Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 32: December 1664
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Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 32: December 1664

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Project Gutenberg's Diary of Samuel Pepys, December 1664, by Samuel PepysThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: Diary of Samuel Pepys, December 1664Author: Samuel PepysRelease Date: November 30, 2004 [EBook #4152]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, ***Produced by David WidgerTHE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS M.A. F.R.S.CLERK OF THE ACTS AND SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTYTRANSCRIBED FROM THE SHORTHAND MANUSCRIPT IN THE PEPYSIAN LIBRARY MAGDALENE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE BY THE REV. MYNORS BRIGHTM.A. LATE FELLOW AND PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE(Unabridged)WITH LORD BRAYBROOKE'S NOTESEDITED WITH ADDITIONS BYHENRY B. WHEATLEY F.S.A. DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. DECEMBER 1664December 1st. Up betimes and to White Hall to a Committee of Tangier, and so straight home and hard to my businessat my office till noon, then to dinner, and so to my office, and by and by we sat all the afternoon, then to my office again tillpast one in the morning, and so home to supper and to bed.2nd. Lay long in bed. Then up and to the office, where busy all the morning. At home dined. After dinner with my wife andMercer to the Duke's House, and there saw "The ...

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THE DIARY OFSAMUEL PEPYS M.A.F.R.S.TCHLEE RAKD MOIFR TAHLET YACTS AND SECRETARY TOTRANSCRIBED FROM THE SHORTHANDMANUSCRIPT IN THE PEPYSIAN LIBRARYMAGDALENE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE BY THEREV. MYNORS BRIGHT M.A. LATE FELLOWAND PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE(Unabridged)WITH LORD BRAYBROOKE'S NOTESEDITED WITH ADDITIONS BYHENRY B. WHEATLEY F.S.A.                          DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS.                                DECEMBER                                  1664December 1st. Up betimes and to White Hall to aCommittee of Tangier, and so straight home andhard to my business at my office till noon, then to
dinner, and so to my office, and by and by we satoalnl et hien  tahftee rmnooronni,n tgh, eann tdo  som yh oofmfiec et oa sguaipnp teilrl  paansdt to.deb2nd. Lay long in bed. Then up and to the office,where busy all the morning. At home dined. Afterdinner with my wife and Mercer to the Duke'sHouse, and there saw "The Rivalls," which I hadseen before; but the play not good, nor anythingbut the good actings of Betterton and his wife andHarris. Thence homeward, and the coach brokewith us in Lincoln's Inn Fields, and so walked toFleete Streete, and there took coach and home,and to my office, whither by and by comes CaptainCocke, and then Sir W. Batten, and we all to Sir J.Minnes, and I did give them a barrel of oysters Ihad given to me, and so there sat and talked,where good discourse of the late troubles, theyknowing things, all of them, very well; and Cocke,from the King's own mouth, being then entrustedhimself much, do know particularly that the King'scredulity to Cromwell's promises, private to him,against the advice of his friends and the certaindiscovery of the practices and discourses ofCromwell in council (by Major Huntington)[According to Clarendon the officer herealluded to was a major in Cromwell's ownregiment of horse, and employed by him totreat with Charles I. whilst at Hampton Court;but being convinced of the insincerity of theproceeding, communicated his suspicions tothat monarch, and immediately gave up his
commission. We hear no more of Huntingtontill the Restoration, when his name occurswith those of many other officers, whotendered their services to the king. Hisreasons for laying down his commission areprinted in Thurloe's "State Papers" andMaseres's "Tracts."—B.]did take away his life and nothing else. Then tosome loose atheisticall discourse of Cocke's, whenhe was almost drunk, and then about 11 o'clockbroke up, and I to my office, to fit up an accountfor Povy, wherein I hope to get something. At it tillalmost two o'clock, then to supper and to bed.3rd. Up, and at the office all the morning, and atnoon to Mr. Cutler's, and there dined with Sir W.Rider and him, and thence Sir W. Rider and I bycoach to White Hall to a Committee of the Fishery;there only to hear Sir Edward Ford's proposalabout farthings, wherein, O God! to see almostevery body interested for him; only my LordAnnesly, who is a grave, serious man. My LordBarkeley was there, but is the most hot, fiery manin discourse, without any cause, that ever I saw,even to breach of civility to my Lord Anglesey, inhis discourse opposing to my Lord's. At last,though without much satisfaction to me, it wasvoted that it should be requested of the King, andthat Sir Edward Ford's proposal is the best yetmade. Thence by coach home. The Duke of Yorkebeing expected to-night with great joy fromPortsmouth, after his having been abroad at seathree or four days with the fleete; and the Dutch
