i682 JOHN EVELYN 165
ceeding in the erection of a Royal Hospital for emerited
soldiers on that spot of ground which the Royal Society
had sold to his Majesty for ,£1,300, and that he would
settle ^5,000 per annum on it, and build to the value of
^20,000 for the relief and reception of four companies,
namely, 400 men, to be as in a college, or monastery.
I was therefore desired by Sir Stephen (who had not
only the whole managing of this, but was, as I per-
ceived, himself to be a grand benefactor, as well it
became him who had gotten so vast an estate by the sol-
diers) to assist him, and consult what method to cast it
in, as to the government. So, in his study we arranged
the governor, chaplain, steward, housekeeper, chirurgeon,
cook, butler, gardener, porter, and other officers, with
their several salaries and entertainments. I would needs
have a library, and mentioned several books, since some
soldiers might possibly be studious, when they were at
leisure to recollect. Thus we made the first calculations,
and set down our thoughts to be considered and digested
better, to show his Majesty and the Archbishop. He
also engaged me to consider of what laws and orders
were fit for the government, which was to be in every
respect as strict as in any religious convent.
After supper, came in the famous treble, Mr. Abel,
newly returned from Italy; I never heard a more excel-
lent voice; one would have sworn it had been a woman's,
it was so high, and so well and skillfully managed, being
accompanied by Signor Francesco on the harpsichord.
28th January, 1682. Mr. Pepys, late Secretary to the
Admiralty, showed me a large folio containing the whole
mechanic part and art of building royal ships and men-
of-war, made by Sir Anthony Dean, being so accurate a
piece from the very keel to the lead block, rigging, guns,
victualing, manning, and even to every individual pin
and nail, in a method so astonishing and curious, with a
draught, both geometrical and in perspective, and several
sections, that I do not think the world can show the like.
I esteem this book as an extraordinary jewel.
7th February, 1682. My daughter, Mary, began to
learn music of Signor Bartholomeo, and dancing of Mon-
sieur Isaac, reputed the best masters.
Having had several violent fits of an ague, recourse
was had to bathing my legs in milk up to the knees, mademmodiouslyh expectation