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1691-92                         JOHN  EVELYN

sham.—A proposal in the House of Commons that every
officer in the whole nation who received a salary above
^500 or otherwise by virtue of his office, should contrib-
ute it wholly to the support of the war with France, and
this upon their oath.

25th December, 1691. My daughter-in-law was brought
to bed of a daughter.

26th December, 1691. An exceedingly dry and calm
winter; no rain for many past months.

28th December, 1691. Dined at Lambeth with the
new Archbishop. Saw the effect of my greenhouse fur-
nace, set up by the Archbishop's son-in-law.

3oth December, 1691. I again saw Mr. Charlton's col-
lection of spiders, birds, scorpions, and other serpents,

ist January, 1691-92. This last week died that pious,
admirable Christian, excellent philosopher, and my worthy
friend, Mr. Boyle, aged about 65,— a great loss to all that
knew him, and to the public.

6th January, 1692. At the funeral of Mr. Boyle, at
St. Martin's, Dr. Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury, preached
on Eccles. ii. 26. He concluded with an eulogy due to
the deceased, who made God and religion the scope of
all his excellent talents in the knowledge of nature, and
who had arrived to so high a degree in it, accompanied
with such zeal and extraordinary piety, which he showed
in the whole course of his life, particularly in his ex-
emplary charity on all occasions,—that he gave ^"1,000
yearly to the distressed refugees of France and Ireland;
was at the charge of translating the Scriptures into the
Irish and Indian tongues, and was now promoting a
Turkish translation, as he had formerly done of G-rotius
<(on the Truth of the Christian Religion >} into Arabic,
which he caused to be dispersed in the eastern countries;
that he had settled a fund for preachers who should
preach expressly against Atheists, Libertines, Socinians,
and Jews; that he had in his will given ^8,000 to char-
itable uses; but that his private charities were extraordi-
nary. He dilated on his learning in Hebrew and Greek,
his reading of the fathers, and solid knowledge in the-
ology, once deliberating about taking Holy Orders, and
that at the time of restoration of King Charles II., when
he might have made a great figure in the nation as toho it was that had