Wednesday 21 November 1660

Lay long in bed. This morning my cozen Thomas Pepys, the turner, sent me a cupp of lignum vitae for a token. This morning my wife and I went to Paternoster Row, and there we bought some green watered moyre for a morning wastecoate. And after that we went to Mr. Cade’s to choose some pictures for our house. After that my wife went home, and I to Pope’s Head, and bought me an aggate hafted knife, which cost me 5s. So home to dinner, and so to the office all the afternoon, and at night to my viallin (the first time that I have played on it since I came to this house) in my dining room, and afterwards to my lute there, and I took much pleasure to have the neighbours come forth into the yard to hear me.

So down to supper, and sent for the barber, who staid so long with me that he was locked into the house, and we were fain to call up Griffith, to let him out. So up to bed, leaving my wife to wash herself, and to do other things against to-morrow to go to court.

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vincent   Link to this

"...So up to bed, leaving my wife to wash herself, and to do other things against to-morrow to go to court.
..." I guess a bath and lavendar waters for the The Presentation.

language hat   Link to this

some green watered moyre for a morning wastecoate:
OED:
moire (mwar, mwO:(r), mO@(r)). Also 7 moyre. [Fr. moire, according to Fr. lexicographers an adoption of some form of Eng. mohair.]
Originally a kind of watered mohair; afterwards, any textile fabric (but usually silk) to which a watered appearance is given in the process of calendering; a watered or clouded silk. Moire antique, explained by Fr. lexicographers to mean a watered silk of large pattern, is in Eng. use practically synonymous with moire, which is apprehended as a shortened form.

1660 Pepys Diary 21 Nov., We bought some greene-watered moyre, for a morning wastecoate. 1664 Pepys Diary, 8 May, A new black cloth suit and cloak lined with silk moyre. 1751 Chesterf. Let. to Son 22 Apr. II. 136 Talk pompons, moires, &c., with Madame de Blot. 1855 Mrs. Carlyle Lett. II. 268 [Dressmaker loq.] I don't think I ever saw so trashy a moire.

vincent   Link to this

WAISTCOAT: A garment worn by both men and women, and serving various purposes. "Why have you taken your wast-cotes? Is it so colde?" (Erondell's French Garden, 1605) "So opening and putting off his double, he was in a Scarlet Wastecoate."
more at http://www.thrednedlestrete.com/morse/GlossaryW...
1650 Artificial Changeling John Bulwer
The upstart impudence and innovation of naked breasts, and cutting or hallowing downe the neck of womens garments below their shoulders, an exorbitant and shamefull enormity and habit, much worn by our semi-Adamits, is another mere peice of refined Barbarisme… Another foolish affection there is in young Virgins, though grown big enough to be wiser, but that they are led blind-fold by custome to a fashion pernitious beyond imagination; who thinking a Slender-Waste a great beauty, strive all that they possibly can by streight-lacing themselves, to attain unto a wand-like smalnesse of Waste, never thinking themselves fine enough untill they can span their Waste.
+ other fashions of the times.
http://www.kipar.org/resources/costumes_female_...

vincent   Link to this

"...And after that we went to Mr. Cade's to choose some pictures for our house. After that my wife went home ….” Once bitten twice shy? He will not repeat that mistake again. the last time it might have cost SP a restocking fee.

Mary   Link to this

....leaving my wife to wash herself....

A special day calls for special measures. The daily routine usually called for little more than washing hands and face, perhaps with Spanish (Castile or castle) soap. Alum was a substance recognised as countering 'stench under the armholes' by acting as a desiccant.

There were public bath-houses, but the most frequent method of home-bathing by those who deemed it desirable was the strip-wash/stand-up-wash-down, using a cloth damped with scented water.

J A Gioia   Link to this

... to my lute there, and I took much pleasure to have the neighbours come forth into the yard to hear me.

sam must be a pretty good player if his practicing, and singing probably, draws people out from their homes. i wish my neighbors appreciated my guitar playing so.

and the night watch locks the barber in! i am picturing row houses facing a courtyard with a single gateway in.

Pedro   Link to this

On this day 21st November I660...

Allin is near Tangier on his voyage to Constantinople.

"This morning I clapped one Shoare (name uncertain) neck and heels for striking right over my Lieutenant, and after he laid 2 hours, the Countess (Winchilsea) begged for his release upon promise of his future good behavior.

(Journal of Sir Thomas Allin edited by RC Anderson)

Bill   Link to this

We have an encyclopedia entry for Pope's Head Alley, which "was a centre for the sale of cutlery, turnery and toys." So I think that's where Sam went today since he bought a knife. And not the tavern as suggested by the link above.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2843/

Bill   Link to this

"green watered moyre"

There is an encyclopedia entry for "moyre": http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7888/

Bill   Link to this

"sent me a cupp of lignum vitae"

The following entries have annotations about lignum vitae.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2999/
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/09/09/

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