Sunday 28 August 1664

(Lord’s day). Up the first time I have had great while. Home to dined, and with my boy alone to church anybody to attend me to church a dinner, and there met Creed, who, and we merry together, as his learning is such and judgment that I cannot but be pleased with it. After dinner I took him to church, into our gallery, with me, but slept the best part of the sermon, which was a most silly one. So he and I to walk to the ‘Change a while, talking from one pleasant discourse to another, and so home, and thither came my uncle Wight and aunt, and supped with us mighty merry. And Creed lay with us all night, and so to bed, very merry to think how Mr. Holliard (who came in this evening to see me) makes nothing, but proving as a most clear thing that Rome is Antichrist.

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Terry F   Link to this

"Up and with my boy alone to church -- the first time I have had anybody to attend me to church a great while. Home to dinner and there met Creed; who dined, and we merry together,..."

Confusion in the scanning here.

tg   Link to this

Sam's relationship with Creed is interesting. He has many great days with Creed, like today, but there is an underlying suspicion that has pervaded past entries. Perhaps because of the earlier professional rivalry between the two? And then Uncle Wight and wife show up to sup very merrily. I guess the uncle's "indecent proposal" was not that upsetting or maybe not taken too seriously.

Cum Grano Salis   Link to this

Samuell was tired of his Pew being dirty and using his own ragged clothe to dedust his patch for his derriere, now he has his lad use his cuff to wipe the dust and remove the perishing flys.

Bradford   Link to this

Can someone supply the L&M reading of this passage?

"Up the first time I have had great while. Home to dined, and with my boy alone to church anybody to attend me to church a dinner,"

the rest being clear enough, and not suggestive of hangover.

Terry F   Link to this

Bradford, look at today's first post.

jeannine   Link to this

"the first time I have had anybody to attend me to church a great while"

Terry I think that the real translation was "the first time I have had anybody to keep me from snoring in church for a great while...." Wonder if it's proper for the little lad to be elbowing his Master to keep him from dozing off? Maybe this is a warm up service to get Tom's nudging reflexes broken in for the real challenge of that infamously boring Scottish preacher!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

This one puzzles me...

"...very merry to think how Mr. Holliard (who came in this evening to see me) makes nothing, but proving as a most clear thing that Rome is Antichrist."

Considering Sam's deep respect for Hollier is the annotation right and is this really a reference to his surgeon? Or has some foolish minister of similar name crept in?

Of course as a Catholic I must admit whoever is quite right. How did he figure us out?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

What a merry time Bess must have had with Uncle...

JWB   Link to this

Clubable Sam's Sunday

Always a good day when your doctor comes to visit & does not talk about you. Suspect something akin to Stockholm syndrome in relationship.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Of course perhaps there is an alternative explanation in all the "merry" references for the "Home to dined..."

"Sam'l?"

"Mr...er...Mrs Pups...Pepys. I have...hic...brought a...hic...guest. A friend as it were." heavy dignity, attempt at sober look.

"Sam'l. You swore a sacred vow to lay off heavy drink."

"Now, Bessie...Been how long since me last real bender?"

"Ma'am." Creed, equal dog...er dignity. "I must 'poligize. Yes. Tis I meself who have brought Mr. Popps, your husband, to this disgraceful condishon. I fear, madame...I have too much prevailed upon his god...er good...hic...nature."

"Well said...hic...Creed." Sam nods. "Tis a tur...True soul you are."

"And you, Pepys."

"Ma'am. It's Mr. Wight and his missus." Besse, eyeing the two men now embracing.

"Oh, lovely."

"Doubt he'll notice, ma'am. He's potted too." Besse notes.

"Charming..." What could make for a more lovely Sunday than an afternoon with three drunken louts playing "lets grope Bess"?

"Ah, niece." red-faced Wight beaming... "Have you p'haps?..."

"No, uncle."
***

Australian Susan   Link to this

Rome as AntiChrist

Ever since Bibles appeared in the vernacular and the authority of the Pope in the English Church was removed, there was growing in England firstly a desire for an alternative authority - which was provided by total reliance on the Bible in some parts of the Christian multitude in England (this became known as the Paper Pope - one poor authority replacing another in cynical minds.) And secondly, a desire to prove that the turning away from Papal Authority was justified.As the Bible was held by many to be totally inerrant, its pages were assiduously searched by some for evidence [sic] that Rome and Papal Authority were the Anti Christ of the Book of Revelation and all the evil things described therein. For example: "I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of the names of blasphemy...and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abomination and filthiness of her fornication; and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.." and so on for a long while. (Rev. 17 - KJV). This led to Rome being refered to as Babylon, and the Pope as the Whore of Babylon. I think Sam may be indicating he thinks such activities are a waste of brain power. Maybe.John Knox denounced Mary, Queen of Scots by quoting such passages to her as he felt she held to a faith which was corrupt, but then he considered that women should not rule - resulting in his famed quotation about the "monstrous regiment" [meaning "ruling"] - referring to the cousin Queens Elizabeth and Mary.

Australian Susan   Link to this

The AntiChrist Myth
This was the doctoral thesis topic of a friend of ours. Here is some information he was published on the web about this.
http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/Antichri...

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