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

JOHN EVELYN

ovens without hurt, and that they had a black cross in
the roof of their mouths, but yet were commonly noto-
rious and profane wretches; upon which his Majesty fur-
ther said, that he- was so extremely difficult of miracles,
for fear of being imposed upon, that if he should chance
to see one himself, without some other witness, he should
apprehend it a delusion of his senses. Then they spoke
of the boy who was pretended to have a wanting* leg
restored him, so confidently asserted by Fr. de Santa
Clara and others. To all of which the Bishop added a
great miracle happening in Winchester to his certain
knowledge, of a poor, miserably sick and decrepit child
(as I remember long kept unbaptized) who immediately
on his baptism, recovered; as also of the salutary effect
of King Charles his Majesty's father's blood, in healing
one that was blind.

There was something said of the second sight happen-
ing to some persons, especially Scotch; upon which his
Majesty, and I think Lord Arran, told us that Monsieur
. . . a French nobleman, lately here in England, see-
ing the late Duke of Monmouth come into the playhouse
at London, suddenly cried out to somebody sitting in the
same box, <( Voilh Monsieur comme il entre sans tetel}>
Afterward his Majesty spoke of some relics that had ef-
fected strange cures, particularly a piece of our blessed
Savior's cross, that healed a gentleman's rotten nose by
only touching. And speaking of the golden cross and
chain taken out of the coffin of St. Edward the Confessor
at Westminster, by one of the singing-men, who, as the
scaffolds were taken down after his Majesty's coronation,
espying a hole in the tomb, and something glisten, put
his hand in, and brought it to the dean, and he to the
King; his Majesty began to put the Bishop in mind how
earnestly the late King (his brother) called upon him
during his agony, to take out what he had in his pocket.
I had thought, said the King, <( it had been for some keys,
which might lead to some cabinet that his Majesty would

the feats really, but that what they pretended was all a cheat, which he
would easily discover, though the poor superstitious people were easily
imposed upon; yet have these impostors an allowance of the Bishops to
practice their jugglings. This Mr. Pepys affirmed to me; but said he,
I did not conceive it fit to interrupt his Majesty, who so solemnly told
what they pretended to do.                                                    J* ^ that he could do none of Worcester he would have no further com-