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1702-03                          JOHN EVELYN

ing-   so   many   plays,   for  which   they  gave   her ^500;
which part by her voice alone at the end of three scenes
she performed with such   modesty and grace, and above
all with   such  skill, that  there  was   never any who did
anything  comparable with  their voices.    She was to  go
home to the Court of the King of Prussia, and I believe
carried with  her out  of this vain nation above ^1,000,
everybody coveting to hear her at their private houses.
26th May, 1703.    This  day died  Mr. Samuel Pepys, a
very  worthy,   industrious  and curious   person,   none  in
England  exceeding  him  in knowledge  of the navy, in
which he  had passed   through all the most considerable
offices, Clerk of the Acts 'and Secretary of the Admiralty,
all   which   he   performed   with   great   integrity.    When
King James II. went   out of  England, he laid down his
office, and  would serve no  more; but withdrawing him-
self from all public affairs, he lived at Clapham with his
partner, Mr. Hewer, formerly his clerk, In a very noble
house   and sweet   place, where  he  enjoyed the fruit of
his labors  in great prosperity.    He was universally be-
loved,   hospitable,   generous,   learned   in   many   things,
skilled in music, a very great cherisher of learned men
of whom he had the conversation.    His library and col-
lection   of other curiosities were  of the most  cpnsider-
able,   the models of  ships  especially.    Besides what  he
published of  an account of the navy, as he found  and
left it,   he had for divers  years under his hand the His-
tory of the Navy, or Navalia^ as he called it;  but how
far advanced, and what will follow of his, is left, I sup-
pose, to his sister's son,    Mr. Jackson, a young gentle-
man,   whom    Mr.    Pepys   had    educated   in    all   sorts
of useful learning,   sending him to travel abroad, from
whence he returned with extraordinary accomplishments,
and worthy to   be  heir.    Mr.  Pepys  had been for near
forty years so much my particular friend, that Mr. Jack-
son sent me complete mourning, desiring me to be one
to hold up the pall at his magnificent obsequies; but my
indisposition hindered me from doing him this last office.
13th June, 1703.   Rains have been great and continual,
and now, near midsummer, cold and wet.

nth July, 1703. I went to Addiscombe, sixteen miles
from Wotton, to see my son-in-law's new house, the
outside, to the coving, being1 such excellent brickwork,f that Church, in God's