60 DIARY OF LONDON hand to Mr. Joseph Williamson, Master of the Paper office. 3ist October, 1670. I was this morning fifty years of age; the Lord teach me to number my days so as to apply them to his glory! Amen, 4th November, 1670. Saw the Prince of Orange, newly come to see the King, his uncle; he has a manly, cour- ageous, wise countenance, resembling his mother and the Duke of Gloucester, both deceased. I now also saw that famous beauty, but in my opinion of a childish, simple, and baby face, Mademoiselle Querou- aille,* lately Maid of Honor to Madame, and now to be so to the Queen. 23d November, 1670. Dined with the Earl of Arlington, where was the Venetian Ambassador, of whom I now took solemn leave, now on his return. There were also Lords Ho ward, Wharton, Windsor, and divers other great persons. 24th November, 1670. I dined with the Treasurer, where was the Earl of Rochester, a very profane wit. 15th December, 1670. It was the thickest and darkest fog on the Thames that was ever known in the memory of man, and I happened to be in the very midst of it. I supped with Monsieur Zulestein, late Governor to the late Prince of Orange. loth January, 1670-71. Mr. Bohun, my son's tutor, had been five years in my house, and now Bachelor of Laws, and Fellow of New College, went from me to Oxford to reside there, having well and faithfully per- formed his charge. 18th January, 1671. This day I first acquainted his Majesty with that incomparable young man, Gibbon, f whom I had lately met with in an obscure place by mere accident, as I was walking near a poor solitary thatched house, in a field in our parish, near Sayes Court. I found him shut in; but looking in at the win- * Henrietta, the King's sister, married to Philip, Duke of Orleans, was then on a visit here. Madame Querouaille came over in her train, on purpose to entice Charles into an union with Louis XIV.; a design which unhappily succeeded but too well. She became the King's mis- tress, was made Duchess of Portsmouth, and was his favorite till his death, f Better known by the name of Grinling Gibbon; celebrated for his exquisite carving. Some of his most astonishing work is at Chatsworth and at Petworth.