Sunday 10 December 1665

(Lord’s day). Lay long talking, Hill and I, with great pleasure, and then up, and being ready walked to Cocke’s for some newes, but heard none, only they would have us stay their dinner, and sent for my wife, who come, and very merry we were, there being Sir Edmund Pooly and Mr. Evelyn. Before we had dined comes Mr. Andrews, whom we had sent for to Bow, and so after dinner home, and there we sang some things, but not with much pleasure, Mr. Andrews being in so great haste to go home, his wife looking every hour to be brought to bed. He gone Mr. Hill and I continued our musique, one thing after another, late till supper, and so to bed with great pleasure.

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Margaret   Link to this

If Mrs. Andrews is looking every hour to be brought to bed, does that mean that she expects to go into labour any minute? If so, no wonder Mr. Andrews is keen to get home.

jeannine   Link to this

If Mrs. Andrews is looking every hour to be brought to bed, does that mean that she expects to go into labour any minute?

That's how I read it Margaret. Maybe we'll get an update tomorrow (hoping for a quick labor for her) - a boy or a girl-place your bets!

A. Hamilton   Link to this

brought to bed

Not only do I read it the same, but can cite authorities, including Webster's, which calls it an archaic phrase for giving birth, and the following title,
Brought to bed. Childbearing in America, 1750-1950

A. Hamilton   Link to this

Lay long talking ... with great pleasure

I find earnest Sam's unexpected capacity for jammin' quite attractive.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

There is the Andrews husband type who is willing to risk displeasing a well-to-do patron in order to get home to his pregnant wife near labor. And then there's:

"One minute you're in a bar and they tell you your wife's had a girl...And the next..."-Roger Sterling, "Mad Men".

Where does Sam fall? Hard to say. Now, Lord Sandwich on the other hand...

Mary   Link to this

Just a note - and a spoiler.

For an interesting discussion on next year's Great Fire of London and its aftermath, go to

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/atoz/index.shtml#i

and then select In Our Time - listen again.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Mary, Terrific listen and appropriate tribute to the quite civilized roles of Robert Hooke, et al., in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. Thanks.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary (Dirk's not having posted it)

10 A stranger preached at Greenewich on 13 Luke. 1. 2. and 5. not to judge uncharitably of others, for our owne Escape: applied to those who survived the Contagion &c: a seasonable discourse:

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Luke.13
[1] There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
[2] And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
[5] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Nix   Link to this

Doesn't Evelyn ever say anything about his social interactions with Samuel? (Or with anyone else, for that matter?)

cgs   Link to this

Evelyn be too much of a "Gent" to comment on mere mortals.

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