Sunday 31 March 1667

(Lord’s day). Up, and my tailor’s boy brings my mourning clothes home, and my wife hers and Barker’s, but they go not to church this morning. I to church, and with my mourning, very handsome, and new periwigg, make a great shew. After church home to dinner, and there come Betty Michell and her husband. I do and shall love her, but, poor wretch, she is now almost ready to lie down. After dinner Balty (who dined also with us) and I with Sir J. Minnes in his coach to White Hall, but did nothing, but by water to Strand Bridge and thence walked to my Lord Treasurer’s, where the King, Duke of York, and the Caball, and much company without; and a fine day. Anon come out from the Caball my Lord Hollis and Mr. H. Coventry, who, it is conceived, have received their instructions from the King this day; they being to begin their journey towards their treaty at Bredagh speedily, their passes being come. Here I saw the Lady Northumberland and her daughter-in-law, my Lord Treasurer’s daughter, my Lady Piercy, a beautiful lady indeed. So away back by water, and left Balty at White Hall and I to Mrs. Martin … and so by coach home, and there to my chamber, and then to supper and bed, having not had time to make up my accounts of this month at this very day, but will in a day or two, and pay my forfeit for not doing it, though business hath most hindered me. The month shuts up only with great desires of peace in all of us, and a belief that we shall have a peace, in most people, if a peace can be had on any terms, for there is a necessity of it; for we cannot go on with the war, and our masters are afraid to come to depend upon the good will of the Parliament any more, as I do hear.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

“ …. So away back by water; and left Balty at White-hall, and I to Mrs. Martin and there did haze todo which yo would hazer con her; and so by coach home and there to my chamber; and then to supper and bed ­ having not had time to make up my accounts of this month at this very day, but will in a day or two and pay my forfeit for not doing it, though business hath most hindered me. …”

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"the Caball"

SPOILER

Soon enough they will form the "government" in Parliament
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabal_Ministry

They will succeed the Clarendon Ministry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarendon_Ministry

Carl in Boston   Link to this

I say, Terry, well done. I do love spoilers that illuminate the sweep and vastness of history, and how it is we came to be Americans with a constitutional government.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"I to church, and with my mourning, very handsome, and new periwigg, make a great shew."

And now, right here on our stage...

"Top of the world, Ma!!"

***

God, Sam...Tell us you didn't visit Mrs. M in your mourning suit.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"I do and shall love her, but, poor wretch, she is now almost ready to lie down."

Heaven...

Loud sobbing...

"Bess..."

"Bessie...?"

"My Sieuress de St. Michel?"

"Elisabeth, darling...."

"Bess, damnit say something...Tell me what I did?"

"Sir." the summoned Hewer eyeing Bess' locked door, hands him the Diary.

"What?"

"Sir...The line I underlined."

"About Betty Mitchell...Oh. Bess, you know that didn't mean anything. And you forgave me two hundred years ago. After a century of Purgatory...None of which I minded as much as not getting to see you again for all those years. Bess? This is a mite unfair..."

"Sir..." Hewer points.

"...'poor wretch'? What?...Oh, my God."

Sobbing intensifies behind door...

"I am dead."

"Well, sir. We are, after all, in the after..."

"I know that, Hewer! I'm speaking figuratively. Though quite literally too."

"I don't quite see why Mrs. P is so... I mean, sir. I could see her leaving you in Hell, let alone Purgatory, over those women...But, if she could forgive that and bail you out of Purgatory..."

"Hewer. It's clear to me you have never understood women. My boy, it was one thing to philander like there was no tomorrow during plague, fire, and war. But to use her pet name with another woman...? How could I have been such an..."

"#$8@!" call from behind door.

"Quite right, love."

Martin King   Link to this

"but by water to Strand Bridge".

Since this was clearly not across the Thames, was it across a small river running into the Thames, now entirely underground?

Mary   Link to this

Strand Bridge.

This seems (L&M) to have been the name for a landing-stage near Somerset House, i.e. on the north bank of the Thames.

cape henry   Link to this

"...having not had time to make up my accounts of this month at this very day..."Perhaps a bit less hazer todoing and one could find the time?

cum salis grano   Link to this

taking account,it be what gives the greater plaisir, lsd or sin

Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... here the King, Duke of York, and the Caball, ..."

L&M '*' the word Caball; the glossary, (vii, 613), states "inner group of ministers; knot" and makes no connection to the particular group of advisers who succeed as Charles's ministers post Clarendon.

Glyn   Link to this

"there come Betty Michell and her husband. I do and shall love her, but, poor wretch, she is now almost ready to lie down."

I'm taking that to mean that Betty is heavily pregnant and very close to giving birth (with at least a 12% chance of being killed). Or am I misreading this?

Mary   Link to this

I think that you're reading it exactly right, Glyn. I wonder whether Sam has given any thought to his possible response if he is eventually asked to stand as godfather to the child.

Australian Susan   Link to this

I thought childbed mortality was as high as one in three? Was in the late 18th century.

cum salis grano   Link to this

per Lizard: chap 6 pg77
life expectancy 35 yrs vs 1990 78/ ( 73.5), infant mortality 25% before aged 10, at 30, one was middle aged.
Survival rate for the first 10yrs of betrothal very poor.

clod hoppers away from the stress of city life live decades longer than the city slickers.
Thanks to immigration London attracted many wealth seekers.

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