Sunday, October 09, 2016


Affection for Solitude

John Evelyn (1620-1706), Diary and Correspondence, ed. William Bray, Vol. I (London: George Bell & Sons, 1906), p. 4:
I was now (in regard to my mother's weakness, or rather custom of persons of quality) put to nurse to one Peter, a neighbour's wife and tenant, of a good, comely, brown, wholesome complexion, and in a most sweet place towards the hills, flanked with wood and refreshed with streams; the affection to which kind of solitude I sucked in with my very milk.

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