Sunday 11 December 1664

(Lord’s day). Up and to church alone in the morning. Dined at home, mighty pleasantly. In the afternoon I to the French church, where much pleased with the three sisters of the parson, very handsome, especially in their noses, and sing prettily. I heard a good sermon of the old man, touching duty to parents. Here was Sir Samuel Morland and his lady very fine, with two footmen in new liverys (the church taking much notice of them), and going into their coach after sermon with great gazeing. So I home, and my cozen, Mary Pepys’s husband, comes after me, and told me that out of the money he received some months since he did receive 18d. too much, and did now come and give it me, which was very pretty. So home, and there found Mr. Andrews and his lady, a well-bred and a tolerable pretty woman, and by and by Mr. Hill and to singing, and then to supper, then to sing again, and so good night. To prayers and tonight [bed]. It is a little strange how these Psalms of Ravenscroft after 2 or 3 times singing prove but the same again, though good. No diversity appearing at all almost.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my cozen, Mary Pepys’s husband, comes after me, and told me that out of the money he received some months since he did receive 18d. too much, and did now come and give it me, which was very pretty."

This is Samuel de Santhune, and what was paid him was a legacy from the estate of “Uncle Robert” Pepys, late of Brampton, whose executor SP is.

The last mention of this matter was 22 October 1664: "At noon comes my uncle Thomas and his daughter Mary about getting me to pay them the 30l. due now, but payable in law to her husband." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/10/22/

jeannine   Link to this

“Journal of the Earl of Sandwich” edited by R.C. Anderson

11th. Sunday. This morning came in the Expedition from Guinea, lost company of Major Holmes in the Chops of the Channel.
About 5 oclock in the morning I saw the Blazing Star in the Hydra below the tropic, S.S. W. about 10°00’ high, which I saw 2 or 3 days before also. Concerning which more hereafter.

[Anderson’s editorial note: “This comet, known simply as ‘the comet of 1664’ was discovered in Spain on Nov. 7th – 17th, 1664. Its perihelion passage was on Nov. 24th - Dec. 4th. It was last observed March 10th - 20th, 1664-5.”]

cape henry   Link to this

"It is a little strange how these Psalms of Ravenscroft after 2 or 3 times singing prove but the same again, though good. No diversity appearing at all almost."

This is the compliment of a discerning ear.

cgs   Link to this

Many heads and pending doom? over lands end eh!?
I can 'ear the voice of the Rev Tm Vincent telling of doom, hell and damnation and fire and pestilence.

andy   Link to this

blazing star

For reference to this comet and comets in general see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"very handsome, especially in their noses"
A Virginia Woolf kind of nose I suppose.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Long, aquiline Gallo-Roman noses, perhaps?

Ruben   Link to this

A handsome nose in the Middle Ages was a big one. A small nose looked like a nose amputated by Lepra, a horrible disease, then very frequent in Europe. Later, with the gradual disappearence of the Lepra, the small nose become fashionable, leaving the Bourbons and other big noses-bearers in a delicate situation.
I am not sure, but I heard that the Chinese call Europeans "big noses", something that demonstrates the variability of this apendix of our body and the relativity of the concept of big-small.

Don McCahill   Link to this

How did our mercenary SP manage to miscount the money? I can't imagine him turning over 30 L without having counted it at least three times. And now we find that he was 18 p over. Undercounting I would understand.

Bradford   Link to this

"It is a little strange how these Psalms of Ravenscroft after 2 or 3 times singing prove but the same again, though good. No diversity appearing at all almost."

Expecting new subtleties of compositional dexterity to appear upon further acquaintance? Sometimes that depends upon the performer. Wait a month between repetitions, Sam, and come again.

Miss Lizzy   Link to this

No mention of business at all. Is this the first day that Sam didn't go into his office to work? I can't remember one, at least not lately.

Pedro   Link to this

“Here was Sir Samuel Morland and his lady very fine, with two footmen in new liverys (the church taking much notice of them), and going into their coach after sermon with great gazeing.”

Was Jenings telling porkies?

Mr. Jenings along with me (my old acquaintance), he telling me the mean manner that Sir Samuel Morland lives near him, in a house he hath bought and laid out money upon, in all to the value of 1200l., but is believed to be a beggar; and so I ever thought he would be.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/11/25/

cgs   Link to this

Parsimonious or just being careful with his farthings usually the way with professors, living on the Granta be hard on the Pocket book, see I. Newtons expense sheet for this period, then thee would be carefull too, money did not grow on the pear tree.

Carl in Boston   Link to this

It is a little strange how these Psalms of Ravenscroft after 2 or 3 times singing prove but the same again, though good. No diversity appearing at all almost.”

Lots of music is pretty dry and repetitive, and disappears. Most of the American Colonial fife music is a variation on The Irish Washerwoman and nobody plays the tunes any more. All the romantic mousy music of the 1940s is all gone, just the Frank Sinatra tunes remain. There was a lot of ponderous big band music in the late fifties, but just the Beatles tunes remain. If you hear a musician playing off the top of his head, he will start to sound the same after an hour because his mind runs in the same tracks. There are a few jazz players that are so good they could make a record with every tune, but after an hour, you still hunger for some variety. It's good to play written compositions by composers, every tune is different because it comes from a different head.

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