John Evelyn's Diary 1648

John Evelyn's Diary 1648. 14th January 1648. From London I went to Wotton to see my young nephew; and thence to Baynards [in Ewhurst], to visit my brother Richard (25).

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 February

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 February. 5th February 1648. Saw a tragi-comedy acted in the cockpit, after there had been none of these diversions for many years during the war.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 February. 28th February 1648. I went with my noble friend, Sir William Ducy (afterward Lord Downe), to Thistleworth, where we dined with Sir Clepesby Crew, and afterward to see the rare miniatures of Peter Oliver, and rounds of plaster, and then the curious flowers of Mr. Barill's garden, who has some good medals and pictures. Sir Clepesby has fine Indian hangings, and a very good chimney-piece of water colors, by Breughel, which I bought for him.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 April

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 April. 26th April 1648. There was a great uproar in London, that the rebel army quartering at Whitehall, would plunder the City, on which there was published a Proclamation for all to stand on their guard.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 May

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 May. 4th May 1648. Came up the Essex petitioners for an agreement between his Majesty and the rebels. The 16th, the Surrey men addressed the Parliament for the same; of which some of them were slain and murdered by Oliver Cromwell's (49) guards, in the new palace yard. I now sold the impropriation of South Malling, near Lewes, in Sussex, to Messrs. Kemp and Alcock, for £3,000.

Siege of Colchester

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 May. 30th May 1648. There was a rising now in Kent, my Lord of Norwich (63) being at the head of them. Their first rendezvous was in Broome-field, next my house at Sayes Court, whence they went to Maidstone, and so to Colchester, where was that memorable siege.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 June

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 June. 27th June 1648. I purchased the manor of Hurcott, in Worcestershire, of my brother George (31), for £3,300.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 July

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 July. 1st July 1648. I sate for my picture, in which there is a Death's head, to Mr. Walker (49), that excellent painter.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 July. 10th July 1648. News was brought me of my Lord Francis Villiers being slain by the rebels near Kingston.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 August

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 August. 16th August 1648. I went to Woodcote (in Epsom) to the wedding of my brother, Richard (25), who married the daughter (19) and coheir of Esquire Minn (67), lately deceased; by which he had a great estate both in land and money on the death of a brother. The coach in which the bride and bridegroom were, was overturned in coming home; but no harm was done.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 August. 28th August 1648. To London from Sayes Court, and saw the celebrated follies of Bartholomew Fair.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 September

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 September. 16th September 1648. Came my lately married brother, Richard, and his wife, to visit me, when I showed them Greenwich, and her Majesty's Palace, now possessed by the rebels.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 September. 28th September 1648. I went to Albury, to visit the Countess of Arundel (38), and returned to Wotton.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 September. 31st October, 1648. I went to see my manor of Preston Beckhelvyn, and the Cliffhouse.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 November

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 November. 29th November, 1648. Myself, with Mr. Thomas Offley, and Lady Gerrard, christened my niece Mary, eldest daughter of my brother, George Evelyn (31), by my Lady Cotton, his second wife. I presented my niece a piece of plate which cost me £18, and caused this inscription to be set on it—
In memoriam facti.
Anno cIc Ix. xliix. Cal. Decem. viii. Virginum castiss: Xtianorum innocentis: Nept: suavis: Mariæ. Johan. Evelynus Avunculus et Susceptor Vasculum hoc cum Epigraphe L. M. Q. D.
Ave Maria Gratiâ sis plena; Dominus tecum.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 December

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 December. 2d December, 1648. This day I sold my manor of Hurcott for £3,400 to one Mr. Bridges.

Treaty of Newport

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 December. 13th December, 1648. The Parliament now sat up the whole night, and endeavored to have concluded the Isle of Wight Treaty; but were surprised by the rebel army; the members dispersed, and great confusion every where in expectation of what would be next.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 December. 17th December, 1648. I heard an Italian sermon, in Mercers' Chapel, one Dr. Middleton, an acquaintance of mine, preaching.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 December. 18th December, 1648. I got privately into the council of the rebel army, at Whitehall, where I heard horrid villanies.
This was a most exceedingly wet year, neither frost nor snow all the winter for more than six days in all. Cattle died every where of a murrain.