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1671                               JOHN  EVELYN

of Jamaica, and of the best expedients as to New
land, on which there was a long- debate; but at
it was concluded that, if any, it should be only a con-
ciliating paper at first, or civil letter, till we had better
information of the present face of thing's, since we un-
derstood they were a people almost upon the very brink
of renouncing any dependence on the Crown.

ipth June, 1671. To a splendid dinner at the great
room in Deptford Trinity House, Sir Thomas Allen
chosen Master, and succeeding the Earl of Craven.

2oth June, 1671. To carry Colonel Middleton to White-
hall, to my Lord Sandwich, our President, for some in-
formation which he was able to give of the state of the
Colony in New England.

2ist June, 1671. To Council again, when one Colonel
Cartwright, a Nottinghamshire man, (formerly in com-
mission with Colonel Nicholls) gave us a considerable
relation of that country; on which the Council concluded
that in the first place a letter of amnesty should "be

24th June, 1671. Constantine Huygens, Signor of Zny-
lichem, that excellent learned man, poet, and musi-
cian, now near eighty years of age, a vigorous, brisk
man,* came to take leave of me before his return into
Holland with the Prince, whose Secretary he was.

26th June, 1671. To Council, where Lord Arlington
acquainted us that it was his Majesty's proposal we
should, every one of us, contribute ^"20 toward building
a Council chamber and conveniences somewhere in White-
hall, that his Majesty might come and sit among us, and
hear our debates; the money we laid out to be reim-
bursed out of the contingent moneys already set apart
for us, viz, ^1,000 yearly. To this we unanimously
consented. There came an uncertain bruit from Barba-
does of some disorder there. On my return home I

* He died in 1687, at the great age of 90 years and 6 months. 'Constan-
tine and Ms son, Christian Huygens, were both eminent for scientific
knowledge and classical attainments; Christian, particularly so; for
he was the inventor of the pendulum, made an improvement in tlae
air-pump, first discovered the ring and one of the satellites of Saturn 
and ascertained the laws of collision of elastic bodies. He died in
1695. Constaatine, the father, was a person of influence and distinc-
tion in Holland, and held- the post of secretary to the Prince of
Orange.oted for the bill, of which