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John Evelyn to the Honourable Robert Boyle}

Sayet-Court, 0 Map, 1657.


I should infinitely blush at the slowness of this address, if a great indisposition of body, which obliged me to a course of pbysic, and since, an unexpected journey (from both which I am but lately delivered), had not immediately intervened, since you were pleased to command these trifles of me. I have omitted those of brass, &c., because they properly belong to etching and engraving: which treatise, together with five others (viz. Painting in Oil, in Miniature, Anealing in Glass, Enamelling, and Marble Paper) I was once minded to publish (as a specimen of what might be further done in the rest) for the benefit of the ingenious: but I have since been put off from that design, not knowing whether I should do well to gratify so barbarous an age (as I fear is approaching) with curiosities of that nature, delilivered with so much integrity as I intended them; and lest by it I should also disoblige some, who made those professions their living; or, at least, debase much of their esteem by prostituting them to the vulgar. Bather, I conceived that a true and ingenious discovery of these and the like arts, would, to better purpose, be compiled for the use of that Mathematico-Chymico-Mechanical School designed by our noble friend Dr. Wilkinson, where they might (not without an oath of secresy) be taught to those that either affected or desired any of them: and from thence, as from another Solomon's house, so much of them only made public, as should from time to time be judged convenient by the superintendent of that School, for the reputation of learning and benefit of the nation. And upon this score, there would be a most willing contribution of what ingenious persons know of this kind, and to which I should most freely dedicate what I have. In the meantime, Sir, I transmit yon this varnish, and shall esteem myself extremely honoured, that you will farther command whatsoever else of this, or anv other kind I possess, who am, Sir, your, &c.

1 beseech you, Sir, to make, my most humble service ac

1 See Diary, voL i. p. 329.

ceptable to Dr. Wilkinson: and that you be pleased to communicate to me what success you have in the process of this receipt (mvself not having had time to examine it), that in case of any difficulty, I may have recourse to the person from whom I received it.

John Evelyn to Jeremy Taylor.

Saytf Court, 9 May, 1657.


Amongst the rest that are tributaries to your worth, I make bold to present you with this small token: and though it bears no proportion either with my obligation or your merit, yet I hope you will accept it, as the product of what I have employed for this purpose; and which you shall yearly receive so long as God mokes me able, and that it may be useful to you. What I can handsomely do for you by other friends, as occasions present themselves, may, I hope, in time supply that which I would myself do. In order to which, I have already made one of my Brothers, sensible of this opportunity to do God and his country an acceptable service: I think I shall prevail as much on the other: the effects whereof will show themselves, and care shall be taken that you have an account of all this in due time, and as you shall yourself desire it. I will not add, that by bringing you acquainted with persons of so much virtue (though 1 speak it of my nearest relatives) I do at all reinforce the kindness: since by it I oblige you mutually (for so beneficium dare socialist res est), and because it is infinitely short of his respects who (with Philemon) owes you even himself, and which, if I have not sooner paid, I appeal to philosophy, and the sentences of that wise man who, as some affirm, held intercourse with the Apostle himself: Qui festinat u/iqite reddere, non habet animitm grati hominis, std debitoris: et qui nimis cito culiit solvere, i/tvitus debet: qui inritus debet, ingratus est: and, Sir, you have too for obliged me to be ever guilty of that crime who am,

Bev* Sir, &c

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Jeremy Taylor to John Evelyn.

