John Evelyn's Diary 1692

1692 Battles of Barfleur and La Hougue

1692 William III Creation of New Lords

John Evelyn's Diary 1692 is in John Evelyn's Diary 1690s.

John Evelyn's Diary January 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 01 January 1692

01 Jan 1692. This last week died that pious, admirable Christian, excellent philosopher, and my worthy friend, Mr. Boyle, aged about 65,—a great loss to all that knew him, and to the public.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 January 1692

06 Jan 1692. At the funeral of Mr. Boyle, at St. Martin's, Dr. Burnet (48), Bishop of Salisbury, preached on Eccles. II 26. He concluded with an eulogy due to the deceased, who made God and religion the scope of all his excellent talents in the knowledge of nature, and who had arrived to so high a degree in it, accompanied with such zeal and extraordinary piety, which he showed in the whole course of his life, particularly in his exemplary charity on all occasions,—that he gave £1,000 yearly to the distressed refugees of France and Ireland; was at the charge of translating the Scriptures into the Irish and Indian tongues, and was now promoting a Turkish translation, as he had formerly done of Grotius "on the Truth of the Christian Religion" into Arabic, which he caused to be dispersed in the eastern countries; that he had settled a fund for preachers who should preach expressly against Atheists, Libertines, Socinians, and Jews; that he had in his will given £8,000 to charitable uses; but that his private charities were extraordinary. He dilated on his learning in Hebrew and Greek, his reading of the fathers, and solid knowledge in theology, once deliberating about taking Holy Orders, and that at the time of restoration of King Charles II, when he might have made a great figure in the nation as to secular honor and titles, his fear of not being able to discharge so weighty a duty as the first, made him decline that, and his humility the other. He spoke of his civility to strangers, the great good which he did by his experience in medicine and chemistry, and to what noble ends he applied himself to his darling studies; the works, both pious and useful, which he published; the exact life he led, and the happy end he made. Something was touched of his sister, the Lady Ranelagh, who died but a few days before him. And truly all this was but his due, without any grain of flattery.
This week a most execrable murder was committed on Dr. Clench, father of that extraordinary learned child whom I have before noticed. Under pretense of carrying him in a coach to see a patient, they strangled him in it; and, sending away the coachman under some pretense, they left his dead body in the coach, and escaped in the dusk of the evening.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 January 1692

12 Jan 1692. My granddaughter was christened by Dr. Tenison (55), now Bishop of Lincoln, in Trinity Church (assumed to be a reference to the new church described on 18 Jul 1691), being the first that was christened there. She was named Jane.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 January 1692

24 Jan 1692. A frosty and dry season continued; many persons die of apoplexy, more than usual. Lord Marlborough (41), Lieutenant-General of the King's army in England, gentleman of the bedchamber, etc., dismissed from all his charges, military and other, for his excessive taking of bribes, covetousness, and extortion on all occasions from his inferior officers. Note, this was the Lord who was entirely advanced by King James (58), and was the first who betrayed and forsook his master. He was son of Sir Winston Churchill of the Greencloth.

John Evelyn's Diary February 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 07 February 1692

07 Feb 1692. An extraordinary snow fell in most parts.

John Evelyn's Diary 13 February 1692

13 Feb 1692. Mr. Boyle having made me one of the trustees for his charitable bequests, I went to a meeting of the Bishop of Lincoln (55), Sir Rob.... wood, and serjeant, Rotheram, to settle that clause in the will which related to charitable uses, and especially the appointing and electing a minister to preach one sermon the first Sunday in the month, during the four summer months, expressly against Atheists, Deists, Libertines, Jews, etc., without descending to any other controversy whatever, for which £50 per annum is to be paid quarterly to the preacher; and, at the end of three years, to proceed to a new election of some other able divine, or to continue the same, as the trustees should judge convenient. We made choice of one Mr. Bentley, chaplain to the Bishop of Worcester (Dr. Stillingfleet) (56). The first sermon was appointed for the first Sunday in March, at St. Martin's; the second Sunday in April, at Bow Church, and so alternately.

