at the vernal equinox; indeed it had been a year of prodi-
gies in this nation, plague, war, fire, rain, tempest and comet.
14th March, 1667. Saw (< The Virgin Queen, »* a play
written by Mr. Dryden.
22d March, 1667. Dined at Mr. Secretary Morice's, who
showed me his library, which was a well chosen collec-
tion. This afternoon, I had audience of his Majesty, con-
cerning the proposal I had made of building the quay.
26th March, 1667. Sir John Kiviet dined with me.
We went to search for brick-earth, in order to a great
4th April, 1667. The cold so intense, that there was
hardly a leaf on a tree.
i8th April, 1667. I went to make court to the Duke
and Duchess of Newcastle, at their house in Clerkenwell,
being newly come out of the north. They received me
with great kindness, and I was much pleased with the
extraordinary fanciful habit, garb, and discourse of the
22d April, 1667. Saw the sumptuous supper in the
banqueting-house at Whitehall, on the eve of St. George's
day, where were all the companions of the Order of the
23d April, 1667. In the morning, his Majesty went to
chapel with the Knights of the Garter, all in their habits
and robes, ushered by the heralds; after the first service,
they went in procession, the youngest first, the Sovereign
last, with the Prelate of the Order and Dean, who had
about his neck the book of the Statutes of the Order; and
then the Chancellor of the Order (old Sir Henry de Vic),
who wore the purse about his neck; then the Heralds
and Garter King-at-Arms, Clarencieux, Black Rod. But
before the Prelate and Dean of Windsor went the gentle-
men of the chapel and choristers, singing as they marched;
behind them two doctors of music in damask robes; this
procession was about the courts at Whitehall Then,
returning to their stalls and seats in the chapel, placed
under each knight's coat-armor and titles, the second
* The VIRGIN QUEEN which Evelyn saw was Dryden's MAIDEN QUEEN.
Pepys saw it on the night of its first production (twelve day's before
Evelyn's visit); and was charmed by Nell Gwynne's Plorimell. «So
great a performance of a comical part was never, I believe, in the world
before.*to him, now preparing to go to