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1657

January
7 Came Mr. Mathew Wren, [since Secretary to the Duke slaine in the Dut<c>h War] eldest sonn to the Bish: of Ely (now a Prisoner in the Tower) and a most worthy, & learned Gent: to visite me.
(11) Being not well, could not go to the Parish Church.
18, my Indisposition continued: Dr. Joylife that famous Physitian (& Anatomist, first detector of the lymphatic veins) came to visite me.
24 Came againe the old Marquis of Argile & another Scotch Earle:
25. My sore Eyes hindred me from going to Church:
31 I was let bloud:

February
3 Came my Bro: Geo: & Mr. Needham to visite me. 5, I din'd at the Holland Ambassadors: he told me that the E. India Comp: of Holland had constantly a stock of 400000 pounds in India, 48 Men of Warr there: of their exact & just keeping their books, Correspondence &c: so as no Adventure<r>s Stock could possibly be lost or defeated: That it was a Vulgar Error of the Hollanders furnishing their Enemies with powder & ammunition for their mony, though ingaged in actual warr; but that they usd to merchandize indifferently, & were permitted to sell to the friends of their Enemies: He laugh'd at our Commitče of Trade, as compos'd of men wholy ignorant of it, & how they were the ruine of Commerce, by gratifying some for private ends:...
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10 I went to visite the Governor of Havana, a brave sober, valiant Spanish Gent: taken by Capt: Young of Deptford, when after 20 yeares being in the Indias & amassing greate Wealth, his lady, & whole family (excepting two <Sonns>) were burnt, destroyed, & taken within sight of Spaine: His Eldest Son, daughter and Wife perishing with immense treasure: One Sonn, with his brother of one yeares old were the onely saved: The young Gent: about 17: was a well complexion'd Youth, not olive colourd: he spake latine handsomly, was extreamely well bred, & borne in the <Charcas> 1000 miles south of the Equinoxial neere the mountaines of Potisi: had never ben in Europe before: The Governor was an antient Gent: of greate Courage, of the order of S: Jago: sore wounded, his arme & rib broken & lost for his owne share 100000 pounds sterling, which he seem'd to beare with exceeding indifference, & nothing dejected; after some discourse I went with them to Arundel house where they dined: They were now going back into Spaine, having obtaind their liberty from Cromewell. An example of human Vicissitude:
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March
29 ... The Protector Oliver, now affecting King-ship, is petition'd to take the Title on him, by all his new-made sycophant Lords &c: but dares not for feare of the Phanatics, not thoroughly purged out of his rebell army:
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April
21 I went to Lond: to consult Dr. Bate about taking preventing Physick: Thence to Visite my Lord Hatton, with whom I dined; at my returne I step'd into Bedlame, where I saw nothing extraordinarie, besides some miserable poore Creatures in chaines, one was mad with making Verses: & also visited the Charter-house, formerly belonging to the Carthusians; now an old neate, fresh solitarie Colledge for decaied Gent: It has a grove, bowling-greene, Garden: Chapell, hall &c where they eate in common: I likewise saw Christ-Church & Hospital, a very goodly building, Gotic: also the Hall, Schoole, Lodgings, in greate order, for the bring<ing> up many hundreds of poore Children of both sexes, & is a<n> exemplary Charity: There is a large picture at one end of the Hall, representing the Governors, founders, & Institution: so on the 23d I returnd home:
25. To Lond, return'd that Evening. I had a dangerous fall out of the Coach in Covent Garden, going to my Bro: but without harme, The Lord be praised:...
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May
1 Divers Souldiers quarter'd at my house, but I thank God, went away the next day towards Flanders:
2: I tooke Physick. The next-day (lying at Greenewich on the 4th) I went into Surrey with my Co: G: Tuke, to see Baynards, an house of my Bro: Richards, which he would have hired: We going in a Charriot drawne with unruly young horses, one of which (they said) had already killed two keepers, were often in very greate danger; so as after 20 <miles> riding, we were forced to change our horses. This is a very faire and & noble house of my Bro: built in a park, & having one of the goodliest avenue<s> of Oakes up to it, that ever I saw: There is also a pond of 60 Ackers neere it: The Windos of the chiefe roomes are of very fine painted glasse: but the situation excessively dirty & melancholy: We return'd next day, dining by the way at Wotton:
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June
7 June My Wife fell in Labour from 2 in the morning till 8˝ at night, when my fourth Sonne was borne, it being Sonday: he was Christned on Wednesday on the 10th & named George (after my Grandfathers name) my Bro: Rich: Evelyn: Co: Geo: Tuke & Lady Cotton
susceptors &c: Dr. Jer: Taylor officiating in the withdrawing-roome at Says-Court:
