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stantial and practical knowledge in other ornamental parts of education, especially music both vocal and instrumental, in dancing, paying and receiving visits, and necessary conversation, could accomplish half of what she has left; but as she never affected play or cards, which consume a world of precious time, so she was in continual exercise, which yet abated nothing of her most agreeable conversation. But she was a little miracle while she lived, and so she diedI"
Mrs. Evelyn also speaks in the most tender and affectionate terms of this amiable daughter. She writes thus to lady Tukej her husband's relative;—" How to express the sorrow for parting with so dear a child, is a difficult task. She was welcome to me from the first moment God gave her, acceptable through the whole course of her life by a thousand endearments, by the gifts of nature, by acquired parts, by the tender love she ever shewed her father and me; a thread of piety accompanied all her actions, and now proves our greatest consolation. The patience, resignation, and humility of her carriage, in so severe and fatal a disease, discovered more than an ordinary assistance of the Divine goodness, never expressing fear of death, or a desire to live, but for her friends sake. The seventh day of her illness she discoursed to me in particular as calmly as in health, desired to confess, and receive the blessed sacrament, which she performed with great devotion, after which, though in her perfect senses to the last, she never signified the least concern for the world; prayed often, and resigned her soul. What shall I say! She was too great a blessing for me, who never deserved anything, much less such a jewel. lam too well assured of your ladyship's kindness, to doubt the part you take in this loss ; you have ever shewed yourself a friend in so many
instances, that I presume upon your compassion; nothing but this just occasion could have hindered me from welcoming you to town, and rejoicing with the best friend I have in the world—a friend by merit and inclination,—one I must esteem, as the wife of so worthy a relation and so sincere a friend as sir Sam. (Tuke) was to me and mine. What is this world, when we recall past things! What are the charms that keep our minds in suspense! Without the conversation of those we love, what is life worth! How did I propose happiness this summer in the return of your ladyship and my dear child—for she was absent almost all this winter!
"She had much improved herself by the remarks she had made of the world and all its vanities.—What shall I add I I could ever speak of her, and might I be just to her without suspicion of partiality, could tell you many things. The papers which are found in her cabinet discover she profited by her reading—such reflections? collections out of Scripture, confessions, meditations and pious notions, evidence that her time was not spent in the trifling way of most young women. I acknowledge, as a christian, I ought not to murmur, and I should be infinitely sorry to incur God's further displeasure. There are those yet remaining that challenge my care, and for their sakes I endeavour to submit all I can. I thank my poor cousin a thousand times for her kind concern, and wish she may live to be the comfort you deserve in her, that God will continue his blessing to both, and make you happy,—which is the prayer of her who is yours most affectionately, M.E."
Mrs. Evelyn was "often heard to say concerning the death of her admirable and beloved daughter, that though she had lost her for ever in this world, yet she would not but that she had been, because many pleasing ideas occurred to her thoughts, that she had conversed with her so long, and been made happy by her for so many years."
In August they lost another daughter, soon after her marriage, by the same frightful disease. "Thus in less than six months," he says, "were we deprived of two children, for our unworthiness and causes best known to God, whom I beseech from the bottom of my heart, that He will give us grace to make that right use of all these chastisements, that we may become better, and entirely submit in all things to his infinitely wise disposal. Amen."
Mr. Evelyn's conviction that a parent's greatest joy springs from a persuasion of his children's piety, may be seen in the following letter, written in the year 1686, to the countess of Sunderland.—" Madam, I am not unmindful of the late command you laid upon me, to give you a catalogue of such books as I believed might be fit to entertain your more devout and serious hours; and I look upon it as a peculiar grace and favour of God to your ladyship, that amidst so many temptations and grandeur of courts, the attendants, visits, diversions, (and other circumstances of the palace, and the way you are engaged in,) you are resolved that nothing of this shall interrupt your duty to God, and the religion you profess, whenever it comes in competition with the things of this world, how splendid soever they may appear for a little and (God knows) uncertain time. Madam, it is the best and most grateful return you can make to Heaven, for all the blessings you enjoy; amongst which there is none you are more happy in than in the virtue, and early and solid piety, of my lady Anne, and the progress of your little son. Madam, the foundation you have laid in those two blessings, will not only build but establish your illustrious family, beyond all the provisions you can make of gallant and great in the estimation of the world, and you will find the comfort of it, when all this noise and hurry shall vanish as a dream, and leave nothing to support us in time of need. I am persuaded you often make these reflections, from your own great judgment, and experiences of the vicissitudes of things present, and prospect of the future, which is only worth our solicitude."
At the close of the year which was marked by these afflictions, he writes in his journal;—"Dec. 31. Recollecting the passages of the year past, made up accounts, and humbly besought Almighty God to pardon those my sins which had provoked him to discompose my sorrowful family; that he would accept of our humiliation, and in his good time restore comfort to it. I also blessed God for all his undeserved mercies and preservations, begging the continuance of his grace and preservation."
HIS OLD AGE AND DEATH.
Nor shall dull age, as worldlings say,
The heavenward flame annoy;
And with him lives our joy.
Even the richest, tenderest glow
Sets round th' autumnal sun—
The bliss when life is done.
The portion of the journal which follows is chiefly taken up with public affairs, which were in a state most unsatisfactory to Mr. Evelyn. He looked with the deepest regret upon king James's attachment to popery, and his measures for promoting the interests of that religion in England ;* and being appointed one of the Commission
* The zeal of the papists may be illustrated by an anecdote in the Diary, which will be interesting to the readers of the Life of Archbishop Usher.—" 1686, April 18. In the afternoon I went to Camberwell to visit Dr. Parr. After sermon, I accompanied him to his house, where he shewed me the Life and Letters of the late learned Primate of Armagh, (Usher,) and among them that letter of bishop Bramhall's to the primate, giving notice of the popish practices to pervert this nation, by sending a hundred priests into England [during the commonwealth], who were to conform themselves to all sectaries and conditions, for the more easily dispersing their doctrine among us. This letter was the cause of the whole impression being seized, upon pretence that it was a political or historical account of things, not relating to theology, though it had been licensed by the