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

DIARY   OP                                     LONDON

being an honest gentleman and soldier. He is brother
to Sir Henry Littleton of Worcestershire, whose great
estate he is likely to inherit, his brother being without
children. They are descendants of the great lawyer of
that name, and give the same arms and motto. He is
married to one Mrs. Temple, formerly maid of honor to
the late Queen, a beautiful lady, and he has many fine
children, so that none envy his good fortune.

After dinner, we went to see Sir William Temple's
near to it; the most remarkable things are his orangery
and gardens, where the wall-fruit-trees are most exquis-
itely nailed and trained, far better than I ever noted.

There are many good pictures, especially of Vandyke's,
in both these houses, and some few statues and small
busts in the latter.

Prom thence to Kew, to visit Sir Henry Capel's,
whose orangery and myrtetum are most beautiful and
perfectly well kept. He was contriving very high palisa-
does of reeds to shade his oranges during the summer,
and painting those reeds in oil.

ist April, 1688. In the morning, the first sermon was
by Dr. Stillingfleet, Dean of St. Paul's (at Whitehall), on
Luke x. 41, 42. The Holy Communion followed, but was
so interrupted by the rude breaking in of multitudes zealous
to hear the second sermon, to be preached by the Bishop
of Bath and Wells, that the latter part of that holy office
could hardly be heard, or the sacred elements be distrib-
uted without great trouble. The Princess being come, he
preached on Mich. vii. 8, 9, 10, describing the calamity of
the Reformed Church of Judah under the Babylonian per-
secution, for her sins, and God's delivery of her on her
repentance; that as Judah emerged, so should the now
Reformed Church, whenever insulted and persecuted.
He preached with his accustomed action, zeal, and en-
ergy, so that people flocked from all quarters to hear
him.

15th April, 1688. A dry, cold, backward spring; easterly
winds.

The persecution still raging in France, multitudes of
Protestants, and many very considerable and great per-
sons flying hither, produced a second general contribu-
tion, the Papists, by God's Providence, as yet making
small progress among us.ege of Colchester, forty years