John Evelyn's Diary 1681

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John Evelyn's Diary February 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 10 February 1681

10 Feb 1681. I was at the wedding of my nephew, John Evelyn of Wotton (28), married by the Bishop of Rochester (56) at Westminster, in Henry VII's chapel, to the daughter and heir of Mr. Eversfield, of Sussex, her portion £8,000. The solemnity was kept with a few friends only at Lady Beckford's, the lady's mother.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 08 March 1681

08 Mar 1681. Visited and dined at the Earl of Essex's (49), with whom I spent most of the afternoon alone. Thence to my (yet living) godmother and kinswoman, Mrs. Keightley, sister to Sir Thomas Evelyn and niece to my father, being now eighty-six years of age, sprightly, and in perfect health, her eyes serving her as well as ever, and of a comely countenance, that one would not suppose her above fifty.

John Evelyn's Diary 27 March 1681

27 Mar 1681. The Parliament now convened at Oxford. Great expectation of his Royal Highness's (50) case as to the succession, against which the House was set.
An extraordinary sharp, cold spring, not yet a leaf on the trees, frost and snow lying: while the whole nation was in the greatest ferment.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 11 April 1681

11 Apr 1681. I took my leave of Dr. Lloyd (53) (Bishop of St. Asaph) at his house in Leicester Fields, now going to reside in his diocese.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 April 1681

12 Apr 1681. I dined at Mr. Brisbane's, Secretary to the Admiralty, a learned and industrious person, whither came Dr. Burnet (37), to thank me for some papers I had contributed toward his excellent "History of the Reformation"..

John Evelyn's Diary 26 April 1681

26 Apr 1681. I dined at Don Pietro Ronquillo's, the Spanish Ambassador, at Wild House, who used me with extraordinary civility. The dinner was plentiful, half after the Spanish, half after the English way. After dinner, he led me into his bedchamber, where we fell into a long discourse concerning religion. Though he was a learned man in politics, and an advocate, he was very ignorant in religion, and unable to defend any point of controversy; he was, however, far from being fierce. At parting, he earnestly wished me to apply humbly to the blessed virgin to direct me, assuring me that he had known divers who had been averse from the Roman Catholic religion, wonderfully enlightened and convinced by her intercession. He importuned me to come and visit him often.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 April 1681

29 Apr 1681. But one shower of rain all this month.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 05 May 1681

05 May 1681. Came to dine with me Sir William Fermor (32), of Northamptonshire, and Sir Christopher Wren (57), his Majesty's (50) architect and surveyor, now building the Cathedral of St. Paul, and the column in memory of the city's conflagration, and was in hand with the building of fifty parish churches. A wonderful genius had this incomparable person.

John Evelyn's Diary 16 May 1681

16 May 1681. Came my Lady Sunderland (35), to desire that I would propose a match to Sir Stephen Fox (54) for her son (6), Lord Spencer, to marry Mrs. Jane (12), Sir Stephen's (54) daughter. I excused myself all I was able; for the truth is, I was afraid he would prove an extravagant man: for, though a youth of extraordinary parts, and had an excellent education to render him a worthy man, yet his early inclinations to extravagance made me apprehensive, that I should not serve Sir Stephen (54) by proposing it, like a friend; this being now his only daughter, well-bred, and likely to receive a large share of her father's opulence. Lord Sunderland (39) was much sunk in his estate by gaming and other prodigalities, and was now no longer Secretary of State, having fallen into displeasure of the King (50) for siding with the Commons about the succession; but which, I am assured, he did not do out of his own inclination, or for the preservation of the Protestant religion, but by mistaking the ability of the party to carry it. However, so earnest and importunate was the Countess (35), that I did mention it to Sir Stephen, who said it was too great an honor, that his daughter (12) was very young, as well as my Lord, and he was resolved never to marry her without the parties' mutual liking; with other objections which I neither would or could contradict. He desired me to express to the Countess the great sense he had of the honor done him, that his daughter and her son were too young, that he would do nothing without her liking, which he did not think her capable of expressing judiciously, till she was sixteen or seventeen years of age, of which she now wanted four years, and that I would put it off as civilly as I could.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 May 1681

20 May 1681. Our new curate preached, a pretty hopeful young man, yet somewhat raw, newly come from college, full of Latin sentences, which in time will wear off. He read prayers very well.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 May 1681

25 May 1681. There came to visit me Sir William Walter and Sir John Elowes: and the next day, the Earl of Kildare, a young gentleman related to my wife (46), and other company. There had scarce fallen any rain since Christmas.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 02 June 1681

02 Jun 1681. I went to Hampton Court, when the Surrey gentlemen presented their addresses to his Majesty (51), whose hand I kissed, introduced by the Duke of Albemarle (27). Being at the Privy Council, I took another occasion of discoursing with Sir Stephen Fox (54) about his daughter (12) and to revive that business, and at least brought it to this: That in case the young people liked one the other, after four years, he first desiring to see a particular of my Lord's (39) present estate if I could transmit it to him privately, he would make her portion £14,000, though to all appearance he might likely make it £50,000 as easily, his eldest son (15) having no child and growing very corpulent.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 June 1681

12 Jun 1681. It still continued so great a drought as had never been known in England, and it was said to be universal.

John Evelyn's Diary August 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 14 August 1681

14 Aug 1681. No sermon this afternoon, which I think did not happen twice in this parish these thirty years; so gracious has God been to it, and indeed to the whole nation: God grant that we abuse not this great privilege either by our wantonness, schism, or unfaithfulness, under such means as he has not favored any other nation under Heaven besides!.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 August 1681

