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gold-and bagging and hiding them in holes / is, Nell Gwyn)--was dressing herself, and was all and corners. His prosperity, indeed, is mar- unready, and is very pretty, prettier than I thought. vellous; and shows us how good a thing it And into the scene-room, and there sat down, and
she gave us fruit: and here I read the questions 10 was to be in office, even in the year 1660. Knipp, while she answered me, through all her part When he goes with Lord Sandwich to bring of Flora's Figary's,' which was acted to-day. over the King, he is overjoyed with his Ma- But, Lord! to see how they were both painted, jesty's bounty of a month's pay to all the would make a man mad, and did make nie loaih ships' officers--and exultingly counts up his them! and what base company of men cuines share, and "finding himself to be worth very how poor the men are in clothes, and yet what a
among them, and how lewdly ihey talk! And nearly 1001., blesses Almighty God for it-not shew they make on the stage by candle-light is very having been worth 25l. clear when he left his observable. But to see how Nell cursed, -lor home." And yet, having got the office of having so few people in the pit, was strange.' Clerk of the Acts in the Admiralty, and a few Now, whether it was strange or not, it was others, he thrives with such prodigious ra- certainly very wrong in Nell to curse so unpidity, that before the end of 1666, this is his mercifully, even at a thin house. But we own account of his condition.
must say, that it was neither so wrong nor so "To my accounts, wherein at last I find them strange, as for this grave man of office, to clear and right; but to my great discontent do find curse deliberately to himself in this his prithat my gettings this year have been 5731, less than vate Diary:. And yet but a few pages after my last : it being this year in all but 29861.; where
we find this emphatic entry,– in fear of as, the last. I got 35601.! And then again my nothing but this damned business of the prizes. the last, by 64Ál.: my whole spendings last year I fear my lord will receive a cursed deal of being but 5091. ; whereas this year it appears I have trouble by it." spent 11541., -which is a sum not fit to be said that The following affords a still stronger picture ever I should spend in one year, before I am mas- of the profligacy of the times. ter of a better estate than I am. Yet, blessed be God! and I pray God inake me thankful for it, I " To Fox Hall, and there fell into the company do find myself worth in money, all good, above of Harry Killigrew, a rogue newly come back out 62001. ; which is above 18001. more than I was the of France, but still in disgrace at our Court, and last year.”
young Newport and others; as very rogues as any We have hinted, however, at a worse mean
in the town, who were ready to take hold of every
woman that come by them. And so to supper in ness than the care of money, and sordid house an arbour: but, Lord! their mad talk did make my hold economy. When his friends and patrons heart ake! And here I first understood by their talk seem falling into disgrace, this is the way he the meaning of the company that lately were called takes to countenance them.
Ballers; Harris telling how it was by a meeting of
some young blades, where he was among them, "I found my Lord Sandwich there, poor man! and my Lady Bennet and her ladies; and there I see with a melancholy face, and suffers his beard dancing naked ! and all the roguish things in the to grow on his upper lip more than usual. I took world. But, Lord! what loose company was this him a little aside to know when I should wait on that I was in to-night! though full of' wit; and him, and where: he told me, that it would be best worth a man's being in for once, -to know the nato meet at his lodgings, without being seen to walk iure of it, and their manner of talk and lives." together. Which I liked very well; and, Lord ! to see in what difficulty I stand, that I dare not walk These however, we have no doubt, were with Sir W. Coventry, for fear my Lord or Sir G. all very blameless and accidental associations Carteret should see me; nor with either of them, on his part. But there is one little liaison of for fear Sir W. Coventry should ! &c.
which we discover some indications in the “ To Sir W. Coventry's--after much discourse with him, I walked out with him into James journal, as to which we do not feel so well Park; where, being afraid to be seen with him the assured, unreserved as his confessions anhaving not yet leave to kiss the King's hand, but doubtedly are, that he has intrusted the whole notice taken, as I hear, of all that go to him), I did truth even to his short-hand cipher. We al. take the pretence of my attending the Tangier Com- lude to a certain Mrs. Mercer, his wife's maid mittee to take my leave of him."
