t the end of the last and the beginning of this year I do live in one of the houses belonging to the Navy office as one of the principall officers - and have done now about half a year. After much trouble with workmen, I am now almost settled - my family being, myself, my wife, Jane, Will Ewre, and Wayneman, my girl's brother.
Myself in a constant good health - and in a most handsome and thriving condition. Blessed be Almighty God for it. I am now taking of my sister Paulina to come and live with me. As to things of State - the King settled and loved of all. The Duke of Yorke lately matched to my Lord Chancellor's daughter, which doth not please many. The Queene upon her return to France - with the Princesse Henrietta. The Princesse of Orange lately dead, and we into mourning for her.
We have been lately frighted with a great plot, and many taken upon it and the fright of it not quite over. The parliament, which hath done all this great good to the King, beginning to grow factious, the King did dissolve it December 29 last - and another likely to be chosen speedily.
I take myself now to be worth 300l clear in money. And all my goods and all manner of debts paid, which are none at all.
... and thence to the Theatre, where I saw again The Lost Lady, which doth now please me better than before. And here, I sitting behind in a dark place, a lady spat backward upon me by a mistake, not seeing me. But after seeing her to be a very pretty lady, I was not troubled at it at all....
... I to Westminster-hall ... and there saw my Lord Treasurer ... go up to the Treasury Offices and take possession thereof. And also the heads of Cromwell, Bradshaw, and Ireton set upon the further end of the hall.
The heads were now set on poles on top of the south end with Bradshaw's in the middle, above the very part of the hall where he had presided in 1649 over the regicide court. They remained there as late as 1684 or 1688.
Up among my workmen. Then to White-hall; and there at Privy Seale and elsewhere did business. And among other things, met with Mr Townsend, who told of his mistake the other day to put both his legs through one of his Knees of his breeches, and so went all day.
To Westminster-hall and there walked up and down, it being term time. Spoke with several; among others, my Cosen Rogr. Pepys, who was going up to the parliament-house and enquired whether I had heard from my father since he went to Brampton - which I had done yesterday, who writes that my uncle is by fits stupid and like a man that is drunk, and sometimes speechless.
... Called at my father's, and there I hear that
my uncle Robt. continues to have his fits of stupefaccion every day, for
10 or 12 houres together.
In this and succeeding entries Pepys refers to his uncle Robert's
house at Brampton which is left first to his father then on his death
to Pepys himself. He spent much time both in London and Brampton sorting
out his uncle's affairs which included another cottage in Brampton and
some land in Graveley and in Buckden.]
At home, and Rob. Barnwell with us and dined.
And in the evening my father and I walked round porthome and viewed all
the fields, which was very pleasant. Then to Hinchingbrooke, which is
now all in dirt because of my Lord's building, which will make it very
magnificent. Back to Brampton and to supper and to bed.
Hinchingbrooke was mainly Elizabethan-Jacobean in date. Parts, however, survived from the original medieval nunnery. The new work consisted mostly of the adition of two storeys to the west range, a new north-west corner, a kitchen in the north wing and a new staircase.
Earley to Huntingdon. But was fain to stay a great while
at Stanton [now Fenstanton] because of the rayne; and there borrowed
a coat of a man for 6d, and so he rode all the way, poor man, without
any. Stayed at Huntingdon a little, but the Judges are not yet come hither.
So I went to Brampton and there find my father very well - and my aunt
gone from the house; which I am glad of, though it costs us a great deal
of money, viz l10.
At the office in the morning and did business. By and by we are called to Sir W. Battens to see the strange creature that Captain Holmes brought with him from Guiny; it is a great baboone, but so much like a man in most things, that (though they say there is a species of them) yet I cannot believe but that it is a monster got of a man and she-baboone. I do believe it already understands much English; and I am of the mind it might be tought to speak or make signs.
[In Brampton] All the morning pleasing myself with my father; going up and down the house and garden with my father and my wife, contriving some lterations. After dinner ... I rode to Huntingdon; where I met Mr. Philips and there put my Bugden [Buckden] matters in order against the Court. And so to Hinchingbrooke, where My Branwell showed me the condition of the house, which is yet vey backward and I fear will be very darke in the Cloyster when it is done. So home and to supper and to bed - very pleasant and quiet.
This night my boy Wainman, as I was in my chamber, over-heard him let off some Gunpouder; and hearing my wife chide him below for it, and a noise made, I call him up and find that it was powder that he had put in his pocket, and a mach carelessly with it, thinking that it was out; and so the match did give fire to the powder and had burned his side and his hand, that he put into his pocket to put out the fire. But upon examination, and finding him in a lie about the time and place that he bought it, I did extremely beat him. And though it did trouble me to do it, yet I thought it necessary to do it.
... I sat down to end my Journall for this year; and
my condition at this time, by God's blessing, is thus: