1672 JOHN EVELYN
house I had hired of a gentleman, at a place called Hart-
lip, for a prison, paying ^50 yearly rent. Here I settled
a Provost-Marshal and other officers, returning- by Fever-
sham. On the 3oth heard a sermon in Rochester cathe-
dral, and* so got to Sayes Court on the first of April
4th April, 1672. I went to see the fopperies of the
Papists at Somerset-House and York-House, where now
the French Ambassador had caused to be represented our
Blessed Savior at the Pascal Supper with his disciples,
in figures and puppets made as big as the life, of wax-
work, curiously clad and sitting round a large table, the
room nobly hung, and shining with innumerable lamps
and candles: this was exposed to all the world; all the
city came to see it. Such liberty had the Roman Catho-
lics at this time obtained.
16th April, 1672. Sat in Council, preparing Lord Wil-
loughby's commission and instructions as Governor of
Barbadoes and the Caribbee Islands.
i7th April, 1672. Sat on business in the Star Chamber.
ipth April, 1672. At Council, preparing instructions for
Colonel Stapleton, now to go Governor of St. Christopher's,
and heard the complaints of the Jamaica merchants
against the Spaniards, for hindering them from cutting
logwood on the mainland, where they have no pretense.
2ist April, 1672. To my Lord of Canterbury, to entreat
him to engage Sir John Cutler, the patron, to provide us
a grave and learned man, in opposition to a novice.
3oth April, 1672. Congratulated Mr. Treasurer Clifford's
new honor, being made a Baron.
2d May, 1672. My son, John, was specially admitted of
the Middle Temple by Sir Francis North, his Majesty's
Solicitor-General, and since Chancellor. I pray God bless
this beginning, my intention being that he should seri-
ously apply himself to the study of the law.
loth May, 1672. I was ordered, by letter from the
Council, to repair forthwith to his Majesty, whom I found
in the Pall-Mall, in St. James's Park, where his Majesty
coming to me from the company, commanded me to go
immediately to the seacoast, and to observe the motion of
the Dutch fleet and ours, the Duke and so many of the
flower of our nation being now under sail, coming from
Portsmouth, through the Downs, where it was believed
there might be an encounter.ruined themselves