John Evelyn's Diary 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 1695 is in John Evelyn's Diary 1690s.

John Evelyn's Diary January 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 13 January 1695

13 Jan 1695. The Thames was frozen over. The deaths by smallpox increased to five hundred more than in the preceding week. The King (44) and Princess Anne (29) reconciled, and she was invited to keep her Court at Whitehall, having hitherto lived privately at Berkeley House; she was desired to take into her family divers servants of the late Queen; to maintain them the King (44) has assigned her £5,000 a quarter.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 January 1695

20 Jan 1695. The frost and continual snow have now lasted five weeks.

John Evelyn's Diary February 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 01 February 1695

01 Feb 1695. Lord Spencer (19) married the Duke of Newcastle's daughter (21), and our neighbor, Mr. Hussey, married a daughter of my cousin, George Evelyn, of Nutfield (53).

John Evelyn's Diary 03 February 1695

03 Feb 1695. The long frost intermitted, but not gone.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 February 1695

17 Feb 1695. Called to London by Lord Godolphin (49), one of the Lords of the Treasury, offering me the treasurership of the hospital designed to be built at Greenwich for worn-out seamen.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 February 1695

24 Feb 1695. I saw the Queen lie in state.

John Evelyn's Diary 27 February 1695

27 Feb 1695. The Marquis of Normanby (46) told me King Charles had a design to buy all King Street, and build it nobly, it being the street leading to Westminster. This might have been done for the expense of the Queen's funeral, which was £50,000, against her desire.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 05 March 1695

Funeral of Queen Mary II

05 Mar 1695. I went to see the ceremony. Never was so universal a mourning; all the Parliament men had cloaks given them, and four hundred poor women; all the streets hung and the middle of the street boarded and covered with black cloth. There were all the nobility, mayor, aldermen, judges, etc.

John Evelyn's Diary 08 March 1695

Funeral of Queen Mary II

08 Mar 1695. I supped at the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry's (67), who related to me the pious behavior of the Queen in all her sickness, which was admirable. She never inquired of what opinion persons were, who were objects of charity; that, on opening a cabinet, a paper was found wherein she had desired that her body might not be opened, or any extraordinary expense at her funeral, whenever she should die. This paper was not found in time to be observed. There were other excellent things under her own hand, to the very least of her debts, which were very small, and everything in that exact method, as seldom is found in any private person. In sum, she was such an admirable woman, abating for taking the Crown without a more due apology, as does, if possible, outdo the renowned Queen Elizabeth.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 March 1695

10 Mar 1695. I dined at the Earl of Sunderland's (53) with Lord Spencer (19). My Lord showed me his library, now again improved by many books bought at the sale of Sir Charles Scarborough, an eminent physician, which was the very best collection, especially of mathematical books, that was I believe in Europe, once designed for the King's Library at St. James's; but the Queen dying, who was the great patroness of that design, it was let fall, and the books were miserably dissipated.
The new edition of Camden's "Britannia" was now published (by Bishop Gibson (26)), with great additions; those to Surrey were mine, so that I had one presented to me. Dr. Gale (60) showed me a MS. of some parts of the New Testament in vulgar Latin, that had belonged to a monastery in the North of Scotland, which he esteemed to be about eight hundred years old; there were some considerable various readings observable, as in John i., and genealogy of St. Luke.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 March 1695

24 Mar 1695. Easter Day. Mr. Duncomb, parson of this parish, preached, which he hardly comes to above once a year though but seven or eight miles off; a florid discourse, read out of his notes. The Holy Sacrament followed, which he administered with very little reverence, leaving out many prayers and exhortations; nor was there any oblation. This ought to be reformed, but my good brother (77) did not well consider when he gave away this living and the next [Abinger].

John Evelyn's Diary 26 March 1695

26 Mar 1695. The latter end of the month sharp and severely cold, with much snow and hard frost; no appearance of spring.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 March 1695

31 Mar 1695. Mr. Lucas preached in the afternoon at Wotton.

John Evelyn's Diary April 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 07 April 1695

07 Apr 1695. Lord Halifax died suddenly at London, the day his daughter (18) was married to the Earl of Nottingham's (61) son (22) at Burleigh. Lord H. was a very rich man, very witty, and in his younger days somewhat positive.

