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162                                   DIARY OP                              LONDON

and that though, upon the importunity of the Duke of
Monniouth, he had delivered to the grandmother a par-
ticular of the jointure which Mr. Thynn pretended he
would settle on the lady, yet he totally discouraged the
proceeding as by no means a competent match for one
that both by birth and fortune might have pretended
to the greatest prince in Christendom j that he also pro-
posed the Earl of Kingston, or the Lord Cranburn, but
was by no means for Mr. Thynn.

ipth November, 1681, I dined with my worthy friend,
Mr. Erskine, Master of the Charter House, uncle to the
Duchess of Monmouthj a wise and learned gentleman,
fitter to have been a privy councillor and minister of
state than to have been laid aside.

24th November, 168i» I was at the audience of the
Russian Ambassador before both their Majesties in the
Banqueting House. The presents were carried before
him, held up by his followers in two ranks before the
King's State, and consisted of tapestry (one suite of
which was doubtlessly brought from France as being" of
that fabric, the Ambassador having passed through that
kingdom as he came out of Spain), a large Persian car-
pet, furs of sable and ermine, etc.; but nothing was so
splendid and exotic as the Ambassador who came soon
after the King's restoration. This present Ambassador
was exceedingly offended that his coach was not per-
mitted to come into the Court, till, being told that no
King's Ambassador did, he was pacified, yet requiring*
an attestation of it under the hand of Sir Charles Cot-
terell, the Master of the Ceremonies; being, it seems,
afraid he should offend his Master, if he omitted the
least punctilio. It was reported he condemned his son
to lose his head for shaving off his beard, and putting'
himself in the French mode at Paris, and that he would
have executed it, had not the French King interceded
—but qy. of this.

3oth November, 1681. Sir Christopher Wren chosen
President [of the Royal Society], Mr. Austine, Secretary,
with DrPlot, the ingenious author of the <( History of
Oxfordshire.» There was a most illustrious appearance,
nth January, 1681-82. ' I saw the audience of the
Morocco Ambassador; his retinue not numerous. He
was received in the Banqueting House, both their Maj~ll appearance he might likely make it ^£5 0,000 as easily, of the Tower to bring forthy, I was commodiouslyh expectation