23 Aug 1681. I went to Wotton, and, on the following day, was invited to Mr. Denzil Onslow's (39) at his seat at Purford, where was much company, and such an extraordinary feast, as I had hardly seen at any country gentleman's table. What made it more remarkable was, that there was not anything save what his estate about it did afford; as venison, rabbits, hares, pheasants, partridges, pigeons, quails, poultry, all sorts of fowl in season from his own decoy near his house, and all sorts of fresh fish. After dinner we went to see sport at the decoy, where I never saw so many herons.
The seat stands on a flat, the ground pasture, rarely watered, and exceedingly improved since Mr. Onslow (39) bought it of Sir Robert Parkhurst, who spent a fair estate. The house is timber, but commodious, and with one ample dining-room, the hall adorned with paintings of fowl and huntings, etc., the work of Mr. Barlow, who is excellent in this kind from the life.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 August 1681

30 Aug 1681. From Wotton I went to see Mr. Hussey (at Sutton in Shere), who has a very pretty seat well watered, near my brother's. He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations, and what pertains to husbandry, that I have ever seen, as to his granaries, tacklings, tools, and utensils, plows, carts, stables, wood piles, wood houses, even to hen roosts and hog troughs. Methought, I saw old Cato, or Varro, in him; all substantial, all in exact order. The sole inconvenience he lies under, is the great quantity of sand which the stream brings along with it, and fills his canals and receptacles for fish too soon. The rest of my time of stay at Wotton was spent in walking about the grounds and goodly woods, where I have in my youth so often entertained my solitude; and so, on the 2d of September, I once more returned to my home.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 06 September 1681

06 Sep 1681. Died my pretty grandchild, and was interred on the 8th [at Deptford].

John Evelyn's Diary 14 September 1681

14 Sep 1681. Dined with Sir Stephen Fox (54), who proposed to me the purchasing of Chelsea College, which his Majesty (51) had sometime since given to our Society, and would now purchase it again to build a hospital; or infirmary for soldiers there, in which he desired my assistance as one of the Council of the Royal Society.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 September 1681

15 Sep 1681. I had another opportunity of visiting his Majesty's (51) private library at Whitehall.
To Sir Samuel Morland's (56), to see his house and mechanics.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 September 1681

17 Sep 1681. I went with Monsieur Faubert about taking the Countess of Bristol's (61) house for an academy, he being lately come from Paris for his religion, and resolving to settle here.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 September 1681

23 Sep 1681. I went to see Sir Thomas Bond's (61) fine house and garden at Peckham.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 02 October 1681

02 Oct 1681. I went to Camberwell, where that good man Dr. Parr (late chaplain to Archbishop Usher) preached on Acts xvi. 30.

John Evelyn's Diary 11 October 1681

11 Oct 1681. To Fulham, to visit the Bishop of London (49), in whose garden I first saw the Sedum arborescens in flower, which was exceedingly beautiful.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1681

John Evelyn's Diary 05 November 1681

05 Nov 1681. Dr. Hooper preached on Mark xii. 16, 17, before the King (51), of the usurpation of the Church of Rome. This is one of the first rank of pulpit men in the nation.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 November 1681

15 Nov 1681. I dined with the Earl of Essex (49) who, after dinner in his study, where we were alone, related to me how much he had been scandalized and injured in the report of his being privy to the marriage of his Lady's (45) niece (14), the rich young widow of the late Lord Ogle, sole daughter of the Earl of Northumberland; showing me a letter of Mr. Thynn's (33), excusing himself for not communicating his marriage to his Lordship (49). He acquainted me also with the whole story of that unfortunate lady being betrayed by her grandmother, the Countess of Northumberland (73), and Colonel Bret, for money; and that though, upon the importunity of the Duke of Monmouth (32), he had delivered to the grandmother a particular of the jointure which Mr. Thynn (33) pretended he would settle on the lady, yet he totally discouraged the proceeding as by no means a competent match for one that both by birth and fortune might have pretended to the greatest prince in Christendom; that he also proposed the Earl of Kingston (21), or the Lord Cranburn, but was by no means for Mr. Thynn (33).

John Evelyn's Diary 19 November 1681

19 Nov 1681. I dined with my worthy friend, Mr. Erskine, Master of the Charter House, uncle to the Duchess of Monmouth (30); a wise and learned gentleman, fitter to have been a privy councillor and minister of state than to have been laid aside.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 November 1681

24 Nov 1681. I was at the audience of the Russian Ambassador (64) before both their Majesties in the Banqueting House. The presents were carried before him, held up by his followers in two ranks before the King's (51) State, and consisted of tapestry (one suite of which was doubtlessly brought from France as being of that fabric, the Ambassador having passed through that kingdom as he came out of Spain), a large Persian carpet, furs of sable and ermine, etc.; but nothing was so splendid and exotic as the Ambassador who came soon after the King's (51) restoration. This present Ambassador was exceedingly offended that his coach was not permitted to come into the Court, till, being told that no King's Ambassador did, he was pacified, yet requiring an attestation of it under the hand of Sir Charles Cotterell (66), the Master of the Ceremonies; being, it seems, afraid he should offend his Master, if he omitted the least punctilio. It was reported he condemned his son to lose his head for shaving off his beard, and putting himself in the French mode at Paris, and that he would have executed it, had not the French King interceded—but qy. of this.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 November 1681

30 Nov 1681. Sir Christopher Wren (58) chosen President [of the Royal Society], Mr. Austine, Secretary, with Dr. Plot, the ingenious author of the "History of Oxfordshire". There was a most illustrious appearance.