence to Whitehall Palace, where the Duke of York met the Office, and there discoursed of several things, particularly the Instructions of Commanders of ships. But here happened by chance a discourse of the Council of Trade, against which the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) is mightily displeased, and particularly Josiah Child Merchant 1631-1699 (38), against whom he speaking hardly, Captain John Cox did second the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), by saying that he was talked of for an unfayre dealer with masters of ships, about freight: to which Thomas Littleton 2nd Baronet 1621-1681 (48) very hotly and foolishly replied presently, that he never heard any honest man speak ill of Josiah Child Merchant 1631-1699 (38); to which the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) did make a smart reply, and was angry; so as I was sorry to hear it come so far, and that I, by seeming to assent to Captain John Cox, might be observed too much by Thomas Littleton 2nd Baronet 1621-1681 (48), though I said nothing aloud, for this must breed great heart-burnings. After this meeting done, the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) took the Treasurers into his closet to chide them, as Christopher Wren Architect 1632-1723 (45) tells me; for that my Orlando Bridgeman 1st Baronet Bridgeman 1606-1674 (63) did last night at the Council say, when nobody was ready to say any thing against the constitution of the Navy, that he did believe the Treasurers of the Navy had something to say, which was very foul on their part, to be parties against us.
They being gone, Christopher Wren Architect 1632-1723 (45) [and I] took boat, thinking to dine with my Gilbert Sheldon Archbishop Canterbury 1598-1677 (70); but, when we come to Lambeth, the gate was shut, which is strictly done at twelve o’clock, and nobody comes in afterwards: so we lost our labour, and therefore back to Whitehall Palace, and thence walked my boy Jacke with me, to my John Crew 1st Baron Crew 1598-1679 (71), whom I have not seen since he was sick, which is eight months ago, I think and there dined with him: he is mightily broke. A stranger a country gentleman, was with him: and he pleased with my discourse accidentally about the decay of gentlemen’s families in the country, telling us that the old rule was, that a family might remain fifty miles from London one hundred years, one hundred miles from London two hundred years, and so farther, or nearer London more or less years. He also told us that he hath heard his father say, that in his time it was so rare for a country gentleman to come to London, that, when he did come, he used to make his will before he set out.
Thence: to St. James’s, and there met the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), who told me, with great content, that he did now think he should master our adversaries, for that the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) did tell him that he was; satisfied in the constitution of the Navy, but that it was well to give these people leave to object against it, which they having not done, he did give order to give warrant to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) to direct Admiral Jeremy Smith -1675 to be a Commissioner of the Royal Navy in the room of Admiral William Penn 1621-1670 (48); which, though he be an impertinent fellow, yet I am glad of it, it showing that the other side is not so strong as it was: and so, in plain terms, the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) did tell me, that they were every day losing ground; and particularly that he would take care to keep out Josiah Child Merchant 1631-1699 (38): at all which I am glad, though yet I dare not think myself secure, as the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) may yet be wrought upon by these people to bring changes in our Office, and remove us, ere it be long. Thence I to Whitehall Palace, and there took boat to Westminster, and to Betty Powell Draper, who is not come to town from her Samuel Martin at Portsmouth. So drank only at Cragg’s with Doll Powell, and so to the Swan Inn, New Palace Yard, and there baiser a new maid that is there, and so to Whitehall Palace again, to a Committee of Tangier, where I see all things going to rack in the business of the Corporation, and consequently in the place, by John Middleton 1st Earl Middleton 1608-1674 (61) going. Thence walked a little with John Creed -1701, who tells me he hears how fine my horses and coach are, and advises me to avoid being noted for it, which I was vexed to hear taken notice of, it being what I feared and Thomas Povey 1614-1705 (55) told me of my gold-lace sleeves in the Park yesterday, which vexed me also, so as to resolve never to appear in Court with them, but presently to have them taken off, as it is fit I should, and so to my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) at John Unthank, and coach, and so called at my tailor’s to that purpose, and so home, and after a little walk in the garden, home to supper and to bed.

Before 1691. John Riley 1646-1691. Portrait of Orlando Bridgeman 1st Baronet Bridgeman 1606-1674.

