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

i6;5                              JOHN EVELYJST

island, but was rife over  all  Europe, like  a plague.    It
was after an exceedingly dry summer and autumn.

I settled affairs, my son being to go into France with
my Lord Berkeley, designed Ambassador-extraordinary
for France and Plenipotentiary for the general treaty of
peace at Nimeguen.

24th October, 1675. Dined at Lord Chamberlain's
with the Holland Ambassador L. Duras, a valiant gentel-
man whom his Majesty made an English Baron, of a cadet,
and gave him his seat of Holmby, in Northamptonshire.

syth October, 1675. Lord Berkeley coming into Coun-
cil, fell down in the gallery at Whitehall, in a fit of
apoplexy, and being carried into my Lord Chamberlain's
lodgings, several famous doctors were employed all that
night, and with much ado he was at last recovered to
some sense, by applying hot fire pans and spirit of amber
to his head; but nothing was found so effectual as cup-
ping him on the shoulders. It was almost a miraculous
restoration. The next day he was carried to Berkeley
House. This stopped his journey for the present, and
caused my stay in town. He had put all his affairs and
his whole estate in England into my hands during his
intended absencet which though I was very unfit to
undertake, in regard of many businesses which then took
me up, yet, upon the great importunity of my lady and
Mr. Godolphin (to whom I could refuse nothing) I did
take it on me. It seems when he was Deputy in Ireland,
not long before, he had been much wronged by one he
left in trust with his affairs, and therefore wished for
some unmercenary friend who would take that trouble
on him; this was to receive his rents, look after his
houses and tenants, solicit supplies from the Lord Treas-
urer, and correspond weekly with him, more than enough
to employ any drudge in England; but what will not
friendship and love make one do?

3ist October, 1675. Dined at my Lord Chamberlain's,
with my son. There were the learned Isaac Vossius,
and Spanhemius, son of the famous man of Heidelberg;
nor was this gentleman less learned, being a general
scholar. Among other pieces, he was author of an excel-
lent treatise on Medals,

xoth November, 1675. Being the day appointed for
my Lord Ambassador to set out, I met them with nayed twice or thrice to fall on it, butord would not have him preach any more. He neverais-