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(without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... largely to the King herself, how her husband hath failed of
what his Majesty had promised, and she was sure intended him; and
the King did promise still, as he is a King and a gentleman, to be
as good as his word in a little time, to a tittlei but I never
believe it. Here in the Park I met with Mr. Coventry, where he sent
for a letter he had newly writ to me, wherein he had enclosed one
from Commissioner Pett complaining of his being defeated in his
attempt to suspend two pursers, wherein the manner of his doing it,
and complaint of our seeing him (contrary to our promises the other
day), deserted, did make us laugh mightily, and was good sport to
think how awkwardly he goes about a thing that he has no courage of
his own nor mind to do. Mr. Coventry answered it very handsomely,
but I perceive Pett has left off his corresponding with me any
more. Thence to fetch my wife from Mrs. Hunt's, where now he was
come in, and we eat and drunk, and so away (their child being at
home, a very lively, but not pretty at all), by water to Mrs.
Turner's, and there made a short visit, and so home by coach, and
after supper to prayers and to bed, and before going to bed Ashwell
began to make her complaint, and by her I do perceive that she has
received most base usage from my wife, which my wife sillily
denies, but it is impossible the wench could invent words and
matter so particularly, against which my wife has nothing to say
but flatly to deny, which I am sorry to see, and blows to have
past, and high words even at Hinchinbrooke House among my Lady's
people, of which I am mightily ashamed. I said nothing to either of
them, but let them talk till she was gone and left us abed, and
then I told my wife my mind with great sobriety of grief, and so to
sleep. 14th. Awake, and to chi...
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