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

DIARY   OF                                        CHELSEA

Tlie two horsemen which my son and myself sent into
the county troops, were now come home, after a month's
being out to our great charge.

2oth July, 1685. The Trinity Company met this day,
which should have been on the Monday after Trinity,
but was put off by reason of the Royal Charter being
so large, that it could not be ready before. Some immu-
nities were superadded. Mr. Pepys, Secretary to the
Admiralty, was a second time chosen Master. There
were present the Duke of Graf ton, Lord Dartmouth,
Master of the Ordnance, the Commissioners of the Navy,
and Brethren of the Corporation. We went to church,
according to custom, and then took barge to the Trinity
House, in London, where we had a great dinner, above
eighty at one table,

7th August, 1685. I went to see Mr. Watts, keeper of
the Apothecaries* garden of simples at Chelsea, where
there is a collection of innumerable rarities of that sort
particularly, besides many rare annuals, the tree bear-
ing Jesuit's bark, which had done such wonders in
quartan agues. What was very ingenious was the sub-
terranean heat, conveyed by a stove under the conserv-
atory, all vaulted with brick, so as he has the doors and
windows open in the hardest frosts, secluding only the
snow.

15th August, 1685. Came to visit us Mr. Boscawen,
with my Lord Godolphin's little son, with whose educa-
tion hitherto his father had intrusted me.

27th August, 1685. My daughter Elizabeth died of the
smallpox, soon after having married a young man,
nephew of Sir John Tippett, Surveyor of the Navy, and
one of the Commissioners. The 3oth, she was buried in
the church at Deptford. Thus, in less than six months
were we deprived of two children for our unworthiness
and causes best known to God, whom I beseech from
the bottom of my heart that he will give us grace to
make that right use of all these chastisements, that we
may become better, and entirely submit in all things to
his infinitely wise disposal. Amen!

3d September, 1685. Lord Clarendon (Lord Privy
Seal) wrote to let me know that the King being pleased
to send him Lord-Lieutenant into Ireland, was also
pleased to nominate me one of the Commissioners tochild it was, and the rather that