Roger Whitley's Diary 1684-1697 Bodleian Library, Ms Eng Hist C 711. Originally published by [s.n.], [s.l.], 2004.
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1st Monday, went to attend the House of Commons with Sir Thomas Player about disbanding accounts; was not called in; the businesse comitted to meete at 3 in the afternoone; I saw & spoke with severall acquaintance in the Lobby & Court of Requests; called on Humfreys; dined at home; went in the afternoone to the Committee; spoke with severall members there & in the Speakers chamber, besides, Sir Thomas Player, Corbyn, Bridges &c; went afterwards to the Romer with Player, Corbyn, Lewes, Mr Babington & Sir He Beaumont; thence to Humfreys, then to the Attorney General; aftertwards to the Attorney's house, then home.
2 Tuesday, went to the Court of Exchequer then walked awhile in the Hall; discoursed with Hardon & Lee about members letters, disbanding accounts &c; after with Boscomen, Hall, Huband &c. then came home; dined, Mrs Tovey with us; went at 3 to Westminster, the Comittee was ajourned; discoursed a while with Kingdon & with Player in the Court of Requests; went with him & Corbyn to the Bacchus, stayd about an houer, examining the Clothyers accounts; met Done by the way, discoursed awhile with him in the Palace yard;. called on my daughter at Lady Woods; went to the Kings Armes neare Guildhall; there was Biddolph, my sonne & Baroby; he stayd not; then came Mr Crispe, his brother, another gentleman & one Emery or Everard (the 3 last strangers to me) we parted past 12.
3 Wednesday, I dined at home, Sir John Conway, Sir William Neale, Minshall, Biddolph, Mainwaring with us; in the afternoone I went to the Committee; after that met Lord Weynouth & Duncombe in the Hall; then to the Dog Taverne there was Done, Egerton, Jones, Chiffins & another; I drank 4 glasses of wine; then came the clarke with the order which Done signed & I left them; went to Humfreys; then to Sir Robert Clayton; spoke with his brother; soe home.
4. Thursday, Mrs Russell & her sonne came about Rogers money; I told them I would consider but not promise payment (Houseman & Hussey were by) Mr Kent came about his money; I went with Mr Mainwaring to visit Mr Bruen; then to Kingdon; soe home to dinner; stayd at home all afternoone, Jones with me examining disbanding accounts; Sir Edward Wood called but stayd not; late at night came Bellot, Lewes, Baroby, Minshall, Lee, my sonne &c. stayd till 12.
5. Friday, Corbyn came home from Sir Thomas Player; I went to Sir Thomas Player; spoke with him & Mrs Winstanley; dined at home; went to the Committee; before 8 came to Humfreys, with him to the Attorney General, thence to Sir Robert Clayton, spoke with him & his brother about the money, then home; after supper Humfreys came, went with me to Lord Cheife Justice's; dranck a bottle of wine; stayd till past 11.
6. Satorday, Mr Barcroft came to shew me a letter from Sir G.G. about disbanding accounts; I dined at home, Bellot, Minshall, Lewes, sonne &c. with us; after dinner came Lord Maxfeild, Fitton & Thomson; after them Dr Tims & Baroby, then Mainwaring went to Auditor Dones there was his brother & Sir Philip Egerton, we had severall bottles of wine; parted neare 11.
8. Monday, I went to Auditor Done's; dined at home; before I went in the morning Mr Leveson, Gore & Sir Bellot came, drank a glasse of meade, went away with Mr Mainwaring; there was also one Wilson (a stranger to me) came to see Mr Mainwaring; in the afternoone came Mr Shakerly also Mr Kents partner who had a bill from Kent, had 10 s in part; I went about 6 to meete Major Done at the 3 Cups; there was he, his brother; Bellot & Mainwaring we parted about 9. came to the Bull Head, there was Bellot, Mainwaring, Minshall & Baroby; we parted before 11.
9. Tuesday, Mr Jones came about the accounts; I went to Humfreys, Ward & Williams to get some guineys; dined at home; Sir Robert Cotton & his sonne with us; met Minshall in Grays Inne court, talked awhile with him about Rogers debts & Mr Neale; went in the evening to Lord Clarendon; then home; Boroby & Gerard came & supt with us, then Bellot, Lewes & my sonne; parted past 11.
10. Wednesday, Mr Jones came about accounts; & a man with a bill drawne on me by Roger; dined at home; went to the Committe; in the evening Baroby & Mr Crispe came to us; supt with us; there was my sonne, Minshall & Lewes, at last Mainwaring came; we parted past 11.
11. Thursday, I went to the Crowne in Bloomsbury, there was Player, Birch & a great many Clothyers; also Bridges & Kingdon (awhile) dined at home; Major Done, his sonne, Bellot, Lewes, my sonne &c; with us; in the afternoone came Sir Guilliams & his lady; then Sir G.G. his sonne & sonne in law; dranke a bottle of wine, then I went to the Bull head to take leave with Baskervile; there was Bellot, Mainwaring, Baskervile, Crosse & 3 or 4 more, all strangers; I left most of them there; came home about 11.
