Sunday 21 December 1662

(Lord’s day). Lay long in bed, so up to Church, and so home to dinner alone with my wife very pleasant. After dinner I walked to my brother’s, where he told me some hopes he had of bringing his business to pass still of his mistress, but I do find they do stand upon terms that will not be either fit or in his power to grant, and therefore I did dislike his talk and advised him to give it quite over.

Thence walked to White Hall, and there to chappell, and from thence up stairs, and up and down the house and gallerys on the King’s and Queen’s side, and so through the garden to my Lord’s lodgings, where there was Mr. Gibbons, Madge, and Mallard, and Pagett; and by and by comes in my Lord Sandwich, and so we had great store of good musique. By and by comes in my simple Lord Chandois, who (my Lord Sandwich being gone out to Court) began to sing psalms, but so dully that I was weary of it. At last we broke up; and by and by comes in my Lord Sandwich again, and he and I to talk together about his businesses, and so he to bed and I and Mr. Creed and Captain Ferrers fell to a cold goose pye of Mrs. Sarah’s, heartily, and so spent our time till past twelve o’clock, and then with Creed to his lodgings, and so with him to bed, and slept till… [Continued tomorrow. P.G.]

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Jesse  •  Link

"spent our time till past twelve o’clock,"

Pepys seems to be quite the night owl. I'd have thought that there wasn't such a thing till the advent of better lighting. Must be near his solstice so there isn't much of a day either. Forced to spend the night at Creed's because of the time (no links) or by choice?

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"must be near his solstice"
methinks 10 days past the solstice;he was on the Julian Calendar.

dirk  •  Link

John Evelyn's church service today:

"One of his Majesty's chaplains preached; after which, instead of the ancient, grave, and solemn wind music accompanying the organ, was introduced a concert of twenty-four violins between every pause, after the French fantastical light way, better suiting a tavern, or playhouse, than a church. This was the first time of change, and now we no more heard the cornet which gave life to the organ; that instrument quite left off in which the English were so skilful. I dined at Mr. Povey's, where I talked with Cromer, a great musician."

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Could this be the same Povey [Thomas]
Same Man most likely, the circle is a forming. {I can see a nice comment from our speech writer. 'I say olde chap, did ye see what that fella pepy be up to t'other day, diggin' for old bones I dothe think '}

Miss Ann  •  Link

"Madge" : Don't tell me Madonna was hanging around England all that many years ago! I know she's aging very nicely but really ...

"Lord Chandois" : Who is this fellow? We have many streets named "Chandos" here in Sydney, Aust. - could they have been named after he?

"... and so home to dinner alone with my wife very pleasant." : so he has lunch with Beth and then out with the boys and not even home to sleep - so much for his taking care of her empty days. (Could someone remind me - was I once married to Sam?, seems like I may have ...)

Benvenuto  •  Link

This one is presumably the 7th Baron. There's lots of Chandos placenames in London too, but I guess they're more likely to be named after the wealthy 9th Baron / 1st Duke.

andy  •  Link

and slept till

morn? 11am? the cows came home? Beth woke me up?

Miss Ann fr Home  •  Link

"Beth woke me up?" - well Andy that isn't the case 'coz he slept at Creed's lodgings. I wonder why the diary entry trails off at this moment - maybe the imaginative Robert Gertz could give us a little script ... Go Robert!

Clarkson  •  Link

Andy/Miss Ann.... he obviously just fell asleep....zzzzzzzzzzzzz.!

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...And slept till..." Ooof...

"Boring..." Shaken hair spilling about his precious pages as Bess clambers over him.

"Bess, will you stop? Diary entry here."

"Are you telling me the truth? That's all that happened last night?"

"I'm writing it as I speak. Would I waste diary pages?"

"Still don't see what the big future gain is in hanging round Creed all the time."

"Connections, Bess...Connections. The way to early retirement and me getting to call you, your Ladyship, girl."

