The diary of John Evelyn, Volume 2

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Macmillan and co., limited, 1906 - Great Britain

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I read Evelyn's Diary after having read Pepys' and Boswell's. The first quarter of Evelyn's Diary about his voyages in France and Italy is really dull. This is a mere description of monuments, with ... Read full review


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Page 254 - The people, who now walked about the ruins, appeared like men in some dismal desert, or rather, in some great city laid waste by a cruel enemy ; to which was added the stench that came from some poor creatures' bodies, beds, and other combustible goods.
Page 255 - This report did so terrify, that on a sudden there was such an uproar and tumult that they ran from their goods, and, taking what weapons they could come at...
Page 250 - God grant mine eyes may never behold the like, who now saw above 10,000 houses all in one flame! The noise and cracking and thunder of the impetuous flames, the shrieking of women and children, the hurry of people, the fall of towers, houses and churches...
Page 253 - Europe, as not long before repair'd by the king,) now rent in pieces, flakes of vast stone split asunder, and nothing remaining intire but the inscription in the architrave, shewing by whom it was built, which had not one letter of it defac'd.
Page 103 - I went to London, where Dr. Wild preached the funeral sermon of Preaching, this being the last day ; after which, Cromwell's proclamation was to take place, that none of the Church of .England should dare either to preach, or administer Sacraments, teach school, &c., on pain of imprisonment, or exile.
Page 145 - ... strung on white ribbon on his arm, delivers them one by one to his Majesty, who puts them about the necks of the touched as they pass, whilst the first chaplain repeats, " That is the true light who came into the world.
Page 253 - ... the ruins of the vaulted roof falling, broke into St Faith's, which, being filled with the magazines of books belonging to the Stationers, and carried thither for safety, they were all consumed, burning for a week following.
Page 142 - Companies, in their liveries, chains of gold, and banners; Lords and Nobles, clad in cloth of silver, gold and velvet; the windows and balconies, all set with ladies; trumpets, music, and myriads of people flocking, even so far as from Rochester, so as they were seven hours in passing the city, even from two in the afternoon till nine at night.
Page 231 - Indian incke, water colours : graveing ; and, above all, the whole secret of mezzo-tinto,' and the manner of it, which is very pretty, and good things done with it. He read to me very much also of his discourse, he hath been many years and now is about, about...
Page 134 - I went to visit my brother in London ; and, next day, to see a new opera,2 after the Italian way, in recitative music and scenes, much inferior to the Italian composure and magnificence ; but it was prodigious that in a time of such public consternation such a vanity should be kept up, or permitted. I, being engaged with company, could not decently resist the going to see it, though my heart smote me for it.

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