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72                                      DIARY   OP                          NORWICH

could not refuse, I was not hard to be pursuaded to, hav-
ing a desire to see that famous scholar and physician,
Dr. T. Browne, author of the *Religio Medici* and
«Vulgar Errors/ now lately knighted. Thither,' then,
went my Lord and I alone, in his flying chariot with six
horses; and by the way, discoursing with me of several
of his concerns, he acquainted me of his going to marry
his eldest son to one of the King's natural daughters, by
the Duchess of Cleveland; by which he reckoned he should
come into mighty favor. He also told me that, though

he kept that idle creature, Mrs. B-----, and would leave

^200 a year to the son he had by her, he would never
marry her, and that the King himself had cautioned him
against it. All the world knows how he kept his prom-
ise, and I was sorry at heart to hear what now he confessed
to me; and that a person and a family which I so much
honored for the sake of that noble and illustrious friend
of mine, his grandfather, should dishonor and pollute
them both with those base and vicious courses he of late
had taken since the death of Sir Samuel Tuke, and that
of his own virtuous lady (my Lady Anne Somerset, sister
to the Marquis); who, while they lived, preserved this
gentleman by their example and advice from those many
extravagances that impaired both his fortune and repu-

Being come to the Ducal palace, my Lord made very
much of me; but I had little rest, so exceedingly desirous
he was to show me the contrivance he had made for the
entertainment of their Majesties, and the whole Court
not long before, and which, though much of it was but
temporary, apparently framed of boards only, was yet
standing. As to the palace, it is an old wretched build-
ing, and that part of it newly built of brick, is very ill
understood; so as I was of the opinion it had been much
better to have demolished all, and set it up in a better
place, than to proceed any further; for it stands in the
very market-place, and, though near, a river, yet a very
narrow muddy one, without any extent.

Next morning, I went to see Sir Thomas Browne (with
whom I had some time corresponded by letter, though I
had never seen him before); his whole house and garden
being a paradise and cabinet of rarites; and that of the
best collection, especially medals, books, plants, andd for the bill, of which