✹ About Thursday 30 May 1667 Terry Foreman on 28 Jun 2016 • 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-afeardGod bless us! When I first did see herShe looked so like a CavalierBut that she had no beard.https://books.google.com/books?id=2BFVe6YUw2YC&... 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.