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i679-8                        JOHN EVELYN

as many more hazards as ours commonly have; the
game "being only to prosecute the ball till hazarded,
without passing the port, or touching the pin; if one
miss hitting the ball every time, the game is lost, or if
hazarded. It is more difficult to hazard a ball, though
so many, than in our table, by reason the bound is made
so exactly even, and the edges not stuffed; the balls are
also bigger, and they for the most part use the sharp
and small end of the billiard stick, which is shod with
brass, or silver. The entertainment was exceedingly civil;
but, besides a good olio, the dishes were trifling, hashed
and condited after their way, not at all fit for an Eng-
lish stomach, which is for solid meat. There was yet good
fowls, but roasted to coal, nor were the sweetmeats good.

3<Dth December, 1679. I went to meet Sir John Stone-
house, and give him a particular of the settlement on
my son, who now made his addresses to the young lady
his daughter-in-law, daughter of Lady Stonehouse.

25th January, 1679-80. Dr. Cave, author of <c Primitive
Christianity,^ etc., a pious and learned man, preached at
Whitehall to the household, on James iii. 17, concerning
the duty of grace and charity.

3oth January, 1680. I supped with Sir Stephen Fox,
now made one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.

1 9th February, 1680. The writings for the settling
jointure and other contracts of marriage of my son were
finished and sealed, The lady was to bring ^5,000, in con-
sideration of a settlement of ^500 a year present mainte-
nance, which was likewise to be her jointure, and ^500
a year after mine and my wife's decease. But, with God's
blessing, it will be at the least ^1,000 a year more in a
few years* I pray God make him worthy of it, and a
comfort to his excellent mother, who deserves much from

2ist February, 1680. SHROVE-TTJESDAY. My son was
married to Mrs. Martha Spencer, daughter to my Lady
Stonehouse by a former- gentleman, at St. Andrew's,
Holborn, by our Vicar, borrowing the church of Dr. Still-
ingflett, Dean of St. Paul's, the present incumbent. We
afterward dined at a house in Holborn; and, after the
solemnity and dancing was done, they were bedded at
Sir John Stonehotise's lodgings in Bow Street, Convent
Garden. that he seemed to say the Church in the commission ofh, and had endeavored to render them