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60                                       DIARY OF                             LONDON

hand to Mr. Joseph Williamson, Master of the Paper

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

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.