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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2. Thursday, went to Chester, dined with Mr Mainwaring & his brother at Alderman Wrights; was trimmed there by Mr Burrows; went about 3 to the Sunne Taverne where was Lord Delamere &c. thence to the funerall of Mrs Booth; then to take coach to the Raven (Mr Mayor, Mainwaring, Lloyd, Edwards, Minshall with us).
7. I came from Peel on Tuesday, (7th October 1684) about 8 in the morning; dined at Namptwich with my sonne, the Auditor, Mr Mainwaring, Mr Egerton, Mr Minshall, Mr Chitton, Wright, Morgan Whitley, Mr H. Delves &c; about 2 I went thence (Minshall & Morgan Whitley in the coach with me); lay at Stone that night with Mr Mainwaring, my sonne &c.
9. Thursday, we parted early with my sonne, Mr Mainwaring & Morgan &c; Minshall & I went in the coach together; we went through the Star at Coventry; dranck a pinte of sack with Mr Lax & his wife in the yard; went to dine at Creek and lay at Northampton.
11. Satorday, we dranck a pinte of claret in the yard at the Red Lyon, St Albans; dined at Barnet where Sir Michael Biddolph, my sonne Roger & Mr Kent met us; we went thence about 3; came to Mrs Brittains where daughter Biddolph was; there we prepared & supt; saw Mr Saladine, Mr Jones there & then they went to theire lodgings.
13. Monday, I met the Examiner at Mr Humfrey's lodgings in the Temple; I dined with Lord Maxfield (his 2 sons & 2 daughters only with us) I went thence to Lady Wood's; thence to Mr John Cooke to aquainte him about sub penas; thence to Lord Sunderland's office to enquire for Mr Yard; I spoke with Mr Thomas Richards & retorned; I went next to the Swan; there was Sir Michael Biddolph, Mr Abraham Dashwood & Minshall; we parted about 11.
14. Tuesday, Lum. Williams, Tuttle, Tovey, Mr Brocket were with me; Brocket came again with Mr Jones; he pretended something due to him for bad money which he had lost by; Mr Jones owned something of it; I told him he was to be examined in a Cause wherein I was concerned; it was not fit to discourse of those matters till he had bin examined; afterwards I should discourse more particularly &c; my principle being to be just to all men; Mr Duncombe and Mr Pate dined with me; went away about 3; about 4 I went to visit sister Whitley, Lady Connery and Mr Williams in Grays Inne; soe home; my sonne Roger came to me; had some discourse with him; he was in passion against Mr Jones; had been drinking. went away in a heate; saw me afterwards at the Sunne but would not come into the roome; sent for Mr Kent away; Sir Michael Biddolph, Abraham Dashwood, Minshall and selfe stayed till 11 15. Wednesday, I dined at Pontack's with Sir Michael Biddolph, his wife, Mr Dashwood, Minshall; at night Sir Michael, Minshall and I went to the Bull Head; stayed there till 10; the man of the house sometimes with us.
16. Thursday (Mr Fowler was with me about a coachman interl); I went to the Temple, spoke with Mr Cod, Ward & Examiner & Mr Hall's clarke about my businesse;. I dined at daughter Biddolph's lodgings; Lady Wood and her daughter dined with us; I went thence to the Kings Bench; spoke with Sir Trevor Williams & Sir Samuel Barnardiston about my businesse; Mr Pilkington came to Sir Trevor's chamber to see me; I visited Mr Hamden; met Sir Robert Thomas at the Lyon Taverne; thither Sir Trevor came to us & the master of the house sometimes; I came thence about 5; supt at my lodgings with my daughter Biddolph, Roger, Abraham Dashwood & Minshall & my landlady; parted a little past 10.
17. Friday, I went to the Temple to speake with the Examiner & Mr Cod; I desired Sir Richard May to go to the Kings Bench with the Examiner to sweare Sir Samuel Bernardiston, Sir Robert Thomas & Sir Trevor Williams; I gave Mr Peters a guiney to pay for coach &c & 2 guineys for the Baron (if Baron Streete had gone); he gave Baron May one guiney & kept the other himselfe; (I visited Mr Duncombe, discoursed my businesse then Mr Pate came in; I softly refused to see Roger Whitley interl); went after dinner (with cosen Minshall) to Mr Gerard linen draper about getting a house; met Lord Maxfield there; went with him to Mr Williams in Grays Inne from whence he went home (Mr Ashton with him) & I retorned; supt with daughter Biddolph; soe home to bed.
18. Satorday, I went to the Temple to Mr Cod & Mr Peters; made Mr Browne a visit in his chamber. dined with cosen Minshall at the end of Bartholomew Lane; Mr Dorisla came thither to us; went again to the Temple; advised with Mr Ward; gave him a guiney (& Mr Cod another for solliciting); retorned in the evening. met cosen Minshall, Jones & Saladine at the Swan; went thence with cosen Minshall to the Sunne; had a bottle of wine & a dish of meate & soe home; the barber Cosens came & trimmed me.
19. Sonday, went to the Parish Church; dined in my lodgings with Roger, Minshall & cosen Anne; Roger & cosen Minshall stayd with me all afternoone; about 5 they went away & I went to visit Sir Thomas Player where was his lady, Mr William Stanley & his wife; I went thence to the Sunne Taverne; met Mr Gardiner, sent for Mr Dorisla (who apointed the meeting); Mr Gardiner was civill but gave me no encouragement to apply to Lord Arlington in my businesse; cosen Minshall came to me; we had a dish of meate; I payd the reckoning. Mr Gardiner left us, before 10; Dorisla talked of the businesse; would have me compound; talked of unreasonable summes; I replyed I would not undoe myselfe but if others undid me (he having named Froude, Buttler & Werdon I hoped I and my children or relacions might live to question them for it;. he promised his service all he could, we parted past 10.
