1666 JOHN EVELYN
ing" to meet the Hollander. Went to visit my cousin,
Hales, at a sweetly-watered place at Chilston, near Bock-
ton. The next morning, to Leeds Castle, once a famous
hold, now hired by me of my Lord Culpeper for a pilson.
Here I flowed the dry moat, made a new drawbridge,
brought spring water into the court of the Castle to an
old fountain, and took order for the repairs.
22d May, 1666. ^ Waited on my Lord Chancellor at his
new palace; and Lord Berkeley's built next to it.
24th May, 1666. Dined with Lord Cornbury, now made
Lord Chamberlain to the Queen; who kept a very honor-
ist June, 1666. Being in my garden at 6 o'clock in the
evening, and hearing the great guns go thick off, I took
horse and rode that night to Rochester; thence next day
toward the Downs and seacoast, but meeting the Lieu-
tenant of the Hampshire frigate, who told me what
passed, or rather what had not passed, I returned to Lon-
don, there being no noise, or appearance at Deal, or on
that coast of any engagement. Recounting this to his
Majesty, whom I found at St. James's Park, impatiently
expecting,, and knowing that Prince Rupert was loose
about three at St. Helen's Point at N. of the Isle of
Wight, it greatly rejoiced him; but he was astonished
when I assured him they heard nothing of the guns in
the Downs, nor did the Lieutenant who landed there by
five that morning.
3d June, 1666. Whitsunday. After sermon cam< news
that the Duke of Albemarle was still in fight, an^Jiad
been all Saturday, and that Captain Harman's ship (the
Henry) was like to be burnt. Then a letter from Mr.
Bertie that Prince Rupert was come up with his squadron
(according to my former advice of his being loose and in
the way), and put new courage into our fleet, now in a
manner yielding ground; so that now we were chasing
the chasers; that the Duke of Albemarle was slightly
wounded, and the rest still in great danger. So, having
been much wearied with my journey, I slipped home, the
guns still roaring very fiercely.
5th June, 1666. I went this morning to London, where
came several particulars of the fight
6th June, 1666. Came Sir Daniel Harvey from the
General and related the dreadful encounter, on which his the most glorious fleet in the world, now prepar-s,