15'.May, 1657. HONOUBED AND DEAB SlB,

A stranger came two nights since from you with a letter, and a token: full of humanity and sweetness, that was; and this, of charity. I know, it is more blessed to give than to receive: and yet, as I no ways repine at that Providence that forces me to receive, so neither can I envy that felicity of yours, not only that you can, but that you do give; and as I rejoice in that mercy which daily makes decrees in heaven for my support and comfort, so I do most thankfully adore the goodness of God to you, whom He consigns to greater glories by the ministcries of these graces. But, Sir, what am I, or what can I do, or what have I done that you can think I have or can oblige you? Sir» you are too kind to me, and oblige me not only beyond my merit, but beyond my modesty. I only can love you, and honour you, and pray for you; and in all this I can not aay but that I am behind hand with you, for I have found so great effluxes of all your worthinesses and charities, that I am a debtor for your prayers, for the comfort of your letters, for the charity of your hand, and the affections of your heart. Sir, though you are beyond the reach of my returns, and my services are very short of touching you; .yet if it were possible for me to receive any commands,'the obeying of which might signify my great regards of you, I could with some more confidence converse with a person so obliging; but I am obliged and ashamed, and unable to say so much as I should do to represent myself to be, r - - Honoured and dear Sir,

Your most affectionate and most obliged friend and servant,

Jee. Tatlob.1

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Reverend Edtcard Snattl to John Evelyn.

Lewes, 25 May, 1657. Noble Sib,

This is the third book that I have received from your Honour, the third boot, I say, of your own making, which makes me stand amazed; I cannot tell whether more at the excellency of your work in writing, or at your condescension so low as to stoop to give it me in such a manner. Sir, others I see have praised you and it, but none have or can sufficiently set out your labour and pains. But what cannot such an artificer as yourself effect'{ Go on prosperously and finish that which none yet durst attempt, and none but you can perfect: though it be the first book, yet it cannot be absolutely the last, if Mr. Evelyn please. I did all this time forbear to write unto you, thinking every day to come unto you in person, and" seeing still I was hindered, both by weakness in body and my serious employments: having this opportunity of so honoured a friend as Mr. Heath, I could not but break through all difficulties, and tell you, in spite of all the world, that in my judgment, or rather opinion, you are not inferior to the highest laurel. The five younger brethren will grieve if you clothe not them in as rich garments as their elder brother, and the elder will rejoice to see them as richly clothed as himself. Do yon not think that your poor Mulcaster doth rejoice to think that he is like to have some in their kind as eminent as "Winchester? Tou know Wenterton sent forth his first Book of Aphorisms as a spy, and then the next followed: yours, if I have any skill, are like to prove as good success as his. But I must desire you to pardon my errors, and to remember my best respects to your noble consort, whom (God willing) I purpose to see this summer, with yourself, at your house, and to visit, as by duty I am bound, your elder and noble brother Mr. George Evelyn, together with Mr. Richard Evelyn. In the meantime I humbly

1 Mr. Snatt, of t-outborer, Tu Erclvn's schoolmaster, and the subject of the worthy pedagogue's grcsent gratitude and rapture was the Tirat Book of the translated Lucretius, which his distinguished pupil 2um1 sent him. See Diary, Tol i. p. G.

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I heartily acknowledge the Divine mercies to me, both in this, and many other instances of his goodness to me; but for no earthly concernment more than for what He has conveyed me by your charity and ministration, towards my eternal and better interest; and for which I wish that any new gradations of duty to God, or acknowledgments to you from me, may in the least proportion second my great obligations, and which you continue to reinforce by new and indelible favours and friendships, which I know myself to be so much the more unworthy of, as I am infinitely short of the least perfection that yon ascribe to me. And because you best know how sad a truth this is, I have no reason to look on that part of your letter but as upon your own emanations, which like the beams of the sun upon dark and opaque bodies make them shine indeed faintly and by reflection. Every one knows from whence they are derived, and where their native fountain is: and since this is all the tribute which such dim' lights repay, ca ad ir. run euv sol vpoeftpou/M, I must never hope to oblige you, or repay the least of your kindness. But what I am able, that I will do, and that is to be ever mindful of them, and for ever to love you for them. Sir, I had forgotten to tell you, and indeed it did extremely trouble me, that you are to expect my coach to wait on you presently after dinner, that you are not to expose yourself to the casualty of the tides, in repairing to do so Christian nn office for, Sir, Your, &c.

1 Evelyn's indorsement on this letter, " to eome and christen my i Ctorge," shows the occasion on » hich it was written.

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