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

r689                            JOHN EVELYN

survive, and that failing, to devolve to the Parliament,
as they should think fit. These produced a conference
with the Lords, when also there was presented heads of
such new laws as were to be enacted. It is thought on
these conditions they will be proclaimed.

There was much contest about the King's abdication,
and whether he had vacated the government. The Earl
of Nottingham and about twenty Lords, and many Bishops,
entered their protests, but the concurrence was great
against them.

The Princess hourly expected. Forces sending to Ireland,
that kingdom being in great danger by the Earl of Tyrcon-
nel's army, and expectations from France coming to assist
them, but that King was busy in invading Flanders, and
encountering the German Princes. It is likely that this
will be the most remarkable summer for action, which
has happened in many years.

2ist February, 1689. Dr. Burnet preached at St. James's
on the obligation to walk worthy of God's particular and
signal deliverance of the nation and church.

I saw the NEW QUEEN and KING proclaimed the very
next day after her coming to Whitehall, Wednesday, i3th
February, with great acclamation and general good re-
ception. Bonfires, bells, guns, etc. It was believed that
both, especially the Princess, would have shown some
(seeming) reluctance at least, of assuming her father's
crown, and made some apology, testifying by her regret
that he should by his mismanagement necessitate the
nation to so extraordinary a proceeding, which would have
shown very handsomely to the world, and according to
the character given of her piety; consonant also to her
husband's first declaration, that there was no intention of
deposing the King, but of succoring the nation; but noth-
ing of all this appeared; she came into Whitehall laugh-
ing and jolly, as to a wedding, so as to seem quite
transported. She rose early the next morning, and in her
undress, as it was reported, before her women were up,
went about from room to room to see the convenience
of Whitehall; lay in the same bed and apartment where
the late Queen lay, and within a night or two sat down
to play at basset, as the Queen, her predecessor used to
do. She smiled upon and talked to everybody, so that
no change seemed to have taken place at Court since her
19French naturally,