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1668                              JOHN EVELYN

invited me to his feast, which was so very extravagant
and great as the like had not been seen at any time.
There were [the Duke of Ormond, Privy Seal, Bedford,
Belasis, Halifax, and a world more of Earls and Lords.

i4th August, 1668. His Majesty was pleased to grant
me a lease of a slip of ground out of Brick Close, to
enlarge my fore-court, for which I now gave him thanks;
then, entering into other discourse, he talked to me of a
new varnish for ships, instead of pitch, and of the gilding
with which his new yacht was beautified. I showed his
Majesty the perpetual motion sent to me by Dr. Stokes,
from Cologne; and then came in Monsieur Colbert, the
French Ambassador.

igth August, 1668. I saw the magnificent entry of the
French Ambassador Colbert, received in the banqueting
house. I had never seen a richer coach than that which
he came in to Whitehall. Standing by his Majesty at
dinner in the presence, there was of that rare fruit calle^
the king-pine, growing in Barbadoes and the West Indiel,
the first of them I had ever seen. His Majesty having
cut it up, was pleased to give me a piece off his own
plate to taste of; but, in my opinion, it falls short of those
ravishing varieties of deliciousness described in Captain
Ligon's history, and others; but possibly it might, or cer-
tainly was, much impaired in coming so far; it has yet a
grateful acidity, but tastes more like the quince and melon
than of any other fruit he mentions.

28th August, 1668. Published my book on (<The Per-
fection of Painting,* dedicated to Mr. Howard.

17th September, 1668. I entertained Signer Muccinigo,
the Venetian Ambassador, of one of the noblest families
of the State, this being the day of making his public
entry, setting forth from my house with several gentle-
men of Venice and others in a very glorious train. He
staid with me till the Earl of Anglesea and Sir Charles
Cotterell (master of the ceremonies) came with the King's
barge to carry him to the Tower, where the guns were
fired at his landing; he then entered his Majesty's coach,
followed by many others of the nobility. I accompanied
him to his house, where there was a most noble supper
to all the company, of course. After the extraordinary
compliments to me and my wife, for the civilities he
received at my house, I took leave and returned. He ison. If