Sunday 21 July 1667

(Lord’s day). Up betimes, and all the morning, and then to dinner with my wife alone, and then all the afternoon in like manner, in my chamber, making up my Tangier accounts and drawing a letter, which I have done at last to my full content, to present to the Lords Commissioners for Tangier tomorrow; and about seven at night, when finished my letter and weary, I and my wife and Mercer up by water to Barne Elmes, where we walked by moonshine, and called at Lambeth, and drank and had cold meat in the boat, and did eat, and sang, and down home, by almost twelve at night, very fine and pleasant, only could not sing ordinary songs with the freedom that otherwise I would. Here Mercer tells me that the pretty maid of the Ship tavern I spoke of yesterday is married there, which I am glad of. So having spent this night, with much serious pleasure to consider that I am in a condition to fling away an angell in such a refreshment to myself and family, we home and to bed, leaving Mercer, by the way, at her own door.

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JWB  •  Link

"While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances — to The Lambeth Walk."

Fern  •  Link

"only could not sing ordinary songs with the freedom that otherwise I would."
Why couldn't they sing ordinary songs? (Complaints from the neighbours?) And does it mean they could sing extraordinary songs? I'm very puzzled.

arby  •  Link

My guess, Fern, is that it's the Lord's day, so only sacred songs. But it is just a guess.

Fern  •  Link

Doh. Thanks, arby. I had in fact just realised that and was hoping to add a note to that effect, but you beat me to it.

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