John Evelyn's Diary 1668

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John Evelyn's Diary January 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 08 January 1668

08 Jan 1668. I saw deep and prodigious gaming at the Groom-Porter's, vast heaps of gold squandered away in a vain and profuse manner. This I looked on as a horrid vice, and unsuitable in a Christian Court.

John Evelyn's Diary 09 January 1668

09 Jan 1668. Went to see the revels at the Middle Temple, which is also an old riotous custom, and has relation neither to virtue nor policy.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 January 1668

10 Jan 1668. To visit Mr. Povey (54), where were divers great Lords to see his well-contrived cellar, and other elegancies.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 January 1668

24 Jan 1668. We went to stake out ground for building a college for the Royal Society at Arundel House, but did not finish it, which we shall repent of.

John Evelyn's Diary February 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 04 February 1668

04 Feb 1668. I saw the tragedy of "Horace" (written by the VIRTUOUS Mrs. Philips) acted before their Majesties [Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (37) and Henrietta Maria Bourbon Queen Consort Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705]. Between each act a masque and antique dance. The excessive gallantry of the ladies was infinite, those especially on that ... Castlemaine (27), esteemed at £40,000 and more, far outshining the Queen (29).

John Evelyn's Diary 15 February 1668

15 Feb 1668. I saw the audience of the Swedish Ambassador Count Donna, in great state in the Banqueting House.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 03 March 1668

03 Mar 1668. Was launched at Deptford, that goodly vessel, "The Charles" I was near his Majesty (37). She is longer than the "Sovereign", and carries 110 brass cannon; she was built by old Shish (63), a plain, honest carpenter, master-builder of this dock, but one who can give very little account of his art by discourse, and is hardly capable of reading, yet of great ability in his calling. The family have been ship carpenters in this yard above 300 years.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 March 1668

12 Mar 1668. Went to visit Sir John Cotton (47), who had me into his library, full of good MSS., Greek and Latin, but most famous for those of the Saxon and English antiquities, collected by his grandfather.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 02 April 1668

02 Apr 1668. To the Royal Society, where I subscribed 50,000 bricks, toward building a college. Among other libertine libels, there was one now printed and thrown about, a bold petition of the poor w——s to Baroness Castlemaine (27).

John Evelyn's Diary 09 April 1668

09 Apr 1668. To London, about finishing my grand account of the sick and wounded, and prisoners at war, amounting to above £34,000.
I heard Sir R. Howard (42) impeach Sir William Penn (46), in the House of Lords, for breaking bulk, and taking away rich goods out of the East India prizes, formerly taken by Lord Sandwich (42).

John Evelyn's Diary 28 April 1668

28 Apr 1668. To London, about the purchase of Ravensbourne Mills, and land around it, in Upper Deptford, of one Mr. Becher.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 April 1668

30 Apr 1668. We sealed the deeds in Sir Edward Thurland's (61) chambers in the Inner Temple. I pray God bless it to me, it being a dear pennyworth; but the passion Sir R. Browne had for it, and that it was contiguous to our other grounds, engaged me!.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 13 May 1668

13 May 1668. Invited by that expert commander, Captain Cox, master of the lately built "Charles II" now the best vessel of the fleet, designed for the Duke of York (34), I went to Erith, where we had a great dinner.

John Evelyn's Diary 16 May 1668

16 May 1668. Sir Richard Edgecombe (28), of Mount Edgecombe, by Plymouth, my relation, came to visit me; a very virtuous and worthy gentleman.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 19 June 1668

19 Jun 1668. To a new play with several of my relations, "The Evening Lover", a foolish plot, and very profane; it afflicted me to see how the stage was degenerated and polluted by the licentious times.

John Evelyn's Diary July 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 02 July 1668

02 Jul 1668. Sir Samuel Tuke, Bart (53), and the lady he had married this day, came and bedded at night at my house, many friends accompanying the bride.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 July 1668

23 Jul 1668. At the Royal Society, were presented divers glossa petras, and other natural curiosities, found in digging to build the fort at Sheerness. They were just the same as they bring from Malta, pretending them to be viper's teeth, whereas, in truth, they are of a shark, as we found by comparing them with one in our repository.

John Evelyn's Diary August 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 03 August 1668

03 Aug 1668. Mr. Bramstone (son to Judge B), my old fellow-traveler, now reader at the Middle Temple, invited me to his feast, which was so very extravagant and great as the like had not been seen at any time. There were the Duke of Ormond (57), Privy Seal (62), Bedford (52), Belasis (54), Halifax (34), and a world more of Earls and Lords.

