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

DIARY OF                              LONDON

There dined Lord MIddleton, principal Secretary of State,
Lord Pembroke, Lord Lumley, Lord Preston, Colonel Fitz-
patrick, and Sir John Chardin. After dinner, the Ambassa-
dor discoursed of and deplored the stupid folly of our
politics, in suffering the French to take Luxemburg, it
being a place of the most concern to have been defended,
for the interest not only of the Netherlands, but of
England.

i2th May, 1687. To London. Lord Sunderland being
Lord President and Secretary, of State, was made Knight
of the Garter and Prime favorite. This day there was
such a storm of wind as had seldom happened, being a
sort of hurricane. It kept the flood out of the Thames,
so that people went on foot over several places above
bridge. Also an earthquake in several places in England
about the time of the storm.

26th May, 1687. To London, about my agreement with
Mr. Pretyman, after my tedious suit.

2d June, 1687. I went to London, it having pleased
his Majesty to grant me a Privy Seal for ^6,000, for
discharge of the debt I had been so many years perse-
cuted for, it being indeed for money drawn over by my
father-in-law, Sir R. Browne, during his residence in the
Court of France, and so with a much greater sum due
to Sir Richard from his Majesty; and now this part of
the arrear being paid, there remains yet due to me, as
executor of Sir Richard, above ^6,500 more; but this
determining an expensive Chancery suit has been so great
a mercy and providence to me (through the kindness
and friendship to me of Lord Godolphin, one of the
Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,) that I do ac-
knowledge it with all imaginable thanks to my gracious
God.

6th June, 1687. I visited my Lady Pierpoint, daughter
to Sir John Evelyn, of Deane [in Wilts], now widow of
Mr. Pierpoint, and mother of the Earl of Kingston. She
was now engaged in the marriage of my cousin, Evelyn
Pierpoint, her second son.

There was about this time brought into the Downs a
vast treasure, which was sunk in a Spanish galleon about
forty-five years ago, somewhere near Hispaniola, or the
BaJhama islands, and was now weighed up by some gen-
tlemen, who were at the charge of divers^ etc., to therds to come.