and occasional companion, of whom he makes It is but a small matter, after this, to find, frequent and very particular mention. The that when the office is besieged by poor sails following entry, it will be allowed, is a little ors' wives, clamouring for their arrears of pay, suspicious, as well as exceedingly characterhe and Mrs. Pepys are dreadfully “afraid to istic. send a venison pasty, that we are to have for supper to-night, to the cook to be baked—for Mercer in the garden ; and coming in, 1 find my
“Thence home-and to sing with my wife and fear of their offering violence to it." Notwithstanding his great admiration of his so much time with Mercer, teaching her to sing;
wife plainly dissatisfied with me, that I can spend wife and her beauty, and his unremitting at- and could never take the pains with her. Which 1 tention to business and money, he has a great acknowledge; but it is because the girl do take deal of innocent (?) dalliance with various music mighty readily, and she do not, -and music pretty actresses at the playhouses, and passes the pleasure almost that I can now take.
is the thing of the world that I love most, and al
So to bed, a large part of his time in very profligate so- in some little discontent,--but no words from me!" ciety: Here is a touch of his ordinary life, which meets us by accident as we turn over We trace the effect of this jealousy very the leaves.
curiously, in a little incident chronicled with ..To the King's house ; and there going in met great simplicity a few days after, where he with Knipp, and she took us up into the tireing. mentions that being out at supper, the party rooms; and to the women's shift, -where Nell (that returned “in two coaches,—Mr. Batelier and
nis sister Mary, and my wife and I, in one,– gel to take pleasure during the time that they are and Mercer alone in the other."
getting their estate, but reserve that till they have We are sorry to observe, however, that he got one, and then it is 100 late for them to enjoy it.” seems very soon to have tired of this caution One of the most characteristic, and at the and forbearanco; as the following, rather out- same time most creditable pieces of naïveté rageous merry-making, which takes place on that we meet with in the book, is in the acthe fourth day after, may testify.
count he gives of the infinite success of a " After dinner with my wife and Mercer to the speech which he delivered at the bar of the Beare-garden; where I have not been, I think, of House of Commons, in 1667, in explanation many years, and saw some good sport of the bull's and defence of certain alleged mismanagetossing of the dogs: one into the very boxes. Butments in the navy, then under discussion in it is a very rude and nasty pleasure. We had a that assembly. The honourable House proone, very fine, went into the
pit, and played his dog bably knew but little about the business ; and for a wager, which was a strange sport for a gen. nobody, we can well believe, knew so much tleman.) where they drank wine, and drank Ner: about it as our author,--and this, we have no cer's health first; which I pledged with my hat off! doubt, was the great merit of his discourse, We supped at home, and very merry. And then and the secret of his success :-For though about nine o'clock to Mrs. Mercer's gate, where the fire and boys expected us, and her son had pro
we are disposed to give him every credit for vided abundance of serpents and rockets: and there industry, clearness, and practical judgment, mighty merry, (my Lady Pen and Pegg going we think it is no less plain from his manner thither with us, and Nan Wright,) till about twelve of writing, than from the fact of his subseat nighi, flinging our fireworks, and burning one quent obscurity in parliament, that he could our businesses being most spent, we into Mrs. Mer: never have had any pretensions to the charcer's, and there mighty merry, smutting
one another acter of an orator. Be that as it may, howwith candle-grease and soot, till most of us were ever, this speech seems to have made a great like devils ! And that being done, then we broke impression at the time; and certainly gave up, and to my house ; and there I made them drink, singular satisfaction to its worthy maker. It and up stairs we went, and then fell into dancing; would be unjust to withhold from our readers (W. Batelier dancing well,) and dressing him and I his own account of this bright passage in his and one Mr. Bannister (who with my wife come existence. In the morning, when he came over also with us) like women; and Mercer put on a suit of Tom's, like a boy, and mighty mirth we down to Westminster, he had some natural had-and Mercer danced a jigg! and Nan Wright, qualms. and my wife, and Pegg Pen put on perriwigs. Thus, we spent till three or four in the morning-drink half a pint of mulled sack, -and in the hall
"And to comfort myself did go to the Dog and mighty merry !"-Vol. i. p. 438, 439.
