DIARY OP LONDON
on the issue of her process with the Bishop of Lon-
3oth March, 1694. I went to the Duke of Norfolk, to de-
sire him to make cousin Evelyn of Nutfield one of the Dep-
uty-Lieutenants of Surrey, and entreat him to dismiss my
brother, now unable to serve by reason of age and infirm-
ity. The Duke granted the one, but would not suffer my
brother to resign his commission, desiring he should keep
the honor of it during his life, though he could not act.
He professed great kindness to our family.
ist April, 1694. Dr. Sharp, Archbishop of York,
preached in the afternoon at the Tabernacle, by Soho.
13th.April, 1694. Mr. Bentley, our Boyle Lecturer, Chap-
lain to the Bishop of Worcester, came to see me.
15th April, 1694. One Mr. Stanhope preached a most
2ad April, 1694. A fiery exhalation rising out of the sea,
spread itself in Montgomeryshire a furlong broad, and
many miles in length, burning all straw, hay, thatch, and
grass, but doing no harm to trees, timber, or any solid
things, only firing barns, or thatched houses. It left such
a taint on the grass as to kill all the cattle that eat of
it. I saw the attestations in the hands of the sufferers.
It lasted many months. (C The Berkeley Castle}> sunk by
the French coming from the East Indies, worth ^2 00,000.
The French took our castle of Gamboo in Guinea, so that
the Africa Actions fell to ^£30, and the India to ^80.
Some regiments of Highland Dragoons were on their
inarch through England; they were of large stature, well
appointed and disciplined. One of them having reproached
a Dutchman for cowardice in our late fight, was attacked
by two Dutchmen, when with his sword he struck off the
head of one, and cleft the skull of the other down to his
A very young gentleman named Wilson, the younger
son of one who had not above ^200 a year estate, lived
in the garb and equipage of the richest nobleman, for
house, furniture, coaches, saddle horses, and kept a table,
and all things accordingly, redeemed his father's estate,
and gave portions to his sisters, being challenged by one
Laws, a Scotchman, was killed in a duel, not fairly. The
quarrel arose from his taking away his own sister from
lodging in a house where this Laws had a mistress, whichad