DIARY OP LONDON secular honor and titles, his fear of not being- able to discharge so weighty a duty as the first, made him de- cline that, and his humility the other. He spoke of his civility to strangers, the great good which he did by his experience in medicine and chemistry, and to what noble ends he applied himself to his darling studies; the works, both pious and useful, which he published; the exact life he led, and the happy end he made. Something was touched of his sister, the Lady Ranelagh, who died but a few days before him. And truly all this was but his due, without any grain of flattery. This week a most execrable murder was committed on Dr. Clench, father of that extraordinary learned child whom I have before noticed. Under pretense of carrying him in a coach to see a patient, they strangled him in it; and, sending away the coachman under some pretense, they left his dead body in the coach, and escaped in the dusk of the evening. i2th January, 1692. My granddaughter was christened by Dr. Tenison, now Bishop of Lincoln, in Trinity Church, being the first that was christened there. She was named Jane. 24th January, 1692. A frosty and dry season continued; many persons die of apoplexy, more than -usual. Lord Marlborough, Lieutenant-General of the King's army in England, gentleman of the bedchamber, etc., dismissed from all his charges, military and other, for his excessive taking of bribes, covetousness, and extortion on all occa- sions from his inferior officers. Note, this was the Lord who was entirely advanced by King James, and was the first who "betrayed and forsook his master. He was son of Sir Winston Churchill of the Greencloth. yth February, 1692. An extraordinary snow fell in most parts. 13th February, 1692. Mr. Boyle having made me one of the trustees for his charitable bequests, I went to a meet- ing of the Bishop of Lincoln, Sir Rob. . . . wood, and serjeant, Rotheram, to settle that clause in the will which related to charitable uses, and especially the appointing and electing a minister to preach one sermon the first Sunday in the month, during the four summer months, expressly against Atheists, Deists, Libertines, Jews, etc., without descending to any other controversy whatever,mplary for his benefaction to that place.