Around 1670 Pieter Borsseler 1634-1687 (36). Portrait of Orlando Bridgeman 1st Baronet Bridgeman 1606-1674 (63). Chirk Castle.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Tuesday 11 May 1669. My Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) again up by four o’clock, to go to gather May-dew; and so back home by seven, to bed, and by and by I up and to the office, where all the morning, and dined at noon at home with my people, and so all the afternoon. In the evening my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I all alone, with the boy, by water, up as high as Putney almost, with the tide, and back again, neither staying going nor coming; but talking, and singing, and reading a foolish copy of verses upon my William Turner 1615-1693 (53) entertaining of all the bachelors, designed in praise to my Lord Mayor, and so home and to the office a little, and then home to bed, my eyes being bad. Some trouble at Court for fear of the Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (59) miscarrying; she being, as they all conclude, far gone with child.

Around 1625 John Hoskins 1590-1664 (35). Portrait of Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (15).

Before 09 Dec 1641 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. Portrait of Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 and the dwarf Jeffrey Hudson.

Before 09 Dec 1641 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. Portrait of Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 and her son Charles James Stewart 1629-1629.

Before 09 Dec 1641 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. Portrait of Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Wednesday 12 May 1669. Up, and to Westminster Hall, where the term is, and this the first day of my being there, and here by chance met Roger Pepys Lawyer 1617-1688 (52), come to town the last night: I was glad to see him. After some talk with him and others, and among others Charles Harbord 1640-1670 (29) and Sidney Wortley-Montagu 1650-1727 (18), the latter of whom is to set out tomorrow towards Flanders and Italy, I invited them to dine with me to-morrow, and so to Betty Powell Draper lodging, who come to town last night, and there je did hazer her, she having been a month, I think, at Portsmouth with her Samuel Martin, newly come home from the Streights. But, Lord! how silly the Betty Powell Draper talks of her great entertainment there, and how all the gentry come to visit her, and that she believes her Samuel Martin is worth 6 or 700l., which nevertheless I am glad of, but I doubt they will spend it a fast. Thence home, and after dinner my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I to the Duke of York's Playhouse, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and there, in the side balcony, over against the musick, did hear, but not see, a new play, the first day acted, “The Roman Virgin,” an old play, and but ordinary, I thought; but the trouble of my eyes with the light of the candles did almost kill me. Thence to my Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich 1625-1672 (43), and there had a promise from Sidney Wortley-Montagu 1650-1727 (18) to come and dine with me to-morrow; and so my wife and I home in our coach, and there find my brother John Pepys, as I looked for, come to town from Ellington, where, among other things, he tell me the first news that my Paulina Jackson Pepys 1640-1689 (28) is with child, and far gone, which I know not whether it did more trouble or please me, having no great care for my friends to have children; though I love other people’s. So, glad to see him, we to supper, and so to bed.

