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

DIARY    OP                                    LONDON

already sworn fidelity to the government as established by
law. This we all knew to be the case of my Lord Arch-
bishop of Canterbury, and some other persons who were
not so fully satisfied with the Convention making it an
abdication of King James, to whom they had sworn al-
legiance.

King James was now certainly in Ireland with the Mar-
shal d'Estrades, whom he made a Privy Councillor; and
who caused the King to remove the Protestant Council-
lors, some whereof, it seems, had continued to sit, telling
him that the King of France, his master, would never as-
sist him if he did not immediately do it; by which it
is apparent how the poor Prince is managed by the
French.

Scotland declares for King William and Queen Mary,
with the reasons of their setting aside King James, not
as abdicating, but forfeiting his right by mal-administra-
tion; they proceeded with much more caution and pru-
dence than we did, who precipitated all things to the
great reproach of the nation, all which had been man-
aged by some crafty, ill-principled men. The new Privy
Council have a Republican spirit, manifestly undermining
all future succession of the Crown and prosperity of the
Church of England, which yet I hope they will not be
able to accomplish so soon as they expect, though they
get into all places of trust and profit.

2ist April, 1689. This was one of the most seasonable
springs, free from the usual sharp east winds that I have
observed since the year 1660 (the year of the Restora-
tion), which was much such an one.

26th April, 1689. I heard the lawyers plead before the
Lords the writ of error in the judgment of Gates, as to
the charge against him of perjury, which after debate
they referred to the answer of Holloway, etc., who were
his judges. I then went with the Bishop of St. Asaph
to the Archbishop at Lambeth, where they entered into
discourse concerning the final destruction of Antichrist,
both concluding that the third trumpet and vial were now
pouring out. My Lord St. Asaph considered the killing
of the two witnesses, to be the utter destruction of the
Cevennes Protestants by the French and Duke of Savoy,
and the other the Waldenses and Pyrenean Christians,
who by all appearance from good history had kept theome scruples about taking a new oath, haviugurally,