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22nd May. My valet (Herbert) robbed me of clothes and plate, to the value of threescore pounds; but, through the diligence of Sir Richard Browne, his Majesty’s Resident at the Court of France, and with whose lady and family I had contracted a great friendship (and particularly set my affections on a daughter), I recovered most of them, obtaining of the Judge, with no small difficulty, that the process against the thief should not concern his life, being his first offence. 10th June. We concluded about my marriage, in order to which I went to St. Germains, where his Majesty, then Prince of Wales, had his court, to desire of Dr. Earle, then one of his chaplains (since Dean of Westminster, Clerk of the Closet, and Bishop of Salisbury) that he would accompany me to Paris, which he did; and, on Thursday, 27th June, 1647, he married us in Sir Richard Browne's chapel, betwixt the hours of eleven and twelve, some few select friends being present: and this being Corpus Christi feast was solemnly observed in this country; the streets were sumptuously hung with tapestry, and strewed with flowers. 10th September. Being called into England, to settle my affairs after an absence of four years, I took leave of the Prince and Queen, leaving my Wife, yet very young, under the care of an excellent lady and prudent mother. 4th October. I sealed and declared my Will, and that morning went from Paris, taking my journey through Rouen, Dieppe, Wille-dieu, and St. Vallerie, where Istayed one day with Mr. Waller, with whom I had some affairs, and for which cause I took this circle to Calais, where I arrived on the 11th, and that night embarking in the packet-boat, was by one o'clock got safe to Dover; for which I heartily put up my thanks to God who had conducted me safe to my own country, and been merciful to me through so many aberrations. Hence, taking post, I arrived at London the next day at evening, being the second of October, new style. 5th. I came to Wotton, the place of my birth, to my brother, and on the 10th to Hampton Court, where I had the honour to kiss his Majesty’s hand, and give him an account of several things I had in charge, he being now in the power of those execrable villains who not long after murdered him. I lay at my cousin, Serjeant Hatton’s, at Thames Ditton, whence, on the 13th, I went to London. 14th. To Sayes Court, at Deptford, in Kent (since my house), where I found Mr. Pretyman, my Wife's uncle, who had charge of it and the estate about it, during my father-in-law’s residence in France. On the 15th, I again occupied my own chambers in the Middle Temple. 9th November. My sister opened to me her marriage with Mr. Glanville. 1647-8, 14th January. From London, I went to Wotton, to see my young Nephew; and thence to Baynards, [in Ewhurst] to visit my Brother Richard. 5th February. Saw a tragi-comedy acted in the Cockpit, after there had been none of these diversions for many years during the war. 28th. I went with my noble friend, Sir William Ducy, (afterwards Lord Downe) to Thistleworth, where we dined with Sir Clepesby Crew, and afterwards to see the rare miniatures of Peter Oliver, and rounds of plaster, and then the curious flowers of Mr. Barill’s garden, who has some good medals and pictures. Sir Clepesby has fine Indian hangings, and a very good chimney-piece of watercolours, by Breughel, which I bought for him. 26th April. There was a great uproar in London, that the rebel army quartering at Whitehall, would plunder the City, on which there was published a Proclamation for all to stand on their guard. 4th May. Came up the Essex petitioners for an agreement betwixt his Majesty and the rebels. The 16th, the Surrey men addressed the Parliament for the same ; of which some of them were slain and murdered by Cromwell’s guards, in the new Palace Yard. I now sold the impropriation of South Malling, near Lewes, in Sussex, to Mr. Kemp and Alcock, for 3000l. 30th. There was a rising now in Kent, my Lord of Norwich being at the head of them. Their first rendezvous was in Broome-field next my house at Sayes Court, whence they went to Maidstone, and so to Colchester, where was that memorable siege. 27th June. I purchased the manor of Hurcott, in Worcestershire, of my brother George, for 3,300l.
1st July. I sate for my picture, in which there is a Death's head, to Mr. Walker, that excellent painter. 10th. News was brought me of my Lord Francis Williers being slain by the rebels near Kingston. 16th August. I went to Woodcote (in Epsom) to the wedding of my Brother, Richard, who married the daughter and co-heir of Esquire Minn, lately deceased; by which he had a great estate both in land and money on the death of a brother. The coach in which the bride and bridegroom were, was overturned in coming home; but no harm was done. 28th. To London from Sayes Court, and saw the celebrated follies of Bartholomew Fair. 16th September. Came my lately married Brother, Richard, and his Wife, to visit me, when I showed them Greenwich, and her Majesty’s Palace, now possessed by the rebels. 28th. I went to Albury, to visit the Countess of Arundel, and returned to Wotton. 31st October. I went to see my manor of Preston IBeckhelvyn, and the Cliffhouse. 29th November. Myself, with Mr. Thomas Offley, and Lady Gerrard, christened my Niece Mary, eldest daughter of my Brother, George Evelyn, by my Lady Cotton, his second wife. I presented my Niece a piece of plate which cost me 18l., and caused this inscription to be set on it:
In memoriam facti: Anno cIo.Ix.xliix. Cal. Decem. VIII. Virginum castiss: Xtianorum innocentiss: Nept: suavis: Mariae, Johan : Evelynus Avunculus et Susceptor Vasculum hoc cum Epigraphe L. M. Q. D. Ave Maria Gratiâ sis plena; Dominus tecum.
