1669-70 JOHN EVELYN
23d August, 1669. I went to visit my most excellent
and worthy neighbor, the Lord Bishop of Rochester, at
Bromley, which he was now repairing, after the delapi-
dations of the late Rebellion.
2d September, 1669. I was this day very ill of a pain
in my limbs, which continued most of this week, and
was increased by a visit I made to my old acquaintance,
the Earl of Norwich, at his house in Epping Forest,
where are many good pictures put into the wainscot of
the rooms, which Mr. Baker, his Lordship's predecessor
there, brought out of Spain; especially the History of
Joseph, a picture of the pious and learned Picus Mirandula,
and an incomparable one of old Breugel. The gardens
were well understood, I mean the potager. I returned
late in the evening, ferrying over the water at Green-
26th September. 1669. To church, to give God thanks
for my recovery.
3d October, 1669. I received the Blessed Eucharist,
to my unspeakable joy.
2ist October, 1669. To the Royal Society, meeting for
the first time after a long recess, during vacation, accord-
ing to custom; where was read a description of the pro-
digious eruption of Mount Etna; and our English itinerant
presented an account of his autumnal peregrination about
England, for which we hired him, bringing dried fowls,
fish, plants, animals, etc.
26th October, 1669. My dear brother continued ex-
tremely full of pain, the Lord be gracious to him!
3d November, 1669. This being the day of meeting
for the poor, we dined neighborly together.
26th November, 1669. I heard an excellent discourse
by Dr. Patrick, on the Resurrection, and afterward,
visited the Countess of Kent, my kinswoman.
8th December, 1669. To London, upon the second
edition of my "Sylva/ which I presented to the Royal
6th February, 1669-70. Dr. John Breton, Master of
Emmanuel College, in Cambridge (uncle to our vicar),
preached on John i. 27; wwhose shoe-latchet I am not
worthy to unloose,J> etc., describing the various fashions
of shoes, or sandals, worn by the Jews, and other nations:
of the ornaments of the feet: how great persons hadh now began a little to