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Full text of "The Diary Of John Evelyn Vol-2"

DIARY OF                             WOTTON

4th May, 1694. I went this day with my wife and
four servants from Sayes Court, removing much furniture
of all sorts, books, pictures, hangings, bedding, etc., to
furnish the apartment my brother assigned me, and now,
after more than forty years, to spend the rest of my days
with him at Wotton, where I was born; leaving my
house at Deptford full furnished, and three servants, to
my son-in-law Draper, to pass the summer in, and
such longer time as he should think fit to make use
of it.

6th May, 1694. This being the first Sunday in the
month, the blessed sacrament of the Lord's Supper
ought to have been celebrated at Wotton church, but in
this parish it is exceedingly neglected, so that, unless at
the four great feasts, there is no communion hereabouts;
which is a great fault both in ministers and people. I
have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to discourse
the minister about it. Scarcely one shower has fallen
since the beginning of April.

3oth May, 1694. This week we had news of my Lord
Tiviot having cut his own throat, through what discon-
tent not yet said. He had been, not many years past,
my colleague in the commission of the Privy Seal, in
old acquaintance, very soberly and religiously inclined.
Lord, what are we without thy continual grace!

Lord Falkland, grandson to the learned Lord Falk-
land, Secretary of State to King Charles I., and slain in
his service, died now of the smallpox. He was a pretty,
brisk, understanding, industrious young gentleman; had
formerly been faulty, but now much reclaimed; had
also the good luck to marry a very great fortune, be-
sides being entitled to a vast sum, his share of the Spanish
wreck, taken up at the expense of divers adventurers.
From a Scotch Viscount he was made an English Baron,
designed Ambassador for Holland; had been Treasurer of
the Navy, and advancing extremely in the new Court.
All now gone in a moment, and I think the title
is extinct. I know not whether the estate devolves to
my cousin Carew. It was at my Lord Falkland's, whose
lady importuned us to let our daughter be with her some
time, so that that dear child took the same infection,
which cost her valuable life.

3d June, 1694.   Mr. Edwards, minister of Denton,  in very year 1694; it