John Evelyn's Diary 1705

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John Evelyn's Diary February 1705

John Evelyn's Diary 09 February 1705

09 Feb 1705. I went to wait on my Lord Treasurer (59), where was the victorious Duke of Marlborough (54), who came to me and took me by the hand with extraordinary familiarity and civility, as formerly he was used to do, without any alteration of his good-nature. He had a most rich George in a sardonyx set with diamonds of very great value; for the rest, very plain. I had not seen him for some years, and believed he might have forgotten me.

John Evelyn's Diary 21 February 1705

21 Feb 1705. Remarkable fine weather. Agues and smallpox much in every place.

John Evelyn's Diary March 1705

John Evelyn's Diary 11 March 1705

11 Mar 1705. An exceedingly dry season. Great loss by fire, burning the outhouses and famous stable of the Earl of Nottingham (57), at Burleigh [Rutlandshire], full of rich goods and furniture, by the carelessness of a servant. A little before, the same happened at Lord Pembroke's (49), at Wilton. The old Countess of Northumberland (97), Dowager of Algernon Percy, Admiral of the fleet to King Charles I., died in the 83d year of her age. She was sister to the Earl of Suffolk, and left a great estate, her jointure to descend to the Duke of Somerset (42).

John Evelyn's Diary May 1705

John Evelyn's Diary 01 May 1705

01 May 1705. The Bailiff of Westminster hanged himself. He had an ill report.
On the death of the Emperor, there was no mourning worn at Court, because there was none at the Imperial Court on the death of King William.

John Evelyn's Diary 18 May 1705

18 May 1705. I went to see Sir John Chardin (61), at Turnham Green, the gardens being very fine, and exceedingly well planted with fruit.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 May 1705

20 May 1705. Most extravagant expense to debauch and corrupt votes for Parliament members. I sent my grandson with his party of my freeholders to vote for Mr. Harvey, of Combe.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 May 1705

24 May 1705. I dined at Lambeth with the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. King (55), a sharp and ready man in politics, as well as very learned.

John Evelyn's Diary June 1705

John Evelyn's Diary 01 June 1705

01 Jun 1705. The season very dry and hot. I went to see Dr. Dickinson (81) the famous chemist. We had long conversation about the philosopher's elixir, which he believed attainable, and had seen projection himself by one who went under the name of Mundanus, who sometimes came along among the adepts, but was unknown as to his country, or abode; of this the doctor had written a treatise in Latin, full of very astonishing relations. He is a very learned person, formerly a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, in which city he practiced physic, but has now altogether given it over, and lives retired, being very old and infirm, yet continuing chemistry.
I went to Greenwich Hospital, where they now began to take in wounded and worn-out seamen, who are exceedingly well provided for. The buildings now going on are very magnificent.

John Evelyn's Diary October 1705

John Evelyn's Diary 01 October 1705

01 Oct 1705. Mr. Cowper (40) made Lord Keeper. Observing how uncertain great officers are of continuing long in their places, he would not accept it, unless £2,000 a year were given him in reversion when he was put out, in consideration of his loss of practice. His predecessors, how little time soever they had the Seal, usually got £100,000 and made themselves Barons. A new Secretary of State. Lord Abington (32), Lieutenant of the Tower, displaced, and General Churchill (49), brother to the Duke of Marlborough (55), put in. An indication of great unsteadiness somewhere, but thus the crafty Whig party (as called) begin to change the face of the Court, in opposition to the High Churchmen, which was another distinction of a party from the Low Churchmen. The Parliament chose one Mr. Smith, Speaker. There had never been so great an assembly of members on the first day of sitting, being more than 450. The votes both of the old, as well as the new, fell to those called Low Churchmen, contrary to all expectation.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 October 1705

31 Oct 1705. I am this day arrived to the 85th year of my age. Lord teach me so to number my days to come, that I may apply them to wisdom!.