Sunday 14 June 1668


Up, and walked up and down the town, and saw a pretty good market-place, and many good streets, and very fair stone-houses. And so to the great Church, and there saw Bishop Montagu’s tomb; and, when placed, did there see many brave people come, and, among others, two men brought in, in litters, and set down in the chancel to hear: but I did not know one face. Here a good organ; but a vain, pragmatical fellow preached a ridiculous, affected sermon, that made me angry, and some gentlemen that sat next me, and sang well. So home, walking round the walls of the City, which are good, and the battlements all whole. The sexton of the church is. So home to dinner, and after dinner comes Mr. Butts again to see me, and he and I to church, where the same idle fellow preached; and I slept most of the sermon. Thence home, and took my wife out and the girls, and come to this church again, to see it, and look over the monuments, where, among others, Dr. Venner and Pelling, and a lady of Sir W. Waller’s; he lying with his face broken. So to the fields a little and walked, and then home and had my head looked [at], and so to supper, and then comes my landlord to me, a sober understanding man, and did give me a good account of the antiquity of this town and Wells; and of two Heads, on two pillars, in Wells church. But he a Catholick. So he gone, I to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Bishop Montagu’s tomb"

The Montague Tomb

The splendid tomb of James Montague, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1608-16. He was one of the Abbey's most generous benefactors

Michael L   Link to this

Ah yes, the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Ah yes, the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells."

Mary   Link to this

"had my head looked at"

For lice and/or nits, presumably.

john   Link to this

The entries now being full again, are there examples of rough notes and their subsequent full entries?

Mary   Link to this

We aren't quite back to full entries yet, though these notes are fuller than those made earlier in the journey. Normal service will resume with the entry for 18th June.

One item that is not included in the scanned edition of the diary, but which is shown by L&M, is the preliminary workings of a letter to a Mr. Thomas Hill, a merchant located in Lisbon at the time of writing. This appears at the end of the notes to events of 13th June. It's an interesting piece of writing in that it demonstrates the lengths that Pepys went to to ensure the best way of expressing his thoughts (many phrases are adjusted and re-worded until he is satisfied with the result).

It's quite a long piece. I don't have the leisure to transcribe it here, nor am I sure how the copyright question would apply as the text has been extensively edited, so have to leave all those readers who do not have the benefit of the L&M edition in a state of frustration. Sorry about that.

language hat   Link to this

"a vain, pragmatical fellow": "pragmatical" here in the OED's sense 3.b. "Conceited, self-important, pompous; opinionated; dogmatic, unbending" (the first couple of citations: 1660 H. More Explan. Myst. Godliness iv. xiii. 131 "The leguleious Cavils of some Pragmatical Pettifoggers"; 1668 J. Glanvill Blow at Mod. Sadducism Pref. sig. A2, "With a pert and pragmatical Insolence, they censure all").

Kate Bunting   Link to this

The sexton of the church is what? Has a word been omitted here, or did Sam tip the sexton a shilling and it's been wrongly transcribed?

Kate Bunting   Link to this

Having looked at yesterday's entry, the latter is obviously the case.

john   Link to this

Mary, I do have the L&M version and I shall look for that. Thank you.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"The sexton of the church is." should be The sexton of the church 1s.
(one shilling)

Phil Gyford   Link to this

Regarding the letter that Mary mentioned which is included in L&M, this link to the page at Google Books might work...
It starts towards the bottom of that page, 236.

Mary   Link to this

Thank you for finding this, Phil. I haven't checked to see whether all the editorial marks here match those in the L&M edition, but it certainly gives a good idea of how Sam's draft version of a letter gradually evolved into what, presumably, became the fair copy that would be entered into the letter-book.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Lady Jane Waller's tomb, with note about the damage.

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