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

JOHN  EVELYN                              l8s

into the family of the Savilles, of Yorkshire. The Count,
her late husband, was a very learned gentleman, a great
politician, and a goodly man. She was accompanied by
her sister, exceedingly skilled in painting, nor did they
spare for color on their own faces. They had a great
deal of wit.

9th September, 1683, It being the day of public thanks-
giving for his Majesty's late preservation, the former
Declaration was again read, and there was an office used,
composed for the occasion. A loyal sermon was preached
on the divine right of Kings, from Psalm cxliv. 10.
« Thou hast preserved David from the peril of the sword.»

15th September, 1683. Came to visit me the learned
anatomist, Dr. Tyson,* with some other Fellows of our
Society.

16th September, 1683. At the elegant villa and gar-
den of Mr. Bohun, at Lee. He showed me the zimiar
tree, or platanus, and told me that since they had
planted this kind of tree about the city of Ispahan, in
Persia, the plague, which formerly much infested the
place, had exceedingly abated.of its mortal effects, and
rendered it very healthy.

i8th September, 1683, I went to London to visit the
Duchess of Grafton, now great with child, a most vir-
tuous and beautiful lady. Dining with her at my Lord
Chamberlain's, met my Lord of St Alban's, now grown
so blind, that he could not see to take his meat. He has
lived a most easy life, in plenty even abroad, while his
Majesty was a sufferer; he has lost immense sums at play,
which yet, at about eighty years old, he continues, hav-
ing one that sits by him to name the spots on the cards.
He ate and drank with extraordinary appetite. He is a
prudent old courtier, and much enriched since his Maj-
esty's return.

After dinner, I walked to survey the sad demolition of
Clarendon House, that costly and only sumptuous palace

* Doctor Edward Tyson, a learned physician, horn at Clevedon, Som-
ersetshire, in 1649, who became reader of the anatomical lecture in
Surgeons' Hall, and physician to the hospitals of Bethlehem and Bride-
well, which offices he held at his death, Aug. i, 1708. He was an in-
genious writer, and has left various Essays in the Philosophical Trans-
actions and Hook's Collections. He published also «The Anatomy of a
Porpoise Dissected at Gresham College,» and «The Anatomy of a Pig-
my Compared with a Monkey, an Ape, and a Man,** 4to., 1698-99,high treason, in