By Samuel Pepys
As good as being the main celebrated diarist of all time, Samuel Pepys used to be additionally a hearty drinker, eater and gourmand of epicurean delights, who indulged in each excitement seventeenth-century London had to provide. even 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 girls or exciting visitors at domestic along with his younger spouse, those impossible to resist choices from Pepys's diaries supply a frank, excessive- lively and vibrant photograph of the fun of over-indulgence - and the side-effects afterwards.
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At midday, Lewellin coming to me, I took him and Deane, and there met my uncle Thomas and we dined jointly. yet used to be vexed that it being washing-day, we had no meat dressed; yet despatched to the cook’s and my humans had so little wit to ship in our meat from out of the country within the cook’s dishes, which have been marked with the identify of the Cooke upon them; wherein, in the event that they saw whatever, they may comprehend it was once no longer my very own dinner. discovering myself starting to be anxious with wind, as i was, and with discomfort in making water, [at evening] I took a number of tablets that I had through me of Mr. Hollyards. thirteen. ideas for my healthiness. I. to start to maintain myself hot as i will. 2. pressure as low as ever i will be able to backwards, remembering that my discomfort will come by means of and via, even though within the very straining i don't believe it. three. both by way of physic ahead or by way of clyster backward, or either methods, to get a simple and ample going to stool and breaking of wind. four. to start to suspect my overall healthiness instantly while I start to develop into costive and sure, and by way of all skill to maintain my physique free, and that to acquire shortly after i locate myself going on the contrary. 29. Up, it being my Lord Mayors Day, Sir Anthony Bateman. This morning used to be introduced domestic my new velvet cloak; that's, coated with velvet, an outstanding fabric the surface – the 1st that ever I had in my lifestyles, and that i pray God it could possibly no longer be too quickly now that I start to put on it. I had it this present day introduced domestic, pondering to have worn it to dinner; yet i assumed it might be greater to head with out it as a result Crowde, and so i didn't put on it. In dressing myself and short of a band, i discovered all my bands that have been newly made fresh, so ill-smoothed that I crumpled them and flung all of them at the flooring and was once offended with Jane, which made the bad woman strong unhappy, in order that I have been bothered for it afterwards. At midday I went forth, and through trainer to Guild corridor (by the best way calling to shit at Mr. Rawlinsons) and there has been admitted; and assembly with Mr. Proby (Sir R. Ford’s son) and Lieut. - Coll. Baron, a urban commander, we went up and all the way down to see the tables; the place lower than each salt there has been a invoice of fare, and on the finish of the desk the people right for that desk. Many have been the tables, yet none within the corridor however the Mayors and the Lords of the privy Councell that had napkins or knives – which was once very unusual. We went into the Buttry and there stayed and talked, after which into the corridor back; and there wine was once provided they usually under the influence of alcohol, I in basic terms consuming a few Hypocras, which doth now not holiday my vowe, it being, to the simplest of my current judgment, just a combined compound drink, and never any wine – if i'm improper, God forgive me; yet i am hoping and do imagine it's not that i am. by means of and via met with Creed; and we with the others went in the a number of Courts and there observed the tables ready for the women and Judges and Bishops – all nice signal of a good dinner to return. by way of and via, approximately one a-clock, sooner than the Lord Mayor got here, got here into the corridor, from the room the place they have been first led into, the Lord Chancellor (Archbishopp sooner than him), with the Lords of the Council and different Bishopps, and so they to dinner.