complaint of Joseph How, a member of Parliament,
little better than a madman.
19th February, 1693. The Bishop of Lincoln preached
in the afternoon at the Tabernacle near Golden Square,
set up by him. Proposals of a marriage between Mr.
Draper and my daughter Susanna. Hitherto an exceed-
ingly warm winter, such as has seldom been known, and
portending an unprosperous spring as to the fruits of
the earth; our climate requires more cold and winterly
weather. The dreadful and astonishing earthquake swal-
lowing up Catania, and other famous and ancient cities,
with more than 100,000 persons in Sicily, on nth Janu-
ary last, came now to be reported among us.
26th February, 1693. An extraordinary deep snow,
after almost no winter, and a sudden gentle thaw. A
deplorable earthquake at Malta, since that of Sicily,
nearly as great.
i9th March, 1693. A new Secretary of State, Sir John
Trenchard; the Attorney-General, Somers, made Lord-
Keeper, a young- lawyer of extraordinary merit. King
William goes toward Flanders; but returns, the wind
3ist March, 1693. I met the King going to Gravesend
to embark in his yacht for Holland.
23d April, 1693. An extraordinary wet spring.
27th April, 1693. My daughter Susanna was married to
William Draper, Esq., in the chapel of Ely House, by
Dr. Tenison, Bishop of Lincoln (since Archbishop). I
gave her in portion ^4,000,, her jointure is ^£500 per
annum. I pray Almighty God to give his blessing to
this marriage! She is a good child, religious, discreet,
ingenious, and qualified with all the ornaments of her
sex. She has a peculiar talent in design, as paint-
ing- in oil and miniature, and an extraordinary genius for
whatever hands can do with a needle. She has the
French tongue, has read most of the Greek and Roman
authors and poets, using her talents with great modesty;
exquisitely shaped, and of an agreeable countenance.
This character is due to her, though coming- from her
father. Much of this week spent in ceremonies, receiv-
ing visits and entertaining relations, and a great part of
the next in returning visits.
nth May, 1693. We accompanied my daughter to her chaplain to the King's