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

DIARY OF                           LONDON

Gates, who liad but two days before been pilloried at
several places and whipped at the cart's tail from New-
gate to Aldgate, was this day placed on a sledge, being
not able to go by reason of so late scourging, and
dragged from prison to Tyburn, and whipped again all
the way, which some thought to be severe and extraor-
dinary; but, if he was guilty of the perjuries, and so of
the death of many innocents (as I fear he was), his
punishment was but what he deserved. I chanced to pass
just as execution was doing on him. A strange revolution I

Note: there was no speech made by the Lord Keeper
[Bridgman] after his Majesty, as usual.

It was whispered he would not be long in that situa-
tion, and many believe the bold Chief Justice Jefferies,
who was made Baron of Wem, in Shropshire, and who
went thorough stitch in that tribunal, stands fair for that
office. I gave him joy the morning before of his new
honor, he having always been very civil to me.

24th May, 1685. We had hitherto not any rain for
many months, so as the caterpillars had already devoured
all the winter fruit through the whole land, and even
killed several greater old trees. Such two winters and
summers I had never known.

4th June, 1685. Came to visit and take leave of me
Sir Gabriel Sylvius, now going Envoy-extraordinary into
Denmark, with his secretary and chaplain, a Frenchman,
who related the miserable persecution of the Protestants
in France; not above ten churches left them, and those
also threatened to be demolished; they were commanded
to christen their children within twenty-four hours after
birth, or else a Popish priest was to be called, and then
the infant brought up in Popery. In some places, they
were thirty leagues from any minister, or opportunity of
worship, This persecution had displeased the most in-
dustrious part of the nation, and dispersed those into
Switzerland, Burgundy, Holland, Germany, Denmark,
England, and the Plantations. There were with Sir
Gabriel, his lady, Sir William Godolphin and sisters, and
my Lord GodolpMti's little son, my charge. I brought
them to the water side where Sir Gabriel embarked, and
the rest returned to London.

i4th June, 1685. There was now certain intelligence
of the Duke of Monmouth landing at Lyme, in Dorset-gage him to meet