Sunday 16 September 1666

(Lord’s day). Lay with much pleasure in bed talking with my wife about Mr. Hater’s lying here and W. Hewer also, if Mrs. Mercer leaves her house. To the office, whither also all my people about this account, and there busy all the morning. At noon, with my wife, against her will, all undressed and dirty, dined at Sir W. Pen’s, where was all the company of our families in towne; but, Lord! so sorry a dinner: venison baked in pans, that the dinner I have had for his lady alone hath been worth four of it. Thence, after dinner, displeased with our entertainment, to my office again, and there till almost midnight and my people with me, and then home, my head mightily akeing about our accounts.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

September 16th. I went to Greenwich Church, where Mr. Plume preached very well from this text : " Seeing, then, all these things shall be dissolved," &c.[ 2 Peter 3:11-14 ], taking occasion from the late unparalleled conflagration to mind us how we ought to walk more holy in all manner of conversation.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Mr. Hater’s lying here and W. Hewer also, if Mrs. Mercer leaves her house."

L&M note Hewer lodged with the Mercers.

JWB   Link to this

And from the ashes, the Wren-Gibbs church:

http://www.sacredplaces.org/PSP-InfoClearingHou...

Mary   Link to this

"in bed talking with my wife"

In a house where there are several live-in servants, the marital bedroom is often one of the very few places where a confidential discussion between husband and wife can be held without fear of a third party intruding.

Mr. Gunning   Link to this

Why is everyone always eating venison?

It's like 17th century bush meat.

Did they never eat pork, beef or lamb?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"At noon, with my wife, against her will, all undressed and dirty, dined at Sir W. Pen’s, where was all the company of our families in towne; but, Lord! so sorry a dinner: venison baked in pans, that the dinner I have had for his lady alone hath been worth four of it."

The Era of Good Feeling (Pennwise) established by Admiral Sir Will's work in saving Seething during the Fire seems to be over rather quickly...

I wonder what Bess would have considered worse...Being pressured to go to Penn's dinner "dirty and undressed" ("Sweetheart, the man saved our home and put me up for several days...") or finding out about Bagwell.

"Your mistress stopped by and wants you to know she's available Tuesday at Deptford from 5-7 but not Thursday."

Ummn...

"Now about this damned dinner today..."

CGS   Link to this

The mundane, routine, normal is never spoken of unless, it be by some one that has never seen knives and forks before and wants to be a sociologist and that is interested in the low fat diet of the times.

Epping forest be the nearest hunting ground for a game keeper to make a little extra income by culling the local roe deer and not get caught.

It would be nice if Samuell had kept the mistress's shopping list and his instructions of keeping the weekly expenses befow 15 shillings and show her skimming technique of a few hapeny's for her Pater & Mater..

As Tacitus would be misquoted. "I never seen that or heard that before, ain't it bludy marvelous, beef on the hoof."

"Omne ignotum pro maifico est".
Tacitus, De Vita ee Moribus Iulii agricolae, 30

Items mentioned by Mr Pepys were usually not the norm of the times.

Bradford   Link to this

Baked in pans! Too cheap to have crust for a pasty!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Ormond to Orrery
Written from: Kilkenny

Date: 16 September 1666

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 48, fol(s). 64

Document type: Copy

Herewith is sent the best relation the Duke has seen of the most podigious calamity that ever befel London. It was not without reason, although it seems to be without ground, that the calamity was suspected to have proceeded from some treachery ... He prays that we may, and that our enemies may not, make a good use of this judgment. ... http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

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