January 10th 1664
our discourse tonight was about Mr Tryan's late being robbed and that
Collonell Turner (a mad, swearing, confident fellow, well known by all
and by me), one much endebted to this man for his very lifelihood, was
the man that either did or plotted it; and the money and things are found
in his hand and he and his wife are in Newgate for it - of which we are
all glad, so very a known rogue he was.
... to Leadenhall-street at the end of Lyme-street, near where the robbery
was done, and to St Mary Axe where he lived; and there I got for a shilling
to stand upon the wheel of a Cart, in great pain, above an hour before
the execution was done - he delaying the time by long discourses and prayers
one after another, in hopes of a reprieve; but none came, and at last
was flung off the ladder in his cloak. [After the later part of the
century ladders were no longer used for the "drop". The noose
was tied round the victim's neck as he stood in the cart in which he had
travelled from prison, and the hangman the drove the cart away, leaving
... to Reeve's the perspective-glass maker; and there did endeed see very excellent Microscopes, which did discover a louse or a mite or sand most perfectly and largely.
And out of an impatience to break up with my head full of confused confounded notions but nothing brought to a clear comprehension, I was resolved to set up, and did, till now it is ready to strike 4 a-clock, all alone, cold, and my candle not enough left to light me to my own house; and so, with my business however brought to some good understanding and set it down pretty clear, I went home to bed, with my mind at good quiet and the girle setting up for me (the rest all a-bed); I eat and drank a little and to bed, weary, sleepy, cold, and my head akeing.
... down to the garden of Somersett-house and up and down the new building, which in every respect will be mighty magnificent and costly. I stayed a great while talking with a man in the garden that was sawing of a piece of marble - and did give him 6d to drink. He told me much of the nature and labour of that work; how he could not saw above 4 inch of the stone in a day; and of a greater, not above one or two. And after it is sawed, then it is rubbed with coarse and then with finer and finer sand till they come to putty, and so polish it as smooth as glass. Their saws have no teeth, but it is the sand only which the saw rubs up and down that doth the thing.
... how well my Lord and Lady both are pleased with their children being
at my father's and when the bigger ladies were there a little while ago,
at which I am very glad.
Up, with some little discontent with my wife upon her saying that she had got and used some puppy-dog water, being put upon it by a desire of my aunt Wight to get some for her; who hath a mind, unknown to her husband, to get some for her ugly face....
[at his brother's funeral.]
... we sat all the afternoon but no sooner sat but news comes my Lady Sandwich was come to see us; so I went out, and running up (her friend however before me) I perceive by my dear Lady's blushing that in my dining room she was doing something upon the pott; which I also was ashamed of and so fell to some discourse, but without pleasure, through very pity to my Lady. ... My Lady, my wife not being at home, did not stay but, poor woman, went away, I being mightily taken with her dear visit.
April 30th (summary)
All the news now is what will become of the Dutch business, whether war
or peace. We all seem to desire it, as thinking ourselfs to have advantages
at present over them; but for my part I dread it. The Parliament promises
to assist the King with lives and fortunes. And he receives it with thanks,
and promises to demand satisfaction of the Dutch.
I was told today that upon Sunday night late, being the King's birthday
- the King was at my Lady Castlemaine's lodgings (over the hither-gate
at Lambert's lodgings) dancing with fiddlers all night almost, and all
the world coming by taking notice of it - which I am sorry to hear.
... Thence to Westminster to my barbers, to have my perriwig he lately made me cleansed of its nits; which vexed me cruelly, that he should put such a thing into my hands ....
Mr Cole (my old [schoolfellow] Jack Cole) comes to see and speak with
me; and his errand, in short, to tell me that he is giving over his trade.
He can do no good in it, and will turn what he hath into money and go
to sea - his father being dead and leaving him little, if anything. This
I was sorry to hear, he being a man of good parts, but I fear debauched.
At noon to Anth. Joyces to our gossips dinner; I had sent a dozen and a half of bottles of wine thither and paid my double share besides, which is 18s. Very merry we were, and when the women were merry and ris from the table, I above with them, ne'er a man but I; I begin discourse of my not getting of children and prayed them to give me their opinions and advice; and they freely and merrily did give me these ten among them.
... My present posture is this. My wife in the country and my maid Besse with her, and all quiet there. I am endeavouring to find a Woman for her to my mind; and above all, one that understands musique, especially singing. I am the willinger to keep one because I am in good hopes to get 2 or 300l per annum extraordinary by the business of the victualling of tanger - and yet Mr Alsop, my chief hopes, is dead since my looking after it, and now Mr Lanyon I fear is falling sick too. I am pretty well in health; only, subject to wind upon any cold, and then immediate and great pains.... I do now live very prettily at home, being most seriously, quietly, and neatly served by my two maids, Jane and the girl Su - with both of whom I am mightily pleased.
... I to my accounts; and to my great joy and with great thanks to almighty God, I do find myself most clearly worth £1014 - the first time that ever I was worth £l000 before ....
Creed and I met at my Lady Sandwiches and there dined; but my Lady has become as handsome, I think, as ever she was. And as good and discreet a woman I know not in the world.
... to New Bridewell to meet with Mr Poyntz to discourse with him (being master of the workhouse there) about making of Bewpers for us - but he was not within. However, his clerk did lead me up and down through all the houses. And there I did with great pleasure see the many pretty works and the little children imployed, everyone to do something; which was a very fine sight and worthy incouragement.
My father and I up and walked alone to Hinchingbrooke; and among the other late chargeable works that my Lord hath done there, we saw his water-works and the Ora [spouts] which is very fine - and so is the house all over. But I am sorry to think of the money at this time spent therein.
This night I begun to burn wax candles in my closet at the office, to try the charge and to see whether the smoke offends like that of tallow candles.
Going to bed betimes last night, we waked betimes. And from our people's being forced to take the key to go out to light a candle, I was very angry and begun to find fault with my wife for not commanding her servants as she ought. Thereupon, she giving me some cross answer, I did strike her over her left eye such a blow, as the poor wretch did cry out and was in great pain; but yet her spirit wa such as to endeavour to bite and scratch me. But I cogging with her, made her leave crying, and sent for butter and parsley, and friends presently one with another; and I up, vexed at my heart to think what I had done, for she was forced to lay a poultice or something to her eye all day, and is black - and the people of the house observed it.
As soon as ever the clock struck one, I kissed my wife in the kitchen
by the fireplace, wishing her a merry New year, observing that I believe
I was the first proper wisher of it this year, for I did it as soon as
ever the clock struck one. So ends the old year, I bless God with great
joy to me; not only from my having made so good a year of profit, as having
spent £420 and laid up £540 and upward.