Saturday 7 September 1661

At the office all the morning. At noon Mr. Moore dined with me, and then in comes Wm. Joyce to answer a letter of mine I wrote this morning to him about a maid of his that my wife had hired, and she sent us word that she was hired to stay longer with her master, which mistake he came to clear himself of; and I took it very kindly. So I having appointed the young ladies at the Wardrobe to go with them to a play to-day, I left him and my brother Tom who came along with him to dine, and my wife and I took them to the Theatre, where we seated ourselves close by the King, and Duke of York, and Madame Palmer, which was great content; and, indeed, I can never enough admire her beauty. And here was “Bartholomew Fayre,” with the puppet-show, acted to-day, which had not been these forty years (it being so satyricall against Puritanism, they durst not till now, which is strange they should already dare to do it, and the King do countenance it), but I do never a whit like it the better for the puppets, but rather the worse.

Thence home with the ladies, it being by reason of our staying a great while for the King’s coming, and the length of the play, near nine o’clock before it was done, and so in their coach home, and still in discontent with my wife, to bed, and rose so this morning also.


7 Sep 2004, 11:46 p.m. - Josh

O ye Sons of Ben: what it is with the puppets in "B. Fair"?---a scene which seems to escape my memory (no hard task). Perhaps one reason Samuel is reluctant to engage with Elizabeth directly is that he knows (remember the incident of the torn letters that Tomalin highlights) that she is an equal match for him, seventeenth-century wife or no.

7 Sep 2004, 11:50 p.m. - Nix

"Bartholomew Faire" -- A play by Ben Jonson Text: http://eserver.org/drama/bartholomew-fair.txt Summary and discussion (from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Volume VI): www.bartleby.com/216/0116.html

8 Sep 2004, 1:27 a.m. - Robert Gertz

Sam's Bad Day... Have to be polite to that worthless, no good Will Joyce (fake smile)...Miserable, lousy puppets (Can't kick em with the Sandwich kids about, damn...)...Beth not takin' my gentle, humorous, morosely sulking hints about not going. And she still hasn't told me anything about it!!! #$%&$!!! And so, to bed...(Sigh from across bed..."Saaaammm'lll..." Stop making those French vowel sounds, Beth...Ummn...You're shaking my vow to sulk for two days...Bethie, stop now...)

8 Sep 2004, 3:18 a.m. - vicente

He,[Sam] the girls and then his ex girl friend. The small talk would have been nice to over hear. "...I can never enough admire her beauty..." Palmer that is. Oh! what thoughts? then "...and still in discontent with my wife, to bed, and rose so this morning also..."[no couch?] he writes this in minutes,then a civil letter regarding new maid [ strange to get one from a household that is not on his A list. Was Liz getting even? Not unlike mum when she picks a new maid that does not cut the mustard with Pops.

8 Sep 2004, 3:17 p.m. - helena murphy

Today's entry shows the easing of censorship in the arts as well as the affection with which the king is held,due in a sense to his proximity to the people. Incidentally,the traditon of puppet theatre is alive and well today in the city of Prague ,I having recently attended a puppet performance of Don Giovanni while there.

8 Sep 2004, 7:43 p.m. - David A. Smith

"still in discontent with my wife, to bed, and rose so" Concur with Robert, Sam is sorely vexed at Elizabeth's impending departure (for where?), which she apparently announed several days ago and *still* has not undertaken. By now Elizxabeth must surely know Sam is out of sorts, yet (apparently) she remains resolute. Stay tuned ...

9 Sep 2004, 2:30 a.m. - steve h

The Puppet SHow in Bartholomew Fair is truly hilarious, and ends up with a Puritan preacher (Zeal-of-the-Land Busy) who attacks the theatre as lascivious, getting in a debate with a puppet. A wicked satire on Puritans, maybe too close to Pepys's former life for comfort. A quote: Busy: "Yes, and my maine argument against you, is, that you are an abomination: for the Male, among you, putteth on the apparell of the Female, and the Female of the Male. ... Puppet: "It is your old stale argument against the Players, but it will not hold against the Puppets; for we have neyther Male nor Female amongst us. And that thou may'st see!"

9 Sep 2004, 2:05 p.m. - Wim van der Meij

In this case we can see that Sam put in his diary entry on the day after. It is possible that most of the times he wrote them in the mornings.

13 Sep 2004, 9:10 p.m. - David Ross McIrvine

Probably the Puppet Show was too postmodern for Sam. As Selden characterizes it in *Table-Talk*: "Ben Johnson Satyrically express'd the vain Disputes of Divines by Inigo Lanthorne, disputing with his puppet in a Bartholomew Fair. It is so; It is not so: It is so, It is not so, crying thus one to another a quarter of an Hour together."

13 Sep 2004, 9:47 p.m. - David Ross McIrvine

Selden's reference to Lanthorn Leatherhead as "Inigo Lanthorne" is unique and may need glossing--this has to do with the (disputed) equation of Leatherhead with Jones (Inigo).

13 Sep 2004, 11:36 p.m. - dirk

Lanthorn Leatherhead & Inigo Jones On this discussion see: http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/reinheimer/presentations/scrc98.htm Also cfr.: The Atlantic Monthly, Vol.II, Nov.1858, No.XIII. http://www.gutenberg.net/dirs/1/0/8/6/10867/10867-8.txt

14 Sep 2004, 12:01 a.m. - David Ross McIrvine

Lanthorn Leatherhead & Inigo Jones Yes, I'd equate Jones with Leatherhead myself, based especially on the evidence of the draft in which he is "Inigo," as well as on Selden's personal knowledge. On this discussion see: http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/reinheimer/presentations/scrc98.htm Also cfr.: The Atlantic Monthly, Vol.II, Nov.1858, No.XIII. http://www.gutenberg.net/dirs/1/0/8/6/10867/10867-8.txt

18 Jul 2014, 8:06 p.m. - Bill

"So I having appointed the young ladies at the Wardrobe" Lord Sandwich's family of daughters ---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.

8 Sep 2014, 3:17 a.m. - Louise Hudson

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

28 Jan 2017, 4:43 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"And here was “Bartholomew Fayre,” with the puppet-show, acted to-day, which had not been these forty years (it being so satyricall against Puritanism, they durst not till now, which is strange they should already dare to do it, and the King do countenance it), but I do never a whit like it the better for the puppets, but rather the worse." The puppet show in Act V of Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair ('The Modern history of Hero and Leander.) had been omitted from the performances Pepys had seen on 8 and 27 June 1661. In this production two of the Puritans in the play were made up to resemble Richard Baxter and Edmund Calamy, twpo leading Puritan divines. The King, the Earl of Manchester, and the Bishop of London attended a performance: see R.F. B osher, <aking of Restoration settlement, pp. 238-9. (L&M note)

28 Jan 2017, 4:46 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"our staying a great while for the King’s coming, and the length of the play, near nine o’clock before it was done" L&M: Most performances in public theatres were over before 6:30 p.m.