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The Sussex Diarists.                            7
temper than many of his reverend brethren in those stern days, or Thomas Dumbrell and "my mayd Mary" would have come off less easily than this!
The above domestic event occurred during the Protectorate. But let not the enemies of Puritanism triumph over that! In 1676, after the King had got "his own again," and the true Church had been reinstated in all its rights, something very much like a parallel event occurs in the household of the Rev. Giles Moore:—
" 13th October I marryed Henry Place and Mary Holden, my two ser­vants, and spent at theyr wedding 20s.; I gave the fiddlers is. I also gave them a large cake, all theyr fewell, and the use of my house and stables for two dayes, with a quart of white wine, being in all not less than 40s. or one yeares wages. On the 6th of February following shee was delivered
of a daughter, so that the-----(and here the rev. diarist uses a very strong
expression) went but 15 weekes and five dayes after her marriage."
We are afraid that, so far as the morals of Horstead Keynes were concerned, there was not much to choose between King and Protector!
It will be noticed that there were fiddlers at the wedding of Henry Place and Mary Holden ; and on various other occasions the Rev. Giles Moore makes an entry to the same effect, "I payd the fiddlers 6d.," or is. This shows that the fiddlers were a fixed institution in country parishes 250 years ago, and so they continued until our own times, "a case of viols" being kept for their use in most villages. These are the only references to music by the Rector of Horstead Keynes, except a not over-flattering entry anent the national instrument of Scotland: "To a begging Welchman and a bagpipe player, 6d. each."
As may be concluded from these entries, the Rev. Giles Moore was very careful in the setting-down of his outgoings and the national taxes and poor-rates begin about this time to figure rather largely and frequently in the diary. At first the requisitions made by Oliver upon the country, for the sup­port of his army, navy, and government generally must have seemed very exorbitant. But it could not be denied that the
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