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Full text of "The Diary Of John Evelyn Vol-2"

1681-82                         JOHN  fiVELYN                                163

esties being present. He came up to the throne without
making any sort of reverence, not bowing his head, or
body. He spoke by a renegado Englishman, for whose
safe return there was a promise. They were all clad in
the Moorish habit, cassocks of colored cloth, or silk,
with buttons and loops, over this an alhaga, or white
woolen mantle, so large as to wrap both head and body,
a sash, or small turban, naked-legged and armed, but
with leather socks like the Turks, rich scymetar, and
large calico sleeved shirts. The Ambassador had a. string
of pearls oddly woven in his turban. I fancy the old
Roman habit was little different as to the mantle and
naked limbs He was a handsome person, well featured,
of a wise look, subtle, and extremely civil. Their pres-
ents were lions and ostriches; their errand about a
peace at Tangier. But the concourse and tumult of the
people was intolerable, so as the officers could keep no
order, which these strangers were astonished at at first,
there being nothing so regular, exact, and performed
with such silence, as is on all these public occasions
of their country, and indeed over all the Turkish dominions.

14th January, 1682. Dined at the Bishop of Roches-
ter's, at the Abbey, it being his marriage day, after
twenty-four years. He related to me how he had been
treated by Sir William Temple, foreseeing that he might
be a delegate in the concern of my Lady Ogle now
likely come in controversy upon her marriage with Mr.
Thynn; also how earnestly the late Earl of Danby, Lord
Treasurer, sought his friendship, and what plain and
sincere advice he gave him from time to time about his
miscarriages and partialities; particularly his outing Sir
John Dun comb from being Chancellor of the Exchequer,
and Sir Stephen Fox, above all, from being Paymaster
of the Army. The Treasurer's excuse and reason was,
that Fox's credit was so over great with the bankers and
monied men, that he could procure none but by his
means, (<for that reason,J> replied the Bishop, <(I would
have made him my friend, Sir Stephen being a person both
honest and of credit.>y He told him likewise of his state-
liness and difficulty of access, and several other miscar-1
riages, and which indeed made him hated.

24th January, 1682.    To the   Royal   Society, where at
the Council we passed a new law for the more accuratemmodiouslyh expectation