are all drawn into their harbours. But it seems likea victory: and a matter of some reputation to us itis, and blemish to them; but in no degree like whatit is esteemed at, the weather requiring them to doso. Home and at my office late, and then to supperand to bed.4th (Lord's day). Lay long in bed, and then up andto my office, there to dispatch a business in orderto the getting something out of the Tangierbusiness, wherein I have an opportunity to getmyself paid upon the score of freight. I hope agood sum. At noon home to dinner, and then in theafternoon to church. So home, and by and bycomes Mr. Hill and Andrews, and sung togetherlong and with great content. Then to supper andbroke up. Pretty discourse, very pleasant andingenious, and so to my office a little, and thenhome (after prayers) to bed. This day I hear theDuke of Yorke is come to towne, though expectedlast night, as I observed, but by what hindrancestopped I can't tell.5th. Up, and to White Hall with Sir J. Minnes; andthere, among an infinite crowd of great persons,did kiss the Duke's hand; but had no time todiscourse. Thence up and down the gallery, andgot my Lord of Albemarle's hand to my bill forPovy, but afterwards was asked some scurvyquestions by Povy about my demands, whichtroubled [me], but will do no great hurt I think.Thence vexed home, and there by appointmentcomes my cozen Roger Pepys and Mrs. Turner,and dined with me, and very merry we were. They
staid all the afternoon till night, and then after I haddiscoursed an hour with Sir W. Warren plainlydeclaring my resolution to desert him if he goes onto join with Castle, who and his family I, for greatprovocation, love not, which he takes with sometrouble, but will concur in everything with me, hesays. Now I am loth, I confess, to lose him, hehaving been the best friend I have had ever in thisoffice. So he being gone, we all, it being night, inMadam Turner's coach to her house, there to see,as she tells us, how fat Mrs. The. is grown, and soI find her, but not as I expected, but mightilypleased I am to hear the mother commend herdaughter Betty that she is like to be a great beauty,and she sets much by her. Thence I to White Hall,and there saw Mr. Coventry come to towne, and,with all my heart, am glad to see him, but couldhave no talke with him, he being but just come.Thence back and took up my wife, and home,where a while, and then home to supper and to.deb5th. Up, and in Sir W. Batten's coach to White Hall,but the Duke being gone forth, I to WestminsterHall, and there spent much time till towards noonto and fro with people. So by and by Mrs. Lanecomes and plucks me by the cloak to speak to me,and I was fain to go to her shop, and pretending tobuy some bands made her go home, and by andby followed her, and there did what I would withher, and so after many discourses and herintreating me to do something for her husband,which I promised to do, and buying a little band ofher, which I intend to keep to, I took leave, there
coming a couple of footboys to her with a coach tofetch her abroad I know not to whom. She is greatwith child, and she says I must be godfather, but Ido not intend it. Thence by coach to the OldExchange, and there hear that the Dutch are fittingtheir ships out again, which puts us to newdiscourse, and to alter our thoughts of the Dutch,as to their want of courage or force. Thence byappointment to the White Horse Taverne inLumbard Streete, and there dined with my LordRutherford, Povy, Mr. Gauden, Creed, and others,and very merry, and after dinner among otherthings Povy and I withdrew, and I plainly told himthat I was concerned in profit, but very justly, inthis business of the Bill that I have been these twoor three days about, and he consents to it, and itshall be paid. He tells me how he believes, and inpart knows, Creed to be worth L10,000; nay, thatnow and then he [Povy] hath three or L4,000 in hishands, for which he gives the interest that the Kinggives, which is ten per cent., and that Creed docome and demand it every three months theinterest to be paid him, which Povy looks upon as acunning and mean tricke of him; but for all that, hewill do and is very rich. Thence to the office, wherewe sat and where Mr. Coventry came the first timeafter his return from sea, which I was glad of. Soafter office to my office, and then home to supper,and to my office again, and then late home to bed.7wtifhe.  cLoaym lionng gt,o t shpeen aukp ,w iathn dm ae mpount gn oetwh etrhso uBgahgtsw eolfl'sfdoolliyn gin tbou sminee swsh iacth  mI ya omf ftircoeu, bIl ebdy  acto. aTchh etnoc em ya ftLeardy
