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John Evelyn (1620–1706)

Evelyn, John. A celebrated English diarist; born at Wotton in Surrey, Oct. 31, 1620; died on Feb. 27, 1706. His ‘Diary’ was commenced at 11; it begins to be valuable about 1641, when he left England and spent ten years on the Continent; the last entry is twenty-four days before his death. It thus covers English history from the Civil War to Queen Anne. Written solely for private family reading, it contains judgments and facts obtainable nowhere else. Evelyn wrote many other works: ‘Sylva,’ an elaborate treatise on arboriculture; ‘A Parallel of Ancient and Modern Architecture’; ‘Sculptura, or the History and Art of Chalcography and Engraving on Copper’; etc. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).