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

JOHN   EVELYN

29th April, 1688. The weather was, till now, so cold
and sharp, by an almost perpetual east wind, which had
continued many months, that there was little appearance
of any spring, and yet the winter was very favorable as
to frost and snow.

2d May, 1688. To London, about my petition for al-
lowances upon the account of Commissioner for Sick and
Wounded in the former war with Holland.

8th May, 1688. His Majesty, alarmed by the great fleet
of the Dutch (while we had a very inconsiderable one),
went down to Chatham; their fleet was well prepared,
and out, before we were in any readiness, or had any
considerable number to have encountered them, had th^re
been occasion, to the great reproach of the nation; while
being in profound peace, there was a mighty land army,
which there was no need of, and no force at sea, where
only was the apprehension; but the army was doubtless
kept and increased, in order to bring in and countenance
Popery, the King beginning to discover his intention, by
many instances pursued by the Jesuits, against his first
resolution to alter nothing in the Church Establishment,
so that it appeared there can be no reliance on Popish
promises.

i8th May, 1688. The King enjoining the ministers to
read his Declaration for giving liberty of conscience (as
it was styled) in all churches of England, this evening,
six Bishops, Bath and Wells,* Peterborough,! Ely,J Chi-
Chester,|| St. Asaph, and Bristol,^" in the name of all
the rest of the Bishops, came to his Majesty to petition
him, that he would not impose the reading of it to the
several congregations within their dioceses; not that they
were averse to the publishing it for want of due tender-
ness toward dissenters, in relation to" whom they should
be willing to come to such a temper as should be thought
fit, when that matter might be considered and settled in
Parliament and Convocation; but that, the Declaration
being founded on such a dispensing power as might at
pleasure set aside all laws ecclesiastical and civil, it ap-
peared to them illegal, as it had done to the Parliament
in 1661 and 1672, and that it was a point of such conse-
quence, that they could not so far make themselves

* Thomas Ken.   f Thomas White.    \ Francis Turner.   || John Lake,
^William Lloyd.   "IT Sir John Trelawny, Bartd well