The diary of John Evelyn

Regular posts from the diary of John Evelyn

Month: March 1643

Saturday 11 March 1643

I went to see my Lord of Salisbury’s Palace at Hatfield, where the most considerable rarity, besides the house (inferior to few then in England for its architecture), were the garden and vineyard, rarely well watered and planted. They also showed us the picture of Secretary Cecil, in Mosaic work, very well done by some Italian hand.

I must not forget what amazed us exceedingly in the night before, namely, a shining cloud in the air, in shape resembling a sword, the point reaching to the north; it was as bright as the moon, the rest of the sky being very serene. It began about eleven at night, and vanished not till above one, being seen by all the south of England. I made many journeys to and from London.

Friday 10 March 1643

I went to Hartingford-berry to visit my cousin, Keightly.