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16;i-72                          JOHN  EVELYN                                   75

of the Council to Joseph Williamson, Esq., who was ad-
mitted, and was knighted. This place his Majesty had
promised to give me many years before; but, upon con-
sideration of the renewal of our lease and other reasons,
I chose to part with it to Sir Joseph, who gave us and
the rest of his brother clerks a,handsome supper at his
house; and, after supper, a concert of music.

3d February, 1672. An extraordinary snow; part of the
week was taken up in consulting about the commission
of prisoners of war, and instructions to our officers, in
order to a second war with the Hollanders, Ms Majesty
having made choice of the former commissioners, and
myself among them.

nth February, 1672. In the afternoon, that famous
proselyte, Monsieur Brevall, preached at the Abbey, in
English, extremely well and with much eloquence. He
had been a Capuchin, but much better learned than most
of that order.

12th February, 1672. At the Council, we entered on
inquiries about improving the plantations by silks, galls,
flax, senna, etc., and considered how nutmegs and cinna-
mon might be obtained and brought to Jamaica, that soil
and climate promising success. Dr. Worsley being called
in, spoke many considerable things to encourage it. We
took order to send to the plantations, that none of their ships
should adventure homeward single, but stay for company
and convoys. We also deliberated on some fit person to
go as commissioner to inspect their actions in New Eng-
land, and, from time to time, report how that people stood
affected. In future, to meet at Whitehall.

2oth February, 1672. Dr. Parr, of Camberwell, preached
a most pathetic funeral discourse and panegyric at the
interment of our late pastor, Dr. Breton (who died on the
i8th), on c< Happy is the servant whom, when his Lord
cometh,^ etc. This good man, among other expressions,
professed that he had never been so touched and con-
cerned at any loss as at this, unless at that of King
Charles our martyr, and Archbishop Usher, whose chap-
lain he had been. Dr. Breton had preached on the 28th
and 3oth of January: on the Friday, having fasted all
day, making his pro visionary sermon for. the Sunday fol-
lowing, he went well to bed; but was taken suddenly ill
and expired before help could come to him-est collection, especially medals, books, plants, andd for the bill, of which