Above is the shorthand in Samuel Pepys dairy.
and he wrote VOLUMES about himself and living in London in the 17th century and himself and a little more about himself….
So when he writes about celebrating wedding anniversaries with
you want to pay attention…
Monday 3 February 1661/62
After musique practice I went to the office, and there with the two Sir Williams all the morning about business, and at noon I dined with Sir W. Batten with many friends more, it being his wedding-day, and among other froliques, it being their third year, they had three pyes, whereof the middlemost was made of an ovall form, in an ovall hole within the other two, which made much mirth, and was called the middle piece; and above all the rest, we had great striving to steal a spooneful out of it; and I remember Mrs. Mills, the minister’s wife, did steal one for me and did give it me; and to end all, Mrs. Shippman did fill the pye full of white wine, it holding at least a pint and a half, and did drink it off for a health to Sir William and my Lady, it being the greatest draft that ever I did see a woman drink in my life.
I’ve mentioned this before, but some things bear repeating. Celebrating with a pie for each year of marriage.
And so when the 1624 Plimoth couple, Jane and Anthony Annable have a wedding anniversary on April 26th, being married on that day in 1619 at All Saints Church, Cambridge, might there be pie in Plimoth? Five pies, perhaps?
This is the 19th century All Saints in Cambridge – the actual building that the Annables were married in was torn down. Nice spire!
This view might be a little closer to what Jane and Anthony remember of Cambridge. And William Brewster – he was at Peterhouse College. And John Robinson. And the Blossoms….lots of Cambridge connections in Plimoth Colony.
So although we don’t know if the Annables remembered their anniversary in any particular way…and with their future Puritan leanings, they might not have been so inclined to celebrate the anniversary of things,
We do know an actual marriage date. And it’s always nice to draw attention to the things we ACTUALLY do, document-wise, know.
A little more Sam on pie:
6 January 1662.
This morning I sent my lute to the Paynter’s, and there I staid with him all the morning to see him paint the neck of my lute in my picture, which I was not pleased with after it was done.
Thence to dinner to Sir W. Pen’s, it being a solemn feast day with him, his wedding day, and we had, besides a good chine of beef and other good cheer, eighteen mince pies in a dish, the number of the years that he hath been married.
Shapes for 17th century pies. Notice the Mince on a Dish.
Robert May’s Bride Pie in The Accomplist Cook – each ring is a different pie piled on the one below….a tier of pies – a tower of tarts –
These people look like they’re having a good pie time. Notice the woman eating in the pie with a her fingers.
One man mentions a type of celebration twice, although it does involve two different couple.
On the other hand – EIGHTEEN mince pies….
If anyone knows a play or a poem or a song or an actual reference of someone who isn’;t hanging out with Samuel Pepys..
and for heaven’s sake,
DON’T HOLD YOUR PEACE.
Unless it’s a piece of pie…..
She looks pretty happy to have pie. And she’s sharing.
Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
9 November 1665