Thursday 31 October 1661

This morning comes Prior of Brampton to me about the house he has to buy of me, but I was forced to be at the office all the morning, and so could not talk with him. And so, after the office was done, and dined at home, I went to my brother Tom’s, and there met him. He demanded some abatement, he having agreed with my father for Barton’s house, at a price which I told him I could not meddle with, but that as for anything to secure his title to them I was ready, and so we parted.

Thence to Sir Robert Bernard, and as his client did ask his advice about my uncle Thomas’s case and ours as to Gravely, and in short he tells me that there is little hopes of recovering it or saving his annuity, which do trouble me much, but God’s will be done. Hence, with my mind full of trouble, to my uncle Fenner’s, when at the alehouse I found him drinking and very jolly and youthsome, and as one that I believe will in a little time get a wife. So home.

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vicente   Link to this

so he has some constraints, so he has some rules that he doth follow. "...but I was forced to be at the office all the morning, and so could not talk with him..."

vicente   Link to this

'Be reasonably my dear Squire [esq], I be but a poor preacher, please show some mercy?'. "...He demanded some abatement..."

vicente   Link to this

Mistress be gone, long live the mistress."...I believe will in a little time get a wife..."

Mary   Link to this

Poor preacher?

This is not a religious gentleman, but Mr. William Prior of Brampton. The house that Prior seeks to buy is occupied by Barton.

vicente   Link to this

Prior to posting, I should never ASS u ME that the prior of Brampton is the same as prior from St Neots or Huntington: I will try not to priortize or make a prior claim before a prior examination of the underlined Item.. from one who jumps......

dirk   Link to this

Evelyn's birthday!

His diary:
"I was this day [41] yeares of age: for which I render thanks to Almighty God, & implore his favour for the yeare to come."

dirk   Link to this


In case you were wondering...

"By the fourteenth century a custom called 'souling' had developed in England in which the poor would go from house to house asking for soul-cakes. The better-off would give out small cakes or loaves in exchange for prayers for their dead relatives. [= the origin of "Trick of Treat"] (...) During the mid sixteenth century the Protestant Reformation put a stop to All Souls Day rituals in England --or at least drove them underground. (...) After the Protestants had driven Halloween away from the church, people were free to attach their own meanings and customs to it. It is not surprising that the holiday took on associations with the occult or demonic given the strong link to the dead and the strong disapproval of the Church of England."


Would anything have survived (disapproved by the Church as it might have been) of the "souling" custom in Sam's days?

Wim van der Meij   Link to this

In the Catholic Church there are still 'All Saints' and 'All Souls' taking place these two days in November; 'All Souls' is to commemorate the dead.
In the western part of Holland on November 11 the feast of St.Martin is celebrated by children, who, in the evenings go around the houses with lanterns and singing a special song to collect sweets and cakes. Maybe this got mixed up with the old Catholic All Souls earlier in the month.

Carolina   Link to this


St. Martin's in the Achterhoek too.
Much nicer than trick or treating, especially for the elderly.

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