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52                                      DIARY OF                              LONDON

servants that-took them off when they came to their
houses, and bore them after them: by which pointing the
dignity of our Savior, when such a person as St. John
Baptist acknowledged his unworthiness even of that mean
office. The lawfulness, decentness, and necessity, of
subordinate degrees and ranks of men and servants, as
well in the Church as State: against the late levelers,
and others of that dangerous rabble, who would have all

3d March, 1670. Finding my brother [Richard] in
such exceeding torture, and that he now began to fall
into convulsion-fits, I solemnly set the next day apart to
beg of God to mitigate his sufferings, and prosper the
only means which yet remained for his recovery, he being
not only much wasted, but exceedingly and all along
averse from being cut (for the stone); but, when he at
last consented, and it came to the operation, and all
things prepared, his spirit and resolution failed.

6th March, 1670. Dr. Patrick preached in Covent Gar-
den Church. I participated of the Blessed Sacrament,
recommending to God the deplorable condition of my
dear brother, who was almost in the last agonies of death.
I watched late with him this night. It pleased God to
deliver him out of this miserable life, toward five o'clock
this Monday morning, to my unspeakable grief. He was
a brother whom I most dearly loved, for his many vir-
tues; but two years younger than myself, a sober, pru-
dent, worthy gentleman. He had married a great fortune,
and left one only daughter, and a noble seat at Woodcot,
near Epsom. His body was opened, and a stone taken
out of his bladder, not much bigger than a nutmeg. I
returned home on the 8th, full of sadness, and to bemoan
my loss.

2oth March, 1670. A stranger preached at the Savoy
French church; the Liturgy of the Church of England
being now used altogether, as translated into French by
Dr. Durell.

2ist March, 1670. We all accompanied the corpse of
my dear brother to Epsom Church, where he was de-
cently interred in the chapel belonging to Woodcot House.
A great number of friends and gentlemen of the country

attended, about twenty coaches and  six  horses, and in-
numerable people.Danish Ambassador in the Banqueting House at