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About Thursday 30 May 1667

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the Duchesse of Newcastle...had desired to be invited to the Society; and was, after much debate, pro and con., it seems many being against it; and we do believe the town will be full of ballads of it"

A crude ballad believed to be about this occasion found in John Evelyn's papers has been attributed to him. This much of it is available online at this time:

But, Jo! her head-gear was so pretty,
I ne'er saw anything so witty;
Though I was half-afeard
God bless us! When I first did see her
She looked so like a Cavalier
But that she had no beard.

I doubt Evelyn wrote these lines its style is unlike anything else I have seen of Evelyn, and he had known the Duchess for years as he had noted in his diary:

25th April, 1667. Visited again the Duke of Newcastle,
with whom I had been acquainted long before in France,
where the Duchess had obligation to my wife's mother for
her marriage there; she was sister to Lord Lucas, and
maid of honor then to the Queen-Mother; married in our
chapel at Paris. My wife being with me, the Duke and
Duchess both would needs bring her to the very Court.

About Thursday 25 June 1663

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Googling Nostradamus' quatrains, I haven't been able to find one that contains anything close to the prophecy mentioned here..."

dirk, FWIW, L&M also report this prophecy "Untraced" and say "It does not appear among those attributed to Nostradumus.""