Around 1747. Canaletto Painter 1697-1768. View across the River Thames to Westminster Abbey and Westminster Hall.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Thursday 13 May 1669. Up, and to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, where all the morning, it being a rainy foul day. But at noon comes my Edward Montagu 2nd Earl Sandwich 1648-1688 (21), and Sidney Wortley-Montagu 1650-1727 (18), and Charles Harbord 1640-1670 (29), and Roger Pepys Lawyer 1617-1688 (52), and dined with me; and had a good dinner, and very merry with; us all the afternoon, it being a farewell to Sidney Wortley-Montagu 1650-1727 (18); and so in the evening they away, and I to my business at the Office and so to supper, and talk with my John Pepys, and so to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Friday 14 May 1669. Up, and to St. James’s to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), and thence to Whitehall Palace, where we met about office business, and then at noon with Christopher Wren Architect 1632-1723 (45) to Lambeth, to dinner with the Gilbert Sheldon Archbishop Canterbury 1598-1677 (70); the first time I was ever there and I have long longed for it; where a noble house, and well furnished with good pictures and furniture, and noble attendance in good order, and great deal of company, though an ordinary day; and exceeding great cheer, no where better, or so much, that ever I think I saw, for an ordinary table: and the Gilbert Sheldon Archbishop Canterbury 1598-1677 (70) mighty kind to me, particularly desiring my company another time, when less company there. Most of the company gone, and I going, I heard by a gentleman of a sermon that was to be there; and so I staid to hear it, thinking it serious, till by and by the gentleman told me it was a mockery, by one Cornet Bolton, a very gentleman-like man, that behind a chair did pray and preach like a Presbyter Scot that ever I heard in my life, with all the possible imitation in grimaces and voice. And his text about the hanging up their harps upon the willows: and a serious good sermon too, exclaiming against Bishops, and crying up of my good Alexander Montgomerie 6th Earl Eglinton 1588-1661, a till it made us all burst; but I did wonder to have the Gilbert Sheldon Archbishop Canterbury 1598-1677 (70) at this time to make himself sport with things of this kind, but I perceive it was shewn him as a rarity; and he took care to have the room-door shut, but there were about twenty gentlemen there, and myself, infinitely pleased with the novelty. So over to Whitehall Palace, to a little Committee of Tangier; and thence walking in the Gallery, I met Thomas Osborne 1st Duke Leeds 1632-1712 (37), who, to my great content, did of his own accord fall into discourse with me, with so much proFessions of value and respect, placing the whole virtue of the Office of the Navy upon me, and that for the Comptroller of the Navy place, no man in England was fit for it but me, when John Mennes Comptroller 1599-1671 (70), as he says it is necessary, is Removed: but then he knows not what to do for a man in my place; and in discourse, though I have no mind to the other, I did bring in Thomas Hayter Comptroller to be the fittest man in the world for it, which he took good notice of. But in the whole I was mightily pleased, reckoning myself now fifty per cent. securer in my place than I did before think myself to be. Thence to John Unthank, and there find my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), but not dressed, which vexed me, because going to the Hyde Park, it being a most pleasant day after yesterday’s rain, which lays all the dust, and most people going out thither, which vexed me. So home, sullen; but then my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I by water, with my John Pepys, as high as Fulham, talking and singing, and playing the rogue with the Western barge-men, about the women of Woolwich, which mads them, an so back home to supper and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Saturday 15 May 1669. Up, and at the Office all the morning. Dined at home and John Creed -1701 with me home, and I did discourse about evening some reckonings with him in the afternoon; but I could not, for my eyes, do it, which troubled me, and vexed him that would not; but yet we were friends, I advancing him more without it, and so to walk all the afternoon together in the garden; and I perceive still he do expect a change in of matters, especially as to religion, and fits himself for it by proFessing himself for it in his discourse. He gone, I to my business at my Office, and so at night home to supper, and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Sunday 16 May 1669. Lord’s Day. My Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I at St Olave's Church, Hart Street, our pew filled with Mary Leigh, and six more that she brought with her, which vexed me at her confidence. Dined at home and William Batalier with us, and I all the afternoon drawing up a foul draught of my petition to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), about my eyes, for leave to spend three or four months out of the Office, drawing it so as to give occasion to a voyage abroad which I did, to my pretty good liking; and then with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) to Hyde Park, where a good deal of company, and good weather, and so home to supper and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Monday 17 May 1669. Up, and to several places doing business, and then home to dinner, and then my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I and John Pepys by coach to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Convent Garden, and saw “The Spanish Curate” revived, which is a pretty good play, but my eyes troubled with seeing it, mightily. Thence carried them and Richard Gibson, who met me at my William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49) with a fair copy of my petition, which I thought to shew the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) this night, but could not, and therefore carried them to the Hyde Park, where they had never been, and so home to supper and to bed. Great the news now of the French taking St Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean, in Spaniola, from the Spaniards, which troubles us, that they should have it, and have the honour of taking it, when we could not.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Tuesday 18 May 1669. Up, and to St. James’s and other places, and then to the office, where all the morning. At noon home and dined in my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) chamber, she being much troubled with the tooth-ake, and I staid till a surgeon of hers come, one Robert Leeson Surgeon, who hath formerly drawn her mouth, and he advised her to draw it: so I to the Office, and by and by word is come that she hath drawn it, which pleased me, it being well done. So I home, to comfort her, and so back to the office till night, busy, and so home to supper and to bed.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Wednesday 19 May 1669. With my coach to St. James’s; and there finding the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) gone to muster his men, in Hyde Park, I alone with my boy thither, and there saw more, walking out of my coach as other gentlemen did, of a soldier’s trade, than ever I did in my life: the men being mighty fine, and their Commanders, particularly the James Scott 1st Duke Monmouth, 1st Duke Buccleuch 1649-1685 (20); but me-thought their trade but very easy as to the mustering of their men, and the men but indifferently ready to perform what was commanded, in the handling of their arms. Here the news was first talked of Henry Killigrew 1637-1705 being wounded in nine places last night, by footmen, in the highway, going from the Hyde Park in a hackney-coach towards Hammersmith, to his house at Turham Green: they being supposed to be my Anna Maria Brudenell Countess Shrewsbury, Countess Waterford 1642-1702 (27) men, she being by, in Anna Maria Brudenell Countess Shrewsbury, Countess Waterford 1642-1702 (27) coach with six horses; upon an old grudge of his saying openly that Henry Killigrew 1637-1705 had lain with her. Thence by and by to Whitehall Palace, and there I waited upon the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) and Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (59) all dinner-time, in the Queen’s lodgings, she being in her white pinner and apron, like a woman with child; and she seemed handsomer plain so, than dressed. And by and by, dinner done, I out, and to walk in the Gallery, for the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) coming out; and there, meeting Hugh May Architect 1621-1684 (47), he took me down about four o’clock to William Chiffinch 1602-1691 (67) lodgings, and all alone did get me a dish of cold chickens, and good wine; and I dined like a prince, being before very hungry and empty. By and by the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) comes, and readily took me to his closet, and received my petition, and discoursed about my eyes, and pitied me, and with much kindness did give me his consent to be absent, and approved of my proposition to go into Holland to observe things there, of the Navy; but would first ask the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) leave, which he anon did, and did tell me that the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) would be a good master to me, these were his words, about my eyes, and do like of my going into Holland, but do advise that nobody should know of my going thither, but pretend that I did go into the country somewhere, which I liked well. Glad of this, I home, and thence took out my wife, and to Thomas Hollier Doctor 1609-1690 (60) about a swelling in her cheek, but he not at home, and so round by Islington and eat and drink, and so home, and after supper to bed. In discourse this afternoon, the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) did tell me that he was the most amazed at one thing just now, that ever he was in his life, which was, that the George Villiers 2nd Duke Buckingham 1628-1687 (41) did just now come into the Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (59) bed-chamber, where the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) was, and much mixed company, and among others, Thomas Killigrew 1612-1683 (57), the father of Henry Killigrew 1637-1705, who was last night wounded so as to be in danger of death, and his man is quite dead; and [George Villiers 2nd Duke Buckingham 1628-1687 (41)] there in discourse did say that he had spoke with some one that was by (which all the world must know that it must be his whore, my Anna Maria Brudenell Countess Shrewsbury, Countess Waterford 1642-1702 (27)), who says that they did not mean to hurt, but beat him, and that Henry Killigrew 1637-1705 did run first at them with his sword; so that he do hereby clearly discover that he knows who did it, and is of conspiracy with them, being of known conspiracy with her, which the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) did seem to be pleased with, and said it might, perhaps, cost him his life in the House of Lords; and I find was mightily pleased with it, saying it was the most impudent thing, as well as the most foolish, that ever he knew man do in all his life.

