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

1698                              JOHN EVELYN

9th June, 1698. To Deptford, to see how miserably
the Czar had left my house, after three months making
it his Cotirt. I got Sir Christopher Wren, the King's
surveyor, and Mr. London, his gardener, to go and esti-
mate the repairs, for which they allowed ^150 in their re-
port to the Lords of the Treasury. I then went to see the
foundation of the Hall and Chapel at Greenwich Hospital.

6th August, 1698. I dined with Pepys, where was Cap-
tain Dampier,* who had been a famous buccaneer, had
brought hither the painted Prince Job, and printed a re-
lation of his very strange adventure, and his observations.
He was now going abroad again by the King's encour-
agement, who furnished a ship of 290 tons. He seemed a
more modest man than one would imagine by the relation
of the crew he had assorted with. He brought a map of
his observations of the course of the winds in the South
Sea, and assured us that the maps hitherto extant were
all false as to the Pacific Sea, which he makes on the
south of the line, that on the north end running by the
coast of Peru being extremely tempestuous.

25th September, 1698. Dr. Foy came to me to use my
interest with Lord Sunderland for his being made Pro-
fessor of Physic at Oxford, in the King's gift. I went
also to the Archbishop in his behalf.

7th December, 1698. Being one of the Council of the
Royal Society, I was named to be of the committee
to wait on our new President, the Lord Chancellor, our
Secretary, Dr. Sloane, and Sir R. Southwell, last Vice-
President, carrying our book of statutes; the office of the
President being read, his Lordship subscribed his name,
and took the oaths according to our statutes as a Corpo*
ration for the improvement of natural knowledge. Then
his Lordship made a short compliment concerning the
honor the Society had done him, and how ready he would
be to promote so noble a design, and come himself among
us, as often as the attendance on the public would per-
mit; and so we took our leave.

18th December, 1698. Very warm, but exceedingly
stormy.

*The celebrated navigator, born in 1652, the time of whose death
is uncertain. His « Voyage Round the World» has gone through
many editions, and the substance of it has been transferred to many
collections of voyages.pur-