Friday 3 July 1663

Up and he home, and I with Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten by coach to Westminster, to St. James’s, thinking to meet Sir G. Carteret, and to attend the Duke, but he not coming we broke up, and so to Westminster Hall, and there meeting with Mr. Moore he tells me great news that my Lady Castlemaine is fallen from Court, and this morning retired. He gives me no account of the reason of it, but that it is so: for which I am sorry: and yet if the King do it to leave off not only her but all other mistresses, I should be heartily glad of it, that he may fall to look after business. I hear my Lord Digby is condemned at Court for his speech, and that my Lord Chancellor grows great again. Thence with Mr. Creed, whom I called at his chamber, over the water to Lambeth; but could not, it being morning, get to see the Archbishop’s hearse: so he and I walked over the fields to Southwark, and there parted, and I spent half an hour in Mary Overy’s Church, where are fine monuments of great antiquity, I believe, and has been a fine church. Thence to the Change, and meeting Sir J. Minnes there, he and I walked to look upon Backwell’s design of making another alley from his shop through over against the Exchange door, which will be very noble and quite put down the other two.

So home to dinner and then to the office, and entered in my manuscript book the Victualler’s contract, and then over the water and walked to see Sir W. Pen, and sat with him a while, and so home late, and to my viall. So up comes Creed again to me and stays all night, to-morrow morning being a hearing before the Duke. So to bed full of discourse of his business.

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Bradford   Link to this

"yet if the King do it to leave off not only her but all other mistresses, I should be heartily glad of it, that he may fall to look after business."

One can almost imagine a Lerner & Loewe ditty on this theme: "Why Can't the King Be More Like Sam Pepys?"

As for the rumor about La Belle Castelmaine, I'll see it when I believe it.

TerryF   Link to this

“Why Can’t the King Be More Like Sam Pepys?
And be content to dally with whoever keeps
Sam's libido satisfied when his wife's not around -
Tousing Fat Betty and whoever can be found
He procreates not
With a secret lot;
What Charles Rex sows, all of England reaps -
Why Can’t the King Be More Like Sam Pepys?"

(Jeannine's better at this.)

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Well...Long as we're in Eliza Doolittle territory...

"Just you wait, Sam'l Pepys...
Just you wait...
You'll be sorry but your tears'll be too late.
You'll be broke and I'll 'ave money,
Will I 'elp ya...Don't be funny.
Just you wait Sam'l Pepys...Just you wait.
Oooh...Sam'l Pepys...Just you wait until we're swimmin' in the sea.
Oooh...Sam'l Pepys...And ya stone cut gives whiles a lil' way from me.
When ya yell "Bess, don't lemme drown!"
I'll get dressed and go ta town.
Just you wait, Sam'l Pepys just you wait.

One day Bess will be famous, a great lady like Jem...
Go to King James so often he lets me calls him...Jim.
One day then King James will "Bessie old thing...I want all of England your praises to sing."

"Next week on the 20th of May...I proclaim Elisabeth St. Michel Pepys day. All the people will celebrate the glory of you...And whatever you wish and want I gladly will do."

"Thanks a lot Jim." Says I in a manner well-bred. "But alls I wants is my lil' Sammy's head."

"Done!" Says King Jamie with a stroke. "Guards to the Naval Office, fetch in the bloke!"

Then they'll march you, Sam'l Pepys to the wall...And King James will say "Bessie, sound the call."

As they lift their rifles 'igher...I'll shout "Ready, aim...."

"I am gonna do it, Sam! Stop writing those stupid notes! 'Cause I am gonna...What are you writing, anyway?"

"Oh, just trying to get the scene down properly. How beautiful the day is, how pleasant my talk with Will Penn, Jr. back from France was, how sorry I am for how badly I let things get between us though my own fault, how you exceed even Castlemaine at her best today, how the Office should really consider equipping our sea marines with those new light French muskets..." he points at the guns facing him. "...How I miss our mornings together and would rather be dead than like sad ole Palmer without you...How at dinner Hooke told me about this new concept he has about objects falling to Earth...And how well that new hat suits you with the yellow gown."

