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labored under the gout and dropsy for nearly six months,
in the 78th year of his age. The funeral was solemnized
on the 19th at Deptford, with as much decency as the
dignity of the person, and our relation to him, required;
there being invited the Bishop of Rochester, several
noblemen, knights, and all the fraternity of the Trinity
Company, of which he had been Master, and others of
the country. The vicar preached a short but proper
discourse on Psalm xxxix. 10, on the frailty of our mortal
condition, concluding with an ample and well-deserved
eulogy on the defunct, relating to his honorable birth
and ancestors, education, learning in Greek and Latin,
modern languages, travels, public employments, signal
loyalty, character abroad, and particularly the honor of
supporting the Church of England in its public worship
during its persecution by the late rebels' usurpation and
regicide, by the suffrages of divers Bishops, Doctors of
the Church, and others, who found such an asylum in his
house and family at Paris, that in their disputes with the
Papists (then triumphing over it as utterly lost) they
used to argue for its visibility and existence from Sir R.
Browne's chapel and assembly there. Then he spoke of
his great and loyal sufferings during thirteen years' exile
with his present Majesty, his return with him in the sig-
nal year 1660; his honorable employment at home, his
timely recess to recollect himself, his great age, infirm-
ities, and death.

He gave to the Trinity Corporation that land in Dept-
ford on which are built those almshouses for twenty-four


widows of emerited seamen. He was born the famous
year of the Gunpowder Treason, in 1605, and being the
last [male] of his family, left my wife, his only daughter,
heir. His grandfather, Sir Richard Browne, was the great
instrument under the great Earl of Leicester ( favorite to
Queen Elizabeth ) in his government of the Netherland.
He was Master of the Household to King James, and
Cofferer; I think was the first who regulated the com-
positions through England for the King's household,
provisions, progresses,* etc., which was so high a service,
and so grateful to the whole nation, that he had acknowl-
edgments and public thanks sent him from all the coun-
ties; he died by the rupture of a vein in a vehement
speech he made about the compositions in a Parliament
of King James. By his mother's side he was a Gunson,
Treasurer of the Navy in the reigns of Henry VHI.,
Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, and, as by his large
pedigree appears, related to divers of the English nobil-
ity. Thus ended this honorable person, after so many
changes and tossings to and fro, in the same house where
he was born. " Lord teach us so to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom !^^

By a special clause in his will, he ordered that his
body should be buried in the churchyard under the south-
east window of the chancel, adjoining to the burying
places of his ancestors, since they came out of Essex
into Sayes Court, he being much offended at the novel
custom of burying everyone within the body of the
church and chancel ; that being a favor heretofore granted
to martyrs and great persons; this excess of making
churches charnel houses being of ill and irreverend ex-
ample, and prejudicial to the health of the living, besides
the continual disturbance of the pavement and seats, and
several other indecencies. Dr. Hall, the pious Bishop of
Norwich, would also be so interred, as may be read in
his testament.

1 6th March, 1683. I went to see Sir Josiah Child's
prodigious cost in planting walnut trees about his seat,
and making fish ponds, many miles in circuit, in Epping

* Notice was taken of this in a previous passage of the ¬Ђ Diary."
The different counties were bound to supply provisions of various
kinds, and these were collected by oflficers called purveyors, whose
extortions often excited the attention of Parliament.

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Forest, in a barren spot, as oftentimes these suddenly
monied men for the most part seat themselves. He from
a merchant's apprentice, and management of the East
India Company's stock, being arrived to an estate (it is
said) of ;;^2oo,ooo; and lately married his daughter to
the eldest son of the Duke of Beaufort, late Marquis of
Worcester, with ;^5o,ooo portional present, and various

I dined at Mr. Houblon's, a rich and gentle French
merchant, who was building a house in the Forest, near
Sir J. Child's, in a place where the late Earl of Norwich
dwelt some time, and which came from his lady, the
widow of Mr. Baker. It will be a pretty villa, about
five miles from Whitechapel.

1 8th March, 1683. I went to hear Dr. Horneck preach
at the Savoy Church, on Phil. ii. 5. He was a German
bom, a most pathetic preacher, a person of a saint-like
life, and hath written an excellent treatise on Considera-

20th March, 1683. Dined at Dr. Whistler's, at the
Physicians' College, with Sir Thomas Millington, both
learned men; Dr. W. the most facetious man in nature,
and now Censor of the college, I was here consulted
where they should build their library ; it is a pity this college
is built so near Newgate Prison, and in so obscure a hole,
a fault in placing most of our public buildings and
churches in the city, through the avarice of some few
men, and his Majesty not overruling it, when it was in
his power after the dreadful conflagration.

2ist March, 1683. Dr. Tenison preached at Whitehall
on I Cor. vi. 12;! esteem him to be one of the most
profitable preachers in the Church of England, being also
of a most holy conversation, very learned and ingenious.
The pains he takes and care of his parish will, I fear,
wear him out, which would be an inexpressible loss.

24th March, 1683. I went to hear Dr. Charleton's lec-
ture on the heart in the Anatomy Theater at the Physi-
cians' College.

30th March, 1683. To London, in order to my passing
the following week, for the celebration of the Easter
now approaching, there being in the Holy Week so many
eminent preachers officiating at the Court and other


6th April, 1683. Good Friday. There was in the aft-
ernoon, according- to custom, a sermon before the King,
at Whitehall ; Dr. Sprat preached for the Bishop of Roch-

17th April, 1683. I was at the launching of the last of
the thirty ships ordered to be newly built by Act of Parlia-
ment, named the

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