20. Monday; I went to the Temple, (thence to widdow Morgan in Westminster interl); dined with my sonne at Mr Kent's; Mr Kent his wife, brother & partner & cosen Minshall with us; thither one Cain, an exchange came to Roger for money; I desired Mr Jones to pay him 15 li. in part; I went thence to Lord Maxfields; thence to put Sir William Neale downe in Covent Garden; thence to the sheriffs office (neare Chare market); discoursed the under sheriffe (Rowse) & Benson about Roger's businesse; left Mr Jones with them; brought cosen Minshall home; thence to daughter Biddolph's lodgings & about 10 o' clock went home.
21 Tuesday, I went to Mr Mosier about Frodesly writings; soe back to my lodgings; Roger & Minshall went with me to daughter Biddolph's lodgings, we dined there; about 4 went to the Temple, there parted with them; I went to visit Mr Charles Williams at his shop; soe back to the Temple; gave directions to Mr Humfrey's clarke; thence called on Mr Gerard at a taverne neare his house in Newgate Streete to discourse about a house he had enquired for me; there was with him a fat man I knew not; then came in Mr Adams; after him another I knew not, we drank 2 quarts of wine; parted a little past 7; I supt at daughter Biddolph's & went home about 10.
22 Wednesday, Mr Gerard came to me, to give account about the house he had inquired for me; after him the barber to trimme me; I went out about 11 towards the Temple and thence to dine with Lord Maxfield, his sonnes; Lady Brandon, Roger & Minshall dined with us; I went thence to Mr Humfreys, & visited his neighbor Mr Browne, Mr Minshall with me, dranck a bottle of wine with him, thence to make affidavit before the Chiefe Baron; thence to see Mr Williams & Mr Ward; called at the Castle Taverne, found Mr Fitt Gerard, Mr Minshall, Mr Buckingham & Roger there; Roger left us; we stayd drinking 2 bottles of wine & eating some fryed oysters; soe parted, went home.
23. Thursday, I went early to Westminster; had a motion granted at the Exchequer Court for longer tyme to examine witnesses; walked a while in Westminster Hall; dined at Mr Brownes (the 3 Pigeons) daughter Biddolph, cosen Anne, Roger, Minshall & Mr Kent with us; went thence to Lady Wood's; thence home about 6 o'clock; Mr Saladine with me about ½ an houer; supt wih daughter Biddolph.
24. Friday, I went with my daughter to buy linen at Mr Gerards shop; thence to Mr Baskervile's about Mr Oneby's house; thence to dinner at my daughter's lodgings where dined my sonne Roger, Minshall & Kent; in the afternoone I went to Mr Humfreys chamber, thence to Mr Gulstons about Egertons statute, (talked awhile with Minshall & Allen, Mr Lax interl); thence to the Devill Taverne with Minshall; Gulston came to us; we discoursed about Egerton's statute, his credtors &c; parted before 9; went to my daughter's lodgings; soe home before 11.
25. Satorday, Mr Allen came to my lodgings about Roger's debt; he apointed him to come to daughter's Biddolph lodgings about 2; there he came, we agreed the businesse; he sealed a realease to Roger & received his money &c; (my daughter, Minshall and selfe crossed out) I went out about 4 (I stayed at the Temple....Minshall crossed out) to Mr Hicks to acquainte [fo. 20v] him, he must be reexamined; thence to the Temple; thence to the Sunne Taverne where I found Abraham Dashwood and one Mr Ingram (a stranger to me). Minshall came to us; we ate oysters together, stayd till past 9; I left them at the Bar and went home.
26. Sonday, went to Parish church; dined at daughter's lodgings (with sonne, Minshall and Kent) went to St Hellens church; thence to Mr Page's; thence to daughter's lodgings where was Sir Edward Wood and Lady; after they went away I went to Sunne Taverne where was Mr Fit Gerard, Roger in one roome and Dorisla in another; then came Minshall; we came all to one roome, supt together and parted past 9; I left them at the doore and went home.
27. Monday, cosen John Lloyd came to see me; afterwards Captaine Hilman about making me some clothes &c; I went to Westminster; dined at home; Roger, Kent and Minshall with me; went to the Temple, thence to the Rose Taverne in Covent Garden; Minshall and Roger with me; Fitt Gerard came to us; we parted about 9; brought Minshall home, soe to my lodging.
28. Tuesday, went to Westminster, called on Minshall and on Mr Palmer; dined at home at night; went to Minshall's lodgings; thence to the Griffin Taverne; to meete Palmer; there was Sir John Huban, Mr Thomson (neare Scarberow) and severall others (unknowne to me) we supt there, parted past 11, I went home.
29. Wednesday, I called on Minshall, retained him as my councell; went to Roger's lodgings; spoke with Mr Kent (at the coach side, Minshall in the coach with me) dined with my daughter and stayd there and at my lodgings all night.
30. Thursday, I called on Minshall, went to Westminster; discoursed Mr Bebington about Juely, and Bulstrodes; retorned to the citty; Mr Henshaw dined with me; I went in the evening to Mr Humphrey's; thence to Jone's his house in Covent garden to look for Lord Brandon; dranck a pinte of wine with Minshall thence to Devill Taverne; parted with Minshall at the doore; went up to Lord Brandon; found his brother, Umfrevill, Thomson and Mr Chadwell with him, then came Mr Woosely; I discoursed my businesse to him; we supt there; before 11 I left them and retorned home.
31. Friday I went to Westminster; dined at home with Minshall; went in the evening to Humfrey's chamber; thence to Sir Edward Wood's; discoursed him of my businesse; his Lady present; and about Mr Slater to be examined; retorned to my daughter's lodgings; thence home to bed.