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1692                              JOHN EVELYN

for which ^50 per annum is to be paid quarterly to the
preacher; and, at the end of three years, to proceed to
a new election of some other able divine, or to continue
the same, as the trustees should judge convenient. We
made choice of one Mr. Bentley, chaplain to the Bishop
of Worcester (Dr. Stillingfleet). The first sermon was
appointed for the first Sunday in March, at St. Martin's;
the second Sunday in April, at Bow Church, and so

28th February, 1692. Lord Marlborough having used
words against the King, and been discharged from all his
great places, his wife was forbidden the Court, and the
Princess of Denmark was desired by the Queen to dismiss
her from her service; but she refusing to do so, goes
away from Court to Sion house. Divers new Lords made:
Sir Henry Capel, Sir William Fermor, etc. Change of
Commissioners in the Treasury. The Parliament ad-
journed, not well satisfied with affairs. The business of
the East India Company, which they would have reformed,
let fall. The Duke of Norfolk does not succeed in his
endeavor to be divorced.*

2oth March, 1692. My son was made one of the Com-
missioners of the Revenue and Treasury of Ireland, to
which employment he had a mind, far from my wishes.
I visited the Earl of Peterborough, who showed me
the picture of the Prince of Wales, newly brought out of
France, seeming in my opinion very much to resemble
tlie Queen his mother, and of a most vivacious countenance.

April, 1692. No spring yet appearing. The Queen
Dowager went out of England toward Portugal, as pre-
tended, against the advice of all her friends.

4th April, 1692. Mr. Betitley preached Mr. Boyle's
lecture at St. Mary4e-Bow. So excellent a discourse
against the Epicurean system is not to be recapitulated
in a few words. He came to me to ask whether I
thought it should be printed, or that there was anything
in it which I desired to be altered. I took this as a
civility, and earnestly desired it should be printed, as
one of the most learned and convincing discourses I had
ever heard.

6th April, 1692,      A fast    King James sends a letter
written and directed   by his own hand to several of the
* See post pp. 351-52.   ,without descending to any other controversy whatever,mplary  for his  benefaction  to   that  place.