John Evelyn(1620-1706), Diarist and virtuoso
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Evelyn's varied life and wide range of interests are reflected in his writings, on subjects as diverse as forestry, engraving, numismatics, air pollution and refrigeration. A Founder Fellow of the Royal Society (1660), Evelyn wrote the first book to be published by the Society, Sylva, or a Discourse on Forest Trees (1664), in which he argued for a policy of tree planting to ensure the maintenance of the Navy. He is best known, however, for his Diary, which provides a detailed record of and commentary on his times.
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by Wenceslaus Hollar, after John Evelyn