John Evelyn's Diary 14 April 1695

14 Apr 1695. After a most severe, cold, and snowy winter, without almost any shower for many months, the wind continuing N. and E. and not a leaf appearing; the weather and wind now changed, some showers fell, and there was a remission of cold.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 April 1695

21 Apr 1695. The spring begins to appear, yet the trees hardly leafed. Sir T. Cooke discovers what prodigious bribes have been given by some of the East India Company out of the stock, which makes a great clamor. Never were so many private bills passed for unsettling estates, showing the wonderful prodigality and decay of families.

John Evelyn's Diary May 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 05 May 1695

05 May 1695. I came to Deptford from Wotton, in order to the first meeting of the Commissioners for endowing an hospital for seamen at Greenwich; it was at the Guildhall, London. Present, the Archbishop of Canterbury (58), Lord Keeper, Lord Privy Seal, Lord Godolphin (49), Duke of Shrewsbury (34), Duke of Leeds (63), Earls of Dorset (52) and Monmouth (37), Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy, Sir Robert Clayton, Sir Christopher Wren (71), and several more. The Commission was read by Mr. Lowndes, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, Surveyor-General.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 May 1695

17 May 1695. Second meeting of the Commissioners, and a committee appointed to go to Greenwich to survey the place, I being one of them.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 May 1695

21 May 1695. We went to survey Greenwich, Sir Robert Clayton, Sir Christopher Wren, Mr. Travers, the King's Surveyor, Captain Sanders, and myself.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 May 1695

24 May 1695. We made report of the state of Greenwich house, and how the standing part might be made serviceable at present for £6,000, and what ground would be requisite for the whole design. My Lord Keeper ordered me to prepare a book for subscriptions, and a preamble to it.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 May 1695

31 May 1695. Met again. Mr. Vanbrugh was made secretary to the commission, by my nomination of him to the Lords, which was all done that day.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 07 June 1695

07 Jun 1695. The commissioners met at Guildhall, when there were scruples and contests of the Lord Mayor, who would not meet, not being named as one of the quorum, so that a new commission was required, though the Lord Keeper and the rest thought it too nice a punctilio.

John Evelyn's Diary July 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 05 July 1695

05 Jul 1695. At Guildhall; account of subscriptions, about £7,000 or £8,000.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 July 1695

06 Jul 1695. I dined at Lambeth, making my first visit to the Archbishop (58), where there was much company, and great cheer. After prayers in the evening, my Lord (58) made me stay to show me his house, furniture, and garden, which were all very fine, and far beyond the usual Archbishops, not as affected by this, but being bought ready furnished by his predecessor. We discoursed of several public matters, particularly of the Princess of Denmark (30), who made so little figure.

John Evelyn's Diary 11 July 1695

11 Jul 1695. Met at Guildhall; not a full committee, so nothing done.

John Evelyn's Diary 14 July 1695

14 Jul 1695. No sermon at church; but, after prayers, the names of all the parishioners were read, in order to gathering the tax of 4s. for marriages, burials, etc. A very imprudent tax, especially this reading the names, so that most went out of the church.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 July 1695

19 Jul 1695. I dined at Sir Purbeck Temple's (71), near Croydon; his lady is aunt to my son-in-law, Draper; the house exactly furnished. Went thence with my son and daughter to Wotton. At Wotton, Mr. Duncomb, parson of Albury, preached excellently.

John Evelyn's Diary 28 July 1695

28 Jul 1695. A very wet season.

John Evelyn's Diary August 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 11 August 1695

11 Aug 1695. The weather now so cold, that greater frosts were not always seen in the midst of winter; this succeeded much wet, and set harvest extremely back.

