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

DIARY OF         ,                 EUSTON

Mr,   Mann  by the way, who was Recorder of  the town,
There were in our company my Lord Huntingtower, son
to   the   Duchess   of  Lauderdale,   Sir  Edward   Bacon,   a
learned gentleman of the family of the great Chancellor
Verulam, and Sir John Felton, with some other knights
and   gentlemen.      After   dinner   came   the   bailiff   and
magistrates in their formalities with their maces to com-
pliment   my   Lord, and invite  him  to the  town-house,
where they presented us a collation of dried sweetmeats
and wine, the bells  ringing, etc.    Then, we went to see
the town, and first, the Lord Viscount Hereford's house,
which stands in a park near the town, like that at Brus-
sels, in Flanders; the house not great, yet  pretty,  espe-
cially the hall    The stews for fish succeeded one another,
and feed one the other, all paved at bottom.    There is a
good picture of the blessed virgin in one of the parlors,
seeming to be of Holbein, or some  good  master.    Then
we saw the Haven, seven miles from Harwich.    The tide
runs out every day, but the bedding being soft mud, it
is safe for shipping and a station.    The trade of Ipswich
is for  the most part Newcastle  coals, with which  they
supply  London; but  it was   formerly   a  clothing  town.
There is not  any beggar asks alms in the whole place,
a thing very extraordinary,   so ordered  by the prudence
of the magistrates.    It has in it fourteen or fifteen beau-
tiful  churches; in   a word, it  is for building, cleanness,
and good order, one of the best towns in England.    Car-
dinal Wolsey was  a butcher's son of  Ipswich, but there
is little   of that  magnificent Prelate's  foundation here,
besides a  school and I think a library, which  I did not
see.     His  intentions were  to build  some  great   thing.
We returned late  to Euston, having traveled about fifty
miles this day.

Since first I was at this place, I found things exceed-
ingly improved. It is seated in a bottom between two
graceful swellings, the main building being now in the
figure of a Greek II with four pavilions, two at each
corner, and a break in the front, railed and balustered at
the top, where I caused huge jars to be placed full of earth
to keep them steady upon their pedestals between the stat-
ues, which make as good a show as if they were of
stone, and, though the building be of brick, and but
two stories besides cellars and garrets covered with died, leaving no