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1696-98                       JOHN EVELYN

17th August, 1697. I came to Wotton after three
months* absence.

September, 1697. Very bright weather, but with sharp
east wind. My son came from London in his melancholy

12th September, 1697. Mr. Buncombe, the rector,
came and preached after an absence of two years, though
only living seven or eight miles off [at Ashted]. Wel-
come tidings of the Peace.

3d October, 1697. So great were the storms all this
week, that near a thousand people were lost going into the

16th November, 1697. The King's entry very pompous;
but is nothing approaching that of King Charles II.

sd December, 1697. Thanksgiving Day for the Peace,
the King and a great Court at Whitehall. The Bishop
of Salisbury preached, or rather made a florid panegyric,
on 2 Chron. ix. 7, 8. The evening concluded with fire-
works and illuminations of great expense.

5th December, 1697. Was the first Sunday that St.
Paul's had had service performed in it since it was burned
in 1666.

6th December, 1697. I went to Kensington with the
Sheriff, Knights, and chief gentlemen of Surrey, to pre-
sent their address to the King. The Duke of Norfolk
promised to introduce it, but came so late, that it was
presented before he came. This insignificant ceremony
was brought in in Cromwell's time, and has ever since
continued with offers of life and fortune to whoever
happened to have the power. I dined at Sir Richard
Onslow's, who treated almost all the gentlemen of Sur-
rey. When we had half dined, the Duke of Norfolk
came in to make his excuse.

12th December, 1697. At the Temple Church; it was
very long before the service began, staying for the
Comptroller of the Inner Temple, where was to be kept
a riotous and reveling Christmas, according to custom.

18th. December, 1697. At Lambeth, to Dr. Bentley,
about the Library at St. James's.

23d December,  1697.    I returned to Wotton.

1697-98. A great Christmas kept at Wotton, open house,
much company. I presented my book of Medals, etc., to
divers noblemen, before I exposed it to sale.r Tallies, of which I had for ^2,000 on the