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Full text of "The Diary Of John Evelyn Vol-2"

1671                              JOHN EVELYN

immediately carried to the Queen's side to show her. It
was carried tip into her "bedchamber, where she and the
King looked on and admired it again; the King, "being
called away, left us with the Queen, believing she would
have bought it, it being a crucifix; but, when his Majesty
was gone, a French peddling woman, one Madame de
Boord, who used to bring petticoats and fans, and baubles,
out of France to the ladies, began to find fault with sev-
eral things in the work, which she understood no more
than an ass, or a monkey, so as in a kind of indignation,
I caused the person who brought it to carry it back to
the chamber, finding the Queen so much governed by
an ignorant Frenchwoman, and this incomparable artist
had his labor only for his pains, which not a little dis-
pleased me; and he was fain to send it down to his cot-
tage again; he not long after sold it for ^"80, though
well worth ;£ioo, without the frame, to Sir George
Viner.

His Majesty's Surveyor, Mr. Wren, faithfully promised
me to employ him.* I having also bespoke his Majesty
for his work at Windsor, which my friend, Mr. May, the
architect there, was going to alter, and repair univers-
ally; for, on the next day, I had a fair opportunity of
talking to his Majesty about it, in the lobby next the
Queen's side, where I presented him with some sheets of
rny history. I thence walked with him through St.
James's Park to the garden, where I both saw and heard
a very familiar discourse between . . . and Mrs.
Nelly, f as they called an impudent comedian, she looking
out of her garden on a terrace at the top of the wall,
and . . . standing on the green walk under it. I was
heartily sorry at this scene. Thence the King walked to
the Duchess of Cleveland, another lady of pleasure, and
curse of our nation.

5th March, 1671. .1 dined at Greenwich, to take leave
of Sir Thomas Linch, going Governor of Jamaica.

icth March, 1671. To London, about passing my patent
as one of the standing Council for Plantations, a con-
siderable honor, the others in the Council being chiefly
noblemen and officers of state.

*The carving in the choir, etc., of St. Paul's Cathedral was executed
by Gibbon.

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