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 catechised. 26th July, 1677. I dined at Mr. Duncomb's, at Sheere, whose house stands environed with very sweet and quick streams. 29th July, 1677. Mr. Bohun, my Son's late tutor, preached at Abinger, on Phil, iv. 8, very elegantly and practically. 5th August, 1677. I went to visit my Lord Brounker, now taking the waters at Dulwich. ladies at the Duchess of York's.