A large whale was taken betwixt my land abutting on the Thames and Greenwich, which drew an infinite concourse to see it, by water, horse, coach, and on foot, from London, and all parts. ... It would have destroyed all the boats, but ... after a long conflict, it was killed with a harping iron, struck in the head, out of which spouted blood and water.John Evelyn
"John Evelyn", Fellow of the Royal Society/FRS was an English writer, gardener and diary/diarist.
Evelyn's diary/diaries, or memoirs, are largely contemporaneous with those of the other noted diarist of the time, Samuel Pepys, and cast considerable light on the art, culture and politics of the time (the deaths of Charles I of England/Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, the last Great Plague of London, and the Great Fire of London in 1666). Over the years, John Evelyn's Diary/Evelyn's Diary has been over-shadowed by Pepys's chronicles of 17th-century life.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More John Evelyn on Wikipedia.