Wednesday 2 September 1668

Fast-day for the burning of London, strictly observed. I at home at the office all day, forenoon and afternoon, about the Victualler’s contract and other things, and at night home to supper, having had but a cold dinner, Mr. Gibson with me; and this evening comes Mr. Hill to discourse with me about Yeabsly and Lanyon’s business, wherein they are troubled, and I fear they have played the knave too far for me to help or think fit to appear for them. So he gone, and after supper, to bed, being troubled with a summons, though a kind one, from Mr. Jessop, to attend the Commissioners of Accounts tomorrow.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Yeabsly and Lanyon’s business, wherein they are troubled"

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/07/16/

Georgiana Wickham   Link to this

How come Pepys observed the fast day strictly, but still managed to consume a cold dinner (presumably at midday)?

cgs   Link to this

Dinner in this instance be an meal after sundown?
Fast day not fast night?
Cold meal , yesterdays leftovers, no hot stove or oven.
Just an opinion

Paul Chapin   Link to this

It can't have been a meal after sundown, since he mentions it in the context of "home to supper," which is that late meal. However, I think you may be right about the cold meal meeting the letter of the fasting requirement, if not the spirit.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Sam may say it was "strictly observed", but he doesn't actually say that included him.... A cold dinner could mean the maids had been doing the monthly washing.

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