John Evelyn

Standard Name: Evelyn, John


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Cultural formation John Dryden
Dryden parallelled his former switch in political allegiance in probably 1685, with a switch of religious allegiance, converting from Anglicanism to Catholicism . He was vulnerable to charges of time-serving since he did this at...
Family and Intimate relationships Ann, Lady Fanshawe
The diarist and man of letters John Evelyn was ALF 's cousin.
Ann, Lady Fanshawe, Anne Halkett, and Ann, Lady Fanshawe. “The Memoirs of Ann, Lady Fanshawe”. The Memoirs of Anne, Lady Halkett, and Ann, Lady Fanshawe, edited by John Loftis and John Loftis, Clarendon Press, 1979, pp. 101 - 92.
Friends, Associates Margaret Cavendish
John Evelyn , as a member of the Royal Society , several times visited the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle (sometimes with his wife ) to arrange their visit to the Society.
Cavendish, Margaret. Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader. Bowerbank, Sylvia and Sara Heller MendelsonEditors , Broadview, 2000.
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Tollet
Her father met both Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn , the diarist, through his Navy Board work. He became a close friend of Evelyn, and was a friend too of Edmond Halley , the astronomer.
Londry, Michael, and Elizabeth Tollet. The Poems of Elizabeth Tollet. Oxford University, 2004.
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Literary responses Lucy Hutchinson
John Evelyn , who published an essay on Lucretius' first book in 1656, admired LH 's translation.


Between 1637 and 1640
John Evelyn , an undergraduate at Balliol College , Oxford, first saw coffee drunk (by a visiting Greek), thirty years before the custom became established.
17 May 1649
John Evelyn went up the Thames to Putney with a mostly female party to see the Schooles or Colledges of the young gentlewomen.
29 March 1652
An eclipse of the sun, in John Evelyn 's words, so exceedingly alarm'd the whole Nation, so as hardly any would worke, none stir out of their houses; so ridiculously were they abused by knavish...
10 May 1652
John Evelyn the diarist, who happened to be passing by, saw a woman burned to death at Smithfield, London, for murdering her husband.
4 December 1653
John Evelyn heard a working-class mechanic preach at his parish church; he was surprised but not impressed.
11 May 1654
John Evelyn noted in his diary that respectable women were beginning to paint themselves, formerly a most ignominious thing and us'd only by prostitutes.
19 August 1654
John and Mary Evelyn met an alehouse-keeper in Lincoln: a woman six feet two inches tall; the inn's custom relied chiefly on peoples coming to see her on account of her height.
27 November 1655
Samuel Hartlib told John Evelyn of a new copying invention: a special ink which enabled extra copies to be damp-pressed off papers written in it.
6 August 1657
John Evelyn was shown a newly invented way-wiser or odometer for a coach.
15 September 1657
John Evelyn inspected a woman from Augsburg in Germany who made her living by displaying her abnormal facial hair (as thick on forehead, ears and nose as on most women's heads).
Christmas Day 1657
John Evelyn was at morning Communion service in a private chapel in London's Covent Garden area, when the whole congregation was rounded up by Puritan soldiers angry at such Christmas observance.
22 November 1658
Cromwell the Protector had a funeral procession across London, lying in effigie in royal robes . . . like a king.
25 April 1659
John Evelyn reported a wonderfull and suddaine change in the face of the publique: discontent with Cromwell 's son Richard , and canvassing of other candidates for power.
John Evelyn published a pamphlet entitled Fumifugium: or, The Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoake of London Dissipated; a reprint by the National Smoke Abatement Society in 1933 has an introduction by Rose Macaulay .
3 May 1661
John Evelyn was shown a wonderfull engine for weaving silk stockings, said to have been invented at Oxford forty years earlier.