Saturday 6 August 1664

[Continued from yesterday. P.G.] … Here lay Deane Honiwood last night. I met and talked with him this morning, and a simple priest he is, though a good, well-meaning man. W. Joyce and I to a game at bowles on the green there till eight o’clock, and then comes my wife in the coach, and a coach full of women, only one man riding by, gone down last night to meet a sister of his coming to town. So very joyful drank there, not ‘lighting, and we mounted and away with them to Welling, and there ‘light, and dined very well and merry and glad to see my poor-wife. Here very merry as being weary I could be, and after dinner, out again, and to London. In our way all the way the mightiest merry, at a couple of young gentlemen, come down to meet the same gentlewoman, that ever I was in my life, and so W. Joyce too, to see how one of them was horsed upon a hard-trotting sorrell horse, and both of them soundly weary and galled. But it is not to be set down how merry we were all the way.

We ‘light in Holborne, and by another coach my wife and mayde home, and I by horseback, and found all things well and most mighty neate and clean. So, after welcoming my wife a little, to the office, and so home to supper, and then weary and not very well to bed.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

"... a simple priest he is, though a good well-meaning man."

Dean Honywood perhaps a 'simple priest,' but like Pepys a great book collector; he gave his own collection of about 5,000 vols. to Lincoln and housed them, with the other Lincoln books, in a library designed by Wren:-

For an internal view of the library (if using Firefox scroll down for the picture):-

Audio / Visual tour of the Lincoln Cathedral Library & treasures:

jeannine  •  Link

"Journal of the Earl of Sandwich" edited by R.C. Anderson

6th. Saturday. In the morning we had a Court Martial for trial of the Master's Mate of the Breda, that had spoken very irreverent words of the Duke of York; whom he disgraced and cashiered him the fleet; and punished the Gunner in whose cabin they were drunk and spake the words.
Capt. Titus dined aboard me. I sent the Drake to Calias for the Count Grammont. Capt. Nixon in the Elizabeth sent in a pink laden with wool from Ireland that was going for Holland on the back of the Goodwin.

cape henry  •  Link

"But it is not to be set down how merry we were all the way." Pepys has exhibited this common human tendency in the past, that is, when distant from his duties and among strangers (in this case with a trusted companion)he is frequently "the mightiest merry." The credit card bill, so to speak, arrives later. Sounds like a good day, though - one many of us would enjoy.

djc  •  Link

"them to Welling",

Map link should be to Welwyn, Herts not Welling Kent

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...but it is not to be set down how merry we were all the way."

A pity if Bess never saw that, Sam...

Paul Chapin  •  Link

Thank you, djc. The itinerary from Stevenage to Holborn via Welling, Kent made absolutely no sense.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...then comes my wife in the coach, and a coach full of women, only one man riding by, gone down last night to meet a sister of his coming to town."

Phew...Though I don't know, Samuel. He could say he's come to meet a 'sister'. While all the time watching and leering at Bess, plotting to meet her. Lord knows if the genders were reversed and you, Samantha, were the pretty wife in the coach, it would be a fair bet you'd be eyeing him.

Ruben  •  Link

If you have a moment to spare open the "Ye Olde Daily Mail" (numbers 1665, 1644, 1666) and read some more info on our Sam's adventures. I warn you that some Spoiler is possible because of Fire and Plague information.

Pedro  •  Link

"Map link should be to Welwyn, Herts not Welling Kent "

This had come up before in September 1661,when on the way back from Brampton...

"and so rode easily to Welling, where we supped well, and had two beds in the room and so lay single, and still remember it that of all the nights that ever I slept in my life I never did pass a night with more epicurism of sleep; there being now and then a noise of people stirring that waked me, and then it was a very rainy night, and then I was a little weary, that what between waking and then sleeping again, one after another, I never had so much content in all my life, and so my wife says it was with her.

Link should go to...

JWB  •  Link

"...mounted and away..."

Can't be read without a smile. I suppose Sam wrote it with a smile. There's a bit of Cavalier in all of us.

Bradford  •  Link

Tears Before Bedtime ("weary and not very well to bed") and only able to welcome Elizabeth home "a little" before it's back to the telecommute. Was there a Stuart equivalent of Dear Abby?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...weary and not very well to bed."

Clearly God's punishment for chuckling at those other fellows...Not to mention that proud smirk you surely had, Sam, when gallantly trotting up to Bess' coach on that horse.

Australian Susan  •  Link


Chestnut-coloured horse. Notorious for being flighty or just mad. I used to think this was an old wives tale (or old jockey's tale), but every single chestnut horse I have encountered (espec. mares) has been quite batty. The bloke riding this horse must have had a bad time of it - prob. why Sam comments on the colour. And "hard-trotting" would jar the teeth. Not to mention everything else. There's nothing worse than a horse that just will NOT settle down and canter on, no matter how firmly the correct aids are applied to produce the change of gait. Possibly an indication of the inexperience of the rider.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

On the Sandwich diary notation, "Capt. Nixon in the Elizabeth sent in a pink laden with wool from Ireland that was going for Holland on the back of the Goodwin."


"A pink (French - pinque) is one of two different types of Sailing ship. The first was a small, flat-bottomed ship with a narrow stern; the name derived from the Italian word pinco. It was used primarily in the Mediterranean Sea as a cargo ship.

"In the Atlantic Ocean the word pink was used to describe any small ship with a narrow stern, having derived from the Dutch word pincke. They had a large cargo capacity, and were generally square rigged. Their flat bottoms (and resulting shallow draught) made them more useful in shallow waters than some similar classes of ship. They were most often used for short-range missions in protected channels, as both merchantmen and warships. A number saw service in the English Navy during the second half of the 17th Century. This model of ship was often used in the Mediterranean because it could be sailed in shallow waters and through coral reefs."

So I think this means that The Elizabeth intercepted a Pink laden with Irish wool bound for Holland using the Channel on other side of the Goodwin Sands, hoping to avoid the fleet. I'm guessing trade with Holland was a no-no right now? Or was Ireland not allowed to export wool? Or why does Sandwich record this event?

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Or was Ireland not allowed to export wool? "

CORRECT ... From A Concise History of Ireland by P. W. Joyce

Ireland enjoys great natural advantages of soil and climate; and towards the end of the 17th century, in spite of wars and other troubles, several branches of manufacture, trade, and commerce were prospering.

English traders and merchants believed that Irish prosperity was their loss, and in their short-sighted jealousy, persuaded the English parliament to ruin the trade of Ireland (except that in linen) by imposing restrictions.

This legislation was generally the work of the English parliament alone; but sometimes the Irish parliament followed in the same direction; and in obedience to orders from Westminster, Dublin passed acts destroying their own trade. All this was the more to be wondered at, seeing that the blow fell almost exclusively on Irish Protestants (at this time the Catholics were barely able to live, and could hardly attempt any industries).

The English "Navigation Act" of 1660, as amended in 1663, prohibited all exports from Ireland to the colonies; and also, in the interest of English graziers, prohibited temporarily the import of Irish cattle into England.

So the Pink was smuggling.

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