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

JOHN EVELYN

as part of my daughter-in-law's portion, this being- but a
fourth part of what was divided between the mother and
three sisters.

i4th February, 1685, The King was this night very
obscurely buried in a vault under Henry VII. 's Chapel at
Westminster, without any manner of pomp, and soon for-
gotten after all this vanity, and the face of the whole
Court was exceedingly changed into a more solemn and
moral behavior; the new King affecting neither profane-
ness nor buffoonery. All the great officers broke their
staves over the grave, according to form.

i5th February, 1685. Dr. Tenison preached to the
household. The second sermon should have been before
ciie King; but he, to the great grief of his subjects, did
now, for the first time, go to mass publicly In the little
Oratory at the Duke's lodgings, the doors being set wide open.

16th February, 1685. I dined at Sir Robert Howard's,
auditor of the exchequer, a gentleman pretending to all
manner of arts and sciences, for which he had been the
subject of comedy, tinder the name of Sir Positive; not
ill-natured, but insufferably boasting. He was son to the
late Earl of Berkshire.

iyth February, 1685. This morning his Majesty re-
stored the staff and key to Lord Arlington, Chamberlain;
to Mr. Savell, Vice-chamberlain; to Lords Newport and
Maynard, Treasurer and Comptroller of the household.
Lord Godolphin made Chamberlain to the Queen; Lord
Peterborough groom of the stole, in place of the Earl of
Bath; the Treasurer's staff to the Earl of Rochester; and
his brother, the Earl of Clarendon, Lord Privy Seal, in
the place of the Marquis of Halifax, who was made Presi-
dent of the Council; the Secretaries of State remaining
as before.

ipth February, 1685. The Lord Treasurer and the
other new officers were sworn at the Chancery Bar and
the exchequer.

The late King having the revenue of excise, customs, and
other late duties granted for his life only, they were now
farmed and let to several persons, upon an opinion that
the late King might let them for three years after his
decease; some of the old commissioners refused to act.
The lease was made but the day before the King died;*

* James, in his Life, makes no mention of this lease, but only saysarmer there. It came to me