Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn, F.R.S., Author of the "Sylva": To which is Subjoined the Private Correspondence Between King Charles I. and Sir Edward Nicholas, and Between Sir Edward Hyde, Afterwards Earl of Clarendon, and Sir Richard Browne, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1854
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Page 210 - I was witness of ; the king sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleaveland, 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 2,000 in gold before them — upon which, two gentlemen, who were with me, made reflections with astonishment. Six days after was all in the dust...
Page 11 - ... began to consider that nothing was likely to put a stop but the blowing up of so many houses as might make a wider gap than any had yet...
Page 14 - Thus lay in ashes that most venerable church, one of the most ancient pieces of early piety in the Christian world, besides near one hundred more. The lead, iron-work, bells, plate, &c., melted, the exquisitely wrought Mercers' Chapel, the sumptuous Exchange, the august fabric of Christ Church, all the rest of the Companies...
Page 57 - 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 55 - 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 were more than 100 figures of men, &c.
Page 10 - ... carts, &c., carrying out to the fields, which for many miles were strewed with moveables of all sorts, and tents erecting to shelter both people and what goods they could get away.
Page 11 - God grant mine eyes may never behold the like, who now saw above ten thousand houses all in one flame ; the noise and cracking and thunder of the impetuous flames, the shrieking of women and children...
Page 14 - ... ready to perish for hunger and destitution, yet not asking one penny for relief, which to me appeared a stranger sight than any I had yet beheld.
Page 349 - There is a house full of people, and right nasty. The Czar lies next your library, and dines in the parlour next your study. He dines at ten o'clock and six at night, is very seldom at home a whole day, very often in the king's yard or by water, dressed in several dresses. The king is expected there this day ; the best parlour is pretty clean for him to be entertained in. The king pays for all he has.
Page 149 - Teach me, therefore, so to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto wisdom, and make my calling and election sure.

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