John Evelyn's Diary 14 August 1668

14 Aug 1668. His Majesty (38) was pleased to grant me a lease of a slip of ground out of Brick Close, to enlarge my fore-court, for which I now gave him thanks; then, entering into other discourse, he talked to me of a new varnish for ships, instead of pitch, and of the gilding with which his new yacht was beautified. I showed his Majesty (38) the perpetual motion sent to me by Dr. Stokes, from Cologne; and then came in Monsieur Colbert (43), the French Ambassador.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 August 1668

19 Aug 1668. I saw the magnificent entry of the French Ambassador Colbert (43), received in the Banqueting House. I had never seen a richer coach than that which he came in to Whitehall. Standing by his Majesty (38) at dinner in the presence, there was of that rare fruit called the king-pine, growing in Barbadoes and the West Indies; the first of them I had ever seen. His Majesty (38) having cut it up, was pleased to give me a piece off his own plate to taste of; but, in my opinion, it falls short of those ravishing varieties of deliciousness described in Captain Ligon's (45) history, and others; but possibly it might, or certainly was, much impaired in coming so far; it has yet a grateful acidity, but tastes more like the quince and melon than of any other fruit he mentions.

John Evelyn's Diary 28 August 1668

28 Aug 1668. Published my book on "The Perfection of Painting", dedicated to Mr. Howard.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 17 September 1668

17 Sep 1668. I entertained Signor Muccinigo, the Venetian Ambassador, of one of the noblest families of the State, this being the day of making his public entry, setting forth from my house with several gentlemen of Venice and others in a very glorious train. He staid with me till the Earl of Anglesea (54) and Sir Charles Cotterell (53) (Master of the Ceremonies) came with the King's (38) barge to carry him to the Tower, where the guns were fired at his landing; he then entered his Majesty's (38) coach, followed by many others of the nobility. I accompanied him to his house, where there was a most noble supper to all the company, of course. After the extraordinary compliments to me and my wife (33), for the civilities he received at my house, I took leave and returned. He is a very accomplished person. He is since Ambassador at Rome.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 September 1668

29 Sep 1668. I had much discourse with Signor Pietro Cisij, a Persian gentleman, about the affairs of Turkey, to my great satisfaction. I went to see Sir Elias Leighton's project of a cart with iron axletrees.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 08 November 1668

08 Nov 1668. Being at dinner, my sister Evelyn sent for me to come up to London to my continuing sick brother (45).

John Evelyn's Diary 14 November 1668

14 Nov 1668. To London, invited to the consecration of that excellent person, the Dean of Ripon, Dr. Wilkins (54), now made Bishop of Chester; it was at Ely House, the Archbishop of Canterbury (70), Dr. Cosin (73), Bishop of Durham, the Bishops of Ely (77), Salisbury (51), Rochester (43), and others officiating. Dr. Tillotson (38) preached. Then, we went to a sumptuous dinner in the hall, where were the Duke of Buckingham (40), Judges, Secretaries of State, Lord-Keeper, Council, Noblemen, and innumerable other company, who were honorers of this incomparable man, universally beloved by all who knew him.
This being the Queen's birthday, great was the gallantry at Whitehall, and the night celebrated with very fine fireworks.
My poor brother (66) continuing ill, I went not from him till the 17th, when, dining at the Groom Porters, I heard Sir Edward Sutton play excellently on the Irish harp; he performs genteelly, but not approaching my worthy friend, Mr. Clark, a gentleman of Northumberland, who makes it execute lute, viol, and all the harmony an instrument is capable of; pity it is that it is not more in use; but, indeed, to play well, takes up the whole man, as Mr. Clark has assured me, who, though a gentleman of quality and parts, was yet brought up to that instrument from five years old, as I remember he told me.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 November 1668

25 Nov 1668. I waited on Lord Sandwich (43), who presented me with a Sembrador [A type of seed drill] he brought out of Spain, showing me his two books of observations made during his embassy and stay at Madrid, in which were several rare things he promised to impart to me.

John Evelyn's Diary 27 November 1668

27 Nov 1668. I dined at my Lord Ashley's (47) (since Earl of Shaftesbury), when the match of my niece was proposed for his only son, in which my assistance was desired for my Lord.

John Evelyn's Diary 28 November 1668

28 Nov 1668. Dr. Patrick preached at Convent Garden, on Acts xvii. 31, the certainty of Christ's coming to judgment, it being Advent; a most suitable discourse.

John Evelyn's Diary December 1668

John Evelyn's Diary 19 December 1668

19 Dec 1668. I went to see the old play of "Cataline" acted, having been now forgotten almost forty years.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 December 1668

20 Dec 1668. I dined with my Lord Cornbury, at Clarendon House, now bravely furnished, especially with the pictures of most of our ancient and modern wits, poets, philosophers, famous and learned Englishmen; which collection of the Chancellor's I much commended, and gave his Lordship a catalogue of more to be added.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 December 1668

31 Dec 1668. I entertained my kind neighbors, according to custom, giving Almighty God thanks for his gracious mercies to me the past year.