DIARY OF LONDON
and were soon brought up to join with the rest of the
ships which could "be got together, so that there is hope
this plot may be broken. I look on it as a very great
deliverance and prevention by the providence of God.
Though many did formerly pity King James's condition,
this design of assassination and bringing over a French
army, alienated many of his friends, and was likely to
produce a more perfect establishment of King William.
ist March, 1696. The wind continuing N. and E. all
this week, brought so many of our men-of-war together
that, though most of the French finding their design de-
tected and prevented, made a shift to get into Calais and
Dunkirk roads, we wanting fire-ships and bombs to dis-
turb them; yet they were so engaged among the sands
^and flats, that 'tis said they cut their masts and flung
their great guns overboard to lighten their vessels. We
are yet upon them. This deliverance is due solely to
God. French were to have invaded at once England,
Scotland, and Ireland.
8th March, 1696. Divers of the conspirators tried and
Vesuvius breaking out, terrified Naples. Three of the
unhappy wretches, whereof one was a priest, were exe-
cuted* for intending to assassinate the King; they ac-
knowledged their intention, but acquitted King James
of inciting them to it, and died very penitent. Di-
vers more in danger, and some very considerable per-
Great frost and cold.
6th April, 1696. I visited Mr. Graham in the Fleet.
loth April, 1696. The quarters of Sir William Perkins
and Sir John Friend, lately executed on the plot, with
Perkins's head, were set up at Temple Bar, a dismal
sight, which many pitied. I think there never was such at
Temple Bar till now, except once in the time of King
Charles II., namely, of Sir Thomas Armstrong, f
12th April, 1696. A very fine spring season.
19th April, 1696. Great offense taken at the three min-
isters who absolved Sir William Perkins and Friend at
Tyburn. One of them (Snatt) was a son of my old school-
* Robert Chamock, Edward King, and Thomas Keys.
fHe was concerned in the Rye-House plot, fled into Holland, was
given up, and executed in his own country, 1684. See p. 198. but so it