John Evelyn's Diary 1663

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John Evelyn's Diary January 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 07 January 1663

07 Jan 1663. At night I saw the ball, in which his Majesty (32) danced with several great ladies.

John Evelyn's Diary 08 January 1663

08 Jan 1663. I went to see my kinsman, Sir George_Tuke's, comedy acted at the Duke's theater, which took so universally, that it was acted for some weeks every day, and it was believed it would be worth to the comedians £400 or £500. The plot was incomparable; but the language stiff and formal.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 January 1663

10 Jan 1663. I saw a ball again at Court, danced by the King (32), the Duke (29), and ladies, in great pomp.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 January 1663

21 Jan 1663. Dined at Mr. Treasurer's, of the Household, Sir Charles Berkeley's (33), where were the Earl of Oxford (35), Lord Bellassis (48), Lord Gerard, Sir Andrew Scrope, Sir William Coventry (35), Dr. Fraser, Mr. Windham, and others.

John Evelyn's Diary February 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 05 February 1663

05 Feb 1663. I saw "The Wild Gallant", a comedy; and was at the great ball at Court, where his Majesty (32), the Queen (24), etc., danced.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 February 1663

06 Feb 1663. Dined at my Lord Mayor's, Sir John Robinson (48), Lieutenant of the Tower.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 February 1663

15 Feb 1663. This night some villains broke into my house and study below, and robbed me to the value of £60 in plate, money and goods:—this being the third time I have been thus plundered.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 26 March 1663

26 Mar 1663. I sat at the Commission of Sewers, where was a great case pleaded by his Majesty's (32) counsel; he having built a wall over a water course, denied the jurisdiction of the Court. The verdict went for the plaintiff.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 30 April 1663

30 Apr 1663. Came his Majesty (32) to honor my poor villa with his presence, viewing the gardens, and even every room of the house, and was pleased to take a small refreshment. There were with him the Duke of Richmond (24), Earl of St. Alban's (58), Lord Lauderdale (46), and several persons of quality.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 14 May 1663

14 May 1663. Dined with my Lord Mordaunt (36), and thence went to Barnes, to visit my excellent and ingenious friend, Abraham Cowley (45).

John Evelyn's Diary 17 May 1663

17 May 1663. I saluted the old Bishop of Durham, Dr. Cosin (68), to whom I had been kind, and assisted in his exile; but which he little remembered in his greatness.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 May 1663

29 May 1663. Dr. Creighton (24) preached his extravagant sermon at St. Margaret's, before the House of Commons.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 May 1663

30 May 1663. This morning was passed my lease of Sayes Court from the Crown, for the finishing of which I had been obliged to make such frequent journeys to London. I returned this evening, having seen the Russian Ambassador (18) take leave of their Majesties with great solemnity.

John Evelyn's Diary July 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 02 July 1663

02 Jul 1663. I saw the great Masque at Court, and lay that night at Arundel House.

John Evelyn's Diary 04 July 1663

04 Jul 1663. I saw his Majesty's (33) Guards, being of horse and foot 4,000, led by the General, the Duke of Albemarle (54), in extraordinary equipage and gallantry, consisting of gentlemen of quality and veteran soldiers, excellently clad, mounted, and ordered, drawn up in battalia before their Majesties in Hyde Park, where the old Earl of Cleveland (72) trailed a pike, and led the right-hand file in a foot company, commanded by the Lord Wentworth (51), his son; a worthy spectacle and example, being both of them old and valiant soldiers. This was to show the French Ambassador, Monsieur Comminges; there being a great assembly of coaches, etc., in the park.

John Evelyn's Diary 07 July 1663

07 Jul 1663. Dined at the Comptroller's; after dinner we met at the Commission about the streets, and to regulate hackney coaches, also to make up our accounts to pass the Exchequer.

John Evelyn's Diary 16 July 1663

16 Jul 1663. A most extraordinary wet and cold season.
Sir George Carteret (53), Treasurer of the Navy, had now married his daughter, Caroline, to Sir Thomas Scott (25), of Scott's Hall, in Kent. This gentleman was thought to be the son of Prince Rupert (43).

John Evelyn's Diary August 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 02 August 1663

02 Aug 1663. This evening I accompanied Mr. Treasurer and Vice-Chamberlain Carteret (53) to his lately married son-in-law's, Sir Thomas Scott (25), to Scott's Hall. We took barge as far as Gravesend, and thence by post to Rochester, whence in coach and six horses to Scott's Hall; a right noble seat, uniformly built, with a handsome gallery. It stands in a park well stored, the land fat and good. We were exceedingly feasted by the young knight, and in his pretty chapel heard an excellent sermon by his chaplain. In the afternoon, preached the learned Sir Norton Knatchbull (who has a noble seat hard by, and a plantation of stately fir trees). In the churchyard of the parish church I measured an overgrown yew tree, that was eighteen of my paces in compass, out of some branches of which, torn off by the winds, were sawed divers goodly planks.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 August 1663