(12. Friday, Humfreys came to me, then Mr Wilson, he sayd he would goe homewards on Monday if Lord Darbys businesse did not come on. I went to the Crowne in Bloomsbury; there was Sir G.G., Birch, Bridges & some Clothyers; they talked that Monmouth was landed in the west; I went to Whitehall met Captaine W?(entry cancelled).
12. Friday, I went to the Crowne in Bloomsbury; there was Sir G.G., Birch, Bridges & severall Clothyers; we dined there then went with Sir G.G. to the Committee; it was ajourned; met Sir Robert Cotton, Mainwaring, Lewes, Mr Parkhurst &c in the Court of Requests; went back with Sir G. to the Crowne, Birch & the clothyers; then went to the Cyder House by Kings Gate; there was Auditor Done (who sent for me), his brother, Sir Philip, Lord Buekley, Sir Hugh Owen; Mr Hawtrey, Kt of Middlesex & one more a stranger; I left them, went home at 9.
13. Satorday, Humfreys came to see me, then Mr Wilson; I went to the Crowne; there was Sir G.G., Birch, Bridge & some clothyers; they talked that Monmouth was landed; I met Captaine Winde at Whitehall, he spoke to me about his debenter; I went to Coling, to speake with Lord Arlington; called at Kents, saw his partner; went home, dined; my sonne came to us, after him, Lewes; in the evening came Mr Cokayne; I went to Cosens, was trimmed at his shop; I went with Saladine & Jones to the Sunne; drank 2 pintes of wine with them; then went behinde the bar to my sonne & Lewes; drank a bottle of wine; met Val Duncombe as he came out; onely bad him good night; went home, sonne & Lewes with me.
14. Sonday, went twice to church, dined at home; Minshall came, he stayd not; went in the evening (with Mainwaring) to Lord Maxwell; I went up to him; left Mainwaring below with Brandon,& Thomson, brought Brandon to Petes coffe house; went with Mainwaring & Thomson to Jones; drank 3 pintes of wine; put Thomson downe in Drury Lane; came home; there was Humfreys, his wife, Bellot, Lewes, my sonne &c; they supt with us; Humfreys & his wife went away about 10. The rest about 11.
15. Monday, Player sent Kirke to me to meete him, Birch &c. at dinner at the Crowne but I went not; dined at home; went in the afternoone to the Committte; thence to the Bacchus; Sir G.G., Player, Birch, Corbyn & Mr Swinborne with us; Kingdon & Done came to us; stayd awhile; I brought Sir G.G. & Swinborne (in my coach) to Sir Gilberts lodgings; went home; Lewes came, stayd not.
16. Tuesday morning went to Bishop of St Asaph; then to Westminster about disbanding accounts; dined at home, retorned thither in the afternoone, examined Sir Players papers for my orders & vouchers; went back [fo. 34v] Begins with copy of text from f.33r May 30 1685 (I would be willing to meete him .. satisfied with my holding off (cancelled) 16. about 7, Mr Jones with me; I went to Alderman Jeffreys; he was abroad; spoke to his servant; called on Saladine, walked awhile with him; went home.
17. Wednesday, went with Jones to Westminster about our accounts; walked awhile in the Court of Requests; dined at home, Mr Cokaine, the cheese factor with us; went back to the Committee; there was Sir H: Goodrick & Kingdon, with me & Jones there they examined my accounts; Sir Anthony Deane stood by awhile & Mr Ewers; I called on Sir G.G. at the next house but stayd not; went to Cosens to be trimmed, he was abroad; met Mr Jones there; went to the Swan; Gardiner came to us, had a bottle of wine; Jones stayd not; we parted about 10.
18. Thursday, the next barber trimmed me; I dined at home, Lady Wood, Bellot, Minshall, sonne & Mainwaring with us; after dinner came Lewes & Sir Edward Wood; they parted betwixt 5 & 6; I went to the Committee, there was Player, Sir G.G. & some clarks; I retorned about 8, met Dorisla & another on the Exchange; stayd not with them; went to Cosens to look for Mr Jones; went home, Mr Jones came to me about Cornewalls accounts.
19. Friday, Mr Jobber came to me about Rogers money & Mr Oneby about the house; I went to Westminster about my accounts; dined with G.G., Player. Birch, Pigeon, Corbyn, Mr Gerard, Bancroft, Swinborne, Corbyn, 2 or 3 more (at Heaven) stayd above with the clarks till 6; spoke with Captaine Cornewall about his accounts; but he would not goe to clarks & members of the Committe to examine or rectify them; met Sir Edward Wood, went with him to Jones; there was Maxwell & Mathews; then came in Watkins & Duppa; I left them at 9; Maxwell went away with me; I left him at Somerset Gate; went home.
20 Satorday, Mr Kent came to shew me a letter from Roger; Bellot, Lewes & my sonne dined with us; after dinner came Mr Tovey, drank a glasse of wine; they all went before 5. I went to Westminster about accounts; gave Mr Pigeons 2 papers to annexe to my accounts; he went with me in my coach, to Temple; I went to Humfreys; then home.