did drink a dram of brandy at Mrs. Hewleli's! and After all this, we confess, we are not very with the warmth of this did find myself in better much surprised, though no doubt a little order as to courage, truly." shocked, to find the matter come to the fol- He spoke three hours and a half "as comlowing natural and domestic, though not very fortably as if I had been at my own table,” dignified catastrophe.
and ended soon after three in the afternoon ; "This day, Mercer being not at home, but, but it was not thought fit to put the vote that against her mistress' order, gone to her mother's, day, “many members having gone out to beat her there?!-and was angry; and her mother morning his glory opens on him. and my wife, going thither to speak with W. Hewer, dinner
, and come in again half drunk.” Next saying that she was not a prentice girl, to ask leave every time she goes abroad, my wife with good "6:h. Up berimes, and with Sir D. Gauden to reason was angry, and when she come home bid Sir W. Coventry's chamber; where the first word ker be gone again. And so she went away! which he said to me was, • Good-morrow, Mr. Pepvs. troubled me, but yet less than it would, because that must be Speaker of the Parliament House : of the condition we are in, in fear of coming in a and did protest I had got honour for ever in Parlialiule time to be less able to keep one in her quality." ment. He said that his brother, 1 hat sat by him,
admires me; and another gentleman said 'ihat I Matters, however, we are happy to say, could not get less than 10001. a year, if I would put seem to have been wonderfully soon made up on a gown and plead at the Chancery.bar. But, again--for we find her attending Mrs. P., as what pleases me most, he tells me that she Soliciusual, in about six weeks after; and there are for generall did protest that he thought I spoke the various subsequent, though very brief and best of any man in England. My Lord Barkeley discreet notices of her, to the end of the Diary. others, Parliament-men there about the King, did
did cry me up for what they had heard of it ; and It is scarcely fair, we confess, thus to drag say nhat they never heard such a speech in their lives, to light the frailties of this worthy defunct delivered in that manner. From thence I went to secretary : But we really cannot well help it Westminster Hall; where I met with Mr. G. Mon-he has laid the temptation so directly in agu, who came to me and kissed me, and told me
that he had ofien heretofore kissed my hands, but our way. If a man will leave such things on record, people will read and laugh at them, another Cicero! and said all the world said the same
now he would kiss my lips: protesting that I was although he should long before be laid suug of me. Mr. Godolphin; Mr. Sands, who swore he in his grave. After what we have just ex- would go i wenty miles at any time to hear the like tracted, the reader will not be surprised at again, and that he never saw so many sit four hours the following ingenious confession.
together to hear any man in his life as there did to hear me.
Mr. Chichly, Sir John Duncomb, and “The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the every body do say thai the kingdom will ring of my more in pleasure, knowing that this is the proper abilities, and that I have done myself right for my age of my life to do it; and out of my observation, whole life; and so Captain Coke and others of my that most men that do thrive in the world do for- | friends say that no man had ever such an oppor. tunity of making his abilities known. And that I went to my Lord Crewe's, there to invite Sir may cite all at once, Mr. Lieutenant of ihe 'Tower Thomas, &c. Thence home; and there find one did tell me that Mr. Vaughan did protest to him, laying of my napkins against to.morrow in figures and that in his hearing said so to the Duke of Al. ot all sorts; which is mighty pretty; and it seems bermarle, and afterwards to Sir W. Coveníry, that it is his trade, and he gets much money by it. 141h. he had sat i wenty-six years in Parliament and never Up very betimes, and with Jane to Leveti's, there heard such a speech there before! for which the Lord to conclude upon our dinner; and thence in the God make me thankful! and that I may make use pewterer's to buy a pewter sesterne, which I have of it, not to pride and vainglory, but that, now I ever hitherto been without. Anon comes my com. have this esteem, I may do noihing that may pany, viz. my Lord Hinchingbroke and his lady, lessen it!"
