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

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

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

vicente  •  Link

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

Mary  •  Link

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

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

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


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

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


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

TMN  •  Link

Excuse me but, are all references to his sexual dalliances excised from this series? When I read the Diary in book form he was always fooling around thus the inflammation of vesicles on one of his, ahem, privy parts.

Bill  •  Link

I think it's early days. He'll get around to it.

Weavethe hawk  •  Link

Not in this version , he won't. All sexual references have been expurgated.

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

Jane Clements, Director of Council of Christians and Jews: ;All Saints Day is traditionally called ‘All Hallows Day’ and is celebrated on November 1st. This is why 31st October is known as ‘All Hallows Eve’ or ‘Halloween’. It is a day for Christians to remember and celebrate those who lived before us and contributed to the life of the church and society . . All Souls Day, which follows on Nov 2nd, is usually a more solemn occasion. It’s an opportunity to remember together those who have died more recently, especially those we have loved and miss . . The modern date of All Souls' Day was first popularised in the early eleventh century after Abbot Odilo established it as a day for the monks of Cluny and associated monasteries to pray for the souls believed to be in purgatory (that is, between heaven and hell, paying for their sins before entering heaven).’

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

TMN: Someone usually publishes the expurgated text in the comments.

jimmigee  •  Link

I suggest using the Latham & Matthews editions for unexpurgated text.

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