1699-1700 JOHN EVELYN
ness, blasphemy, among all sorts, portended some judg-
ment if not amended; on which a society was set on foot,
who obliged themselves to endeavor the reforming of it,
in London and other places, and began to punish of-
fenders and put the laws in more strict execution; which
God Almighty prosper! A gentle, calm, dry, temperate
weather all this season of the year, but now came sharp,
hard frost, and mist, but calm.
3d December, 1699. Calm, bright, and warm as in the
middle of April. So continued on 2ist of January. A
great earthquake in Portugal.
The Parliament reverses the prodigious donations of
the Irish forfeitures, which were intended to be set apart
for discharging the vast national debt. They called some
great persons in the highest offices in question for setting
the Great Seal to the pardon of an arch-pirate,* who had
turned pirate again, and brought prizes into the West
Indies, suspected to be connived at on sharing the prey;
but the prevailing part in the House called Courtiers,
out-voted the complaints, not by being more in number,
but by the country party being negligent in attendance.
i4th January, 1699-1700. Dr. Lancaster, Vicar of St.
Martin's, dismissed Mr. Stringfellow, who had been made
the first preacher at our chapel by the Bishop of Lincoln
[Dr. Tenison, now Archbishop], while he held St. Martin's
by dispensation, and put in one Mr. Sandys, much against
the inclination of those who frequented the chapel. The
Scotch book about Darien was burned by the hangman by
vote of Parliament, f
2ist January, 1700. Died the Duke of Beaufort, a
person of great honor, prudence, and estate.
25th January, 1700. I went to Wotton, the first time
after my brother's funeral, to furnish the house with
necessaries, Lady Wych and my nephew Glanville, the
executors having sold and disposed of what goods were
there of my brother's. The weather was now altering
into sharp and hard frost.
* Captain Kidd; he was hanged about two years afterward with
some of his accomplices. This was one of the charges brought by
the Commons against Lord Somers.
fThe volume alluded to was ŤAn Enquiry into the Causes of the
Miscarriage of the Scots Colony at Darien: Or an Answer to a Libel,ť
entitled ŤA Defense of the Scots abdicating Darien.}> See Votes of
the House of Commons, isth January, 1699-1700.t Portsmouth, and other places, were still in the Channely [in St. Martin's]; and setens to in-