Oh...Merde... "Hell with it, put them up, boys." Heads over. "And you best behave yourself from now on, little man." offers arm.

"You know I think Jim'd give you Bess St. Michel Pepys day off if I asked...It still bein' early morning and all." smile.

"Just you wait, Sam'l Pepys...Just you...Wait."

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(Yeah, on thinking, a little future spoiler sigh is unavoidable...)
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dirk   Link to this

As you say Terry: Jeannine is better at this - but nevertheless...

"If Pepys were King
and Charles were him,
things would on the whole
be looking grim:

"No heir to fill the country's throne
when Good King Sam be dead and gone.

"The Navy's treasure chest all spent
on pretty Ladies came and went.

"Mere royal yachts left to resist
the greedy Dutch when they insist...

"...on sharing foreign trade and wealth
by divine right for Albion's health.

"And then the diary of course:
Charlie's methinks would be rather worse."

Xjy   Link to this

hearse
Intrigued to see if it meant the same as today, I looked it up. Here's a first brief etymology from Etymology On-Line

hearse -- 1291 (in Anglo-Latin), "flat framework for candles, hung over a coffin," from O.Fr. herce "long rake, harrow," from M.L. hercia, from L. hirpicem (nom. hirpex) "harrow," from Oscan hirpus "wolf," supposedly in allusion to its teeth. The Oscan word may be related to L. hirsutus "shaggy, bristly." So called because it resembled a harrow, a large rake for breaking up soil. Sense extended to other temporary frameworks built over dead people, then to "vehicle for carrying a body," a sense first recorded 1650.

It's another of those words that has come a long way...

jeannine   Link to this

Terry and Dirk-the thought of Sam being king is too scary for me! Loved your versions! As for Charles ~~"that he may fall to look after business." Keep dreaming Sam!
As Buckingham once said (don't have book for exact quote here, but something like this)
"Charles would do things if he would
James would do things if he could"

language hat   Link to this

hearse
Possible meanings from OED, with a few sample citations:

2. a. An elaborate framework originally intended to carry a large number of lighted tapers and other decorations over the bier or coffin while placed in the church at the funerals of distinguished persons; also called castrum doloris, chapelle ardente, or catafalco.
1548 HALL Chron., Hen. VIII, 1b, The body was taken out, and caried into the Quire, and set under a goodly Herce of waxe, garnished with Banners, Pencelles, and Cusshions. a1678 MARVELL Wks. III. 510 And starrs, like tapers, burn'd upon his herse.

b. A permanent framework of iron or other metal, fixed over a tomb to support rich coverings or palls, often adapted to carry lighted tapers.

c. A temple-shaped structure of wood used in royal and noble funerals, after the earlier kind (2a) went out of use. It was decorated with banners, heraldic devices, and lighted candles; and it was customary for friends to pin short poems or epitaphs upon it.
1639 HORN & ROB. Gate Lang. Unl. xcvii. §962 Gravestones (toombs) and herses are rear'd up, and epitaphs.. written on them. 1659 T. PECKE Parnassi Puerp. 119 Shall I to pin upon thy Herse, devise Eternal Praises; or weep Elegies?

3. A light framework of wood used to support the pall over the body at funerals. It fitted on to the parish bier, and was probably adapted to carry lighted tapers.

4. A hearse-cloth, a funeral pall. Obs.
1603 KNOLLES Hist. Turks 1200 This coffin of the great Sultan.. covered with a rich hearse of cloth of gold downe to the ground.

5. A bier; a coffin; vaguely, a tomb, grave. Obs. or arch.
11651 DAVENANT Gondibert I. v. (R.), When she with flowres lord Arnold's grave shall strew.. She on that rival's hearse will drop a few.