10 Aug 1663. We returned by Sir Norton's, whose house is likewise in a park. This gentleman is a worthy person, and learned critic, especially in Greek and Hebrew. Passing by Chatham, we saw his Majesty's (33) Royal Navy, and dined at Commissioner Pett's (43), master-builder there, who showed me his study and models, with other curiosities belonging to his art. He is esteemed for the most skillful shipbuilder in the world. He hath a pretty garden and banqueting house, pots, statues, cypresses, resembling some villas about Rome. After a great feast we rode post to Gravesend, and, sending the coach to London, came by barge home that night.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 August 1663

18 Aug 1663. To London, to see my Lord Chancellor (54), where I had discourse with my Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (65) and the Bishop of Winchester (65), who enjoined me to write to Dr. Pierce (41), President of Magdalen College, Oxford, about a letter sent him by Dr. Goffe (58), a Romish Oratorian, concerning an answer to Dean Cressy's late book.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 August 1663

20 Aug 1663. I dined at the Comptroller's [of the Household] with the Earl of Oxford (36) and Mr. Ashburnham; it was said it should be the last of the public diets, or tables, at Court, it being determined to put down the old hospitality, at which was great murmuring, considering his Majesty's (33) vast revenue and the plenty of the nation. Hence, I went to sit in a Committee, to consider about the regulation of the Mint at the Tower; in which some small progress was made.

John Evelyn's Diary 27 August 1663

27 Aug 1663. Dined at Sir Philip Warwick's (53), Secretary to my Lord Treasurer (56), who showed me the accounts and other private matters relating to the revenue. Thence, to the Commissioners of the Mint, particularly about coinage, and bringing his Majesty's (33) rate from fifteen to ten shillings for every pound weight of gold.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 August 1663

31 Aug 1663. I was invited to the translation of Dr. Sheldon (65), Bishop of London, from that see to Canterbury, the ceremony performed at Lambeth Palace. First, went his Grace's mace bearer, steward, treasurer, comptroller, all in their gowns, and with white staves; next, the bishops in their habits, eight in number; Dr. Sweate, Dean of the Arches, Dr. Exton, Judge of the Admiralty, Sir William Merick, Judge of the Prerogative Court, with divers advocates in scarlet. After divine service in the chapel, performed with music extraordinary, Dr. French and Dr. Stradling (his Grace's chaplains) said prayers. The Archbishop in a private room looking into the chapel, the bishops, who were commissioners, went up to a table placed before the altar, and sat round it in chairs. Then Dr. Chaworth presented the commission under the broad seal to the Bishop of Winchester (65), and it was read by Dr. Sweate. After which, the Vicar-General went to the vestry, and brought his Grace into the chapel, his other officers marching before. He being presented to the Commissioners, was seated in a great armchair at one end of the table, when the definitive sentence was read by the Bishop of Winchester (65), and subscribed by all the bishops, and proclamation was three times made at the chapel door, which was then set open for any to enter, and give their exceptions; if any they had. This done, we all went to dinner in the great hall to a mighty feast. There were present all the nobility in town, the Lord Mayor of London, Sheriffs, Duke of Albemarle (54), etc. My Lord Archbishop did in particular most civilly welcome me. So going to visit my Lady Needham, who lived at Lambeth, I went over to London.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 10 September 1663

10 Sep 1663. I dined with Mr. Treasurer of the Navy (53), where, sitting by Mr. Secretary Morice (35), we had much discourse about books and authors, he being a learned man, and had a good collection.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 24 October 1663

24 Oct 1663. Mr. Edward Phillips came to be my son's (8) preceptor: this gentleman was nephew to Milton, who wrote against Salmasius's "Defensio"; but was not at all infected with his principles, though brought up by him.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 05 November 1663

05 Nov 1663. Dr. South (29), my Lord Chancellor's (54) chaplain, preached at Westminster Abbey an excellent discourse concerning obedience to magistrates, against the pontificians and sectaries. I afterward dined at Sir Philip Warwick's (53), where was much company.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 November 1663

06 Nov 1663. To Court, to get Sir John Evelyn (30), of Godstone, off from being Sheriff of Surrey.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 November 1663

30 Nov 1663. Was the first anniversary of our Society for the choice of new officers, according to the tenor of our patent and institution. It being St. Andrew's day, who was our patron, each fellow wore a St. Andrew's cross of ribbon on the crown of his hat. After the election we dined together, his Majesty (33) sending us venison.

John Evelyn's Diary December 1663

John Evelyn's Diary 16 December 1663

16 Dec 1663. To our Society, where Mr. P. Balle, our treasurer at the late election, presented the Society with an iron chest, having three locks, and in it £100 as a gift.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 December 1663

18 Dec 1663. Dined with the gentlemen of his Majesty's (33) bedchamber at Whitehall.