15 ... This night some villans brake into my house & study below & robb'd me to the Value of 60 pounds in plate, mony & goods.
18 To Lond: when I brought his Majestie a Copy of what pass'd at Tower-hill at the reception of the Sweeds Ambassador, to assert the reasons why for the future his Majestie would have that Ceremonie of the Coaches of foraine Ministers to be of the Introducers:
18. To Lond: our Council of R: So: ordered their Printer to print my Sylva, & was the first printed by their order: I returnd:
30 Came his Majestie to honor my poore Villa with his presence, viewing the Gardens & even every roome of the house: & was then pleased to take a small refreshment: There was with him the Duke of Richmont, E: of St. Albans, L: Lauderdail & severall Persons of quality:
4: To Lond: & to take leave of Mr Howards & bring home my sonn John, who had ben the whole winter with the Gent: his sonns at Arundel house, & for feare he might be perverted with their religion: returned the 7th:
17: ... I saluted the old Bishop of Durham, Dr. Cosin, to whom I had ben kind & assistant in his exile, but which he little remembred in his greatenesse: I din'd with the Secretary Bennet:
29: Dr. Creighton preached his extravagant Sermon at St. Margarits before the house of Commons: 3. Cant: ult: I dined at Mr. Treasurers his Majesties joyfull Anniversarie &Restauration:
30 This morning was pass'd My Lease from the Crowne of Says-Court, for the finishing whereof I had ben obligd to such frequent journeys to Lond: I returned this Evening, having seene the Russ: Ambassador take leave of their Majesties with greate solemnity:
1 To Lond: To our Society were brought severall Insects described by Mr. Hooke with the Microscop and reduced to a scale, which we ordered should be cut in Brasse in order to his printing his industrious description of them:
2: I saw the greate Masque at Court: & lay that night at Arundel house:
4: I saw his Majesties Guards being of horse & foote 4000 led by the Generall, The Duke of Albemarle, in extrordinary Equipage & gallantrie, consisting of Gent: of quality, & Veterane Souldiers, excellently clad, mounted & ordered, drawn up in batallia before their Majesties in Hide-parke, where the old Earle of Cleavela<n>d trailed a Pike, & led the right-hand file in a foote Company commanded by the Lord Wentworth his sonn, a worthy spactacle & example, being both of them old & valiant Souldiers: This was to shew the French Ambassador Monsieur Cominges: There being a greate Assembly of Coaches &c in the Park: In the Evening I went home:
7: Din'd at the Comptrollers, after dinner we met at the Commission about the streetes, & to regulate Hackny Coaches, also to make up our Accompts to passe the Exchequer: I return'd:
19 ... This evening came Mrs. Bennet (sister to Mr. Secretary) to visite us: we all sup'd at Sir Geo: Carterets Tressurer of the navy, who had now maried his daughter Caroline to Sir Tho: Scot of Scots hall: This Gent: thought to be begotten by Prince Rupert.
2 ... This Evening I accompanied Mr. Tressurer & Vice Chamberlaine Carteret to his lately married Son in Laws Sir Tho: Scot to Scots hall in Kent; wee took barge as far as Grays-in (Gravesend), thence by Post to Rochester, whence in Coach & six horses to Scots hall, a right noble seate, uniformely built, hand-some Gallery, it stands in a Park well stored, fat & good land: we were exceedingly feasted by the young knight & in his pretty Chapell heard an excellent sermon by his Chaplaine ... In the Churchyard of the Parish-Church I measurd an over-grown Yew-tree that was 18 of my paces in compasse out of some branches of which, torne off by the Winds, were divers goodly planks sawed:
10: We returned by Sir Nortons, whose house is likewise in a park: This gent: is a worthy person and learned Critic espe<c>ialy in the Gr: & Heb: Passing by Chattam we saw his Majesties Royal Navy, dined at Commiss-ioner Pets Master builder there, who shewed me his study & Models, with other curiosities belonging to his art, esteemed for the most skillfull Naupgus (Ship-builder) in the World: he has a prety Garden & banqueting house, potts, status, Cypr<e>sses, resembling some villa about Rome; after a greate feast we rod post to Graves-End, & sending the Coach to Lond, came by barge home that night:
20 I din' at the Comptrollers, with the Earle of Oxford & Mr. Ashburnham: It was saied it should be the last of the publique Diets or Tables at Court, now determining to put down the old hospitality, at which was greate murmuring, considering his Majesties vast revenue, and plenty of the Nation: hence I went to sit in a Committè of which I was one, to consider about the regulation of the Mint at the Tower, in which some small progresse was made, & so return'd that Evening: ...
