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DIARY OF                           LONDON

remiss were we in preparing" a timely and sufficient fleet,
The Scots Commissioners offer the crown to the NEW
KING AND QUEEN on conditions.— Act of Poll-money came
forth, sparing- none.— Now appeared the Act of Indul-
gence for the Dissenters, but not exempting them from
paying dues to the Church of England clergy, or serving
in office according to law, with several other clauses.—
A most splendid embassy from Holland to congratulate
the King and Queen on their accession to the crown.
4th June, 1689. A solemn fast for success of the fleet, etc.
6th June, 1689. I dined with the Bishop of Asaph;
Monsieur Capellus, the learned son of the most learned
Ludovicus, presented to him his father's works, not pub-
lished till now.

7th June, 1689. I visited the Archbishop of Canter-
bury, and stayed with him till about seven o'clock. He
read to me the Pope's excommunication of the French

9th June, 1689. Visited Dr. Burnet, now Bishop of
Sarum; got him to let Mr. Kneller draw his picture.
16th. June, 1689. King James's declaration was now
dispersed, offering pardon to all, if on his landing, or
within twenty days after, they should return to their

Our fleet not yet at sea, through some prodigious sloth,
and men minding only their present interest; the French
riding masters at sea, taking many great prizes to our
wonderful reproach. No certain news from Ireland;
various reports of Scotland; discontents at home. The
King- of Denmark at last joins with the Confederates,
and the two Northern Powers are reconciled. The East
India Company likely to be dissolved by Parliament for
many arbitrary actions. Gates acquitted of perjury, to all
honest men's admiration.

2oth June, 1689. News of A PLOT discovered, on which
divers were sent to the Tower and secured.

23d June, 1689. An extraordinary drought, to the
threatening .of great wants as to the fruits of the earth.
8th July, 1689. I sat for my picture to Mr. Kneller,
for Mr. Pepys, late Secretary to the Admiralty, holding
my «Sylva» in my right hand. It was on his long and
earnest request, and is placed in his library. Kneller
never paintsA in a more masterly manner. them in a creek as they were land-