1674-75 J°HN EVELYN )£ matter, as showed him to be a person of extraordinary parts. Being her Majesty's birthday, the Court was exceeding splendid in clothes and jewels, to the height of excess. 17th November, 1674. To Council, on the business of Surinam, where the Dutch had detained some English in prison, ever since the first war, 1665. i pth November, 1674. I heard that stupendous violin, Signor Nicholao (with other rare musicians), whom I never heard mortal man exceed on that instrument. He had a stroke so sweet, and made it speak like the voice of a man, and, when he pleased, like a concert of several instruments. He did wonders upon a note, and was an excellent composer. Here was also that rare lutanist, Dr. Wallgrave; but nothing approached the violin in Nicholao's hand. He played such ravishing things as astonished us all. 2d December, 1674. At Mr. Slingsby's, master of the mint, my worthy friend, a great lover of music. Heard Signor Francisco on the harpsichord, esteemed one of the most excellent masters in Europe on that instrument; then, came Nicholao with his violin, and struck all mute, but Mrs. Knight, who sung incomparably, and doubtless has the greatest reach of any English woman; she had been lately roaming in Italy, and was much improved in that quality. 15th December, 1674. Saw a comedy at night, at Court, acted by the ladies only, among them Lady Mary and Ann, his Royal Highness' two daughters, and my dear friend Mrs. Blagg, who, having the principal part, performed it to admiration. They were all covered with jewels. 22d December, 1674. Was at the repetition of the <( Pastoral,}> on which occasion Mrs, Blagg had about her near ^20,000 worth of jewels, of which she lost one worth about ^80, borrowed of the Countess of Suffolk. The press was so great, that it is a wonder she lost no more. The Duke made it good. 2oth January, 1674-75. Went to see Mr. Streeter, that excellent painter of perspective and landscape, to comfort and encourage him to be cut for the stone, with which that honest man was exceedingly afflicted. 22d March, 1675. Supped at Sir William Petty's, with the Bishop of Salisbury, and divers honorable persons.that famous and excellent preacher, Dr.