John Evelyn's Diary 1649

1649 Trial of Charles I

1649 Execution of Three Lords

1649 Siege of Drogheda

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John Evelyn's Diary January 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 01 January 1649

01 Jan 1649. I had a lodging and some books at my father-in-law's house, Sayes Court.

John Evelyn's Diary 02 January 1649

02 Jan 1649. I went to see my old friend and fellow-traveler, Mr. Henshaw, who had two rare pieces of Stenwyck's perspective.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 January 1649

17 Jan 1649. To London. I heard the rebel, Peters, incite the rebel powers met in the Painted Chamber, to destroy his Majesty (48); and saw that archtraitor, Bradshaw (47), who not long after condemned him.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 January 1649

19 Jan 1649. I returned home, passing an extraordinary danger of being drowned by our wherries falling foul in the night on another vessel then at anchor, shooting the bridge at three quarters' ebb, for which His mercy God Almighty be praised.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 January 1649

21 Jan 1649. Was published my translation of Liberty and Servitude, for the preface of which I was severely threatened.

John Evelyn's Diary 22 January 1649

Trial of Charles I

22 Jan 1649. I went through a course of chemistry, at Sayes Court. Now was the Thames frozen over, and horrid tempests of wind.
The villany of the rebels proceeding now so far as to try, condemn, and murder our excellent King (48) on the 30th of this month, struck me with such horror, that I kept the day of his martyrdom a fast, and would not be present at that execrable wickedness; receiving the sad account of it from my brother George (31), and Mr. Owen, who came to visit me this afternoon, and recounted all the circumstances.

John Evelyn's Diary February 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 01 February 1649

Execution of Three Lords

01 Feb 1649. Now were Duke Hamilton (42), the Earl of Norwich (63), Lord Capell (40), etc., at their trial before the rebels' New Court of Injustice.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 February 1649

15 Feb 1649. I went to see the collection of one Trean, a rich merchant, who had some good pictures, especially a rare perspective of Stenwyck; from thence, to other virtuosos.
The painter, La Neve has an Andromeda, but I think it a copy after Vandyke (49) from Titian, for the original is in France. Webb, at the Exchange, has some rare things in miniature, of Breughel's, also Putti, in twelve squares, that were plundered from Sir James Palmer (64).
At Du Bois, we saw two tables of Putti, that were gotten, I know not how, out of the Castle of St. Angelo, by old Petit, thought to be Titian's; he had some good heads of Palma, and one of Stenwyck. Bellcar showed us an excellent copy of his Majesty's Sleeping Venus and the Satyr, with other figures; for now they had plundered, sold, and dispersed a world of rare paintings of the King's, and his loyal subjects. After all, Sir William Ducy showed me some excellent things in miniature, and in oil of Holbein's; Sir Thomas More's head, and a whole-length figure of Edward VI., which were certainly his Majesty's; also a picture of Queen Elizabeth; the Lady Isabella Thynne (25); a rare painting of Rothenhamer, being a Susanna; and a Magdalen, of Quintin, the blacksmith; also a Henry VIII., of Holbein; and Francis I., rare indeed, but of whose hand I know not.

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John Evelyn's Diary 16 February 1649

16 Feb 1649. Paris being now strictly besieged by the Prince de Condé (27), my wife (14) being shut up with her father (44) and mother (39), I wrote a letter of consolation to her: and, on the 22d, having recommended Obadiah Walker (33), a learned and most ingenious person, to be tutor to, and travel with, Mr. Hillyard's two sons, returned to Sayes Court.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 February 1649

25 Feb 1649. Came to visit me Dr. Joyliffe (28), discoverer of the lymphatic vessels, and an excellent anatomist.

John Evelyn's Diary 26 February 1649

26 Feb 1649. Came to see me Captain George Evelyn, my kinsman, the great traveler, and one who believed himself a better architect than really he was; witness the portico in the Garden at Wotton; yet the great room at Albury is somewhat better understood. He had a large mind, but over-built everything.

