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1703-04                         JOHN EVELYN

7th December, 1703. I removed to Dover Street, where
I found all well; but houses, trees, garden, etc., at Sayes
Court, suffered very much.

3ist December, 1703. I made up my accounts, paid
wages, gave rewards and New Year's gifts, according to

January, 1703-04. The King of Spain * landing at Ports-
mouth, came to Windsor, where he was magnificently
entertained by the Queen, and behaved himself so nobly,
that everybody was taken with his graceful deportment.
After two days, having presented the great ladies,
and others, with valuable jewels, he went back to Ports-
mouth, and immediately embarked for Spain.

16th January, 1704. The Lord Treasurer gave my
grandson the office of Treasurer of the Stamp Duties,
with a salary of ^300 a year.

3.oth. January, 1704. The fast on the Martyrdom of
King Charles I. was observed with more than usual

May, 1704. Dr. Bathurst, President of Trinity College,
Oxford, now died, f I think the oldest acquaintance now
left me in the world. He was eighty-six years of age,
stark blind, deaf, and memory lost, after having been a
person of admirable parts and learning. This is a seri-
ous alarm to me. God grant that I may profit by it!
He built a very handsome chapel to the college, and his
own tomb. He gave a legacy of money, and a third part
of his library, to his nephew, Dr. Bohun, who went hence
to his funeral.

7th September, 1704. This day was celebrated the thanks-
giving for the late great victory, J with the utmost pomp
and splendor by the Queen, Court, great Officers, Lords
Mayor, Sheriffs, Companies, etc. The streets were scaf-
folded from Temple Bar, where the Lord Mayor presented
her Majesty with a sword, which she returned. Every
company was ranged under its banners, the city militia
without the rails, which were all hung with cloth suitable

* Charles III., afterward Emperor Of Germany, by the title of
Charles VI.

f There is a very good Life of him, with his portrait prefixed, by
Thomas Warton, Fellow of Trinity College, and Poetry Professor at

J Over the French and Bavarians, at Blenheim, isth August, 1704.r age. I