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

DIARY OF                           LONDON

answer so readily and pertinently. There was not any-
thing in chronology, history, geography, the several sys-
tems of astronomy, courses of the stars, longitude, latitude,
doctrine of the spheres, courses and sources of rivers,
creeks, harbors, eminent cities, boundaries and bearings
of countries, not only in Europe, but in any other part
of the earth, which he did not readily resolve and dem-
onstrate his knowledge of, readily drawing out with a
pen anything he would describe. He was able not only
to repeat the most famous things which are left us in
any of the Greek or Roman histories, monarchies, re-
publics, wars, colonies, exploits by sea and land, but all
the sacred stories of the Old and New Testament; the
succession of all the monarchies, Babylonian, Persian,
Greek, Roman, with all the lower Emperors, Popes,
Heresiarchs, and Councils, what they were called about,
what they determined, or in the controversy about Easter,
the tenets of the Gnostics, Sabellians, Arians, Nestorians;
the difference between St. Cyprian and Stephen about re-
baptism, the schisms. We leaped from that to other
things totally different, to Olympic years, and synchro-
nisms ; we asked him questions which could not be resolved
without considerable meditation and judgment, nay of
some particulars of the Civil Laws, of the Digest and
Code. He gave a stupendous account of both natural
and moral philosophy, and even in metaphysics.

Having thus exhausted ourselves rather than this won-
derful child, or angel rather, for he was as beautiful and
lovely in countenance as in knowledge, we concluded with
asking him if, in all he had read or heard of, he had
ever met with anything which was like this expedition of
the Prince of Orange, with so small a force to obtain
three great kingdoms without any contest. After a little
thought, he told us that he knew of nothing which did
more resemble it than the coming of Constantine the
Great out of Britain, through Prance and Italy, so te-
dious a march, to meet Maxentius, whom he overthrew at
Pons Milvius with very little conflict, and at the very
gates of Rome, which he entered and was received with
triumph, and obtained .the empire, not of three king-
doms only, but of all the then known world. He was
perfect in the Latin authors, spoke French naturally,
and gave us a description of France, Italy, Savoy, Spain,OF ENGLAND BY LAW ESTABLISHED. And whosoever threatens to in-