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DIARY OF WOTTON
17th December, 1676. More snow falling, I was not
able to get to church.
8th February, 1676-77. I went to Roehampton, with
my Lady Duchess of Ormond. The garden and perspec-
tive is pretty, the prospect most agreeable.
i$th May, 1677. Came the Earl of Peterborough, to
desire me to be a trustee for Lord Viscount Mordaunt
and the Countess, for the sale of certain lands set out
by Act of Parliament, to pay debts.
12th June, 1677. I went to London, to give the Lord
Ambassador Berkeley (now returned from the treaty at
Nimeguen) an account of the great trust reposed in me
during his 'absence, I having received and remitted to
him no less than ^20,000 to my no small trouble and
loss of time, that during his absence, and when the
Lord Treasurer was no great friend [of his] I yet
procured him great sums, very often soliciting his
Majesty in his behalf; looking after the rest of his
estates and concerns entirely, without once accepting
any kind of acknowledgment, purely upon the request of
my dear friend, Mr. Godolphin. I returned with abun-
dance of thanks and professions from my Lord Berkeley
and my Lady.
2pth June, 1677. This business being now at an end,
and myself delivered from that intolerable servitude and
correspondence, I had leisure to be somewhat more at
home and to myself.
3d July, 1677. I sealed the deeds of sale of the manor
of Blechingley to Sir Robert Clayton, for payment of
Lord Peterborough's debts, according to the trust of the
Act of Parliament.
i6th July, 1677, I went to Wotton.—22d. Mr. Evans,
curate of Abinger, preached an excellent sermon on
Matt v. 12. In the afternoon, Mr. Higham at Wotton
26th July, 1677. I dined at Mr. Duncomb's, at Sheere,
whose house stands environed with very sweet and quick
29th July, 1677. Mr. Bohun, my Son's late tutor,
preached at Abinger, on Phil, iv. 8, very elegantly and
5th August, 1677. I went to visit my Lord Brounker,
now taking the waters at Dulwich. ladies at the Duchess of York's.