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

1674                             JOHN EVELYH

chapel, not long since "built by Mr. Packer's father, on a
vow he made to do it on the return of King Charles I.
out of Spain, 1625, and dedicated to St. Charles, but
what saint there was then of that name I am to seek,
for, being a Protestant, I conceive it was not Borromeo.

I went to see my farm at Ripe, near Lewes.

ipth August, 1674. His Majesty told me how exceed-
ingly the Dutch were displeased at my treatise of the
<(History of Commerce; that the Holland Ambassador
had complained to him of what I had touched of the
Flags and Fishery, etc., and desired the book might be
called in; while on the other side, he assured me he was
exceedingly pleased with what I had done, and gave me
many thanks. However, it being just upon conclusion of
the treaty of Breda (indeed it was designed to have been
published some months before and when we were at de-
fiance), his Majesty told me he must recall it formally;
but gave order that what copies should be publicly
seized to pacify the Ambassador, should immediately be
restored to the printer, and that neither he nor the ven-
der should be molested. The truth is, that which touched
the Hollander was much less than what the King him-
self furnished me with, and obliged me to publish, hav-
ing caused it to be read to him before it went to press;
but the error was, it should have been published before
the peace was proclaimed. The noise of this book's sup-
pression made it presently to be bought up, and turned
much to the stationer's advantage. It was no other than
the preface prepared to be prefixed to my <( History of the
Whole War;^ which I now pursued no further.

2ist August, 1674. In one of the meadows at the foot
of the long Terrace below the Castle [Windsor], works
were thrown up to show the King a representation of the
city of Maestricht, newly taken by the French, Bas-
tians, bulwarks, ramparts, palisadoes, grafts, horn-works,
counter-scarps, etc., were constructed. It was attacked
by the Duke of Montnonth (newly come from the real
siege) and the Duke of York, with a little army, to
show their skill in tactics. On Saturday night they
made their approaches, opened trenches, raised bat-
teries, took the counter-scarp and ravelin, after a stout
defense; great guns fired on both sides, grenadoes shot,
mines sprung, parties sent out, attempts of rais-
7f sending the Duke into an honorable exile,