Sunday 3 May 1668

(Lord’s day). Up, and to church, where I saw Sir A. Rickard, though he be under the Black Rod, by order of the Lords’ House, upon the quarrel between the East India Company and Skinner, which is like to come to a very great heat between the two Houses. At noon comes Mr. Mills and his wife, and Mr. Turner and his wife, by invitation to dinner, and we were mighty merry, and a very pretty dinner, of my Bridget and Nell’s dressing, very handsome. After dinner to church again … So home and with Sir W. Pen took a hackney, and he and I to Old Street, to a brew-house there, to see Sir Thomas Teddiman, who is very ill in bed of a fever, got, I believe, by the fright the Parliament have put him into, of late. But he is a good man, a good seaman, and stout. Thence Pen and I to Islington, and there, at the old house, eat, and drank, and merry, and there by chance giving two pretty fat boys each of them a cake, they proved to be Captain Holland’s children, whom therefore I pity. So round by Hackney home, having good discourse, he [Pen] being very open to me in his talk, how the King ought to dissolve this Parliament, when the Bill of Money is passed, they being never likely to give him more; how he [the King] hath great opportunity of making himself popular by stopping this Act against Conventicles; and how my Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, if the Parliament continue, will undoubtedly fall, he having managed that place with so much self-seeking, and disorder, and pleasure, and some great men are designing to overthrow [him], as, among the rest, my Lord Orrery; and that this will try the King mightily, he being a firm friend to my Lord Lieutenant. So home; and to supper a little, and then to bed, having stepped, after I come home, to Alderman Backewell’s about business, and there talked a while with him and his wife, a fine woman of the country, and how they had bought an estate at Buckeworth, within four mile of Brampton.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The above ellipsis shields the reader from a reverently quiet sex-act in church ....

"After dinner to church again where I did please myself con mes ojos shut in futar in conceit the hook-nosed young lady, a merchant's daughter, in the upper pew in the church under the pulpit."

L&M text.

Christopher Squire  •  Link

‘dress v. . . 13. a. To prepare for use as food, by making ready to cook, or by cooking (also intr. = passive); also, to season (food, esp. a salad).
a1400    Coer de L. 3510   Or ye come the flesch was dressyd.
. . 1645    Milton L'Allegro in Poems 34   Their savory dinner‥Of Hearbs, and other Country Messes, Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses.
. . 1942    C. Spry Come into Garden, Cook ix. 115   In the happy days when‥one might have little melons to serve as a first course, I have filled them with cubes of their own flesh mixed with diced cucumber and dressed them with a thin cream dressing.’ [OED]

Hence ‘dressing’ in this sense, not recorded by OED.

Jesse  •  Link

"where I did please myself"

Literally? (Okay, I'm too lazy to look it up in my COED.) I was thinking this was a Matthew 5:28 sort of trespass and the reason for the ellipsis was a knee jerk to the funny words.

Mary  •  Link


Could be taken either way. But Pepys has expressed delight in the past at his ability to achieve orgasm simply by imagining ("in conceit")a little casual dalliance.

language hat  •  Link

Yeah, I'm pretty sure he wasn't just taking innocent pleasure in her appearance. Sam, Sam, Sam... in church?? Better make another vow, quick.

JKM  •  Link

Sam seems to have mellowed in his attitude to Sir W. Pen. He's mentioned him in several entries now without the usual comments on his roguery (in the office) and cheapness (at home). The tension between them seems to have eased.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

JKM, keen observation. I'd thought perhaps SP was being sympathetic with a fellow-officer under attack and impeached by the parliament, something he (SP) has feared he too was vulnerable to -- as indicated by his many reassurances to himself in his Journal that he was NOT impeachable.

JWB  •  Link

"...they proved to be Captain Holland’s children, whom therefore I pity."

Blood will out-both in respect to an officer names Holland in a war vs. Holland and to Pepys's pitying a turncoat's children.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Penn and Pepys also seem to be recognizing they must work together to some extent to save themselves...For surely if Penn goes the pressure to go after Sam will increase in Parliament. Pleasant as the afternoon/evening outing was, it was likely a cautious strategy session in some ways.

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