1666-67 JOHN EVELYN
fused noise among the members, that a stranger would
have been astonished at it. I admire that there is not a
rationale to regulate such trifling accidents, which consume
much time, and is a reproach to the gravity of so great an
assembly of sober men.
27th November, 1666. Sir Hugh Pollard, Comptroller
of the Household, died at Whitehall, and his Majesty con-
ferred the white staff on my brother Commissioner for
sick and wounded, Sir Thomas Clifford, a bold young gen-
tleman, of a small fortune in Devon, but advanced by
Lord Arlington, Secretary of State, to the great astonish-
ment of all the Court. This gentleman was somewhat
related to me by the marriage of his mother to my nearest
kinsman, Gregory Coale, and was ever my noble friend, a
valiant and daring person, but by no means fit for a sup-
ple and flattering courtier.
28th November, 1666. Went to see Clarendon House,
now almost finished, a goodly pile to see, but had many
defects as to the architecture, yet placed most gracefully.
After this, I waited on the Lord Chancellor, who was now
at Berkshire House, since the burning of London.
2d December, 1666. Dined with me Monsieur Kiviet, a
Dutch gentleman-pensioner of Rotterdam, who came over
for protection, being of the Prince of Orange's party, now
not welcome in Holland. The King knighted him for some
merit in the Prince's behalf. He should, if caught, have
been beheaded with Monsieur Buat, and was brother-in-law
to Van Tromp, the sea-general. With him came Mr.
Gabriel Sylvius, and Mr. Williamson, secretary to Lord
Arlington; M. Kiviet came to examine whether the soil
about the river of Thames would be proper to make clinker
bricks, and to treat with me about some accommodation
in order to it.
9th January, 1666-67. To the Royal Society, which since
the sad conflagration were invited by Mr. Howard to sit
at Arundel-House in the Strand, who at my instigation
likewise bestowed on the Society that noble library which
his grandfather especially, and his ancestors had collepted.
This gentleman had so little inclination to books, that it
was the preservation of them from embezzlement.
24th January, 1667. Visited my Lord Clarendon, and
presented my son, John, to him, now preparing to go to
Oxford, of which his Lordship was Chancellor. This even-on them, and the