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

DIARY   OP                                    LONDON

was most need of the guns, bombs, etc., to keep the
mischief off, they grew pale and astonished, as if of a quite
other mean soul, that they slunk about, forsook their
guns and work as if in despair, every one looking about
to see which way they might get out of their ship, though
sure to be drowned if they did so. This he said was
likely to prove hereafter the method of seafight, likely
to be the misfortune of England if they continued to put
gentlemen-commanders over experienced seamen, on ac-
count of their ignorance, effeminacy, and insolence.

9th March, 1690. Preached at Whitehall Dr.Burnet, late
Bishop of Sanim, on Heb. iv. 13, anatomically describing
the texture of the eye; and that, as it received such in-
numerable sorts of spies through so very small a passage
to the brain, and that without the least confusion or
trouble, and accordingly judged and reflected on them; so
God who made this sensory, did with the greatest ease
and at once see all that was done through the vast uni-
verse, even to the very thought as well as action. This
similitude he continued with much perspicuity and apt-
ness; and applied it accordingly, for the admonishing us
how uprightly we ought to live and behave ourselves
before such an all-seeing Deity; and how we were to con-
ceive of other his attributes, which we could have no
idea of than by comparing them by what we were able to
conceive of the nature and power of things, which were
the objects of our senses; and therefore it was that in
Scripture we attribute those actions and affections of God
by the same of man, not as adequately or in any pro-
portion like them, but as the only expedient to make some
resemblance of his divine perfections; as when the Scrip-
ture says, (< God will remember the sins of the penitent
no more:** not as if God could forget anything, but as
intimating he would pass by such penitents and receive
them to mercy.

I dined at the Bishop of St. Asaph's, Almoner to the
new Queen, with the famous lawyer Sir George Mac-
kenzie (late Lord Advocate of Scotland), against whom
both the Bishop and myself had written and published
books, but now most friendly reconciled.* He related to

* Sir George, as we have seen, nad written in praise of a Private Life,
which Mr. Evelyn answered by a book in praise of Public Life and Ac-
tive Employmentsternation, that though then, of all times, there And whosoever threatens to in-