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

enriching them beyond all expectation. The Duke of
Albemarle's share [Governor of Jamaica] came to, I be-
lieve, ;£s 0,000. Some private gentlemen who adventured
;£ioo, gained from ^8,000 to ^10,000. His Majesty's
tenth was ^10,000.

The Camp was now again pitched at Hounslow, the
Commanders profusely vying in the expense and mag-
nificence of tents.

i2th June, 1687. Our Vicar preached on 2 Peter ii 21,
upon the danger of relapsing into sin. After this, I went
and heard M. Lamot, an eloquent French preacher at
Greenwich, on Prov. xxx. 8, 9, a consolatory discourse to
the poor and religious refugees who escaped out of France
in the cruel persecution.

i6th June, 1687. I went to Hampton Court to give his
Majesty thanks for his late gracious favor, though it was
but granting what was due. While I was in the Coun-
cil Chamber, came in some persons, at the head of whom
was a formal man with a large roll of parchment in his
hand, being an ADDRESS (as he said, for he introduced
it with a speech) of the people of Coventry, giving his
Majesty their great acknowledgments for his granting a
liberty of conscience; he added that this was not the ap-
plication of one party only, but the unanimous address
of Church of England men, Presbyterians, Independ-
ents, and Anabaptists, to show how extensive his Maj-
esty's grace was, as taking in all parties to his indulgence
and protection, which had removed all dissensions and
animosities, which would not only unite them in, bonds
of Christian charity, but exceedingly encourage their
future industry, to the improvement of trade, and spread-
ing his Majesty's glory throughout the world; and that
now he had given to God his empire, God would estab-
lish his; with expressions of great loyalty and submission;
and so he gave the roll to the King, which being re-
turned to him again, his Majesty caused him to read.
The address was short, but much to the substance of
the speech of their foreman, to whom the King, pulling
off his hat, said that what h.Q had done in giving liberty
of conscience, was, what was ever his judgment ought to
be done; and that, as he would preserve them in their
enjoyment of it during his reign, so he would endeavor
to settle it by law, that it should never be altered by hisMynheer Diskvelts, the