By Samuel Pepys
As good as being the main celebrated diarist of all time, Samuel Pepys was once additionally a hearty drinker, eater and gourmand of epicurean delights, who indulged in each excitement seventeenth-century London had to provide. no matter if he's feasting on barrels of oysters, braces of carps, larks' tongues and copious quantities of wine, merrymaking in taverns till the early hours, attending formal dinners with lords and women or exciting visitors at domestic together with his younger spouse, those impossible to resist choices from Pepys's diaries supply a frank, excessive- lively and bright photograph of the fun of over-indulgence - and the side-effects afterwards.
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Was once; and after the Trinity condo males had performed their company, the maister, Sir Wm. Rider, got here to bid us welcome; and to be able to dinner – the place solid cheer and discourse, yet I consume a bit an excessive amount of pork, which made me ill; and so after dinner we went to the workplace, and there within the backyard I went within the darke and vomited, wherein I did a lot ease my belly. Thence to supper with my spouse to Sir Wm. Pens. And so whereas we have been at supper, comes Mr. Moore with letters from my Lord Sandwich, conversing of his mendacity nonetheless at Tanger, trying to find the fleet – which we are hoping is now in a great way thither. February three. After musique perform I went to the workplace, and there with the 2 Sir Wms all of the morning approximately company. At midday I dined with Sir W. Batten with many pals extra, it being his Wedding-day. And between different Froliques, it being their 3rd yr, they'd 3 pyes, whereof the middlemost was once made up of an ovall shape in an Ovall gap in the different which made a lot mirth and used to be referred to as the center peace; and notably the remainder, we had nice striving to thieve a spoonefull out of it; and that i have in mind Mrs. turbines the minister’s spouse did scouse borrow one for me and did supply it me; and to finish all, Mrs. Shippman did fill the pie choked with White wine (it protecting at the least a pint and a part) and did drink it off for a wellbeing and fitness to Sir Wm. and my woman, it being the best draught that ever I did see a girl drink in my lifestyles. earlier than we had dined got here Sir G. Carteret, and we went all 3 to the workplace and did company there until evening. after which to Sir Wm. Batten back, and that i went besides my girl and the remainder of the gentlewomen to Maj. Holmes’s, and there we had an outstanding supper; between others, first-class lobsters, which I by no means consume at present of the 12 months earlier than. the key hath sturdy accommodations on the Trinity residence. the following we stayed overdue, and finally domestic. And being in my chamber, we do pay attention nice noise of mirth at Sir Wm. Battens, tearing the ribbands from my girl and him. So I to mattress. March 23. Lords day. This morning used to be introduced me my boyes positive livery, that is very good-looking, and that i do imagine to maintain to black and gold lace upon grey, being the color of my armes, for ever. To church within the morning. And so domestic with Sir W. Batten and there devour a few boiled nice oysters; and so domestic, and whereas i used to be at dinner with my spouse, i used to be unwell and was once compelled to vomitt up my oysters back after which i used to be good. To Whitehall and there met with Capt. Isham, this present day come from Lisbone with letters from the Queene to the King. And did provide me letters which communicate that our fleet is all at Lisbon; and that the Queene doth now not entend to embarque quicker then the next day come fortnight. 24. earely, Sir G. Carteret, either Sir Wms, and that i on board the test to dispatch her away, she being to hold issues to the Maderas with the East India fleet. right here (Sir W. Penn going to Deptford to ship extra hands), we stayed until eventually midday, conversing and consuming and consuming a great ham of English bacon; and having positioned issues in solid order, domestic – the place i locate Jane, my previous maid, pop out of the rustic; and i've a brain to have her back.