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1679                             JOHN EVELYN

array for King Charles I. had escaped with his life; I often
used his assistance in money matters. Robert Clayton,
then  a boy, his nephew, became, after his uncle Abbot's
death, so prodigiously rich and opulent, that he was reck-
oned one of the wealthiest citizens. He married a free-
hearted woman, who became his hospitable disposition;
and having no children, with the accession of his partner
and fellow apprentice, who also left him his estate, he
grew excessively rich. He was a discreet magistrate,
and though envied, I think without much cause. Some
believed him guilty of hard dealing, especially with the
Duke of Buckingham, much of whose estate he had swal-
lowed, but I never saw any ill by him, considering the
trade he was of. The reputation and known integ-
rity of his uncle, Abbot, brought all the royal party to
him, by which he got not only great credit, but vast
wealth, so as he passed this office with infinite magnifi-
cence and honor.

2oth November, 1679. I dined with Mr. Slingsby,
Master of the Mint, with my wife, invited to hear music,
which was exquisitely performed by four of the most
renowned masters: Du Prue, a Frenchman, on the lute;
Signor Bartholomeo, an Italian, on the harpsichord;
Nicholao on the violin; but, above all, for its sweetness
and novelty, the viol damore of five wire strings played
on with a bow, being but an ordinary violin, played on
lyre-way, by a German. There was also a flute douce,
now in much request for accompanying the voice. Mr.
Slingsby, whose son and daughter played skillfully, had
these meetings frequently in his house.

2ist November, 1679. I dined at my Lord Mayor's, to
accompany my worthiest and generous friend, the Earl
of Ossory; it was on a Friday, a private day, but the
feast and entertainment might have become a King. Such
an hospitable costume and splendid magistrature does no
city in the world show, as I believe.

23d November, 1679. Dr. Allestree preached before the
household on St. Luke xi. 2; Dr. Lloyd on Matt, xxiii.
20, before the King, showing with how little reason the
Papists applied those words of our blessed Savior to
maintain the pretended infallibility they boast of. I
never heard a more Christian and excellent discourse;
yet were some offended that he seemed to say the Church in the commission ofh, and had endeavored to render them