Saturday 3 May 1662

Sir W. Pen and I by coach to St. James’s, and there to the Duke’s Chamber, who had been a-hunting this morning and is come back again. Thence to Westminster, where I met Mr. Moore, and hear that Mr. Watkins is suddenly dead since my going. To dinner to my Lady Sandwich, and Sir Thomas Crew’s children coming thither, I took them and all my Ladys to the Tower and showed them the lions1 and all that was to be shown, and so took them to my house, and there made much of them, and so saw them back to my Lady’s. Sir Thomas Crew’s children being as pretty and the best behaved that ever I saw of their age. Thence, at the goldsmith’s, took my picture in little,2 which is now done, home with me, and pleases me exceedingly and my wife. So to supper and to bed, it being exceeding hot.

  1. The Tower Menagerie was not abolished until the reign of William IV.
  2. Miniature by Savill.

18 Annotations

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

Are we over our little pet peeve,ist we?

Australian Susan   Link to this

"I took them and all my Lady's"
That's about 12 children if they all went. What a brave man! Just as well they behaved themselves: imagine a mob of badly behaved children running riot near lions and Sam having to explain.....(Anyone else remember "yon lion's e't our Albert and 'im in 'is Sunday clothes too." ??)

Pauline   Link to this

"I took them and all my Lady's"
At this time, Thomas Crew only has 2 or 3 children: Anne and Temperance (and Jack who is reported to have died young, but when?). His was married to his first wife in 1650, so these children are not yet teenagers.

Our Lady has two sons off in France being educated; three daughters old enough to go off in a coach to see the lions: Jemima (c 15), Paulina (c 12), and Anne (c 8); and sons Oliver and John (c 6).

So likely the five girls, and maybe Jack and the twins—for a coach full of eight.

Sam has often entertained Lady Sandwich’s daughters in the past year; I wonder if he would have specified if any of the boys above had been included in today’s outing. Likely just the five girls? I think so.

Pedro   Link to this

Meanwhile in Tangier.

The Queen's were more than welcome by the Portuguese who a fortnight before had suffered a disastrous defeat by the Moors. But the Moors were an enemy to be reckoned with, and on 3rd May British forces suffered heavy casualties when they were ambushed and attacked.

http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/colonels/0...

Ann   Link to this

OK, I'm confused (proceeding on the adage that there are no stupid questions....) I thought Sam went to Portsmouth to see the queen land? Did I miss something, or just misunderstand....

JonTom Kittredge   Link to this

Awaiting the Queen
Ann, I may be wrong, but my impression that Sam and the rest of the officers went to Portsmouth on Navy business (paying off ships), but they were *hoping* that they would be there for the Queen's arrival, expected any day. Though, if I'm right, they didn't hang around much extra time to catch her. Sam did say that he prolonged his visit a day, but that was to see La Belle Pierce and her friend, not the new Queen!

A. Hamilton   Link to this

showed them the lions

All those children and only one chaperone! Sam was fortunate, as know those who remember the fate of Jim, Who Was Eaten By a Lion, and its moral:
"... [A]lways keep a-hold of Nurse
For fear of finding something worse."

http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/...

language hat   Link to this

"Anyone else remember..."

Susan is referring to this delightful account of the Ramsbottoms' ill-fated trip to Blackpool:
http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/...

*Its* moral is:

"What, waste all our lives raising children
To feed ruddy lions? Not me!"

Nix   Link to this

'And 'im in his Sunday clothes, too.' --

http://oldpoetry.com/oprintall/Marriott%20Edgar

(Scroll down to Albert and the Lion)

Glyn   Link to this

According to Pedro the new queen has been sailing from Lisbon since 15 April (19 days ago). What's she coming in, a rowing boat?

Glyn   Link to this

The Return of Albert

http://wuff.me.uk/monologues/P10.html

Just in case anyone was completely overwhelmed by Albert's tragic end, here's his miraculous escape. These were music hall/vaudeville monologues rather than poems, most famously as declaimed by the English comedian Stanley Holloway ("Brief Encounter", "My Fair Lady").

Pedro   Link to this

The Calendar.
Sorry Glyn and everyone, reading Dirk's background wrongly, I have subtracted 10 days instead of added from the Continental calendar. One of the problems of an Englishman translating from a Portuguese account.

She sailed on the 25th April as the diary goes.

Bradford   Link to this

AND if you follow Nix's link, not only can you learn about The Return of Albert, right after it you also gets a pome about ASPARAGUS! (cf. the butter and eggs and sparagus a few days back in jolly Queenless Portsmouth)

Australian Susan   Link to this

So glad everyone else liked Albert and the Lion. If I ask my husband how a business trip has been, he is wont to answer (in broad Lancashire accent) "There war no wrecks and nobody drownded, in fact nuffin' to laff at at all".
Re Sam having no other help - he probably had his boy with him, but Wayneman would almost certainly have been agog to see the lions too and not much asssistance with excited children. Maybe Lady Jem is old enough to have a lady's maid of her own, or perhaps the Sandwich's "boy" accompanied them.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Sir Thomas Crew's well-behaved children...Benefit of a good Puritan household? After all the Crews produced Tom's sis, our wonderful Lady Jemina Sr.

Wonder if Beth got to go to see the lions and enjoy the kids' antics...A little heartwrenching watching Sam with them, I imagine.

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

Child hood behaviour by Hannah Woolly who uses 3 letter taboo word
The duty of Children to their Parents
http://chaucer.library.emory.edu/cgi-bin/sgml2h...
or
http://chaucer.library.emory.edu/cgi-bin/sgml2h...
then
Woolley, Hannah The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female ?ex

dirk   Link to this

The duty of Children to their Parents
(Cumgranissalis)

Direct link:

http://chaucer.library.emory.edu/cgi-bin/sgml2h...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Royal Menagerie is first referenced during the reign of Henry III. In 1251, the sheriffs were ordered to pay fourpence a day towards the upkeep for the King's polar bear; the bear attracted a great deal of attention from Londoners when it went fishing in the Thames. In 1254, the sheriffs were ordered to subsidise the construction of an elephant house at the Tower. The exact location of the medieval menagerie is unknown, although the lions were kept in the barbican known as Lion Tower. The royal collection was swelled by diplomatic gifts including three leopards from Frederick III, the Holy Roman Emperor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London#M...

The history of the Royal Menagerie
http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerofLondon/Stories/Pal...

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