John Evelyn's Diary 28 February 1692

William III Creation of New Lords

28 Feb 1692. Lord Marlborough (41) having used words against the King (41), and been discharged from all his great places, his wife (31) was forbidden the Court, and the Princess of Denmark (27) was desired by the Queen (29) to dismiss her from her service; but she refusing to do so, goes away from Court to Sion house. Divers new Lords made: Sir Henry Capel (53), Sir William Fermor (43), etc. Change of Commissioners in the Treasury. The Parliament adjourned, not well satisfied with affairs. The business of the East India Company, which they would have reformed, let fall. The Duke of Norfolk (37) does not succeed in his endeavor to be divorced.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 20 March 1692

20 Mar 1692. My son was made one of the Commissioners of the Revenue and Treasury of Ireland, to which employment he had a mind, far from my wishes. I visited the Earl of Peterborough (70), who showed me the picture of the Prince of Wales (3), newly brought out of France, seeming in my opinion very much to resemble the Queen (33) his mother, and of a most vivacious countenance.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 01 April 1692

01 Apr 1692. No spring yet appearing. The Queen Dowager (53) went out of England toward Portugal, as pretended, against the advice of all her friends.

John Evelyn's Diary 04 April 1692

04 Apr 1692. Mr. Bentley preached Mr. Boyle's lecture at St. Mary-le-Bow. So excellent a discourse against the Epicurean system is not to be recapitulated in a few words. He came to me to ask whether I thought it should be printed, or that there was anything in it which I desired to be altered. I took this as a civility, and earnestly desired it should be printed, as one of the most learned and convincing discourses I had ever heard.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 April 1692

06 Apr 1692. A fast. King James (58) sends a letter written and directed by his own hand to several of the Privy Council, and one to his daughter (29), the Queen Regent, informing them of the Queen (33) being ready to be brought to bed, and summoning them to be at the birth by the middle of May, promising as from the French King (53), permission to come and return in safety.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 April 1692

24 Apr 1692. Much apprehension of a French invasion, and of an universal rising. Our fleet begins to join with the Dutch. Unkindness between the Queen (29) and her sister (27). Very cold and unseasonable weather, scarce a leaf on the trees.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 05 May 1692

05 May 1692. Reports of an invasion were very hot, and alarmed the city, Court, and people; nothing but securing suspected persons, sending forces to the seaside, and hastening out the fleet. Continued discourse of the French invasion, and of ours in France. The eastern wind so constantly blowing, gave our fleet time to unite, which had been so tardy in preparation, that, had not God thus wonderfully favored, the enemy would in all probability have fallen upon us. Many daily secured, and proclamations out for more conspirators.

John Evelyn's Diary 08 May 1692

08 May 1692. My kinsman, Sir Edward Evelyn, of Long Ditton, died suddenly.

John Evelyn's Diary 12 May 1692

12 May 1692. A fast.

John Evelyn's Diary 13 May 1692

13 May 1692. I dined at my cousin Cheny's, son to my Lord Cheny, who married my cousin Pierpoint.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 May 1692

Battles of Barfleur and La Hougue

15 May 1692. My niece, M. Evelyn, was now married to Sir Cyril Wyche (60), Secretary of State for Ireland. After all our apprehensions of being invaded, and doubts of our success by sea, it pleased God to give us a great naval victory, to the utter ruin of the French fleet, their admiral and all their best men-of-war, transport-ships, etc.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 May 1692

29 May 1692. Though this day was set apart expressly for celebrating the memorable birth, return, and restoration of the late King Charles II, there was no notice taken of it, nor any part of the office annexed to the Common Prayer Book made use of, which I think was ill done, in regard his restoration not only redeemed us from anarchy and confusion, but restored the Church of England as it were miraculously.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 09 June 1692

09 Jun 1692. I went to Windsor to carry my grandson (10) to Eton School, where I met my Lady Stonehouse and other of my daughter-in-law's relations, who came on purpose to see her before her journey into Ireland. We went to see the castle, which we found furnished and very neatly kept, as formerly, only that the arms in the guard chamber and keep were removed and carried away. An exceeding great storm of wind and rain, in some places stripping the trees of their fruit and leaves as if it had been winter; and an extraordinary wet season, with great floods.

