Monday, June 30, 2008

in a private chapel in the home counties

Here lies the Body of JOHN EVELYN Esq of this place, second son of RICHARD EVELYN Esq who having served the Publick in several employments of which that Commissioner of the Privy Seal in the reign of King James the 2nd was most Honourable: and perpetuated his fame by far more lasting Monuments than those of Stone, or Brass: his Learned and useful works, fell asleep the 27th day of February 1705/6 being the 86th Year of his age in full hope of a glorious resurrection thro faith in Jesus Christ. Living in an age of extraordinary events, and revolutions he learnt (as himself asserted) this truth which pursuant to his intention is here declared.
That all is vanity which is not honest and that there's no solid Wisdom but in real piety.

Of five Sons and three Daughters borne to him from his most vertuous and excellent Wife MARY sole daughter, and heiress of Sir RICHARD BROWNE of Sayes Court near Deptford in Kent onely one Daughter SUSANNA married to WILLIAM DRAPER Esq of Adscomb in this County survived him the two others dying in the flower of their age, and all the sons very young except one nam'd John who deceased 24 March 1698/9 in the 45th year of his age, leaving one son JOHN and one daughter ELIZABETH.


Plutarch said...

Mysterious and beautiful.

tristan said...

thanx, you're too kind ... it certainly was a lucky day ... i felt a bit like carter finding tutankhamun and wanted to stay for hours ... but as with all of my visits, it all had to be fitted in to a lunch-break

Anna said...

These are beyond wonderful, I keep coming back to look at them again and again, so now I've saved them, hope you don't mind. The babes in swaddling, the rouged cheeks, the chunkiness of the forms with their more elegant heads - all are fascinating, but the sweetness of the carving is the thing. So many thanks for these and for the many discoveries you share.

tristan said...

hullo anna, thanx for visitin !

i'm so glad you like them

words can't express my delight on gaining sight of them that day

i was so lucky with the light and so lucky that someone was working at the church, which is rarely open

and yes, of course, you are very welcome to copy them, and any others ... that's what they're for