John Evelyn's Diary 27 February 1649

27 Feb 1649. Came out of France my wife's (14) uncle (Paris still besieged), being robbed at sea by the Dunkirk pirates: I lost, among other goods, my wife's (14) picture, painted by Monsieur Bourdon.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 05 March 1649

Execution of Three Lords

05 Mar 1649. Now were the Lords murdered in the Palace Yard.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 March 1649

18 Mar 1649. Mr. Owen, a sequestered and learned minister, preached in my parlor, and gave us the blessed Sacrament, now wholly out of use in the parish churches, on which the Presbyterians and fanatics had usurped.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 March 1649

21 Mar 1649. I received letters from Paris from my wife (14), and from Sir Richard [Browne], with whom I kept up a political correspondence, with no small danger of being discovered.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 March 1649

25 Mar 1649. I heard the Common Prayer (a rare thing in these days) in St. Peter's, at Paul's Wharf, London; and, in the morning, the Archbishop of Armagh, that pious person and learned man, Usher (68), in Lincoln's Inn Chapel.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 02 April 1649

02 Apr 1649. To London, and inventoried my movables that had hitherto been dispersed for fear of plundering: wrote into France, touching my sudden resolutions of coming over to them. On the 8th, again heard an excellent discourse from Archbishop Usher (68), on Ephes. 4, v. 26-27.
My Italian collection being now arrived, came Moulins, the great chirurgeon, to see and admire the Tables of Veins and Arteries, which I purchased and caused to be drawn out of several human bodies at Padua.
11th April 1649. Received news out of France that peace was concluded; dined with Sir Joseph Evelyn, at Westminster; and on the 13th I saw a private dissection at Moulins's house.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 April 1649

17 Apr 1649. I fell dangerously ill of my head; was blistered and let bleed behind the ears and forehead: on the 23d, began to have ease by using the fumes of camomile on embers applied to my ears, after all the physicians had done their best.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 April 1649

29 Apr 1649. I saw in London a huge ox bred in Kent, 17 feet in length, and much higher than I could reach.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 12 May 1649

12 May 1649. I purchased the manor of Warley Magna, in Essex: in the afternoon went to see Gildron's collections of paintings, where I found Mr. Endymion Porter (62), of his late Majesty's (48) bedchamber.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 May 1649

17 May 1649. Went to Putney by water, in the barge with divers ladies, to see the schools, or colleges, of the young gentlewomen.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 May 1649

19 May 1649. To see a rare cabinet of one Delabarr, who had some good paintings, especially a monk at his beads.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 May 1649

30 May 1649. Unkingship was proclaimed, and his Majesty's statues thrown down at St. Paul's Portico, and the Exchange.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 07 June 1649

07 Jun 1649. I visited Sir Arthur Hopton (61) (brother [Note. Nephew?] to Sir Ralph, Lord Hopton (53), that noble hero), who having been Ambassador extraordinary in Spain, sojourned some time with my father-in-law (44) at Paris, a most excellent person. Also Signora Lucretia, a Greek lady, whom I knew in Italy, now come over with her husband, an English gentleman. Also, the Earl (44) and Countess of Arundel (18), taking leave of them and other friends now ready to depart for France. This night was a scuffle between some rebel soldiers and gentlemen about the Temple.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 June 1649

10 Jun 1649. Preached the Archbishop of Armagh (68) in Lincoln's-Inn, from Romans 5, verse 13. I received the blessed Sacrament, preparatory to my journey.

John Evelyn's Diary 13 June 1649

13 Jun 1649. I dined with my worthy friend, Sir John Owen (49), newly freed from sentence of death among the lords that suffered. With him was one Carew, who played incomparably on the Welsh harp; afterward I treated divers ladies of my relations, in Spring Garden.
This night was buried with great pomp, Dorislaus, slain at the Hague, the villain who managed the trial against his sacred Majesty.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 June 1649

17 Jun 1649. I got a pass from the rebel Bradshaw (47), then in great power.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 June 1649

20 Jun 1649. I went to Putney, and other places on the Thames, to take prospects in crayon, to carry into France, where I thought to have them engraved.

John Evelyn's Diary July 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 02 July 1649

02 Jul 1649. I went from Wotton to Godstone (the residence of Sir John Evelyn (58)), where was also Sir John Evelyn of Wilts. (47), when I took leave of both Sir Johns and their ladies. Mem. the prodigious memory of Sir John of Wilts' (47) daughter, since married to Mr. W. Pierrepont [Note. Mr R Pierrepoint], and mother of the present Earl of Kingston. I returned to Sayes Court this night.

John Evelyn's Diary 04 July 1649

04 Jul 1649. Visited Baroness Hatton (37), her lord (44) sojourning at Paris with my father-in-law (44).

John Evelyn's Diary 09 July 1649

09 Jul 1649. Dined with Sir Walter Pye, and my good friend, Mr. Eaton, afterward a judge, who corresponded with me in France.

