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

DIARY OF                            LONDON

is very slow in providing against all these menaces,
besides finding difficulties in raising men to send abroad;
the former army> which had never seen any service
hitherto, receiving their pay and passing their summer in
an idle scene of a camp at Hounslow, unwilling to engage,
and many disaffected, and scarce to be trusted.

2pth March, 1689. The new King much blamed for
neglecting Ireland, now likely to be ruined by the Lord
Tyrconnel and his Popish party, too strong for the
Protestants. Wonderful uncertainty where King James
was, whether in France or Ireland. The Scots seem as
yet to favor King William, rejecting King James's letter
to them, yet declaring nothing positively. Soldiers in
England discontented. Parliament preparing the corona-
tion oath. Presbyterians and Dissenters displeased at the
vote for preserving the Protestant religion as established
by lawr without mentioning what they were to have as to
indulgence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and four other Bishops
refusing to come to Parliament, it was deliberated whether
they should incur Pr&munire; but it was thought fit to let
this fall, and be connived at, for fear of the people, to
whom these Prelates were very dear, for the opposition
they had given to Popery.

Court offices distributed among Parliament men. No
considerable fleet as yet sent forth. Things far from
settled as was expected, by reason of the slothful, sickly
temper of the new King, and the Parliament's unmind-
fulness of Ireland, which is likely to prove a sad omission,

The Confederates beat the French out of the Palatinate,
which they had most barbarously ruined.

nth April, 1689. I saw the procession to and from the
Abbey Church of Westminster, with the great feast in
Westminster Hall, at the coronation of King William
and Queen Mary. What was different from former cor-
onations, was some alteration in the coronation oath.
Dr. Burnet, now made Bishop of Sarum, preached with
great applause. The Parliament men had scaffolds and
places which took up the one whole side of the Hall.
When the King and Queen had dined, the ceremony of
the Champion, and other services by tenure were per-
formed. The Parliament men were feasted in the Ex-
chequer chamber, and had each of them a gold medal in the most popular manner, butrench naturally,