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order we set forth. Being come to Whitehall, we all
went and kissed the King and Queen's hands. He had
been on the bed, but was now risen and in Ms undress.
The Queen was in bed in her apartment, but put forth
her hand, seeming to be much afflicted, as I believe she
was having deported herself so decently upon all occa-
sions since she came into England, which made her
universally beloved.

Thus concluded this sad and not joyful day.

I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and pro-
faneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were
total forgetfulness of God (it being Sunday evening),
which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sit-
ting and toying with his concubine?, Portsmouth, Cleve-
land, and Mazarin, etc., a French boy singing love
songs* in that glorious gallery, while about twenty of
the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at
Basset round a large table, a bank of at least 2,000 in
gold "before them; upon which two gentlemen, who were
with me, made reflections with astonishment. Six days
after, was all in the dust.

It was enjoined that those who put on mourning1 should
wear it as for a father, in the most solemn manner.

loth February, 1685. Being sent to by the Sheriff of
the County to appear and assist in proclaiming the King,
I went the next day to Bromley, where I met the Sheriff
and the Commander of the Kentish Troop, with an appear-
ance, I suppose, of about 500 horse, and innumerable
people, two of his Majesty's trumpets, and a Serg-eant
with other officers, who having drawn up the horse in a
large field near the town, marched thence, with swords
drawn, to the market place, where, making a ring, after
sound of trumpets and silence made, the High Sheriff
read the proclaiming titles to his bailiff, who repeated
them aloud, and then, after many shouts of the people,
his Majesty's health "being drunk in a flint glass of a yard
long, by the Sheriff, Commander, Officers, and chief
gentlemen, they all dispersed, and I returned.

i3th February, 1685, I passed a fine on selling: of Hon-
son Grange in Staffordshire, being about £20 per annum,
which lying so great a distance, I thought fit to part
with it to one Burton, a farmer there. It came to me

*Ant£> p, 204. and repeated oath obliged them to, THAN HE