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

DIARY  OP                          LONDON

tant Princes in a new war, that Holland, etc,, being en-
gaged, matter for new quarrel might arise: the unheard-of
persecution of the poor Protestants still raging more than
ever.

22d September, 1686. The Danes retire from Ham-
burg, the Protestant Princes appearing for their succor,
and the Emperor sending his minatories to the King of
Denmark, and also requiring the restoration of the Duke
of Saxe Gotha. Thus it pleased God to defeat the
French designs, which were evidently to kindle a new
war.

14th October, 1686. His Majesty's birthday; I was at
his rising in his bedchamber, afterward in the park, where
four companies of guards were drawn up. The officers,
etc., wonderfully rich and gallant; they did not head their
troops, but their next officers, the colonels being on horse-
back by the King while they marched. The ladies not
less splendid at Court, where there was a ball at night;
but small appearance of quality. All the shops both in
the city and suburbs were shut up, and kept as solemnly
as any holiday. Bonfires at night in Westminster, but
forbidden in the city.

17th October, 1686. Dr. Patrick, Dean of Peterborough,
preached at Covent Garden Church on Ephes. v. 18, 19,
showing the custom of the primitive saints in serving
God with hymns, and their frequent use of them upon
all occasions: touching the profane way of mirth and
intemperance of this ungodly age. Afterward I visited
my Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, with whom I had long
and private discourse concerning- the miserable condition
that kingdom was like to be in, if Tyrconnel's counsel
should prevail at Court.

23d October, 1686. Went with the Countess of Sun-
derland to Cranbourne, a lodge and walk of my Lord
Godolphin's in Windsor park. There was one room in
the house spared in the pulling down the old one, because
the late Duchess of York was born in it; the rest was
built and added tp.it by Sir George Carteret, Treasurer
of the Navy; and since, the whole was purchased by my
Lord Godolphin, who spoke to me to go see it, and advise
what trees were fit to be cut down to improve the dwelling,
being environed with old rotten pollards, which corrupt
the air. It stands on a knoll which though insensiblyespecially nineteen new Privy-Coun-hop of Londonhe orthodox in all