John Evelyn's Diary July 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 23 July 1692

23 Jul 1692. I went with my wife (57), son (37), and daughter (23), to Eton, to see my grandson (10), and thence to my Lord Godolphin's (47), at Cranburn, where we lay, and were most honorably entertained. The next day to St. George's Chapel, and returned to London late in the evening.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 July 1692

25 Jul 1692. To Mr. Hewer's (50) at Clapham, where he has an excellent, useful, and capacious house on the Common, built by Sir Den. Gauden, and by him sold to Mr. Hewer, who got a very considerable estate in the Navy, in which, from being Mr. Pepys's (59) clerk, he came to be one of the principal officers, but was put out of all employment on the Revolution, as were all the best officers, on suspicion of being no friends to the change; such were put in their places, as were most shamefully ignorant and unfit. Mr. Hewer (50) lives very handsomely and friendly to everybody. Our fleet was now sailing on their long pretense of a descent on the French coast; but, after having sailed one hundred leagues, returned, the admiral and officers disagreeing as to the place where they were to land, and the time of year being so far spent,—to the great dishonor of those at the helm, who concerted their matters so indiscreetly, or, as some thought, designedly.
This whole summer was exceedingly wet and rainy, the like had not been known since the year 1648; while in Ireland they had not known so great a drought.

John Evelyn's Diary 26 July 1692

26 Jul 1692. I went to visit the Bishop of Lincoln (55), when, among other things, he told me that one Dr. Chaplin, of University College in Oxford, was the person who wrote the "Whole Duty of Man"; that he used to read it to his pupil, and communicated it to Dr. Sterne, afterward Archbishop of York, but would never suffer any of his pupils to have a copy of it.

John Evelyn's Diary August 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 09 August 1692

09 Aug 1692. A fast. Came the sad news of the hurricane and earthquake, which has destroyed almost the whole Island of Jamaica, many thousands having perished.

John Evelyn's Diary 11 August 1692

11 Aug 1692. My son, his wife, and little daughter, went for Ireland, there to reside as one of the Commissioners of the Revenue.

John Evelyn's Diary 14 August 1692

14 Aug 1692. Still an exceedingly wet season.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 15 September 1692

15 Sep 1692. There happened an earthquake, which, though not so great as to do any harm in England, was universal in all these parts of Europe. It shook the house at Wotton, but was not perceived by any save a servant or two, who were making my bed, and another in a garret. I and the rest being at dinner below in the parlor, were not sensible of it. The dreadful one in Jamaica this summer was profanely and ludicrously represented in a puppet play, or some such lewd pastime, in the fair of Southwark, which caused the Queen (30) to put down that idle and vicious mock show.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 01 October 1692

01 Oct 1692. This season was so exceedingly cold, by reason of a long and tempestuous northeast wind, that this usually pleasant month was very uncomfortable. No fruit ripened kindly. Harbord dies at Belgrade; Lord Paget sent Ambassador in his room.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 06 November 1692

06 Nov 1692. There was a vestry called about repairing or new building of the church [at Deptford], which I thought unseasonable in regard of heavy taxes, and other improper circumstances, which I there declared.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 November 1692

10 Nov 1692. A solemn Thanksgiving for our victory at sea, safe return of the King (42), etc.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 November 1692

20 Nov 1692. Dr. Lancaster, the new Vicar of St. Martin's, preached.
A signal robbery in Hertfordshire of the tax money bringing out of the north toward London. They were set upon by several desperate persons, who dismounted and stopped all travelers on the road, and guarding them in a field, when the exploit was done, and the treasure taken, they killed all the horses of those whom they stayed, to hinder pursuit, being sixteen horses. They then dismissed those that they had dismounted.

John Evelyn's Diary December 1692

John Evelyn's Diary 14 December 1692

14 Dec 1692. With much reluctance we gratified Sir J. Rotherham, one of Mr. Boyle's trustees, by admitting the Bishop of Bath and Wells to be lecturer for the next year, instead of Mr. Bentley, who had so worthily acquitted himself. We intended to take him in again the next year.