Sandwich's, and there dined with her, and found allwell and merry. Thence to White Hall, and wewaited on the Duke, who looks better than he did,methinks, before his voyage; and, I think, a littlemore stern than he used to do. Thence to theTemple to my cozen Roger Pepys, thinking to havemet the Doctor to have discoursed our business,but he came not, so I home, and there byagreement came my Lord Rutherford, Povy,Gauden, Creed, Alderman Backewell, aboutTangier business of accounts between Rutherfordand Gauden. Here they were with me an hour ormore, then after drinking away, and Povy andCreed staid and eat with me; but I was sorry I hadno better cheer for Povy; for the foole may beuseful, and is a cunning fellow in his way, which isa strange one, and that, that I meet not in anyother man, nor can describe in him. They late withme, and when gone my boy and I to musique, andthen to bed.8th. Up, and to my office, where all the morningbusy. At noon dined at home, and then to theoffice, where we sat all the afternoon. In theevening comes my aunt and uncle Wight, Mrs.Norbury, and her daughter, and after them Mr.Norbury, where no great pleasure, my aunt beingout of humour in her fine clothes, and it raininghard. Besides, I was a little too bold with her abouther doating on Dr. Venner. Anon they went away,and I till past 12 at night at my office, and thenhome to bed.9th. Up betimes and walked to Mr. Povy's, and
there, not without some few troublesome questionsof his, I got a note, and went and received L1175s. of Alderman Viner upon my pretended freightof the "William" for Tangier, which overbears me onone side with joy and on the other to think of mycondition if I shall be called into examination aboutit, and (though in strictness it is due) not be able togive a good account of it. Home with it, and therecomes Captain Taylor to me, and he and I did seteven the business of the ship Union lately gone forTangier, wherein I hope to get L50 more, for allwhich the Lord be praised. At noon home to dinner,Mr. Hunt and his wife with us, and very pleasant.Then in the afternoon I carried them home bycoach, and I to Westminster Hall, and thence toGervas's, and there find I cannot prevail with Janeto go forth with me, but though I took a goodoccasion of going to the Trumpet she declinedcoming, which vexed me. 'Je avait grande envieenvers elle, avec vrai amour et passion'. Thencehome and to my office till one in the morning,setting to rights in writing this day's two accounts ofPovy and Taylor, and then quietly to bed. This dayI had several letters from several places, of ourbringing in great numbers of Dutch ships.s1o0 thm. aLnayy  pleoonpgl, e ato bwsheircvhi nI ga itm t haasth kanmoewd ,n bote chaouws lea toefiIt  stiot  uotph, earns,d  hfoe r hfaevairn gof  sStiari dW f.o rB amttee an 'sg osopde awkhiinleg.  oAfttBhreu nokffaircde  walilt th hhei s mpoartneinntg ,i n whhise rhe acnod,m aens d mdye lLivoerrdediatl lt to hSei rd Ja.y ,M ainnnd east  annodo nm Iy isne lhf,i s wceo aalcohn ew itbhe ihnigm t thoere
the 'Change, where he set me down; a modest civilperson he seems to be, but wholly ignorant in thebusiness of the Navy as possible, but I hope tomake a friend of him, being a worthy man. Thenceafter hearing the great newes of so manyDutchmen being brought in to Portsmouth andelsewhere, which it is expected will either put themupon present revenge or despair, I with Sir W.Rider and Cutler to dinner all alone to the GreatJames, where good discourse, and, I hope,occasion of getting something hereafter. Afterdinner to White Hall to the Fishery, where the Dukewas with us. So home, and late at my office,writing many letters, then home to supper and tobed. Yesterday come home, and this night I visitedSir W. Pen, who dissembles great respect and loveto me, but I understand him very well. MajorHolmes is come from Guinny, and is now atPlymouth with great wealth, they say.11th (Lord's day). Up and to church alone in themorning. Dined at home, mighty pleasantly. In theafternoon I to the French church, where muchpleased with the three sisters of the parson, veryhandsome, especially in their noses, and singprettily. I heard a good sermon of the old man,touching duty to parents. Here was Sir SamuelMorland and his lady very fine, with two footmen innew liverys (the church taking much notice ofthem), and going into their coach after sermon withgreat gazeing. So I home, and my cozen, MaryPepys's husband, comes after me, and told methat out of the money he received some monthssince he did receive 18d. too much, and did now