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"believe, had done much, mischief and great injury to several
by his violent and ill-grounded proceedings; while he was
at first so unreasonably blown up and encouraged, that
his insolence was no longer sufferable.

Mr. Roger L'Estrange (a gentleman whom I had long
known, and a person of excellent parts, abating some
affectations) appearing first against the Dissenters in
several tracts, had now for some years turned his style
against those whom (by way of hateful distinction) they
called Whigs and Trimmers, under the title of "Observa-
tor,* which, came out three or four days every week, in
which, sheets, under pretense to serve the Church of Eng-
land, he g-ave suspicion of gratifying another party, by
several passages which rather kept up animosities than
appeased them, especially now that nobody gave the
least occasion.*

loth May, 1685. The Scots valuing themselves exceed-
ingly to have been the first Parliament called by his
Majesty, gave the excise and customs to him and his
successors forever; the Duke of Queensberry making elo-
quent speeches, and especially minding them of a speedy
suppression of those late desperate Field-Conventiclers
who had done such unheard of assassinations. In the
meantime, elections for the ensuing Parliament in Eng-
land were thought to be very indirectly carried on in
most places. God grant a better issue of it than some

16th May, 1685. Gates was sentenced to be whipped
and pilloried with the utmost severity.

2ist May, 1685. I dined at my Lord Privy Seal's with
Sir William Dugdale, Garter King-at-Arms, author of
the <c MONASTICON >y and other learned works; he told me
he was 82 years of age, and had his sight and memory
perfect. There was shown a draft of the exact shape
and dimensions of the crown the Queen had been crowned
withal, together with the jewels and pearls, their weight
and value, which amounted to ^100,658 sterling, attested

* In the first Dutch war, while Evelyn was one of the Commissioners
for sick and wounded, L'Estrange in his  Gazette  mentioned the bar-
barous -usage of the Dutch prisoners of war: whereupon Evelyn wrote him
a very spirited letter, desiring that the Dutch Ambassador (who was
then in England) and his friends would visit the prisoners, and examine
their provisions; and he required I/Estrange to publish that vindication
in Ms next number.f the bedchamber (a mostr childwere sick, so as she was exceedingly beloved ofe of James II.,