Wednesday 12 June 1661

Wednesday, a day kept between a fast and a feast, the Bishops not being ready enough to keep the fast for foul weather before fair weather came; and so they were forced to keep it between both.1

I to Whitehall, and there with Captain Rolt and Ferrers we went to Lambeth to drink our morning draft, where at the Three Mariners, a place noted for their ale, we went and staid awhile very merry, and so away. And wanting a boat, we found Captain Bun going down the river, and so we went into his boat having a lady with him, and he landed them at Westminster and me at the Bridge.

At home all day with my workmen, and doing several things, among others writing the letter resolved of yesterday to the Duke.

Then to White Hall, where I met my Lord, who told me he must have 300l. laid out in cloth, to give in Barbary, as presents among the Turks.

At which occasion of getting something I was very glad.

Home to supper, and then to Sir R. Slingsby, who with his brother and I went to my Lord’s at the Wardrobe, and there staid a great while, but he being now taking his leave of his friends staid out late, and so they went away.

Anon came my Lord in, and I staid with him a good while, and then to bed with Mr. Moore in his chamber.

  1. A Form of Prayer was published to be used in London on the 12th, and in the country on the 19th of June, being the special days appointed for a general fast to be kept in the respective places for averting those sicknesses and diseases, that dearth and scarcity, which justly may be feared from the late immoderate rain and waters: for a thanksgiving also for the blessed change of weather; and the begging the continuance of it to us for our comfort: And likewise for beseeching a Blessing upon the High Court of Parliament now assembled: Set forth by his Majesty’s authority. A sermon was preached before the Commons by Thomas Greenfield, preacher of Lincoln’s Inn. The Lords taxed themselves for the poor — an earl, 30s., a baron, 20s. Those absent from prayers were to pay a forfeit. — B.

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Australian Susan   Link to this

Lambeth ale again!
And this time, actually in Lambeth. It must have been a goodly tipple!
Sam stays at the Wardrobe, but no mention of Elizabeth? Is she having to camp out at home with all the workmen's mess and dust??

A. Hamilton   Link to this

to drink our morning draft

The regularity of this practice, and Sam's tendency to guide his actions by received wisdom, have set me wondering. Could this have been considered a healthy practice, good for the constitution? And could it have been related to the dangers of the water supply?

language hat   Link to this

to drink our morning draft

This has been covered more than once. See the Background info for "beer":

JWB   Link to this

Capt. Bun
Can this be right? " Chelsea buns - those sticky, spicy buns that have been a great favourite since the seventeenth century when a 'Captain Bun' sold them by the thousands from the Old Chelsea Bun House."

A. Hamilton   Link to this

morning draft

Thank you, Language Hat.

vicente   Link to this

from the House itself:
ORDERED, That there be a Collection for the Poor To-morrow Morning; and the Lords to contribute according to former Proportions upon the like Occasion; videlicet, Thirty Shillings for an Earl, and Twenty Shillings for a Baron. And such Lords as are absent this Day from Prayers, are to pay their Forfeitures To-morrow.
Then the Lords went to the Abbey Church, to hear the Fast Sermons.

From: British History Online
Source: House of Lords Journal Volume 11: 12 June 1661. House of Lords Journal Volume 11, ().
Date: 13/06/2004

vicente   Link to this

add the e for eating:"..a fast and a feast .."

helena murphy   Link to this

Would Sandwich be buying English woolen cloth to present to the Turks against the cold Mediterranean winters? It could not be silk as Muslim men do not wear this fabric ,but perhaps linen is another possibility.

vicente   Link to this

'Tis strange, then one went out to break your fast, then on one of my trips to London town in the 60's, it was very hard to find such a place, one had to find a market like Spittlefields to have a bite and wash ones whistle. It being a habit of mine to break the fast out of house, to get a good start to the day with friends and strangers. "...we went to Lambeth to drink our morning draft, where at the Three Mariners, a place noted for their ale..."

vicente   Link to this

Helen: I would believe you would be correct. Other fabrics would be obtained directly from the Indies. Reading Lady Fanshawes Diary gave one the idea that gifts were very necessary for passage for the unwary. British Woolies at this time had originality, also stockings were manufactured by a stocking machine making them cheap, by not having a high labour content. English grown silks were also in vogue at this time along with lace. So the possibilities are many.

serafina   Link to this

"Captain Bun" What a fabulous name!

Sjoerd   Link to this

I found this piece of info about "turks" of the Barbary coast, showing some nice textiles as well....

'.List, printed in London in 1682' of 160 British ships captured by Algerians between 1677 and 1680. Considering what the number of sailors who were taken with each ship was likely to have been, these examples translate into a probable 7,000 to 9,000 able-bodied British men and women taken into slavery in those years.

So not just "turks" had to be kept in stockings, and the trading area of the Barbary coast extended a bit further then i expected.

Australian Susan   Link to this

See posting against Tuesday, 11th June for more informative links on slavery relevant to this period.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Sir R. Robert Slingsby's brother who went along to the Wardrobe was probably Arthur, who in 1658 was created first of the Slingsby baronets of Bifrons.

Bill   Link to this

There is an encyclopedia entry for Arthur Slingsby:

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