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

1678                               JOHN" EVELYN                               127

and all her relations, but of none in the world more than
of myself, who lost the most excellent and inestimable
friend that ever lived. Never was a more virtuous and
inviolable friendship; never a more religious, discreet,
and admirable creature, beloved of all, admired of all,
for all possible perfections of her sex. She is gone to
receive the reward of her signal charity, and all other
her Christian graces, too blessed a creature to converse
with mortals, fitted as she was, by a most holy life, to
be received into the mansions above. She was for wit,
beauty, good nature, fidelity, discretion, and all accom-
plishments, the most incomparable person. How shall I
ever repay the obligations to her for the infinite good
offices she did my soul by so often engaging me to make
religion the terms and tie of the friendship there was
between us! She was the best wife, the best mistress,
the best friend, that ever husband had. But it is not
here that I pretend to give her character, HAVING DE-
SIGNED TO CONSECRATE HER WORTHY LIFE TO POSTERITY.

Her husband, struck with unspeakable affliction, fell
down as dead. The Zing himself, and all the Court,
expressed their sorrow. To the poor and miserable, her
loss was irreparable; for there was no degree but had
some obligation to her memory. So careful and provi-
dent was she to be prepared for all possible accidents,
that (as if she foresaw her end) she received the heav-
enly viaticum but the Sunday before, after a most sol-
emn recollection, She put all her domestic concerns into
the exactest order, and left a letter directed to her hus-
band, to be opened in case she died in childbed, in
which with the most pathetic and endearing expressions
of the most loyal and virtuous wife, she begs his kind-
ness to her memory might be continued by his care and
esteem of those she left behind, even to her domestic
servants, to the meanest of which she left considerable
legacies, as well as to the poor. It was now seven years
since she was maid of honor to the Queen, that she re-
garded me as a father, a brother, and what is more, a
friend. We often prayed, visitefl the sick and miserable,
received, read, discoursed, and communicated in all holy
offices together She was most dear to my wife, and
affectionate to my children. But she is gone! This only
is my comfort, that she is happy in Christ, and I shall dear husband,y),h died, leaving no