Sir Philip Carteret and his lady, Godolphin and my There is a great deal more of this—but we
cosen Roger, and Creed: and mighty merry; and
by and by to dinner, which was very good and have given rather too much space already to plenitul (and I should have said, and Mr. George Mr. Pepys' individual concerns: and must Montagu, who came at a very lule warning, which turn now to something of more public interest. was exceeding kind of him). And there, among Before taking leave of private life, however, other things, my lord had Sir Samuel Morland's we may notice one or two things, that we late invention for casting up of sums of 1 s. d.; collect 'incidentally, as to the manners and of our discourse was of my Lord Sandwich and his
which is very pretty, but not very useful. Most habits of the times. The playhouses, of which family, as being all of us of the family. And with there seem to have been at least three, opened extraordinary pleasure all the afternoon, thus toapparently soon after noon—though the en-gether, eating and looking over my closet." tertainments often lasted till late in the night
The next seems to have been still more -but we cannot make out whether they were solemn and successful. ever exhibited by daylight. The pit, in some of them at least, must have been uncovered; brought me that my Lord Sandwich was come ; su
“ 23d. To the office till noon, when word for our author speaks repeatedly of being an- 1 presently ruse, and there I found my Lords Sandnoyed in that place by rain and hail. For wich, Peterborough, and Sir Charles Harbord; and several years after the Restoration, women's presently after them comes my Lord Hinchingparts were done by boys,-though there seem broke, Mr. Sidney, and Sir William Godolphin. always to have been female singers. The And after greeting them and some time spent in hour of dinner was almost always twelve; and talk, dinner was brought up, one dish alter another, men seem generally to have sat at table with all things, the variety of wines and excellent of their their hats on. The wines mostly in use ap-kind I had for them, and all in so good order, that pear to have been the Spanish white wines they were mightily pleased, and myself full of con. --both sweet and dry—some clarets—but no tent at it; and indeed it was, of a dinner of about port. It seems still to have been a custom to six or eight dishes, as noble as any man need 10 go down to drink in the cellar. The Houses have, I think; at leasi, all was done in the noblest
manner that ever I had any, and I have rarely seen of Parliament met, like the courts of law, at
in my life better any where else, even at the Couri. nine, and generally adjourned at noon. The After dinner my lords to cards, and the rest of us style of dress seems to have been very vari- sining about them and talking, and looking on my able, and very costly-periwigs appear not to books and pictures, and my wie's drawings, which have been introduced, even at court, till 1663 they commended mighuly': and mighty merry all --and the still greater abomination of hair day long, with exceeding great content, and so till powder not to have been yet dreamed of. dark and foul weather. Thus was this entertain
seven at night; and so took their leaves, it being Much of the outskirts of the town, and the ment over-he best of its kind and the fullest of greater part of Westminster, were not paved honour and content to me that ever I had in my -and the police seems to have been very hite; and I shall not easily have so good again." deficient, as the author frequently speaks of On turning to the political or historical the danger of returning from Whitehall and parts of this record, we are rather disapthat neighbourhood to the city early in the pointed in finding so little that is curious or evening — no lamps in the streets. Some interesting in that earliest portion of it which curious notices of prices might be collected carries us through the whole work of the out of these volumes—but we have noted but Restoration. Though there are almost daily a few. Coaches seem to have been common, entries from the ist of January 1659, and and very cheap-our author gets a very hand- though the author was constantly in commusome one for 32. On the other hand, he pays nication with persons in public situations-41. 