A country gentleman from a wealthy landowning family, he wrote some thirty books on the fine arts, forestry, and religious topics. Of particular interest to this author was Evelyn’s A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesty’s dominions, as it was delivered in The Royal society, on the 15th of October 1662.
Published in 1818, his Diary – which he kept from 1631 to 1706 – is an invaluable source of information on seventeenth-century social, cultural, religious, and political life. [i]
[i] Encyclopedia Britannica.