I now went to Lond: to speake to the Patron Ald: Cuttler about presenting a fit Pastor for our destitute Parish Church:
25 A wonderful & suddaine change in the face of the publique: The new Protector Richard slighted, severall pretenders, & parties strive for the Government, all Anarchy & confusion; Lord have mercy upon us.
5 I went to visite my Bro, & next day to see a new Opera after the Italian way in Recitative Music & Sceanes, much inferior to the Italian composure & magnificence: but what was prodigious, that in a time of such publique Consternation, such a Vanity should be kept up or permitted; I being ingag'd with company, could not decently resist the going to see it, though my heart smote me for it: I returnd home:
29 Preached Mr. Hienchman on 143 Psal: 10.11. shewing how we should direct our Prayers, submitt our wills &c: & that being in covenant with God, 'twas sufficient argument to move him to heare us: That we should pray the Conduct of the H: Spirit in the Church, raise & quicken our devotion, & thereby engage the heavenly power to deliver us from our Calamities: The Nation was now in extreame Confusion & unsetled, betweene the Armies & the Sectaries: & the poore Church of England breathing as it were her last, so sad a face of things had over-spread us:
7 To Lond. to take leave of my Bro: & to see the foundations now laying for a long Streete, & buildings in Hatton Garden design'd for a little Towne, lately an ample Garden:1
1 The site of Hatton House, built by Sir Christopher Hatton (1540-91), Elizabeth I's Chancellor. It became an Úlite residential area. E visited it again in 1673.
14 ... my sonn John was falln very ill of a feavor, & so continued in greate danger, 'til towards the 21:...
1 Came Mr. Rob: Boyle (son to the Earle of Corke) to visite me: I communicated to him my proposal to Errect a [Philosophic] Mathematical College: &c:
26 To Lond: to see Lodgings against winter, my sonn being yet un-recoverd, & now sick of an Ague: return'd the Evening:
30: I went to visite Sir William Ducie, & Coll: Blount, where I met Sir Henry Blount the famous Travellor, & water-drinker:
10 I came with my Wife & family to Lond: tooke Lodgings at the 3 feathers in Russel-streete Covent Garden for all the Winter:
11. Came to Vis<it>e me Mr. William Coventrie, [since Secretary to the Duke <of York>] son to L: Keeper Coventrie: a wise & witty Gent: The Armie now turn'd out the Parliament.
12 I went home, returnd the 15th.
16 ... We had now no Government in the Nation, all in Confusion; no Magistrate either own'd or pretended, but the souldiers & they not agreed: God Almight<y> have mercy on, & settle us.
7 Was publishd my bold Apologie for the King, in this time of danger, when it was capital to speake or write in favour of him: It was twice printed, so universaly it tooke: (An Apologie for the Royal Party)
12 I went to see the severall Drougs for the confection of Treacle, Diascordium & other Electuaries which an ingenious Apothecarie had not onely prepard, & ranged upon a large & very long table, but coverd every ingredient with a sheete of paper, on which was very lively painted the thing, in miniature very well to the life, were it plant, flower, Animal, or other exotic drough:...
10 I treated privately with Coll: Morley (then Lieutenant of the Tower, & in greate truste & power) concerning delivering it to the King, and the bringing of him in, to the greate hazard of my life; but the Colonel had ben my Schole-fellow & I knew would not betray me:
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