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DIARY OF                              LONDON

After which, near 1,000 devout persons partook of the
Communion. The sermon was chiefly occasioned by a
Jesuit, who in the Masshouse on the Sunday before had
disparaged the Scripture and railed at our translation,
which some present contradicting, they pulled him out
of the pulpit, and treated him very coarsely, insomuch
that it was like to create a great disturbance in the city.

Hourly expectation of the Prince of Orange's invasion
heightened to that degree, that his Majesty thought fit
to abrogate the Commission for the dispensing Power
(but retaining his own right still to dispense with all
laws) and restore the ejected Fellows of Magdalen Col-
lege, Oxford. In the meantime, he called over 5,000
Irish, and 4, ooo Scots, and continued to remove Protes-
tants and put in Papists at Portsmouth and other places
of trust, and retained the Jesuits about him, increasing
the universal discontent. It brought people to so des-
perate a pass, that they seemed passionately to long for
and desire the landing of that Prince, whom they looked
on to be their deliverer from Popish tyranny, praying
incessantly for an east wind, which was said to be the
only hindrance of his expedition with a numerous army
ready to make a descent. To such a strange temper,
and unheard of in former times, was this poor nation re-
duced, and of which I was an eyewitness. The appre-
hension was (and with reason) that his Majesty's forces
would neither at land nor sea oppose them with that
vigor requisite to repel invaders.

The late imprisoned Bishops were now called to reconcile
matters, and the Jesuits hard at work to foment confusion
among the Protestants by their usual tricks. A letter
was sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury,* informing

* By Evelyn himself. The letter was as follows:
C(My Lord, The honor and reputation which your Grace's piety,
prudence, and signal courage, have justly merited and obtained, not
only from the sons of the Church of England, but even universally
from those Protestants among us who are Dissenters from her dis-
cipline ; God Almighty's Providence and. blessing upon your Grace's
vigilancy and extraordinary endeavors will not suffer to be diminished
in this conjuncture. The conversation I now and then have with some
in place, who have the opportunity of knowing what is doing1 in the
most secret recesses and cabals of our Church's adversaries, obliges me
to acquaint you, that the calling of your Grace and the rest of the
Lords Bishops to Court, and what has there of late been required of common prostitute at Paris.t he would