John Evelyn's Diary 11 July 1649

11 Jul 1649. Came to see me old Alexander Rosse, the divine historian and poet; Mr. Henshaw, Mr. Scudamore, and other friends to take leave of me.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 July 1649

12 Jul 1649. It was about three in the afternoon, I took oars for Gravesend., accompanied by my cousin, Stephens, and sister, Glanville, who there supped with me and returned; whence I took post immediately to Dover, where I arrived by nine in the morning; and, about eleven that night, went on board a barque guarded by a pinnace of eight guns; this being the first time the Packet-boat had obtained a convoy, having several times before been pillaged. We had a good passage, though chased for some hours by a pirate, but he dared not attack our frigate, and we then chased him till he got under the protection of the castle at Calais. It was a small privateer belonging to the Prince of Wales. I carried over with me my servant, Richard Hoare, an incomparable writer of several hands, whom I afterward preferred in the Prerogative Office, at the return of his Majesty. Lady Catherine Scott, daughter of the Earl of Norwich (64), followed us in a shallop, with Mr. Arthur Slingsby (26), who left England incognito. At the entrance of the town, the Lieutenant Governor, being on his horse with the guards, let us pass courteously. I visited Sir Richard Lloyd, an English gentleman, and walked in the church, where the ornament about the high altar of black marble is very fine, and there is a good picture of the Assumption. The citadel seems to be impregnable, and the whole country about it to be laid under water by sluices for many miles.

John Evelyn's Diary 16 July 1649

16 Jul 1649. We departed from Paris, in company with that very pleasant lady, Lady Catherine Scott, and others. In all this journey we were greatly apprehensive of parties, which caused us to alight often out of our coach and walk separately on foot, with our guns on our shoulders, in all suspected places.

John Evelyn's Diary August 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 01 August 1649

01 Aug 1649. At three in the afternoon we came to St. Denis, saw the rarities of the church and treasury; and so to Paris that evening.
The next day, came to welcome me at dinner the Lord High Treasurer Cottington (70), Sir Edward Hyde, Chancellor (40), Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State, Sir George Carteret, Governor of Jersey (39), and Dr. Earle (48), having now been absent from my wife (14) above a year and a half.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 August 1649

18 Aug 1649. I went to St. Germains, to kiss his Majesty's (19) hand; in the coach, which was my Lord Wilmot's (36), went Mrs. Barlow (19), the King's mistress and mother to the Duke of Monmouth, a brown, beautiful, bold, but insipid creature.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 August 1649

19 Aug 1649. I went to salute the French King (10) and the Queen Dowager (47); and, on the 21st, returned in one of the Queen's coaches with my Lord Germain, Duke of Buckingham (21), Lord Wentworth (37), and Mr. Croftes (38), since Lord Croftes.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 07 September 1649

07 Sep 1649. Went with my wife (14) and dear Cousin to St. Germains, and kissed the Queen-Mother's (39) hand; dined with my Lord Keeper and Lord Hatton (44). Divers of the great men of France came to see the King (19). The next day, came the Prince of Condé (27). Returning to Paris, we went to see the President Maison's palace, built castle-wise, of a milk-white fine freestone; the house not vast, but well contrived, especially the staircase, and the ornaments of Putti, about it. It is environed in a dry moat, the offices under ground, the gardens very excellent with extraordinary long walks, set with elms, and a noble prospect toward the forest, and on the Seine toward Paris. Take it altogether, the meadows, walks, river, forest, corn-ground, and vineyards, I hardly saw anything in Italy to exceed it. The iron gates are very magnificent. He has pulled down a whole village to make room for his pleasure about it.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 September 1649

12 Sep 1649. Dr. Crighton, a Scotchman, and one of his Majesty's chaplains, a learned Grecian who set out the Council of Florence, preached.

John Evelyn's Diary 13 September 1649

13 Sep 1649. The King (19) invited the Prince of Condé (28) to supper at St. Cloud; there I kissed the Duke of York's (15) hand in the tennis court, where I saw a famous match between Monsieur Saumeurs and Colonel Cooke, and so returned to Paris. It was noised about that I was knighted, a dignity I often declined.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 01 October 1649

01 Oct 1649. Went with my cousin Tuke (34) (afterward Sir Samuel), to see the fountains of St. Cloud and Ruel; and, after dinner, to talk with the poor ignorant and superstitious anchorite at Mount Calvary, and so to Paris.

