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

DIARY QF                            LONDON

to the color of the banner. The Lord Mayor, Sheriffs,
and Aldermen were in their scarlet robes, with capari-
soned horses; the Knight Marshal on horseback; the Foot-
Guards; the Queen in a rich coach with eight horses,
none with her but the Duchess of Marlborough in a very
plain garment, the Queen full of jewels. Music and
trumpets at every city company. The great officers of
the Crown, Nobility, and Bishops, all in coaches with six
horses, besides innumerable servants, went to St. Paul's,
where the Dean preached. After this, the Queen went
back in the same order to St. James's. The city companies
feasted all the Nobility and Bishops, and illuminated at
night. Music for the church and anthems composed by
the best masters. The day before was wet and stormy,
but this was one of the most serene and calm days that
had been all the year.

October, 1704.    The year has been very plentiful.

31st October, 1704. Being my birthday and the 84th
year of my life, after particular reflections on my concerns
and passages of the year, I set some considerable time
of this day apart, to recollect and examine rny state and
condition, giving God thanks, and acknowledging his
infinite mercies to me and mine, begging his blessing,
and imploring his protection for the year following.

December, 1704. Lord Clarendon presented me with
the three volumes of his father's (< History of the Rebel-
lion. 

My Lord of Canterbury wrote to me for suffrage for
Mr. Clarke's continuance this year in the Boyle Lecture,
which I willingly gave for his excellent performance of
this year.

9th February, 1704. I went to wait on my Lord Treas-
urer, where was the victorious Duke of Marlborough, who
came to me and took me by the hand with extraordinary
familiarity and civility, as formerly he was used to do,
without any alteration of his good-nature. He had a
most rich George in a sardonyx set with diamonds of
very great value; for the rest, very plain. I had not
seen him for some years, and believed he might have
forgotten me.

2 ist February, 1704.    Remarkable fine weather.   Agues
and smallpox much in everyplace,
nth March, 1704.    An exceedingly dry season.    Greathe pleasure