The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 5, Part 1

The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 5, Part 1

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 5, Part 1

The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 5, Part 1

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July 1st, 1665.

CALLED up betimes, though weary and sleepy, by appointment by Mr. Povy and Colonell Norwood to discourse about some payments of Tangier. They gone, I to the office and there sat all the morning. At noon dined at home, and then to the Duke of Albemarle's, by appointment, to give him an account of some disorder in the Yarde at Portsmouth, by workmen's going away of their owne accord, for lacke of money, to get work of hay-making, or any thing else to earne themselves bread. Thence to Westminster, where I hear the sicknesse encreases greatly, and to the Harp and Ball with Mary talking, who tells me simply her losing of her first love in the country in Wales, and coming up hither unknown to her friends, and it seems Dr. Williams do pretend love to her, and I have found him there several times. Thence by coach and late at the office, and so to bed. Sad at the newes that seven or eight houses in Bazing Hall street, are shut up of the plague.

2nd (Sunday). Up, and all the morning dressing my closet at the office with my plates, very neatly, and a fine place now it is, and will be a pleasure to sit in, though I

There are several letters among the State Papers from Commissioner
Thomas Middleton relating to the want of workmen at Portsmouth
Dockyard. On June 29th Middleton wrote to Pepys, “The ropemakers
have discharged themselves for want of money, and gone into the coun
try to make hay.” The blockmakers, the joiners, and the sawyers all
refused to work longer without money (“Calendar,” 1664-65, p. 453).
VOL. V. I

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