Sunday 16 October 1664

(Lord’s day). It raining, we set out, and about nine o’clock got to Hatfield in church-time; and I ’light and saw my simple Lord Salsbury sit there in his gallery. Staid not in the Church, but thence mounted again and to Barnett by the end of sermon, and there dined at the Red Lyon very weary again, but all my weariness yesterday night and to-day in my thighs only, the rest of my weariness in my shoulders and arms being quite gone. Thence home, parting company at my cozen Anth. Joyce’s, by four o’clock, weary, but very well, to bed at home, where I find all well. Anon my wife came to bed, but for my ease rose again and lay with her woman.

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First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... saw my simple Lord Salsbury sit there in his gallery."

"At Hatfield church the earls of Salisbury possessed not only estate pews for their servants, but also a gallery adjacent to their private chapel for their personal use. This arrangement effectively replicated the hierarchical divisions within the chapel at Hatfield House itself, just as the character and ornament of the Salisbury Chapel was intended to allude to the design of the great mansion just a few hundred yards away...."
Paul M. Hunneyball, 'Architecture and Image-Building in Seventeenth Century Hartfordshire' Oxford: [2004] p. 42.…

For a view of the Salisbury Chapel c. 1960, showing the effigy tomb of the first Earl by Maximilian Colt:-…

Terry F  •  Link

"my simple Lord Salsbury"

L&M note Pepys may have meant Lord Salisbury was senile. More than 73 years old, he had never been a bright chap -- "a man of no words," wrote Clarendon, "except in hunting and hawking, in which he only knew how to behave himself." History of the Rebellion, ii, 534.

gingerd  •  Link


Interesting that he seems to be using this in the context of what we would now term muscular stiffness.
Any clues from the OED?

Bryan M  •  Link

"Anon my wife came to bed, but for my ease rose again and lay with her woman."

Come on, Sam, admit it. You left that coney skin in your breeches, didn't you.

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link


"Simple" Lord Salisbury: If he's hunting and hawking, he's probably not senile, perhaps mildly autistic?

"Weariness." OED gives the following gloss on "weary":
"I. 1. a. Having the feeling of loss of strength, languor, and need for rest, produced by continued exertion (physical or mental), endurance of severe pain, or wakefulness; tired, fatigued. Now with stronger sense: Intensely tired, worn out with fatigue.
"The strong emotional emphasis which the word has acquired in modern times tends to exclude it from colloquial use and from unimpassioned prose."

Second Reading

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

‘ . . With the disappearance of the old order Salisbury decided to support the republic . . He became a member of the council of state from 1649 to 1651, and its president for a while, and entered the Rump Parliament as MP for King's Lynn.

The protectorate, however, led to a change in the official attitude towards him, and by 1656 he was ousted from public activities, being excluded from Oliver Cromwell's second parliament, though elected for Hertfordshire. Salisbury retired to Hatfield where he died on 3 December 1668, but not before Charles II had appointed him high steward of St Albans in 1663 . . ‘


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