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

DIARY   OP                                    LONDON

that the King could do no wrong, and that the mal-
administration was chargeable on- his ministers. There
were not more than eight or nine bishops, and but two
against the Regency; the archbishop was absent, and
the clergy now began to change their note, both in pulpit
and discourse, on their old passive obedience, so as
people began to talk of the bishops being cast out of
the House. In short, things tended to dissatisfaction on
both sides; add to this, the morose temper of the Prince
of Orange, who showed little countenance to the noble-
men and others, who expected a more gracious and
cheerful reception when they made their court. The
English army also was not so in order, and firm to
his interest, nor so weakened but that it might give
interruption. Ireland was in an ill posture as well as
Scotland. Nothing was yet done toward a settlement.
God of his infinite mercy compose these things, that we
may be at last a Nation and a Church under some fixed
and sober establishment!

3oth January, 1689. The anniversary of King Charles
L's MARTYRDOM; but in all the public offices and pulpit
prayers, the collects, and litany for the King and
Queen were curtailed and mutilated. Dr. Sharp preached
before the Commons, but was disliked, and not thanked
for his sermon.

3ist January, 1689. At our church (the next day
being appointed a thanksgiving for deliverance by the
Prince of Orange, with prayers purposely composed),
our lecturer preached in the afternoon a very honest
sermon, showing our duty to God for the many signal
deliverances of our Church, without touching on politics.

6th February, 1689. The King's coronation day was
ordered not to be observed, as hitherto it had been.

The Convention of the Lords and Commons now declare
the Prince and Princess of Orange King and Queen of
England, France, and Ireland (Scotland being- an inde-
pendent kingdom), the Prince and Princess being to
enjoy it jointly during their lives; but the executive
authority to be vested in the Prince during life, though
all proceedings to run in both names, and that it should
descend to their issue, and for want of such, to the
.Princess Anne of Denmark and her issue, and in want
of such, to the heirs of the body of the Prince, if he