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DIARY   OF                                  DEPTFORD

whereby men were obliged to renounce King James as
no rightful king, and to revenge King William's death,
if happening by assassination. This to be taken by all the
Counsel by a day limited, so that the Courts of Chan-
cery and King's Bench hardly heard any cause in Easter
Term, so many crowded to take the oath. This was
censured as a very entangling contrivance of the Parlia-
ment in expectation, that many in high office would lay
down, and others surrender. Many gentlemen taken up
on suspicion of the late plot, were now discharged out
of prison.

29th May, 1696. We settled divers offices, and other
matters relating to workmen, for the beginning of Green-
wich hospital.

ist June, 1696. I went to Deptford to dispose of our
goods, in order to letting the house for three years to
Vice Admiral Benbow, with condition to keep up the
garden. This was done soon after.

4th June, 1696. A committee met at Whitehall about
Greenwich Hospital, at Sir Christopher Wren's, his Maj-
esty's Surveyor-General. We made the first agreement
with divers workmen and for materials; and gave the
first order for proceeding on the foundation, and for
weekly payments to the workmen, and a general account
to be monthly.

nth June, 1696. Dined at Lord Pembroke's, Lord
Privy Seal, a very worthy gentleman. He showed me
divers rare pictures of very many of the old and best
masters, especially one of M. Angelo of a man gather-
ing fruit .to give to a woman, and a large book of the
best drawings of the old masters. Sir John Fen wick,
one of the conspirators, was taken. Great subscriptions
in Scotland to their East India Company. Want of cur-
rent money to carry on the smallest concerns, even for
daily provisions in the markets. Guineas lowered to
twenty-two shillings, and great sums daily transported
to Holland, where it yields more, with other treasure
sent to pay the armies, and nothing considerable coined
of the new and now only current stamp, cause such a scarcity
that tumults are every day feared, nobody paying or re-
ceiving money; so imprudent was the late Parliament to
condemn the old though clipped and corrupted, till they
had provided supplies. To this add the fraud of the98.  but so it