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where he had been on a commission from the Lords of the Treasury about a concealment of land.
20th December. I went with my Lord Chief Justice Herbert, to see his house at Walton-on-Thames :1 it is a barren place. To a very ordinary house he had built a very handsome library, designing more building to it than the place deserves, in my opinion. He desired my advice about laying out his gardens, &c. The next day, we went to AVeybridge, to see some pictures of the Duchess of Norfolk's, particularly the statue. or child in gremio, said to be of Michel Angelo; but there are reasons to think it rather a copy, from some proportion in the figures ill taken. It was now exposed to sale.
1687-8. 12th January. Mr. Slingsby, Master of the Mint, being under very deplorable circumstances on account of his creditors, and especially the King, I did my endeavour with the Lords of the Treasury to be favourable to him.
My Lord Arran, eldest son to the Duke of Hamilton, being now married to Lady Ann Spencer, eldest daughter of the Earl of Sunderland, Lord President of the Council, I and my family had most glorious favours sent us, the wedding being celebrated with extraordinary splendour.
15th. There was a solemn and particular office used at our, and all the churches of London and ten miles round, for a thanksgiving to God, for her Majesty being with child.
22nd. This afternoon I went not to church, being employed on a religious treatise I had undertaken.'
Post annum 15S8 — 1660 — 1688, Annus Mirabilis Tertius.1
30th. Being the Martyrdom-day of King Charles the First, our curate made a florid oration against the murder of that excellent Prince, with an exhortation to obedience from the example of David, 1 Samuel xxvi. 6.
1 This U a mistake; the house was Oallands in Wevbridge, lie followed the fortunes of King James, who gave him his great Seal. lie was attainted, and Oatlands given to his brother. Admiral Herbert He published an ajwlogv for the judgment he had given in favour of the King's dispensing powers, whieh was answered bv Mr. Altwood and Sir Robert Atkins. Manning and Bray's Hi*t. uf Snnry, ii. 786.
* What this was does not appear; but there are several of Kveljn'a composition remaining in MS.
'This teems to have been added after the page was written.
12th February. My daughter Evelyn going in the coach to visit in the City, a jolt (the door being not fast shut) flung her quite out in such manner, as the hind wheels passed over her a little above her knees. Yet it pleased God, besides the bruises of the wheels, she had no other harm. In two days, she was able to walk, and soon after perfectly well; through God Almighty's great mercy to an excellent wife and a most dutiful and discreet daughterin-law.
17th. I received the sad news of my niece Montague's death at Woodcot on the 15th. »
15th March. I gave in my account about the Sick and Wounded, in order to have my quietus.
23rd. Dr. Parker, Bishop of Oxford, who so lately published his extravagant treatise about transubstantiation, and for abrogating the Test and Penal Laws, died. He was esteemed a violent, passionate, haughty man, but yet being pressed to declare for the Church of Kome, he utterly refused it. A remarkable end!
The French Tyrant now finding he could make no proselytes amongst those Protestants of quality, and others, whom he had caused to be shut up in dungeons, and confined to nunneries and monasteries, gave them, after so long trial, a general Teleasemeut, and leave to go out of the kingdom, but utterly taking their estates and their children ; so that great numbers came daily into England and other places, where they were received and relieved with very considerate Christian charity. This Providence and goodness of God to those who-thus constantly held out, did so work upon those miserable poor souls who to avoid the persecution signed their renunciation, and to save their estates went to mass, that reflecting on what they had done, they grew so affected in their conscience, that not being able to support it, they-in great numbers through all the French provinces, acquainted the magistrates and lieutenants that being sorry for their npostacy, they were resolved to return to their old religion; that they would go no more to moss, but peaceably assemble whfn they could, to beg pardon and worship God, but so without weapons as not to give the least umbrage of rebel
lion or sedition, imploring their pity and commiseration; and, accordingly, meeting "so from time to time, the dragoon-missioners, Popish officers and priests, fell upon them, murdered and put them to death, whoever they could lay hold on; they without the least resistance embraced death, torture, or hanging, with singing psalms and praying for their persecutors to the last breath, yet still continuing the former assembling of themselves in desolate places, suffering with incredible constancy, that through God's mercy they might obtain pardon for this lapse. Such examples of Christian behaviour have not been seen since the primitive persecutions; and doubtless God will do some signal work in the end, if we can with patience and resignation hold out, and depend on His Providence.
24th March. I went with Sir Charles Littleton to Sheen, a house and estate given him by Lord Brounker; one who was ever noted for a hard, covetous, vicious man; but for his worldly craft and skill in gaming few exceeded him. Coming to die, he bequeathed all his land, house, furniture, &c. to Sir Charles, to whom he had no manner of relation, but an ancient friendship contracted at the famous siege of Colchester, forty years before. It is a pretty place, with fine gardens, and well-planted, and given to one worthy of them, Sir Charles being an honest gentleman and soldier. He is brother to Sir Henry Littleton of Worcestershire, whose great estate he is likely to inherit, his brother being without children. They are descendants of the great lawyer of that name, and give the same Arms and motto. He is married to one Mrs. Temple, formerly Maid of Honour to the late Queen, a beautiful lady, and he has many fine children, so that none envy his good fortune.
After dinner, we went to see Sir William Temple's near to it; the most remarkable things are his orangery and gardens, where the wall-fruit-trees are most exquisitely nailed and trained. far better than I ever noted.
There ure many good pictures, especially of Vandyke's, in both these houses, and some few statues and small busts in the latter.
From thence to Kew, to visit Sir Henrv Capell's, whose orangery and myrtetum are most beautiful and perfectly well kept. He was contriving very high palisndoes of reeds