1704-05 JOHN EVELYN
loss by fire, burning the outhouses and famous stable of
the Earl of Nottingham, at Burleigh [Rutlandshire], full
of rich goods and furniture, by the carelessness of a serv-'
ant. A little before, the same happened at Lord Pem-
broke's, at Wilton. The old Countess of Northumberland,
Dowager of Algernon Percy, Admiral of the fleet to
King Charles I., died in the B$d year of her age. She
was sister to the Earl of Suffolk, and left a great estate,
her jointure to descend to the Duke of Somerset.
May, 1704. The Bailiff of Westminster hanged him-,
self. He had an ill report.
On the death of the Emperor, there was no mourning
worn at Court, because there was none at the Imperial
Court on the death of King William.
18th May, 1704. I went to see Sir John Chardin, at
Turnham Green, the gardens being very fine, and exceed-
ingly well planted with fruit.
2oth May, 1704. Most extravagant expense to debauch
and corrupt; votes for Parliament members. I sent my
grandson with his party of my freeholders to vote for
Mr. Harvey, of Combe.
4th January, 1704-05. I dined at Lambeth with the
Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. King, a sharp and ready man
in politics, as well as very learned.
June, 1705. The season very dry and hot. I went
to see Dr. Dickinson the famous chemist. We had long
conversation about the philosopher's elixir, which he be-
lieved attainable, and had seen projection himself by one
who went under the name of Mundanus, who sometimes
came along among the adepts, but was unknown as to
his country, or abode; of this the doctor had written a
treatise in Latin, full of very astonishing relations. He
is a very learned person, formerly a Fellow of St. John's
College, Oxford, in which city he practiced physic, but
has now altogether given it over, and lives retired, being
very old and infirm, yet continuing chemistry.
I went to Greenwich hospital, where they now began
to take in wounded and worn-out seamen, who are ex-
ceedingly well provided for. The buildings now going
on are very magnificent.
October, 1705. Mr. Cowper made Lord Keeper. Ob-
serving how uncertain great officers are of continuing
long in their places, he would not accept it, unlessre