10s. for a beaver, and as much for a wig. was personally introduced to the King at the Pictures too seem to have brought large prices, Hague, and came home in the same ship considering the value of money and the small with him, it is wonderful how few particulars proportion of the people who could then have of any moment he has been enabled to put any knowledge of the art. He pays. 251. for down'; and how little the tone of his journal a portrait of his wife, and 301. for a miniature, exhibits of that interest and anxiety which besides eight guineas for the setting--and we are apt to imagine must have been unimentions a flower-piece for ophich the painter versal during the dependence of so momenrefused 701. We may take leave of him and ous a revolution. Even this barrenness, howhis housekeeping, by inserting his account of ever, is not without instruction-and illustrates two grand dinners he seems to have given by a new example, how insensible the conboth which he appears to have regarded as temporaries of great transactions often are of matters of very weighty concernment. As to their 'importance, and how much more posthe first he says
terity sees of their character than those who "My head being full of to-morrow's dinner, were parties to them. We have already ob. served that the author's own political predi- | the king was, and all his attendants, when he came ections are scarcely distinguishable till he to him first from my lord; their clothes not being is embarked in the fleet to bring home the worth forty shillings—the best of them. And how King—and the greater part of those with overjoyed the King was when Sir J. Greenville
brought him some money; so joyful, that he called whom he converses seem to have been nearly the Princess Royal and 'Duke of York to look as undecided. Monk is spoken of through: upon it, as it lay in the portmanteau before it was out with considerable contempt and aversion; taken out." and among many instances of his duplicity, On the voyage home the names of the it is recorded that upon the 21st day of Feb- ships are changed—and to be sure the Richruary 1660, he came to Whitehall, “and there ard, the Naseby, and the Dunbar, were not made a speech to them, recommending to very fit to bear the royal flag—nor even the them a Commonwealth, and against Charles Speaker or the Lambert. There is a long acStuart.” The feeling of the city is repre- count of the landing, and a still longer, of sented, no doubt, as extremely hostile to the Lord Sandwich's investment with the Order Parliament (here uniformly called the Rump); of the Garter-but we do not find any thing but their aspirations are not said to be directed of moment recorded, till we come to the to royalty, but merely to a free Parliament condemnation and execution of the regicides and the dissolution of the existing junto. So pitiful and disgusting departure from the late as the month of March our author ob- broad principle of amnesty, upon the basis serves, “great is the talk of a single person. of which alone any peaceful restoration could Charles, George, or Richard again. For the be contemplated, after so long and so unelast of which my Lord St. John is said to quivocally national a suspension of royalty. speak very high. Great also is the dispute It is disgusting to find, that Monk sate on the in the House, in whose name the writs shall bench, while his companions in arms, Harri. issue for the new Parliament.” It is a com- son, Hacker, and Axtell, were arraigned for fort however to find, in a season of such uni- the treasons in which he and they had been versal dereliction of principle, that signal associated. Our author records the whole perfidy, even to the cause of the republic transactions with the most perfect indifferis visited with general scorn. A person of ence, and with scarcely a remark-for exthe name of Morland, who had been em- ample, ployed under the Protector in the Secretary of State's office, had been in the habit of Major-General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quar
“ 13th. I went out to Charing Cross, to see betraying his trust, and communicating pri- tered; which was done there; he looking as cheer. vately with the exiled monarch-and, upon ful! 'as any man could do in that condition.--181h. now resorting to him, had been graced with This morning, it being expected that Colonel the honour of knighthood. Even our cold- Hacker and Axtell should die, I went to Newga:e, hearted chronicler speaks thus of this deserter. but found they were reprieved till to-morrow.
