Tuesday 24 December 1667

Up, and all the morning at the office, and at noon with my clerks to dinner, and then to the office again, busy at the office till six at night, and then by coach to St. James’s, it being about six at night; my design being to see the ceremonys, this night being the eve of Christmas, at the Queen’s chapel. But it being not begun I to Westminster Hall, and there staid and walked, and then to the Swan, and there drank and talked, and did banter a little Frank, and so to White Hall, and sent my coach round, I through the Park to chapel, where I got in up almost to the rail, and with a great deal of patience staid from nine at night to two in the morning, in a very great crowd; and there expected, but found nothing extraordinary, there being nothing but a high masse. The Queen was there, and some ladies. But, Lord! what an odde thing it was for me to be in a crowd of people, here a footman, there a beggar, here a fine lady, there a zealous poor papist, and here a Protestant, two or three together, come to see the shew. I was afeard of my pocket being picked very much … Their musique very good indeed, but their service I confess too frivolous, that there can be no zeal go along with it, and I do find by them themselves that they do run over their beads with one hand, and point and play and talk and make signs with the other in the midst of their masse. But all things very rich and beautiful; and I see the papists have the wit, most of them, to bring cushions to kneel on, which I wanted, and was mightily troubled to kneel. All being done, and I sorry for my coming, missing of what I expected; which was, to have had a child born and dressed there, and a great deal of do: but we broke up, and nothing like it done: and there I left people receiving the Sacrament: and the Queen gone, and ladies; only my Lady Castlemayne, who looked prettily in her night-clothes, and so took my coach, which waited, and away through Covent Garden, to set down two gentlemen and a lady, who come thither to see also, and did make mighty mirth in their talk of the folly of this religion. And so I stopped, having set them down and drank some burnt wine at the Rose Tavern door, while the constables come, and two or three Bellmen went by, [Continued tomorrow. P.G.]

13 Annotations

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Well, folly, perhaps Mr. Pepys. But it's kind of you to show such an interest in our doings. Yes, I am, sir. Though one does like to keep it quiet these days, sir. Oh, saw you there tonight at the Queen's chapel, sir. Hope your wife is better, sir...Oh, yes, I have heard she was ill.

Seems a bit late to be out tonight, sir. Might do well to head home. Much as your Bess may need her rest she needs you more on Christmas Eve, if you let a humble Bellman beg pardon, sir.

That said, you've been a good fellow this Xmas and if one may take the liberty, one hopes your respective Father Christmases...Gawden, Warren, etc will be large and generous.

Oh, one hears things about, sir. Not suggestin' any malice. Just the hope that you'll also appreciate the greatest thing you have in your life, sir. Time does march along, sir and your happiness may be shorter than you know. Best to enjoy it while you can, sir.

My name, sir?...Er, Dudley, sir. Dudley the Bellman, if you like, sir. But I fear you won't be remembering me tomorrow to enter in your Diary, sir. There's your carriage home, sir. My best to the lady, sir.

"How the devil...? Driver? Where'd that Bellman, that Dudley disappear to?"

"Bellman, sir? The two passing left sometime ago, sir. Whereto, Mr. Pepys?"

"Home, driver, quickly."

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"I was afeard of my pocket being picked very much ... Their musique very good indeed, ..."

From L&M:
" ... But here I did make myself to do la cosa by mere imagination, mirando a jolie mosa and with my eyes open , which I never did before – and God forgive me for it, it being in the Chapel. ..."

mary k mcintyre   Link to this

everything wrapped, house cleaned... off to bed at 12:25 Toronto time.

merry (happy) christmas to all pepysians, everywhere!

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

The coach waited from nine at night until two in the morning on Christmas eve - some things have changed!
Merry Christmas to Sam and Bess (then) and the rest of us (now).

Terry Foreman   Link to this

God bless us every one!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Arlington to Ormond
Written from: London
Date: 24 December 1667, 8 o'clock

Will keep the very project of the Lord Lieutenant's coming hither a secret, because the writer knows that nothing can prejudice his Grace more than the opinion that he is coming; especially, whilst [his friend] the Earl of Clarendon's case is depending - which will be, as the Bill shews, until the second of February.

... Meanwhile, the Lord Lieutenant's humble servants here will study his case as faithfully as they can. ...

... We hear from France, it is added, that the King of France has warned Lord Clarendon to leave that Kingdom.

http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/ca...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Merry Xmas from Sam and Will Hewer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_det...

Ok, it's Dean and Frank...But it's what they would've sung.

Art Perry   Link to this

>> ... – and God forgive me for it, it being in the Chapel.

It must have been pretty boring at times during a 5 hour service in the chapel!

jeannine   Link to this

A Merry Christmas frmo Sam & Elizabeth!

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/k7FObPC5DkHz93...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Thanks, Jeannine. Though Bess, I would avoid those sweets.

deepfatfriar   Link to this

"But here I did make myself to do la cosa by mere imagination, mirando a jolie mosa and with my eyes open , which I never did before – and God forgive me for it, it being in the Chapel..."

'Tis the season to be jolly, Sam.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Not that jolly, Sam.

cum salis grano   Link to this

"...It must have been pretty boring at times during a 5 hour service..."
It is all relative, what else was there really to do,but use ones imagination and let the thoughts/prayers be illuminating along with memorable ghosts of Sermons past.
Now, we no longer need to rely on ones deepest unmentionable thoughts, just get bluetoothed.

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