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DIARY OF                          LONDON

Still, the plague continuing in our parish, I could not,
without danger, adventure to our church.

loth September, 1666. I went again to the ruins; for it
was now no longer a city.

13th September, 1666. I presented his Majesty with a
survey of the ruins, and a plot for a new city, with a
discourse on it; whereupon, after dinner, his Majesty sent
for me into tie Queen's bed-chamber, her Majesty and
the Duke only being present. They examined each par-
ticular, and discoursed on them for near an hour, seeming
to be extremely pleased with what I had so early thought
on. The Queen was now in her cavalier riding-habit,
hat and feather, and horseman's coat, going to take
the air.

16th September, 1666. I went to Greenwich Church,
where Mr. Plume preached very well from this text:
« Seeing, then, all these things shall be dissolved,» etc:
taking occasion from the late unparalleled conflagration to
remind us how we ought to walk more holy in all manner
oŁ conversation.

2yth September, 1666. Dined at Sir William D'Oyly's,
with that worthy gentleman, Sir John Holland, of Suffolk.

loth October, 1666. This day was ordered a general
Fast through the Nation, to humble us on the late dread-
ful conflagration, added to the plague and war, the most
dismal judgments that could be inflicted; but which indeed
we highly deserved for our prodigious ingratitude, burning
lusts, dissolute court, profane and abominable lives, under
such dispensations of God's continued favor in restoring
Church, Princerand People from our late intestine calam-
ities, of which we were altogether unmindful, even to
astonishment. This made me resolve to go to our parish
assembly, where our Doctor preached on Luke, xix, 41:
piously applying it to the occasion. After which, was a
collection for the distressed losers in the late fire.

i8th October, 1666. To Court. It being the first time
his Majesty put himself solemnly into the Eastern
fashion of vest, changing doublet, stiff collar, bands and
cloak, into a comely dress, after the Persian mode, with
girdles or straps, and shoestrings and garters into buckles,
of which some were set with precious stones* resolving

*This costume was shortly after abandoned, and laid aside; nor
does any existing portrait exhibit tfce King so accoutered,rms