191h. This morning my dining room was finished "Mr. Morland, now Sir Samuel, was here on with greene serge hanging and gilt leather, which board; but I do not find that my lord or any body is very handsome. This morning Hacker and did give him any respect-he being looked upon Axtell
' were hanged and quartered, as the rest by him and all men as a knave. Among others are.” he betrayed Sir Rich. Willis that married Dr. F. Jones' daughter, who had paid him 10001. at one
He is, to be sure, a little troubled, as he time by the Protector's and Secretary Thurloe's expresses it, at the disinterring and gibbetorder, for intelligence that he sent concerning the ting of Cromwell's dead and festering body
thinking it unfit that “a man of so great And there is afterwards a similar expres- courage as he was, should have that dission of honest indignation against " that per- honour—though otherwise he might deserve fidious rogue Sir G. Downing,” who, though it--enough!" He does not fail, however, to he had served in the Parliamentary army attend the rest of the executions, and to desunder Okey, yet now volunteered to go after cribe them as spectacles of ordinary occur. him and Corbet
, with the King's warrant, to rence—thus, Holland, and succeeded in bringing them
“ 19th. This morning, before we sat, I went to back as prisoners, to their death-and had Aldgate; and at the corner shop, a draper's
, I the impudence, when there, to make a speech stood, and did see Barkestead, Okey, and 'Corbet
, to the Lords States of Holland, telling them drawne towards the gallows at Tiburne; and there to their faces that he observed that he was they were hanged and quartered. They all looked not received with the respect and observance what they did to the King to be just; which is
very cheerful! but I hear they all die defending now, that he was when he came from the very strange!" traitor and rebell Cromwell! by whom, I am •141h. About eleven o'clock, having a room got sure, he hath got all he hath in the world, ready for us, we all went out to the Tower Hill; and they know it too."
and ihere, over against the scaffold, made on pur. When our author is presented to the King, pose this day, saw Sir Henry Vane brought
. A he very simply puts down, that “he seems speech, many times interrupted by the sheriffe and to be a very sober man!” This, however, others there; and they would have taken his paper probably referred only to his dress and equip- out of his hand, but he would not let it go. But ment; which, from the following extract
, they caused all the books of those that writ after seems to have been homely enough, even for him to be given to the sheriffe: and the trumpets & republic
were brought under the scaffold that he might
not be heard. Then he prayed, and so filled him " This afternoon Mr. Edward Pickering told me self, and received the blow; but the scaffold was in what a sad, poor condition for dothes and money. so crowded that we could not see it done.
had a blister, or issue, upon his neck, which he | fear him; while here a prince, come in with all the desired them not to hurt! He changed not his love and prayers and good liking of his people, who colour or speech to the last, but died justifying have given greater signs of loyalty and willingness himself and he cause he had stood for; and 10 serve him with their estates than ever was done spoke very confidently of his being presenily ai by any people, hath lost all so soon, that it is a the right hand of Christ ; and in all things apo miracle thai a man could devise to lose so much in peared the most resolved man that ever died in so little time." that manner."
The following particulars of the condition In spite of those rigorous measures, the of the Protector's family are curious, and author very soon gets disgusted with the probably authentic. The conversation is in lewdness, beggary, and wastefulness,” of the ihe end of 1664. new government--and after sagaciously remarking, that " I doubt our new Lords of the I met with Mr. White, Cromwell's chaplain that
“In my way to Brampton in this day's journey Council do not mind things as the late powers was, and had a great deal of discourse with him. did—but their pleasure or profit more,” he Among others, he tells me that Richard is, and hath proceeds to make the following striking re- long been, in France, and is now going into Italy. marks on the ruinous policy, adopted on this, He owns publickly, that he do correspond, and reand many other restorations, of excluding the urn him all his money. That Richard hath been only men really acquainted with business, on his friends. That he goes by another name, but the score of their former opposition to the do not disguise himself, nor deny himself to any party in power.
man that challenges him. He tells me, for certain, "From that we discoursed of the evil of put between the king and kis daughter, to have obliged
that offers had been made to the old man, of marriage ting out men of experience in business, and of the him but he would not. He thinks (with me) that condition of the King's party at present, who, as it never was in his power to bring in the King with the Papists, though otherwise fine persons, yet the consent of any of his officers about him; and being by law kept for these four-score years out of that he scorned to bring him in, as Monk did, to employment, they are now wholly uncapable of
secure himself and deliver every body else.