John Evelyn's Diary September 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 25 September 1695

25 Sep 1695. Mr. Offley preached at Abinger; too much controversy on a point of no consequence, for the country people here. This was the first time I had heard him preach. Bombarding of Cadiz; a cruel and brutish way of making war, first began by the French. The season wet, great storms, unseasonable harvest weather. My good and worthy friend, Captain Gifford (46), who that he might get some competence to live decently, adventured all he had in a voyage of two years to the East Indies, was, with another great ship, taken by some French men-of-war, almost within sight of England, to the loss of near £70,000, to my great sorrow, and pity of his wife, he being also a valiant and industrious man. The losses of this sort to the nation have been immense, and all through negligence, and little care to secure the same near our own coasts; of infinitely more concern to the public than spending their time in bombarding and ruining two or three paltry towns, without any benefit, or weakening our enemies, who, though they began, ought not to be imitated in an action totally averse to humanity, or Christianity.

John Evelyn's Diary 29 September 1695

29 Sep 1695. Very cold weather. Sir Purbeck Temple, uncle to my son Draper, died suddenly. A great funeral at Addiscombe. His lady being own aunt to my son Draper, he hopes for a good fortune, there being no heir. There had been a new meeting of the commissioners about Greenwich Hospital, on the new commission, where the Lord Mayor, etc. appeared, but I was prevented by indisposition from attending. The weather very sharp, winter approaching apace. The King (44) went a progress into the north, to show himself to the people against the elections, and was everywhere complimented, except at Oxford, where it was not as he expected, so that he hardly stopped an hour there, and having seen the theater, did not receive the banquet proposed. I dined with Dr. Gale (60) at St. Paul's school, who showed me many curious passages out of some ancient Platonists' MSS. concerning the Trinity, which this great and learned person would publish, with many other rare things, if he was encouraged, and eased of the burden of teaching.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 25 October 1695

25 Oct 1695. The Archbishop (59) and myself went to Hammersmith, to visit Sir Samuel Morland (70), who was entirely blind; a very mortifying sight. He showed us his invention of writing, which was very ingenious; also his wooden calendar, which instructed him all by feeling; and other pretty and useful inventions of mills, pumps, etc., and the pump he had erected that serves water to his garden, and to passengers, with an inscription, and brings from a filthy part of the Thames near it a most perfect and pure water. He had newly buried £200 worth of music books six feet under ground, being, as he said, love songs and vanity. He plays himself psalms and religious hymns on the theorbo. Very mild weather the whole of October.

John Evelyn's Diary November 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 10 November 1695

10 Nov 1695. Mr. Stanhope, Vicar of Lewisham, preached at Whitehall. He is one of the most accomplished preachers I ever heard, for matter, eloquence, action, voice, and I am told, of excellent conversation.

John Evelyn's Diary 13 November 1695

13 Nov 1695. Famous fireworks and very chargeable, the King (45) being returned from his progress. He stayed seven or eight days at Lord Sunderland's (54) at Althorpe, where he was mightily entertained. These fireworks were shown before Lord Romney (54), Master of the Ordnance, in St. James's great square, where the King (45) stood.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 November 1695

17 Nov 1695. I spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury (59) to interest himself for restoring a room belonging to St. James's library, where the books want place.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 November 1695

21 Nov 1695. I went to see Mr. Churchill's collection of rarities.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 November 1695

23 Nov 1695. To Lambeth, to get Mr. Williams continued in Boyle's lectures another year. Among others who dined there was Dr. Covel, the great Oriental traveler.

John Evelyn's Diary December 1695

John Evelyn's Diary 01 December 1695

01 Dec 1695. I dined at Lord Sunderland's (54), now the great favorite and underhand politician, but not adventuring on any character, being obnoxious to the people for having twice changed his religion.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 December 1695

23 Dec 1695. The Parliament wondrously intent on ways to reform the coin; setting out a Proclamation prohibiting the currency of half-crowns, etc., which made much confusion among the people.

John Evelyn's Diary 25 December 1695

25 Dec 1695. Hitherto mild, dark, misty, weather. Now snow and frost.