FIRESHIPS FOR THE DUTCH WAR
folio, some spotting and browning, without the conjugate leaf, remargined without loss of text,
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was at this time an Elder of Trinity House, promoted Secretary of the Admiralty Commission and elected MP for Castle Rising in Norfolk. He has stopped writing his diary in 1669 due to eye strain and health reasons. The third Dutch War began in 1672. It was an unpopular war combining the British Navy with the French against the Spanish Netherlands. Pepys wrote "In all things, in wisdom, courage, force and success, the Dutch have the best of us and do end the war with victory on their side", while Charles II is quoted as saying "Don't fight the Dutch, imitate them". the text reads "Charles R. Our will and pleasure is, that you forthwith cause James Pationse to be introd. Ma.r Carpenter of Our Fireshyp the Wyvonhoe together with such Allowance of Wages and Vitualls for himself and Servant, as is proper and usefull for the Ma.r Carpenter of Our said Fireshyp. Given at the Court of Whitehall this 4th day of February 1673. To the Principle Officesr and Coms of Our Navy By His Majesty;s Com. S. Pepys"
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