Around 1675 Peter Lely 1618-1680 (56). Portrait of George Villiers 2nd Duke Buckingham 1628-1687 (46) wearing his Garter Collar.

Around 1635 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641 (35). Portrait of Thomas Killigrew 1612-1683 (22).

In 1638 Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641 (38). Portrait of Thomas Killigrew 1612-1683 (25) and (probably) William Crofts 1st Baron Crofts 1611-1677 (27).

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Thursday 20 May 1669. Up and to the Navy Office, Seething Lane, where all the morning. At noon, the whole Office — William Brouncker 2nd Viscount Brounckner 1620-1684 (49), John Mennes Comptroller 1599-1671 (70), Charles Middleton 2nd Earl Middleton 1650-1719 (19), Samuel Pepys, and Captain John Cox to dine with the Parish, at the Three Tuns, Cheapside, this day being Ascension-day, where exceeding good discourse among the merchants, and thence back home, and after a little talk with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), to my office did a great deal of business, and so with my eyes might weary, and my head full of care how to get my accounts and business settled against my journey, home to supper, and bed. Yesterday, at my coming home, I found that my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) had, on a sudden, put away Matt upon some falling out, and I doubt my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) did call her ill names by my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) own discourse; but I did not meddle to say anything upon it, but let her go, being not sorry, because now we may get one that speaks French, to go abroad with us.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Friday 21 May 1669. I waited with the Navy Office, Seething Lane upon the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) in the morning. Dined at home, where Lewis Philips Lawyer -1670 the friend of his, dined with me. In the afternoon at the Navy Office, Seething Lane. In the evening visited by Roger Pepys Lawyer 1617-1688 (52) and Philip Packer Lawyer Architect 1618-1686 (50) and so home.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Saturday 22 May 1669. Dined at home, the rest of the whole day at Navy Office, Seething Lane.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Sunday 23 May 1669. Lord's Day. Called up by Roger Pepys Lawyer 1617-1688 (52) and his Talbot Pepys 1646-1681 (23) who to church with me, and then home to dinner. In the afternoon carried them to Westminster, and myself to James’s, where, not finding the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), back home, and with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) spent the evening taking the ayre about Hackney, with great pleasure, and places we had never seen before.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Monday 24 May 1669. To Whitehall Palace, and there all the morning, and thence home, and giving order for some business and setting my John Pepys to making a catalogue of my books, I back again to William Hewer 1642-1715 (27) to Whitehall Palace, where I attended the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) and was by him led to [the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38)], who expressed great sense of my misfortune in my eyes, and concernment for their recovery; and accordingly signified, not only his assent to desire therein, but commanded me to give them rest summer, according to my late petition to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35). William Hewer 1642-1715 (27) and I dined alone at the Swan Inn; and thence having thus waited on the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38), spent till four o’clock in St James' Park, St James', when I met my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) at John Unthank, and so home.

