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

i<$8o                                 JOHN EVELYN                                   I4?

trious person's loss! Universal was the mourning for
him, and the eulogies on him; I stayed night and day by
his bedside to his last gasp, to close his dear eyes! O
sad father, mother, wife, and children! What shall I add ?
He deserved all that a sincere friend, a brave soldier, a
virtuous courtier, a loyal subject, an honest man, a
bountiful master, and good Christian, could deserve of his
prince and country. One thing more let me note, that
he often expressed to me the abhorrence he had of that
base and unworthy action which he was put upon, of en-
gaging the Smyrna fleet in time of peace, in which though
he behaved himself like a great captain, yet he told rne
it was the only blot in his life, and troubled him ex-
ceedingly. Though he was commanded, and never exam-
ined further when he was so, yet he always spoke of it
with regret and detestation. The Countess was at the
seat of her daughter, the Countess of Derby, about 200
miles off.

3oth August, 1680. I went to visit a French gentleman,
one Monsieur Chardin, who having been thrice in the
East Indies, Persia, and other remote countries, came
hither in our return ships from those parts, and it being
reported that he was a very curious and knowing man,
I was desired by the Royal Society to salute him in their
name, and to invite him to honor them with his com-
pany. Sir Joseph Hoskins and Sir Christopher Wren
accompanied me. We found him at his lodgings in his
eastern habit, a very handsome person, extremely affable,
a modest, well-bred man, not inclined to talk wonders.
He spoke Latin, and understood Greek, Arabic, and
Persian, from eleven years' travels in those parts,
whither he went in search of jewels, and was become
very rich. He seemed about 36 years of age. After
the usual civilities, we asked some account of tlie extraor-
dinary things he must have seen in traveling over
land to those places where few, if any, northern Euro-
peans, used to go, as the Black and Caspian Sea, Mingrelia
Bagdad, Nineveh, Persepolis, etc. He told us that the
things most worthy of our sight would be, the draughts
he had caused to be made of some noble ruins, etc.;
for that, besides his own little talent that way, he had
carried two good painters with him, to draw landscapes,
measure and design the remains of the palace which virtuous. Unhappy England in this fflus- " thought Gates might know