When business; and so the Cavaliers, for twenty years. I told him of what I found writ in a French book who for ihe most part bave either given themselves over to look after country and family business, and of one Monsieur Sorbiere, that gives an account
of those the best of them, and the rest to debau. his observations here in England; among other chery, &c.; and that was it that hath made him things he says, that it is reported that Cromwell high against the late bill brought into the House did, in his lifetime, transpose many of the bodies for making all men incapable of employment that of the kings of England from one grave to another; had served against the King. People, says he, in
and that by that means it is not known certainly the sea-service, it is impossible to do any thing of Cromwell, or of one of the kings; Mr. White tells
whether the head that is now set upon a post be that without them, there being, not more than three
me that he believes he never had so poor a low men of the whole King's side that are fit to com- thought in him, to trouble himself about it. He says mand almost ; and there were Captn. Allen, Smith, the hand of God is much to be seen ; and that all his and Beech ; and it may be Holmes, and Uiber; and children are in good condition enough as to estate, Batis mighi do something."'
and that their relations that betrayed iheir family are In his account of another conversation with all now either hanged or very miserable." the same shrewd observer, he gives the fol
The most frequent and prolific topic in the lowing striking picture of the different temper whole book, next perhaps to that of dress, is and moral character of the old Republican the profligacy of the court—or what may fairly soldiers, as contrasted with those of the Roy- be denominated court scandal. It would be alists of the former he reports
endless, and not very edifying, to attempt any “Let the King think what he will, it is them that thing like an abstract of the shameful immorthey are the most substantiall sort of people, and of the two royal brothers, and the greater part
For generally alities which this loyal author has recorded the soberest; and did desire me to observe it to my Lord Sandwich, among other things, that of all the of their favourites—at the same time, ihat old army now you cannot see a man begging about they occupy so great a part of the work, that the streets; but what? you shall have this captain we cannot well give an account of it without turned a shoemaker; this lieutenant a baker; this a
some notice of them. The reader will probrewer; that a haberdasher; this common soldier a porter; and every man in his apron and frock, &c. bably be satisfied with the following specias if they never had done any thing else: Whereas mens, taken almost at random. the other go with their belis and swords, swearing “In the Privy Garden saw the finest smocks and and cursing, and stealing; running into people's linen petticoats of my Lady Castlemaine's, laced houses, by force oftentimes, to carry away some- with rich lace at the bottom, that ever I saw; and, thing; and this is the difference between the temper did me good to look at them. Sarah told me how the of one and the other; and concludes tand I think King dined at my Lady Castlemaine's, and supped, with some reason), that the spirits of the old Par- every day and night ihe last week, and that the liament soldiers are so quiet and contented with nighé that the bonfires were made for joy of the God's providence, that the king is safer from any Queene's arrivall, the King was there. But there evil meant himn by them, one thousand times more was no fire at her door, though at all the rest of the than from his own discontented Cavaliers. And doors almost in the street ; which was much ob then to i he publick management of business ; it is served: and that the King and she did send for done, as he observes, so loosely and so carelessly, pair of scales, and weighed one another; and she, that ibe kingdom can never be happy with il, every being with child, was said to be heaviest." man looking after himself, and his own lust and • Mr. Pickering tells me the story is very true luxury."
of a child being dropped at the ball at Court; and The following is also very remarkable.
Thal The King had it in his closet a week after, and
did dissect it; and making great sport of it, said that “It is strange how every body now-a-days do in his opinion it must have been a month and three reflect upon Oliver, and commend him; what brave houres old; and that, whatever others think, he things he did, and made all the neighbour princeshalb ihe greatest loss (it being a boy, as he says).