i6/i JOHN EVELYN Charles, at Somerset House, by a Popish priest, and many odd ceremonies. The godfathers were the King", and Lord Artmdel of Wardour, and godmother, the Countess of Huntingdon. 29th August, 1671. To London, with some more papers of my progress in the Dutch War, delivered to the Treasurer. ist September, 1671. Dined with the Treasurer, in company with my Lord Arlington, Halifax, and Sir Thomas Strickland; and next day, went home, being the anniversary of the late dreadful fire of London. 13th September, 1671. This nightfall a dreadful tem- pest. 15th September, 1671. In the afternoon at Council, where letters were read from Sir Charles Wheeler, con- cerning his resigning his government of St. Christopher's. 2ist September, 1671. I dined in the city, at the fra- ternity feast in Ironmongers' Hall, where the four stew- ards chose their successors for the next year, with a solemn procession, garlands about their heads, and music playing before them; so, coming up to the upper tables where the gentlemen sat, they drank to the new stewards; and so we parted. 22d September, 1671. I dined at the Treasurer's, where I had discourse with Sir Henry Jones (now come over to raise a regiment of horse), concerning the French conquests in Lorraine; he told me the King sold all things to the soldiers, even to a handful of hay. Lord. Sunderland was now nominated Ambassador to Spain. After dinner, the Treasurer carried me to Lincoln's Inn, to one of the Parliament Clerks, to obtain of him, that I might carry home and peruse, some of the Jour- nals, which were, accordingly, delivered to me to examine about the late Dutch War. Returning home, I went on shore to see the Custom House, now newly rebuilt since the dreadful conflagration. 9th and roth October, 1671. I went, after evening service, to London, in order to a journey of refreshment with Mr. Treasurer, to Newmarket, where the King then was, in his coach with six brave horses, which we changed thrice, first, at Bishop-Stortford, and last, at Chesterford; so, by night, we got to Newmarket, where Mr. HenryDrake.