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

DIARY    OF                         LONDON

executed. The Bishop of Ely, Mr. Graham, etc., ab-
sconded.

i3th March, 1691. I went to visit Monsieur Justell
and the Library at St. James's, in which that learned
man had put the MSS. (which were in good number)
into excellent order, they having lain neglected for
many years Divers medals had been stolen and em-
bezzled.

2ist March, 1691. Dined at Sir William Fermor's,
who showed me many good pictures. After dinner, a
French servant played rarely on the lute. Sir William
had now bought all the remaining statues collected
with so much expense by the famous Thomas, Earl of
Arundel, and sent them to his seat at Easton, near Tow-
cester.*

25th March, 1691. Lord Sidney, principal Secretary
of State, gave me a letter to Lord Lucas, Lieutenant of
the Tower, to permit me to visit Lord Clarendon; which
this day I did, and dined with him.

loth April, 1691. " This night, a sudden and terrible
fire burned down all the buildings over the stone gallery
at Whitehall to the water side, beginning at the apart-
ment of the late Duchess of Portsmouth (which had been
pulled down and rebuilt no less than three times to
please her), and consuming other lodgings of such lewd
creatures, who debauched both King Charles II. and
others, and were his destruction.

The King returned out of Holland just as this accident
happened—Proclamation against the Papists, etc.

i6th April, 1691. I went to see Dr. Sloane's curiosities,
being an universal collection of the natural productions
of Jamaica, consisting of plants, fruits, corals, minerals,
stones, earth, shells, animals, and insects, collected with
great judgment; several folios of dried plants, and one
which had about So several sorts of ferns, and another
of grasses; the Jamaica pepper, in branch, leaves, flower,
fruit, etc. This collection, f with his Journal and other
philosophical and natural discourses and observations,
indeed very copious and extraordinary, sufficient to

*They are now at Oxford, having been presented to the University
in 1755 by Henrietta, Countess Dowager of Pomfret, widow of Thomas,
the first Earl.

f It now forms part of the collection in the British Museum.Ashtonh Lordation of having sent information to the French Court of