Letter Signed by Samuel Pepys

Letter Signed by Samuel Pepys
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PEPYS,Samuel. Letter signed by Samuel Pepys. Addressed to Mr Gregory [ Edward, later Sir Edward Gregory, Clerk Of the Cheque at the Navy Yard Chatham] .From the Navy Office, and dated 15 July 1668 [ from the diary period]. The letter requests information; “ In order to the preparing something for the satisfaction of his Roy.ll Highness you are desired forthwith to send up to this Office the Weekly Charge his Ma.y was at for the last 12 weeks under these two Heads. Viz
1st What ye bare Wages amounts
2   What ye Extra Worke Done by Nights and Tides &c”….
The diary entry for the day notes “ Up, and all morning busy at the office to my great content, tending to the settling of papers there, that I may have more rest in winter for my eyes by how much I do the more in the settling of all things in the summer by daylight”. Pepys was concerned about his eyesight failing, taking medicine for them, and being bled in an attempt to ease his eye strain. Because of his concerns, he ended his diary in 1669. An interesting letter, detailing office events recorded in the diary; he was getting as much work done in the summer months to avoid straining his eyes by candle light later in the year. Later in the same day, he visits the Duke Of York and he  at drawings of the ship “Resolution” which he calls “the best ship, by all report in the world”. He sums up the day by stating that he feels “ stronger then I ever remember myself to be; at least since before I had the stone”.

The letter is also signed by:
BROUNKER, William, 2nd Viscount [1620-1684], Navy Commissioner from 1664-1669 and first President Of the Royal Society, and well regarded by Pepys. It seems that there was a mutual regard, as Pepys was appointed overseer of Brounker’s Will.

MENNES, Sir John [1599-1671] Comptroller of the Navy 1660-71

MIDDLETON, Col.Thomas [d 1672] Navy Commissioner for Portsmouth 1664-1667, Surveyor Of the Navy 1667+1672, Navy Commissioner, Chatham 1672. He claimed to have ended a mutiny in 1665 by the use of “a good cudgel”.



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