7. A dead body, a corpse. Obs.
1633 MAY Hen. II, V. 775 Her hearse at Godstow Abbey they enterre.

8. a. A carriage or car constructed for carrying the coffin at a funeral. (The current use.)
1650 B. Discolliminium 2 It is hung about with as many.. trappings, as Coll. Rainsboroughs Herse and horse were at his fine Funerals. 1672 WOOD Life (O.H.S.) II. 245 Thomas Moor hath a hearse.. for the carrying of dead corps to any part of England.

Glyn   Link to this

Pepys - the musical. Needs a bit of work though.

The Church of St Mary Overy, now Southwark Cathedral, is one of the few buildings in modern London that he would instantly recognise.

By the way, we're about 2 months away from London Open House weekend (please google for info) in case anyone's interested.

jeannine   Link to this

As a follow on to yesterday’s annotation regarding Bristol, now we look at the spilt between Castlemaine and Charles in today’s entry (from “The Royal Whore” by Allen Andrews), slight spoiler.

“By the accidents of Barbara’s Castlemaine’s private life she could hot help him [Digby, Earl of Bristol] greatly. She was seven months pregnant, which she did not magnify into any monstrous disadvantage. She was then bearing the King one child a year, and had to learn to take gestation in her stride without conceding it too great an effect on her temperament if she was to maintain a dominating position among the men in her own salon. But she had momentarily lost that command [by supporting Bristol]. She knew the King’s nature well enough to give Bristol strong advice to go no farther, but she could make no personal plea to the Monarch on his behalf. Bristol’s suicidal gaffe occurred at the end of the three-week’s struggle in June and July 1663, when Charles and Barbara were spilt over the status of Frances Stuart.
The King had demanded that Barbara should continue to invite Frances [Stuart] nightly to supper. Barbara, her sensitivity increased by the contract between La Belle Stuart’s slim taille and her own big belly, refused, sulked for some days out of favor, stormed away to Richmond and was finally wooed back.” (p 104-105).

From “The Illustrious Lady” by Elizabeth Hamilton, Clarendon’s friend, Daniel O’Neill “told Ormonde that Bristol had done himself little good by his ‘great courtship’ of the Countess [Castlemaine].’ He has I believe lost his hold as well as she’ O’Neill reported” (p 68)… Also, in line with today’s entry Hamilton mentions of Pepys quoted from above and then reaffirmed with the following, “’O’Neill had been able to tell Ormonde that she [Castlemaine] was on the brink of ruin-forced to concede victory to Miss Stuart. ‘The Lady’, he wrote, ’whose violence and spirit can ill endure a rival, is ready to leave the Court, and your lodgings much finer than you left them.’ The Lady publically announced that she would never again invite Frances Stuart to her apartments, and the King for his part declared that he would never set foot in them again unless she was there. After some slighting words from the King, the Lady called for her coach and went off in a flurry to take refuge with her uncle at Richmond.” (p 69-70)

Background on Stuart & Castlemaine is in part I of this article
http://www.pepysdiary.com/indepth/2006/02/08/a_...

Michael Robinson   Link to this

St Mary Overy ... he would instantly recognise

" ... What one sees today, however, owes much to the C 19th. restorers."

Buildings of England London 2:South

in Aqua episctula   Link to this

" he would instantly recognise' ? Clink street? "...and I spent half an hour in Mary Overy’s Church, where are fine monuments of great antiquity,..."

Pedro   Link to this

? Clink street?

Would that be the origin of the slang word for prison?

Lurker   Link to this

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clink , possibly.

GrahamT   Link to this

The Clink:
According to the panel in the middle of this photograph, the Clink on Clink street is "The prison that gave its name to all others".
http://static.flickr.com/39/110520837_65404e8ac...

A. De Araujo   Link to this

I mean it is a free country but isn't epistula instead of episctula?

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Clink; the cadence of Creed's coin?

A. Hamilton   Link to this

I spent half an hour in Mary Overy’s Church, where are fine monuments of great antiquity

An instance of why I like this man

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