Tuesday 1 August 1665

Slept, and lay long; then up and my Lord [Crew] and Sir G. Carteret being gone abroad, I first to see the bridegroom and bride, and found them both up, and he gone to dress himself. Both red in the face, and well enough pleased this morning with their night’s lodging. Thence down and Mr. Brisband and I to billiards: anon come my Lord and Sir G. Carteret in, who have been looking abroad and visiting some farms that Sir G. Carteret hath thereabouts, and, among other things, report the greatest stories of the bigness of the calfes they find there, ready to sell to the butchers, as big, they say, as little Cowes, and that they do give them a piece of chalke to licke, which they hold makes them white in the flesh within. Very merry at dinner, and so to talk and laugh after dinner, and up and down, some to [one] place, some to another, full of content on all sides. Anon about five o’clock, Sir G. Carteret and his lady and I took coach with the greatest joy and kindnesse that could be from the two familys or that ever I saw with so much appearance, and, I believe, reality in all my life. Drove hard home, and it was night ere we got to Deptford, where, with much kindnesse from them to me, I left them, and home to the office, where I find all well, and being weary and sleepy, it being very late, I to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to billiards"

This seems to be a usual morning recreation at Dagenham: see 17 July 1665 -- "Up all of us, and to billiards; my Lady Wright, Mr. Carteret, myself, and every body." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1665/07/17/

JWB provided this: A little billiards history:
http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Billiard-Fami...

tyndale   Link to this

Can't find a picture of 1660s billiards, but here's a picture of Louis XIV playing it in 1694:

http://www.kipar.org/period-galleries/engraving...

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Billiards both Antient and Modern
American Pool is a fascinating game, and I view it as a variation on golf. I like to play, once every several years, and it's easy to pick up and play without preparation.
These last several days in the diary have been most satisfying. There's nothing like a nice wedding to bring out the best in everyone.
Hey Lurkers, anyone for a quick game of pool?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"they do give them a piece of chalke to licke, which they hold makes them white in the flesh within."

A Dagenham myth; but as an antacid, it will raise their pH within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalk

Mary   Link to this

billiards.

For a brief history of the game, see

http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/billiards-family

The playing of billiards was, to a large extent, proscribed during the Commonwealth years.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

I first to see the bridegroom and bride, and found them both up, and he gone to dress himself. Both red in the face, and well enough pleased this morning with their night’s lodging.

I have an image of Jolly Sam who can't resist intruding on the young couple with a barrage of slightly off-colour jokes:

"Good night's rest,eh? Up with the lark, eh? Nudge, nudge, know what I mean?"

"Oh God."

JWB   Link to this

"white in the flesh"

White veal is produced by milk feeding baby bulls. Take it from one who had the chore as a boy, the smell of milk-fed calf dung'll put you off a taste for veal forever.

JWB   Link to this

Mary: "The playing of billiards was, to a large extent, proscribed during the Commonwealth years."

And during the long played-out, and sorely missed by some, Puritan hegemity here, e.g.:
"Ya Got Trouble" http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/themusicman/yago...

Ronal B. Morse   Link to this

Careful with that link. At the end, they offer a "free" ringtone, but to receive it you have to agree to subscribe to some service or other that automatically adds $9.95 a month to your cellular service bill

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"a piece of chalke to licke"
Calcium deficient?

dirk   Link to this

The Rev. Josselin's diary

"First public monthly fast, we gathered for distressed London"

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

“Up all of us, and to billiards; my Lady Wright, Mr. Carteret, myself, and every body.”

From this description I infer that they are playing an outdoors version of the game akin to croquet (see Mary's entry and google "traditional games org for a working link)

CGS   Link to this

Many houses of the better sort had a Billiards room set aside, was still popular untill WWII, so that one did not have to weather the summer rains.
Those that had the monies would have rooms dedicated to particular activities, besides having the sculleries, larders and parlours galore. The ancient version of movie projection and sound room.

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