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DIARY OF                            LONDON

service began. Then, the King offered at the altar, an
anthem was sung; then, the rest of the Knights offered,
and lastly proceeded to the banqueting-house to a great
feast. The King sat on an elevated throne at the upper
end at a table alone; the Knights at a table on the right
hand, reaching all the length of the room; over against
them a cupboard of rich gilded plate; at the lower end,
the music; on the balusters above, wind music, trumpets,
and kettle-drums. The King was served by the lords and
pensioners who brought up the dishes. About the middle
of the dinner, the Knights drank the King's health, then
the King, theirs, when the trumpets and music played and
sounded, the guns going off at the Tower, At the Ban-
quet, came in the Queen, and stood by the King's left
hand, but did not sit. Then was the banqueting-stuff
flung about the room profusely. In truth, the crowd was
so great, that though I stayed all the supper the day
before, I now stayed no longer than this sport began, for
fear of disorder. The cheer was extraordinary, each
Knight having forty dishes to his mess, piled up five or
six high; the room hung with the richest tapestry.

25th April, 1667. Visited again the Duke of Newcastle,
with whom I had been acquainted long before in Prance,
where the Duchess had obligation to my wife's mother for
her marriage there; she was sister to Lord Lucas, and
maid of honor then to the Queen-Mother; married in our
chapel at Paris. My wife being with me, the Duke and
Duchess both would needs bring her to the very Court

26th April, 1667. My. Lord Chancellor showed me all
his newly finished and furnished palace and library; then,
we went to take the air in Hyde-Park.

27th April, 1667. I had a great deal of discourse with
his Majesty at dinner. In the afternoon, I went again
with my wife to the Duchess of Newcastle, who received
her in a kind of transport, suitable to her extravagant
humor and dress, which was very singular.

8th May, 1667. Made up accounts with our Receiver,
which amounted to ^33,93$ is. 4d. Dined at Lord Corn-
bury's, with Don Francisco de Melos, Portugal Ambassador,
and kindred to the Queen; Of the party were Mr. Henry
Jermyn and Sir Henry Capel. Afterward I went to
Arundel House, to salute Mr. Howard's sons, newly re-
turned out of France.and the