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

DIARY OP                            LONDON

One Stephens, who preached before the House of Com-
mons on King- Charles's Martyrdom, told them that the
observation of that day was not intended out of any
detestation of his murder, but to be a lesson to other
Kings and Rulers, how they ought to behave themselves
toward their subjects, lest they should come to the same
end. This was so resented that, though it was usual to
desire these anniversary sermons to be printed, they
refused thanks to him, and ordered that in future no one
should preach before them, who was not either a Dean
or a Doctor of Divinity.

4th February, 1700. The Parliament voted against the
Scots settling in Darien as being prejudicial to our trade
with Spain. They also voted that the exorbitant number
of attorneys be lessened (now indeed  swarming, and evi-
dently causing lawsuits and disturbance, eating out the
estates of the people, provoking them to go to law).

18th February, 1700. Mild and calm season, with
gentle, frost, and little mizzling rain. The Vicar of St.
Martin's frequently preached at Trinity chapel in the
afternoon.

8th March, 1700, The season was like April for warmth
and mildness. nth. On Wednesday, was a sermon at
our chapel, to be continued during Lent.

13th March, 1700. I was at the funeral of my Lady
Temple, who was buried at Islington, brought from Ad-
discombe, near Croydon. She left my son-in-law Draper
(her nephew) the mansion house of Addiscombe, very nobly
and completely furnished, with the estate about it, with
plate and jewels, to the value in all of about ^20,000,
She was a very prudent lady, gave many great legacies,
with ^500 to the poor of Islington, where her husband,
Sir Purbeck Temple, was buried, both dying without issue.

24th March, 1700. The season warm, gentle, and ex-
ceedingly pleasant. Divers persons of quality entered into
the Society for Reformation* of Manners; and some lec-
tures were set up, particularly in the city of London.
The most eminent of the clergy preached at Bow Church,
after reading a declaration set forth by the King to sup-
press the growing wickedness; this began already to take
some effect as to common swearing, and oaths in the
mouths of people of all ranks,
p. 349.to a Libel,