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18 I saw at Greenewich a sort of Catt brought from the East Indies, shaped & snouted much like the Egyptian Ratoone, in the body like a Monkey, & so footed: the eares & taile like a Catt, onely the taile much longer, & the Skin curiously ringed, with black & white: With this taile, it wound up its body like a Serpent, & so got up into trees, & with it, would also wrap its whole body round; It was of a wolly haire as a lamb, exceedingly nimble, & yet gentle, & purr'd as dos the Cat.
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July
3 A ship blown-up at Wapping, shooke my whole house, & the chaire I was sitting & reading in my study.
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September
15 Going to Lond: with some Company, who would needes step in to see a famous Rope-daunser call'd the Turk, I saw even to astonishment the agilities he perform'd, one was his walking bare foote, & taking hold by his toes onely, of a rope almost perpendicular & without so much as touching it with his hands: also dauncing blindfold on the high-roope: & with a boy of 12 yeares old, tyed to one of his feete about 20 foote beneath him dangling as he daunced, & yet moved as nimbly, as it had ben but a feather: Lastly he <stoode> on his head, upon the very top of a very high mast, daunced on a small roope that was very slack, & finaly flew downe the perpendicular, with his head foreward on his breast, his legs & armes extended: with divers other activities, to the admiration of all the Spectators: I also saw the hairy maid, or Woman wh<om> 20 yeares before I had also seene when a child: her very Eyebrowes were combed upward, & all her forehead as thick & even as growes on any womans head, neately dress'd: There come also tw<o> lock<s> very long out of Each Eare: she had also a most prolix beard, & mustachios, with long lockes of haire growing on the very middle of her nose, exactly like an Island Dog; the rest of her body not so hairy, yet exceeding long in comparison, armes, neck, breast & back; the <Colour> of a bright browne, & fine as well dressed flax: She was now married, & told me had one Child, that was not hairy, [as] nor were any of her parents or relations: she was borne at Ausburg in Germanie, & for the rest very well shaped, plaied well on the Harpsichord &c: I returnd home:
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22: To Lond: to visite the Holland Ambassador with whom I had now contracted much friendly corresponden<c>e: usefull to the Intelligence I constantly gave his Majestie abroad: returning, I saw at Dr. Joylifes, two Virginian rattle-snakes a live: they exceeded a yard in length, small heads, & slender tailes but as big as my leg in the middle; when vexed or provoked, swiftly vibrating & shaking theire tailes, they rattled as looud as a childs rattle, or as if on<e> heard a jack going: & this by the collision [or atrition] of certaine grisly Skinns curiously joynted, yet loose, like the Vertebra or back bone; & transparant as parchment; by which they give warning, a providential caution for other creatures to avoid them: They leape cruely: the Doctor tried their biting on ratts & mice which they immediately killed; but their vigour must needes be much exhausted here, where they had nothing to eate, & were in another Climate, kept onely in a barill of bran &c:
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December
9 I paied in my fi<r>st payment to the E. Ind: stock: There being a Court in Merchant-Taylors hall:
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25, I went with my Wife &c: to Lond: to celebrate Christmas day. Mr. Gunning preaching in Excester Chapell on 7: Micha 2. Sermon Ended, as he was giving us the holy Sacrament, The Chapell was surrounded with Souldiers: All the Communicants and Assembly surpriz'd & kept Prisoners by them, some in the house, others carried away: It fell to my share to be confined to a roome in the house, where yet were permitted to Dine with the master of it, the Countesse of Dorset, Lady Hatton & some others of quality who invited me: In the afternoone came Collonel Whaly, Goffe & others from Whitehall to examine us one by one, & some they committed to the Martial, some to Prison, some Committed:
When I came before them they tooke my name & aboad, examined me, why contrarie to an Ordinance made that none should any longer observe the superstitious time of the Nativity (so esteem'd by them) I durst offend, & particularly be at Common prayers, which they told was but the Masse in English, & particularly pray for Charles stuard, for which we had no Scripture: I told them we did not pray for Cha: Steward but for all Christian Kings, Princes & Governors: The<y> replied, in so doing we praied for the K. of Spaine too, who was their Enemie, & a Papist, with other frivolous & insnaring questions, with much threatning, & finding no colour to detaine me longer, with much pitty of my Ignorance, they dismiss'd me: These were men of high flight, and above Ordinances: & spake spitefull things of our B: Lords nativity: so I got home late the next day blessed be God: These wretched miscreants, held their muskets against us as we came up to receive the Sacred Elements, as if they would have shot us at the Altar, but yet suffering us to finish the Office of Communion, as perhaps not in their Instructions what they should do in case they found us in that Action:
28 I invited some of my Neighbours according to Costome.
31 Praised God for his mercies the yeare past, & set all things in order in my family:

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