Sunday 8 December 1661

(Lord’s day). In bed all the morning thinking to take physique, but it being a frost my wife would not have me. So to dinner at the Wardrobe, and after a great deal of good discourse with my Lady after dinner, and among other things of the great christening yesterday at Mr. Rumbell’s, and courtiers and pomp that was there, which I wonder at, I went away up and down into all the churches almost between that place and my house, and so home. And then came my brother Tom, and staid and talked with me, and I hope he will do very well and get money. So to supper and to bed. This morning as I was in bed, one brings me T. Trice’s answer to my bill in chancery from Mr. Smallwood, which I am glad to see, though I am afraid it will do me hurt.

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A. De Araujo   Link to this

"to take a physique,but it being a frost my wife would not have me"
I can't see the relationship;is it because he woud have to go to the out house and might catch a cold?

vicenzo   Link to this

Wife would not get out of bed to prepare the mixture, it be so cold[OH! how I dothe remember those cccccold mornings, backslaping, footstamping breathing out white cold smokeless stream of frozen moisture ]

Australian Susan   Link to this

I think if Mrs P had refused to prepare the "physique", Sam would have told us about this and been cross! I think she is giving advice either about the effect frosty weather will have on the efficacy of the medicine or to do with having copious bowel motions in cold weather. I don't think the Pepys house had what we would call an "outside dunny" - I think they just used chamber pots inside which got emptied into the cess pit. Perhaps Mrs P thought she would get the lovely task of emptying these receptacles in the inclement weather and didn't fancy it....!

vicenzo   Link to this

whatever reason, he was upset, No 1 english complaint { how be ye bowels ? a question, oft asked} Trice problem, in out of the naves a looking?"...I went away up and down into all the churches almost between that place and my house,..." me thought being, he is too upset even to say Eliza was not helpful.

Pauline   Link to this

"the great christening yesterday at Mr. Rumbell

Mary   Link to this

The Rumbold christening

Charles, son of William Rumbold, Clerk of the Wardrobe, was the child christened. Rumbold was favoured at court because he had acted as a Royalist agent during the years of the Protectorate.

C.J.Darby   Link to this

Perhaps it simply means physique in the sense of a walk to "physique himself" and his wife Elisabeth was worried that ehe might catch a cold.

Nix   Link to this

Glyn   Link to this

So have we ruled out Elizabeth throwing him out of their bed because it's cold and he's causing a disturbance and drafts, leaving her to sleep warm and snug after she's pushed him out the door?

Martin   Link to this

I'm with C.J.Darby. Sam uses taking physique in the sense of exercise elsewhere.

vicenzo   Link to this

"I am afraid it will do me hurt" expenses, expenses. After yesterdays ruckus,a goary Bloody day, heavey soggy mincepie, a collar of brawn, wine for brecky, spending a years maids salary on a revealing neckline and giving away a crown and his ascot? , his first extra on the side money of the month just gone?. Surely it is enough to choke one up.

Bob T   Link to this

to take a physique,but it being a frost my wife would not have me

dirk   Link to this

Rev. Josselin's diary for today

"God good to me and mine in outward mercies, winter not yet come in a manner, and yet the time worn finally away, god awaken my heart to watchfulness against corruption, my wife very apprehensive she breeds again, let our seed be the blessed of the lord."
Source:
http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne//diary/...

Interesting from a linguistic point of view:
"my wife very apprehensive she breeds again"
["my wife is pregnant again, and she's not at all happy with it"]

Australian Susan   Link to this

Apprehensive.
No wonder - one in three women died in child birth then.

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