25 To Lond: having severall affaires at Court; where I saw her Majestie take leave of the greate-men & Ladys in the Circle, being the next morning to set out towards the Bath:
27: din'd at Sir Ph: Warwicks Secretary to my L: Tressurer, who shewed me the Accompts & other private matters, relating to the Revenue: Thence to the Commissioners of the Mint, particularly about Coynage, & bringing his Majesties rate from 15 to 10 shill: for every pound weight of Gold: &c: & went home next day:
30: Mr. Lloyd our Curate on 24. Act: 16: In the Afternoone I walked to Greenewich and heard Mr. Plume Expound on the Catechisme.
31 I was invited to the Translation of Dr. Sheldon Bish: of London from that see to Canterbury; the Ceremonie perform'd at Lambeth: First went his Graces Mace-bearer, Steward, Tressurer, Comptroller all in their Gownes & with white-staves; next the Bishops in their habites, eight in number: next Dr. Sweat Deane of the Arches, Dr. Exton Judge of the Admiralty, next Sir William Merick, Judge of the Prerogative Court, with divers Advocates in Scarlet: After divine service in the Chapell perform'd with Musique extraordinary: Dr. Franck & D. Stradling (his Graces Chaplaines) said prayers: The A Bish: in a private roome looking into the Chapel, the Bishops who were Commissioners went up to a Table plac'd before the Altar & sat about it in chaires:
Then Dr. Chawworth presented the Commission under the broad-seale to the Bish: of Winchester, which was read by Dr. Sweat; Then the Vicar-Generall went to the Vestery, & brought his Grace into the Chapell, his other officers marching before, he, being presented to the Commissioners, was seated in a greate arm'd Chaire at one end of the Table: Then was the Definitive Sentence read by the Bishop of Winchester, & subscribed by all the Bishops & Proclamation three-times made at the Chapell dores, which were then set-open for any to enter, & give their exceptions, if any they had: This don, we all went to dinner in the Greate hall to a mighty feast of 500 pounds expense. There were present all the Nobility in Towne, the Lord Maior of Lond: Sheriffs, Duke of Albemarle &c: My Lord A Bishop did in particular most civily welcome me &c. So going to visite my Lady Needham who lived at Lambeth I went over to Lond:
2. I went home.
6: Our Doctor preached on 2. King: 18. 9. against a new sect, that cal'd them selves Perfectionists: I received the B: Sacrament.
10. I dind with Mr. Tressurer of the Navy, where sitting by Mr. Secretary Moris we had much discourse about Bookes & Authors, he being a learned man, & had a good collection:...
22 To Lond: to speake with Dr. Needham about a Tutor for my sonn John:
24 Mr. Edw: Philips, came to be my sonns pręceptor: This Gent: was Nephew to Milton who writ against Salmasius's Defensio, but not at all infected with his principles, & though brought up by him, yet no way taint<e>d:
2 To Lond: to receive a dividend from the East India Stock:
30 Was the first Anniversary our Society for the Choice of new Officers, according to the Tenor of our Patent, & Institution; it being St. Andrews day, who was our Patron, each fellow wearing a St. Andrews Crosse of ribbon on the crowne of his hatt, after the Election was over, we all dined together, his Majestie sending us Venison:
16 To Lond: To our Society, where Mr. P. Balle our Treasurer on this Election, presented the Society with an Iron Chest with 3 Locks, & in it an hundred pounds as a Gift & benefactor:
28 Divers Neighbours din'd with me according to Costome:
29: my sonn John was let bloud 3 ounces, for his feavour:
31. Setting our domestique affaires in order, I gave God thanks for his protection hitherto: &c:
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