i7oi JOHN EVELYN
Mrs. Boscawen, sister of my Lord Treasurer, which was
now far advanced.
14th July, 1701. I subscribed toward rebuilding Oak-
wood Chapel, now, after 200 years, almost fallen down.
Augrust, 1701. The weather changed from heat not
much less than in Italy or Spain for some few days, to
wet, dripping-, and cold, with intermissions of fair.
2d September, 1701. I went to Kensington, and saw
the house, plantations, and gardens, the work of Mr.
Wise, who was there to receive me.
The death of King James, happening on the i^fh of
this month, N. S., after two or three days' indisposition,
put an end to that unhappy Prince's troubles, after a
short and unprosperous reign, indiscreetly attempting to
bring" in Popery, and make himself absolute, in imitation
of the French, hurried on by the impatience of the
Jesuits; which the nation would not endure.
Died the Earl of Bath, whose contest with Lord Mon-
tague about the Duke of Albemarle's estate, claiming
under a will supposed to have been forged, is said to have
been worth ^10,000 to the lawyers. His eldest son shot
himself a few days after his father's death; for what
cause is not clear. He was a most hopeful young man,
and had behaved so bravely against the Turks at the
siege of Vienna, that the Emperor made him a Count of
the Empire. - It was falsely reported that Sir Edward
Seymour was dead, a great man; he had often been
Speaker, Treasurer of the Navy, and in many other lucra-
tive offices. He was of a hasty spirit, not at all sincere,
but head, of the party at any time prevailing in Parlia-
29th September, 1701. I kept my first courts in Sur-
rey, which took up the whole week. My steward was
Mr, Hervey, a Counsellor, Justice of Peace, and Member
of Parliament, and my neighbor, I gave him six guineas,
which was a guinea a day, and to Mr. Martin, his clerk,
3 ist October, 1701. I was this day 81 complete, in
tolerable health, considering my great age,
December, 1701. Great contentions about elections. I
gave my vote and interest to Sir R. Onslow and Mr.
27th December, 1701. My grandson quitted Oxford*y were confined till the prorogation, and were much visited. Bur-