Around 1749. Canaletto Painter 1697-1768. View of St James' Park, St James'.

Around 1801. Benjamin West Painter 1738-1820 (62). Milkmaids in St James' Park, St James' with Westminster Abbey Beyond.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Tuesday 25 May 1669. Dined at home; and the rest of the day, morning and afternoon, at the Navy Office, Seething Lane.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Wednesday 26 May 1669. To Whitehall Palace, where all the morning. Dined with William Chiffinch 1602-1691 (67), with Alderman Thomas Backwell 1618-1683 (51), and Admiral Edward Spragg 1620-1673 (49). The Court full of the news from Captain John Hubbard -1668, of “The Milford,” touching his being affronted in the Streights, shot at, and having eight men killed him by a French man-of-war, calling him “English dog,” and commanding him to strike, which he refused, and, as knowing himself much too weak for him, made away from him. The Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (59), as being supposed with child, fell ill, so as to call for Elizabeth Chiffinch, William Chiffinch 1602-1691 (67) sister, and one of her women, from dinner from us; this being the last day of their doubtfulness touching her being with child; and they were therein well confirmed by her Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort England 1609-1669 (59) being well again before night. One Edmund Berry Godfrey 1621-1678 (47), a woodmonger and justice of Peace in Westminster, having two days since arrested Alexander Fraser Physician 1610-1681 (59) for about 30l. in firing, the bailiffs were apprehended, committed to the porter’s lodge, and there, by the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) command, the last night severely whipped; from which the justice himself very hardly escaped, to such an unusual degree was the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) moved therein. But he lies now in the lodge, justifying his act, as grounded upon the opinion of several of the judges, and, among others, my John Kelynge Chief Justice 1607-1671 (62); which makes the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) very angry with the John Kelynge Chief Justice 1607-1671 (62), as they say; and the justice do lie and justify his act, and says he will suffer in the cause for the people, and do refuse to receive almost any nutriment. The effects of it may be bad to the Court. Expected a meeting of Tangier this afternoon, but failed. So home, met by my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) at John Unthank.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Thursday 27 May 1669. At the Navy Office, Seething Lane all the morning, dined at home, Thomas Hollier Doctor 1609-1690 (60) with me. Presented this day by Alexander Browne Printseller with a book of drawing by him, lately printed, which cost me 20s. to him. In the afternoon to the Temple, to meet with Auditor Aldworth about my interest account, but failed meeting him. To visit my cozen Elizabeth Pickering 1642-1728, and found Elizabeth Pickering 1642-1728 ill at home, being with child, and looks poorly. Thence to her John Creed -1701, at Gresham College, Barnard's Inn, Holborn, upon some occasions of Tangier; and so home, with John Bankes 1st Baronet 1627-1699 (42) with me, to Mark Lane.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Friday 28 May 1669. To St. James’s, where the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) being with the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35) prevented a meeting of the Committee of Tangier. But, Lord! what a deal of sorry discourse did I hear between the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) and several Lords about him here! but very mean methought. So with John Creed -1701 to the Excise Office, Aldersgate Street, Aldersgate, and back to Whitehall Palace, where, in the Park, George Carteret 1st Baronet Metesches 1610-1680 (59) did give me an account of his discourse lately, with the Commissioners of Accounts, who except against many things, but none that I find considerable; among others, that of the Officers of the Navy selling of the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) goods, and particularly my providing him with calico flags, which having been by order, and but once, when necessity, and the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (38) apparent profit, justified it, as conformable to my particular duty, it will prove to my advantage that it be enquired into. Nevertheless, having this morning received from them a demand of an account of all monies within their cognizance, received and issued by me, I was willing, upon this hint, to give myself rest, by knowing whether their meaning therein might reach only to my Treasurership for Tangier, or the monies employed on this occasion. I went, therefore, to them this afternoon, to understand what monies they meant, where they answered me, by saying, “The eleven months’ tax, customs, and prizemoney,” without mentioning, any more than I demanding, the service they respected therein; and so, without further discourse, we parted, upon very good terms of respect, and with few words, but my mind not fully satisfied about the monies they mean. At noon Richard Gibson and I dined at the Swan Inn, and thence doing this at Brooke House, Holborn, and thence calling at the Excise Office, Aldersgate Street, Aldersgate for an account of payment of my tallies for Tangier, I home, and thence with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and John Pepys spent the evening on the water, carrying our supper with us, as high as Chelsea; so home, making sport with the Westerne bargees, and my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) and I singing, to my great content.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Saturday 29 May 1669. The Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (39) birth-day. To Whitehall Palace, where all very gay; and particularly the Cosimo III de Medici Prince Tuscany 1642-1723 (26) very fine, and is the first day of his appearing out of mourning, since he come. I heard the Bishop of Peterborough preach but dully; but a good anthem of Pelham Humfrey Composer 1647-1674 (22). Home to dinner, and then with my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28) to Hyde Park, where all the evening; great store of company, and great preparations by the Cosimo III de Medici Prince Tuscany 1642-1723 (26) to celebrate the night with fire-works, for the Charles II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (39) birth-day. And so home.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Sunday 30 May 1669. Whitsunday. By water to Whitehall Palace, and thence to William Coventry 1628-1686 (41), where all the morning by his bed-side, he being indisposed. Our discourse was upon the notes I have lately prepared for Commanders’ Instructions; but concluded that nothing will render them effectual, without an amendment in the choice of them, that they be seamen, and not gentleman above the command of the Admiral, by the greatness of their relations at Court. Thence to Whitehall Palace, and dined alone with William Chiffinch 1602-1691 (67) Elizabeth Chiffinch: whither by and by come in Edward Proger 1621-1713 (47) and Thomas Allin 1st Baronet 1612-1685 (57), and by and by fine Winifred Wells 1642-, who is a great beauty; and there I had my full gaze upon her, to my great content, she being a woman of pretty conversation. Thence to the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), who, with the officers of the Navy, made a good entrance on my draught of my new Instructions to Commanders, as well expressing general of a reformation among them, as liking of my humble offers towards it. Thence being called by my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), Richard Gibson and I, we to the Hyde Park, whence the rain suddenly home.

