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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 Queen, as
being supposed with child, fell ill, so as to call for Madam Nun,
Mr. Chevins' 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 Majesty's
being well again before night. One Sir Edmund Bury Godfry,
[Supposed to have been murdered by the Papists, October 17th,
1678, when he was found pierced with his own sword, and with
several marks of violence on his body.] a woodmonger and Justice
of Peace in Westminster, having two days since arrested Sir
Alexander Frazier for about 30l. in firing, the bailiffs were
apprehended, committed to the porter's lodge, and there, by the
King's command, the last night, severely whipped; from which the
Justice himself very hardly escaped, (to such an unusual degree
was the King 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 Lord Chief-Justice; which makes
the King very angry with the Chief-Justice, 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.
28th. To St. James's, where the King's being with the Duke of
York prevented a meeting of the Tangier Commission. But Lord!
what a deal of sorry discourse did I hear between the King and
several Lords about him here! but very mean, methought. So with
Creed to the Excise-office, and back to White Hall, where, in the
Park, Sir G. Carteret did give 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 King's goods, and
particularly my providing him with calico flags; which having
been by order, and but once, when necessity and the King's
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 prize money," without mentioning
(any more or 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.
29th. The King's birth-day. To White Hall, where all very gay;
and particularly the Prince of Tuscany very fine, and is the
first day of his appearing out of mourning since he came. I
heard the Bishop of Peterborough [Joseph Henshaw. Ob. 1678.]
preach but dully; but a good anthem of Pelham's. Home to dinner,
and then with my wife to Hyde Park, where all the evening: great
store of company, and great preparations by the Prince of Tuscany
to celebrate the night with fire-works, for the King's birthday.
And so home.
30th (Whitsunday). By water to White Hall, and thence to Sir W.
Coventry, 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 gentlemen above the command of
the Admiral, by the greatness of their relations at Court.
Thence to White Hall, and dined with Mr. Chevins and his sister:
whither by and by came in Mr. Progers and Sir Thomas Allen, and
by and by fine Mrs. Wells, 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 Duke of York, who, with the
officers of the Navy, made a good entrance on my draught of my
new Instructions to Commanders, as well expressing his Generalls
of a reformation among them, as liking of my humble offers
towards it. Thence being called by my wife, we to the Park;
whence the rain sent us suddenly home.
31st. Up very betimes, and continued all the morning with W.
Hewer, 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 behind-
hand 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. Had another meeting with the Duke
of York at White Hall on yesterday's work, and made a good
advance: and so being called by my wife, we to the Park, Mary
Batelier, and a Dutch gentleman, a friend of hers, being with us.
Thence to "The World's End," 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
Journall, 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 be contented to set down no more
than is fit for them and all the world to know; or if there be
any thing, 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!
S.P. May 31, 1669.