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

JOHN EVELYN

of a gangrene, occasioned by his fall from the pier of
Calais. This was the Captain of the yacht carrying the
Duke (now King) to Scotland, and was accused for not
giving timely warning when she split on the sands, where
so many perished; but I am most confident he was no
ways guilty, either of negligence, or design, as he made
appear not only at the examination of the matter of fact,
but in the vindication he showed me, and which must
needs give any man of reason satisfaction. He was a
sober, frugal, cheerful, and temperate man; we have few
such seamen left.

8th April, 1685. Being now somewhat composed after
my great affliction, I went to London to hear Dr. Tenison
(it being on a Wednesday in Lent) at Whitehall. I ob-
served that though the King was not in his seat above in
the chapel, the Doctor made his three congees, which
they were not used to do when the late King was absent,
making then one bowing only. I asked the reason; it was
said he had a special order so to do. The Princess of
Denmark was in the King's closet, but sat on the left hand
of the chair, the Clerk of the Closet standing by his
Majesty's chair, as if he had been present.

I met the Queen Dowager going now first from White-
hall to dwell at Somerset House.

This day my brother of Wotton and Mr. Onslow were
candidates for Surrey against Sir Adam Brown and my
cousin, Sir Edward Evelyn, and were circumvented in
their election by a trick of the Sheriff's, taking advan-
tage of my brother's party going out of the small village
of Leatherhead to seek shelter and lodging, the afternoon
being tempestuotis, proceeding to the election when they
were gone; they expecting the next morning; whereas
before and then they exceeded the other party by many
hundreds, as I am assured. The Duke of Norfolk led Sir
Edward Evelyn's and Sir Adam Brown's party. For this
Parliament, very mean and slight persons (some of them
gentlemen's servants, clerks, and persons neither of rep-
utation nor interest) were set up; but the country would
choose my brother whether he would or no, and he missed
it by the trick above mentioned. Sir Adam Brown was
so deaf, that he could not hear one word. Sir Edward
Evelyn was an honest gentleman, much in favor with his
Majesty. pilot and seaman, who had