Tuesday 29 December 1668

Up, and at the Office all the morning, and at noon to dinner, and there, by a pleasant mistake, find my uncle and aunt Wight, and three more of their company, come to dine with me to-day, thinking that they had been invited, which they were not; but yet we did give them a pretty good dinner, and mighty merry at the mistake. They sat most of the afternoon with us, and then parted, and my wife and I out, thinking to have gone to a play, but it was too far begun, and so to the ’Change, and there she and I bought several things, and so home, with much pleasure talking, and then to reading, and so to supper and to bed.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

Hmmn...Wonder how they managed to get that dinner appt screwed up...And how having Uncle Wight over becomes a "pleasant mistake"? Be interesting to see how Bess felt about the uninvited guests, though probably just the wrong date. Reminds me of a story in "Eleanor and Franklin" about Eleanor's appointment book getting behind and a couple showing up in fancy dress for dinner one night in Washington when FDR was Assistant Secretary of the Navy...The Roosevelts were in pyjamas and robes and servants apparently being off, Eleanor ended up hurriedly making her one culinary triumph, scrambled eggs.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

One of the great advantages of having servants:

"Oh, by the way Mary, there'll be eight for dinner today. Sort it out please."

Goes back upstairs hastily.

Australian Susan  •  Link

The Servant Problem

Sam frequently gets haunches of venison and the like as "gifts" (with strong strings attached.....) - wonder what the servants thinks of this( "Well, it's a bit niffy, Mrs P, but if you say it's all right to cook, I'll do it"). Reminds me of a tale of my grandmother's. Her husband had been promised by a client a large turkey for Christmas. The client said someone would deliver it on Christmas Eve. So my grandmother ordered no turkey from the poulterer. Yes, the turkey arrived on Christmas Eve (in a smart horse and trap), but it was alive! The kitchen staff had to get next door's gardener to despatch it and my grandmother said she tried to avoid her cook for the next several days........

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

In the dark days of rationing after WWII our neighbours received a live duck from kind friends in the country. It pottered around their garden for several years before dying of old age.

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