21. Sonday, twice at church; dined at home; Mr Price came to me to desire me be at the next vestry about his concernes; at night Bellot, Lewes, Minshall, Lee, Morgan & my sonne supt with us; parted about 10; Mr Jones came but stayd not.
22. Monday, Jones came in the morning about accounts; Mrs Tovey dined with us; I called at Sir Robert Claytons; saw Keck; went to Westminster; there was Player, Ewers, Pigeon, Corbyn &c; I went to the Speakers chamber; spoke with Gulston, clarke &c; went then to Lord Maxfeild; he was at his doore, a minister (stranger to me) with him; went in to the parlor to reade the Gazette; went to see his horses; Sackvile called at the doore; I left them; went to Claytons; dispatched my business with Keck; went to Coffee House; saw Saladine there; came home.
23. Tuesday, dined at home; went in the evening to Westminster, met Pigeon & discoursed him by the way; walked awhile in the Hall with Kingdon & Sir John Louther; went to Lady Wood, there was Mrs Nurse; stayd awhile with them; went to Humfreys; then to the Bull Head, Wood Streete; there was, Oneby, Crosse, & one Goodfellow (a stranger) then came Dr Tymms; then another stranger; Goodfellow went first; we stayd till past 11, made a new bargaine for my house.
24. Wednesday, I went to Westminster; spoke with Sir Thomas Player, Sir G.G. & Birch & Pigeon; retorned before one; dined at Pontack's with Bellot, Lewes, Minshall, Mainwaring, my sonne & daughters; went againe to Westminster; the Committee were gone; Crosse spoke to me about Mr ? Shones money, Roger owes him; I met Sam Fanshaw in Court (of) Request but no discourse; onely complements; I went back with Mainwaring to the Mairmade in Colnehill; there was Lewes, one Mr Williams & 2 other. all strangers to me; then came Bellot & my sonne; we parted about 11, came home..
25. Thursday, I went to Westminster about my accounts; dined at the Bacchus with Sir G.G., Player, Birch, Corbyn & 3 or 4 other clarks, theire names I know not; went to the Committee againe; discoursed with severall Members of Parlement & others in the Court of Requests &c; both before noone & after went with Player, Sir G.G., Captaine Clifford, Jones, Corbyn & another (I know not his name) to the Bacchus againe; drank 2 bottles of wine; Sir G. went in my coach, I called on Lord Clarendon, then brought Sir G. home, soe home my selfe.
26. Friday, I went to Westminster; dined at the Bacchus with Sir G.G., Birch, Lord Faulkland, Done, his brother, Euens & Davenant; after dinner came Player; the clarks dined below; went againe to the Committee; wayted in the Court of Requests & Speaker's chamber; talked awhile with Boscowen & some Members; went away about 8; called at Cosen's shop; spoke with Saladine & with Gulson at Garoways; called at 3 Tunns; there was Oneby, Page, Jones & Crosse; parted about 11.
27. Satorday, Cosens trimmed me; I went Westminster; dined at home, Bellot & sonne with us; after dinner Mr Beddisford came; stayd not long. I went againe to Westminster; walked awhile with Mr Philips in the Court of Requests; spoke with Brandon in the Hall; Philips went with me in my coach to the new Exchange; I called at the Miter; there was Wood, Rogers & Maxfeild; drank one bottle with them; went home;.
28. Sonday, went twice to church; dined at home; Minshall with us; in the evening went to visit Lady Bellot; there was Sir Thomas, Minshall, Kent, Mainwaring, my daughters, the master & mistress of the house &c; Jones came thither to speake with me; afterwards I went with Mainwaring to the Fountayne; Wood came to us; we dank one flaske; went home with my daughters; there was my sonne, Minshall & Lee & Morgan; they supt & parted past 10.
29. Monday, went to Westminster, retorned home to dinner; Lewes, sonne & cosen Brereton dined with us; Minshall came after dinner; they stayd not long, went to the 3 Tunns; I called on them drank one glasse & left them, went to Westminster; discoursed with severall members & Birch & G.G. about our disbanding accounts; I went thence to visit Mr Thelwall & his nephew Williams; thence to Humfreys; then to Alderman Jeffreys; he was abroad; then to Cosens; saw Saladine; went to the Sunne; there was Sir G. G., his sonne, Mr Cook; then came Mainwaring & my sonne; Jones came but stayd not; we parted past 10.
30. Tuesday, a man came to me from a widdow about Egerton's statute; I went to Westminster about disbanding businesse; dined at Grays Inne with Minshall; there was Lady Bellot, my daughters, Sir Thomas Bellot, Lewes, Mainwaring, Lee, my sonne, Morgan &c; the gentleman that owned the chamber came to us; dranck a glasse of wine but stayd not; we all parted about 5; I went to Westminster, talked awhile with Duncombe; called on Kent; stayd an 1/2 houer; discoursed about the money Strowde demands; called on Humfreys, met him by the way; went home; Minshall & sonne supt with us; they parted about 10.