DIARY OF LONDON
the major part of the Judges (but, as some think, not
the best lawyers), pronounced it legal, but four dissented.
The clerk of the closet had shut up the late King's
private oratory next the Privy-chamber above, but the
King caused it to be opened again, and that prayers
should be said as formerly.
22d February, 1685. Several most useful tracts against
Dissenters, Papists and Fanatics, and resolutions of
cases were now published by the London divines.
4th March, 1685, ASH WEDNESDAY. After evening
prayers, I went to London.
5th March, 1685. To my grief, I saw the new pulpit
setup in the Popish Oratory at Whitehall for the Lent
preaching, mass being publicly said, and the Romanists
swarming at Court with greater confidence than had ever
been seen in England since the Reformation, so that
everybody grew jealous as to what this would tend.
A Parliament was now summoned, and great industry
used to obtain elections which might promote the Court
interest, most of the corporations being now, by their
new charters, empowered to make what returns of mem-
bers they pleased.
There came over divers envoys and great persons to
condole the death of the late King, who were received
by the Queen-Dowager on a bed of mourning, the whole
chamber, ceiling and floor, hung with black, and tapers
were lighted, so as nothing could be more lugubrious and
solemn The Queen-Consort sat under a state on a black
foot-cloth, to entertain the circle (as the Queen used to
do), and that very decently.
6th March, 1685. Lent preachers continued as formerly
in the Royal Chapel.
7th March, 1685. My daughter, Mary, was taken with.
smallpox, and there soon was found no hope of her re-
covery. A great affliction to me: but God's holy will be
loth March, 1685. She received the blessed sacrament;
after which, disposing herself to suffer what God should
HE continued to collect them, which conduct was not blamed; but, on
the contrary, he was thanked for it, in an address from the Middle
Temple, penned by Sir Bartholomew Shore, and presented by Sir
Humphrey Mackworth, carrying great authority with it; nor did the
Parliament find faultife, makes no mention of this lease, but only saysarmer there. It came to me