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

JOHN EVELYN

25th July, 1684. I dined at Lord Falkland's, Treasurer
of the Navy, where after dinner we had rare music, there
being among others, Signor Pietro Reggio, and Signor
John Baptist, both famous, one for his voice, the other
for playing on the harpsichord, few if any in, Europe ex-
ceeding him. There was also a Frenchman who sung an
admirable bass.

26th July, 1684. I returned home, where I found my
Lord Chief Justice [Jefferies], the Countess of Clarendon,
and Lady Catherine Fitzgerald, who dined with me.

loth August, 1684. We had now rain after such a
drought as no man in England had known.

24th August, 1684. Excessively hot. We had not had
above one or two considerable showers, and those storms,
these eight or nine months. Many trees died for the want
of refreshment.

3ist August, 1684. Mr. Sidney Godolphin was made
Baron Godolphin.

26th September, 1684. The King being returned from
Winchester, there was a numerous Court at Whitehall.

At this time the Earl of Rochester was removed from
the Treasury to the Presidentship of the Council; Lord
Godolphin was made first Commissioner of the Treasury in
his place, Lord Middle ton (a Scot) made Secretary of
State, in the room of Lord Godolphin. These alterations
being very unexpected and mysterious, gave great occa-
sion of discourse.

There was now an Ambassador from the King of Siam,
in the East Indies, to his Majesty.

22d October, 1684. I went with Sir William Godolphin
to see the rhinoceros, or unicorn, being the first that I
suppose was ever brought into England. She belonged
to some East India merchants, and was sold (as I re-
member) for above ^2,000. At the same time, I went to
see a crocodile, brought from some of the West India
Islands, resembling the Egyptian crocodile.

24th October, 1684. I dined at Sir Stephen Fox's with
the Duke of Northumberland. He seemed to be a young
gentleman of good capacity, well bred, civil and modest:
newly come from travel, and had made his campaign at
the siege of Luxemburg. Of all his Majesty's children
(of which he had now six Dukes) this seemed the most
accomplished and worth the- owning. He is extraordi-to the full, and ordered his execution in six days. When