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 to this

"... 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):-
http://www.lincolncathedral.org.uk/xhtml/defaul...

Audio / Visual tour of the Lincoln Cathedral Library & treasures:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/content/artic...

jeannine   Link to this

"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.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Apologies

Working link for audio/visual tour of Lincoln Cathedral library:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/content/artic...

cape henry   Link to this

"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 to this

"them to Welling",

Map link should be to Welwyn, Herts not Welling Kent

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...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 to this

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

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...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 to this

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.
See:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/...

Pedro   Link to this

"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.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/09/23/

Link should go to...

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3086/#di...

JWB   Link to this

"...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 to this

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 to this

"...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 to this

Sorrell

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.

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