The diary of John Evelyn, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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M. W. Dunne, 1901 - Great Britain
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User Review  - Andrea Zuvich - Goodreads

Better than Pepys, in my opinion, as Evelyn covers more years (and therefore, more events). No, he's not as naughty as old Sam, but I still prefer this diary. Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Routley - Goodreads

He's not as much fun as Pepys, but I really enjoyed his account of Peter the Great. Not a good house guest the Russian Tsar. Read full review

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Page 210 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God, (it being Sunday evening,) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland, and Mazarine, &c., a French boy singing love-songs,* in that glorious gallery, whilst about twenty of the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at Basset round a large table, a bank of at least...
Page 63 - Park to the garden, where I both saw and heard a very familiar discourse between . . . and Mrs. Nelly ,f as they called an impudent comedian, she looking out of her garden on a terrace at the top of the wall, and . . . standing on the green walk under it. I was heartily sorry at this scene.
Page 23 - In this calamitous condition, I returned with a sad heart to my house, blessing and adoring the distinguishing mercy of God to me and mine, who, in the midst of all this ruin, was like Lot, in my little Zoar, safe and sound.
Page 27 - Persian mode, with girdles or straps, and shoestrings and garters into buckles, of which some were set with precious stones, resolving never to alter it, and to leave the French mode, which had hitherto obtained to our great expense and reproach. Upon which, divers courtiers and gentlemen gave his Majesty gold by way of wager that he would not persist in this resolution.
Page 193 - London, by reason of the excessive coldness of the air hindering the ascent of the smoke, was so filled with the fuliginous steam of the sea-coal, that hardly could one see across the streets, and this filling the lungs with its gross particles, exceedingly obstructed the breast, so as one could scarcely breathe. Here was no water to be had from the pipes and engines, nor could the brewers and divers other tradesmen work, and every moment was full of disastrous accidents.
Page 205 - Doctor, to let him bleed in the very paroxysm, without staying the coming of other physicians, which regularly should have been done, and for want of which he must have a regular pardon, as they tell me.
Page 21 - ... shrieking of women and children, the hurry of people, the fall of towers, houses, and churches was like an hideous storm, and the air all about so hot and inflamed, that at last one was not able to approach it ; so that they were forced to stand still and let the flames burn on, which they did for near two miles in length and one in breadth.
Page 201 - ... the purple velvet fringed with IHS richly embroidered, and most noble plate, were given by Sir R. Geere, to the value (as was said) of 200. There was no altar anywhere in England, nor has there been any abroad, more handsomely adorned.
Page 61 - In good earnest, the very frame was worth the money, there being nothing in nature so tender and delicate as the flowers and festoons about it, and yet the work was very strong ; in the piece was more than one hundred figures of men, &c.
Page 188 - Following his Majesty this morning through the gallery, I went with the few who attended him, into the Duchess of Portmouth's DRESSING ROOM within her bedchamber, where she was in her morning loose garment, her maids combing her, newly out of her bed, his Majesty and the gallants standing about her...

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