Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

3.5.1661 (Friday 3 May 1661)

document 70013055

May. 3. rode into London and saw the triumphal arches. stately. vanity, no rich cost in the front of one besides Heathenism. there is this troubled me,

a statue of K. James in the middle above of K. Charles
prominent, a death
Divo Jacobo statue of Charles Divo Carolo
Imperium sine fine dedi.

divers sad particulars on the face of the arch. the High motto being En quodiscordia cives. etc. on the side of Charles. there was an effigy of stakes and faggots to burn people of the Heads of the regicides on poles. and warlike Instruments broken.

I had sad reflections on the vain flattery, the lord prevent villainous wickedness, but if surely it will not be sine fine.

reported the Portugal princess will become protestant and go to Chapel with the King: a Spaniard protestant.