Samuel Pepy's Diary 1669 May. Monday 31 May 1669. Up very betimes, and so continued all the morning with Will Hewer 1642-1715 (27), upon examining and stating my accounts, in order to the fitting myself to go abroad beyond sea, which the ill condition of my eyes, and my neglect for a year or two, hath kept me behindhand in, and so as to render it very difficult now, and troublesome to my mind to do it; but I this day made a satisfactory entrance therein. Dined at home, and in the afternoon by water to Whitehall Palace, calling by the way at Betty Howlett, where I have not been many a day till just the other day, and now I met her mother there and knew her Michael Mitchell to be out of town. And here je did baiser elle, but had not opportunity para hazer some with her as I would have offered if je had had it. And thence had another meeting with the James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (35), at Whitehall Palace, on yesterday’s work, and made a good advance: and so, being called by my Elizabeth de St Michel 1640-1669 (28), we to the Hyde Park, Mary Batalier, and a Dutch gentleman, a friend of hers, being with us. Thence to “World's End, Knightsbridge,” a drinking-house by the Park; and there merry, and so home late.
And thus ends all that I doubt I shall ever be able to do with my own eyes in the keeping of my journal, I being not able to do it any longer, having done now so long as to undo my eyes almost every time that I take a pen in my hand; and, therefore, whatever comes of it, I must forbear: and, therefore, resolve, from this time forward, to have it kept by my people in long-hand, and must therefore be contented to set down no more than is fit for them and all the world to know; or, if there be any thing, which cannot be much, now my amours to Deborah Willet 1650-1678 (18). are past, and my eyes hindering me in almost all other pleasures, I must endeavour to keep a margin in my book open, to add, here and there, a note in short-hand with my own hand.
And so I betake myself to that course, which is almost as much as to see myself go into my grave: for which, and all the discomforts that will accompany my being blind, the good God prepare me!.