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

JOHN EVELYN

admit me into their discourses; they were all for a Re-
gency, thereby to salve their oaths, and so all public
matters to proceed in his Majesty's name, by that to
facilitate the calling of Parliament, according to the laws
in being. Such was the result of this meeting.

My Lord of Canterbury gave me great thanks for the
advertisement I sent him in October, and assured me
they took my counsel in that particular, and that it came
very seasonably.

I found by the Lord-Advocate that the Bishops of Scot-
land (who were indeed little worthy of that character, and
had done much mischief in that Church) were now com-
ing about to the true interest, in this conjuncture which
threatened to abolish the whole hierarchy in that kingdom;
and therefore the Scottish Archbishop and Lord-Advocate
requested the Archbishop of Canterbury to use his best
endeavors with the Prince to maintain the Church there
in the same state, as by law at present settled.

It now growing late, after some private discourse with
his Grace, I took iny leave, most of the Lords being
gone.

The trial of the bishops was now printed.

The great convention being assembled the day before,
falling upon the question about the government, resolved
that King James having by the advice of the Jesuits and
other wicked persons endeavored to subvert the laws of
the Church and State, and deserted the kingdom, carry-
ing away the seals, etc., without any care for the man-
agement of the government, had by demise abdicated
himself and wholly vacated his right; they did therefore
desire the Lords* concurrence to their vote, to place the
crown on the next heir, the Prince of Orange, for his
life, then to the Princess, his wife, and if she died with-
out issue, to the Princess of Denmark, and she failing,
to the heirs of the Prince, excluding forever all possi-
bility of admitting a Roman Catholic.

27th January, 1689. I dined at the Admiralty, where
was brought in a child not twelve years old, the son of
one Dr. Clench, of the most prodigious maturity of knowl-
edge, for I cannot call it altogether memory, but some-
thing more extraordinary. Mr. Pepys and myself
examined him, not in any method, but with promiscuous
questions, which required judgment and discernment tof all