John Evelyn's Diary 02 October 1649

02 Oct 1649. Came Mr. William Coventry (21) (afterward Sir William) and the Duke's secretary, etc., to visit me.

John Evelyn's Diary 05 October 1649

05 Oct 1649. Dined with Sir George Ratcliffe, the great favorite of the late Earl of Stratford (56), formerly Lord Deputy of Ireland, decapitated.

John Evelyn's Diary 07 October 1649

07 Oct 1649. To the Louvre, to visit the Countess of Moreton (40), governess to Madame (5).

John Evelyn's Diary 15 October 1649

Siege of Drogheda

15 Oct 1649. Came news of Drogheda being taken by the rebels, and all put to the sword, which made us very sad, forerunning the loss of all Ireland.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 October 1649

21 Oct 1649. I went to hear Dr. d'Avinson's lecture in the physical garden, and see his laboratory, he being Prefect of that excellent garden, and Professor Botanicus.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 October 1649

30 Oct 1649. I was at the funeral of one Mr. Downes, a sober English gentleman. We accompanied his corpse to Charenton, where he was interred in a cabbage-garden, yet with the office of our church, which was said before in our chapel at Paris. Here I saw also where they buried the great soldier, Gassion, who had a tomb built over him like a fountain, the design and materials mean enough. I returned to Paris with Sir Philip Musgrave (42), and Sir Marmaduke Langdale, since Lord Langdale. Memorandum. This was a very sickly and mortal autumn.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 05 November 1649

05 Nov 1649. I received divers letters out of England, requiring me to come over about settling some of my concerns.

John Evelyn's Diary 07 November 1649

07 Nov 1649. Dr. George Morley (51) (since Bishop of Winchester) preached in our chapel on Matthew 4, verse 3.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 November 1649

18 Nov 1649. I went with my father-in-law (44) to see his audience at the French Court, where next the Pope's Nuncio, he was introduced by the master of ceremonies, and, after delivery of his credentials, as from our King, since his father's murder, he was most graciously received by the King of France and his mother, with whom he had a long audience. This was in the Palais Cardinal.
After this, being presented to his Majesty (19) and the Queen Regent I went to see the house built by the late great Cardinal de Richelieu. The most observable thing is the gallery, painted with the portraits of the most illustrious persons and single actions in France, with innumerable emblems between every table. In the middle of the gallery, is a neat chapel, rarely paved in work and devices of several sorts of marble, besides the altar-piece and two statues of white marble, one of St. John, the other of the Virgin Mary, by Bernini. The rest of the apartments are rarely gilded and carved, with some good modern paintings. In the presence hang three huge branches of crystal. In the French King's bedchamber, is an alcove like another chamber, set as it were in a chamber like a movable box, with a rich embroidered bed. The fabric of the palace is not magnificent, being but of two stories; but the garden is so spacious as to contain a noble basin and fountain continually playing, and there is a mall, with an elbow, or turning, to protract it. So I left his Majesty on the terrace, busy in seeing a bull-baiting, and returned home in Prince Edward's coach with Mr. Paul, the Prince Elector's agent.

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John Evelyn's Diary 19 November 1649

19 Nov 1649. Visited Mr. Waller (43), where meeting Dr. Holden, an English Sorbonne divine, we fell into some discourse about religion.

John Evelyn's Diary December 1649

John Evelyn's Diary 28 December 1649

28 Dec 1649. Going to wait on Mr. Waller (43), I viewed St. Stephen's church; the building, though Gothic, is full of carving; within it is beautiful, especially the choir and winding stairs. The glass is well painted, and the tapestry hung up this day about the choir, representing the conversion of Constantine, was exceedingly rich.
I went to that excellent engraver, Du Bosse, for his instruction about some difficulties in perspective which were delivered in his book.
I concluded this year in health, for which I gave solemn thanks to Almighty God.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 December 1649

29 Dec 1649. I christened Sir Hugh Rilie's child with Sir George Radcliffe in our chapel, the parents being so poor that they had provided no gossips, so as several of us drawing lots it fell on me, the Dean of Peterborough (Dr. Cousin (55)) officiating: we named it Andrew, being on the eve of that Apostle's day.