Terry  •  Link

“…And slept till…”
As on previous occasions, Sam is writing up his dairy some days later and has written the events of 21 and 22 December at the same time. Our editor has kindly split the two days up for us. We'll get the rest tonight.

celtcahill  •  Link

I note "give over" again and wonder if Sam doesn't revert to a country sort of speech in this.

language hat  •  Link

"Give over" isn't "country," it's perfectly normal English.

Phil: The family name of the Barons of Chandos (pronounced SHAN-doss, for those who don't know) is misspelled Bridges in the background entry; it should be Brydges.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

One of them was Georg Friederich Haendel's Patron.

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

A record label for classical music was called after the Chandos Estate, (perhaps that has to do with A. de Araujo's note) indeed: "Chandos".

Pauline  •  Link

"By and by comes in my simple Lord Chandois..."
Why 'simple'? I wonder.

"...who began to sing psalms, but so dully that I was weary of it..."
Yet somehow it proves to be a musical family in the long run.

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Simple, maybe not ostentatious,or even pompass [pompous], not laudatious even tho he giving forth on some Psalms.

Bradford  •  Link

Though it may have a bit of an old-fashioned tinge, I have encountered "give over" in American lyric poetry of the '20s and '30s, and it sounds to my ear more cosmopolitan than countrified.
Of course nowadays you might just say, "Give it up, dude!"

Australian Susan  •  Link

I think "simple" here means very plain and straightforward - possibly connotations of Puritanism (the nasal whine of psalm singing?).

I know "fell to" is probably just a synonym for "ate" but it conjures up pictures to me of the three of them gobbling it up like hungry schoolboys, praising Mrs Sarah's cooking through mouthfuls of pastry.

Stolzi  •  Link

"simple Lord Chandois"

I thought "simple" here meant dull, stupid, simple-minded.

dirk  •  Link

Etymology of "simple"

c.1220, "humble, ignorant," from O.Fr. simple, from L. simplus "single," [...] Sense evolved to "lowly, common" (c.1280), then "mere, pure" (1303). As opposite of composite it dates from 1425; as opposite of complicated it dates from c.1555. Disparaging sense (1340) is from notion of "devoid of duplicity." Simply (adv.) in purely intensive sense is attested from 1590.

1374, from O.Fr. simplicite (Fr. simplicité), from L. simplicitatem (nom. simplicitas) "state of being simple," from simplex (gen. simplicis) "simple" (see simplex). Sense of "ignorance" is from 1514, that of "plainness" is from 1526.

It seems that both meaning ("ignorant" and "plain") are possible. Language Hat?

language hat  •  Link

The etymology is irrelevant. The meanings current in the 17th century were (OED):

I. 1. Free from duplicity, dissimulation, or guile; innocent and harmless; undesigning, honest, open, straightforward.
1669 The Lord Cobham, a simple passionate man, but of very noble birth and great possessions.

2. Free from, devoid of, pride, ostentation, or display; humble, unpretentious.
1630 A third sort of Iesuites there are, not vnfitly termed simple ones; these are wonderfull austere in their life.

II. 4. a. Of persons, or their origin: Poor or humble in condition; of low rank or position; undistinguished, mean, common.
[Not applicable here, obviously.]

6. a. Of persons or their attire: Not marked by any elegance or grandeur; very plain or homely.

9. Deficient in knowledge or learning; characterized by a certain lack of acuteness or quick apprehension.
1640 It is a Book for the simpler and ignorant People.

10. a. Lacking in ordinary sense or intelligence; more or less foolish, silly, or stupid; also, mentally deficient, half-witted.
1653 Unwary fools and defenselesse people were called simple.

We really can't know which shade of meaning Pepys intended here.

Nix  •  Link

"my simple Lord Chandois" --

My money's on "Not marked by any elegance or grandeur; very plain or homely."

Terry F  •  Link

"Simple" was the style of Quakers at this time --
2. Free from, devoid of, pride, ostentation, or display; humble, unpretentious. [and]
6. a. Of persons or their attire: Not marked by any elegance or grandeur; very plain or homely.

Thank you language hat.

Kevin Peter  •  Link

It's likely that if Chandois is singing dull, boring psalms, he's also wearing dull, boring clothes. So I imagine that "simple" probably describes the way he dresses.

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