2nd December. This day I sold my manor of Hurcott for 3,400l. to one Mr. Bridges.
13th. The Parliament now sat up the whole night, and endeavoured to have concluded the Isle of Wight Treaty; but were surprised by the rebel army; the Members dispersed, and great confusion every where in expectation of what would be next.
17th. I heard an Italian sermon, in Mercers’ Chapel, one Dr. Middleton, an acquaintance of mine, preaching.
18th. I got privately into the council of the rebel army, at Whitehall, where I heard horrid villanies. This was a most exceeding wet year, neither frost nor snow all the winter for more than six days in all. Cattle died every where of a murrain. 1648-9, 1st January. I had a lodging and some books at my father-in-law’s house, Sayes Court. 2nd. I went to see my old friend and fellow-traveller, Mr. Henshaw, who had two rarepieces of Stenwyck's perspective. 17th. To London. I heard the rebel, Peters, incite the rebel powers met in the Painted Chamber, to destroy his Majesty, and saw that archtraitor, Bradshaw, who not long after condemned him. 19th. I returned home, passing an extraordinary danger of being drowned by our wherries falling foul in the fight" on another vessel then at anchor, shooting the bridge at three quarters' ebb, for which His mercy God Almighty be praised. 21st. Was published my translation of Liberty and Servitude, for the preface of which I was severely threatened. 22nd. I went through a course of chymistry, at Sayes Court. Now was the Thames frozen over, and horrid tempests of wind. The villany of the rebels proceeding now sofar as to try, condemn, and murder our excellent King on the 30th of this month, struck me with such horror, that I kept the day of his martyrdom a fast, and would not be present at that execrable wickedness, receiving the sad account of it from my brother George, and Mr. Owen, who came to visit me this afternoon, and recounted all the circumstances. 1st February. Now were Duke Hamilton, the Earl of Norwich, Lord Capell, &c. at their trial before the rebels’ New Court of Injustice. 15th. I went to see the collection of one Tream, a rich merchant, who had some good pictures, especially a rare perspective of Stenwyck; from thence, to other virtuosos. The painter, La Neve, has an Andromeda, but I think it a copy after Vandyke from Titian, for the original is in France. Webb, at the Exchange, has some rare things in miniature of Breughel's, also Putti,” in twelve squares, that were plundered from Sir James Palmer.
* Putti—Boys' Heads.
At Du Bois, we saw two tables of Putti, that were gotten, I know not how, out of the Castle of St. Angelo, by old Petit, thought to be Titian’s; he had some good heads of Palma, and one of Stenwyck. Bellcar showed us an excellent copy of his Majesty’s Sleeping Venus and the Satyr, with other figures; for now they had plundered, sold, and dispersed a world of rare paintings of the King's, and his loyal subjects. After all, Sir William Ducy showed me some excellent things in miniature, and in oil of Holbein’s, Sir Thomas More's head, and a whole length figure of Edward VI., which were certainly his Majesty's; also a picture of Queen Elizabeth; the Lady Isabella Thynne; a rare painting of Rothenhamer, being a Susanna; and a Magdalen, of Quintin, the blacksmith; also a Henry VIII., of Holbein; and Francis the First, rare indeed, but of whose hand I know not. 16th. Paris being now strictly besieged by the Prince de Condé, my Wife being shut up with her Father and Mother, I wrote a letter of consolation to her: and, on the 22nd, having recommended Obadiah Walker,” a learned and most ingenious person, to be tutor to, and travel with Mr. Hillyard's two sons, returned to Sayes Court. 25th. Came to visit me Dr. Joyliffe, discoverer of the lymphatic vessels, and an excellent anatomist. 26th. Came to see me Captain George Evelyn,t my kinsman, the great traveller, and one who believed himself a better architect than really he was; witness the portico in the garden at Wotton; yet the great room at Albury is somewhat better understood. He had a large mind, but over-built every thing. 27th. Came out of France my Wife's Uncle (Paris still besieged) being robbed at sea by the Dunkirk pirates: I lost *:: other goods, my Wife's picture, painted by No. Bourdon. 5th March. Now were the Lords murdered in the PalaceYard.[ 18th. Mr. Owen, a sequestered and learned minister,
* Mr. Evelyn has added in the margin against Walker's name, “Since an apostate.” He was Master of University College, Oxford.
+ Son of Sir John Evelyn, of Godstone : see Pedigree in the History of Surrey, vol. II., p. 150 ; but where he is by mistake stated to be brother of Sir John.
+ Duke Hamilton, the Earl of Holland, and Lord Capel.