DIARY OF LONDON There dined Lord MIddleton, principal Secretary of State, Lord Pembroke, Lord Lumley, Lord Preston, Colonel Fitz- patrick, and Sir John Chardin. After dinner, the Ambassa- dor discoursed of and deplored the stupid folly of our politics, in suffering the French to take Luxemburg, it being a place of the most concern to have been defended, for the interest not only of the Netherlands, but of England. i2th May, 1687. To London. Lord Sunderland being Lord President and Secretary, of State, was made Knight of the Garter and Prime favorite. This day there was such a storm of wind as had seldom happened, being a sort of hurricane. It kept the flood out of the Thames, so that people went on foot over several places above bridge. Also an earthquake in several places in England about the time of the storm. 26th May, 1687. To London, about my agreement with Mr. Pretyman, after my tedious suit. 2d June, 1687. I went to London, it having pleased his Majesty to grant me a Privy Seal for ^6,000, for discharge of the debt I had been so many years perse- cuted for, it being indeed for money drawn over by my father-in-law, Sir R. Browne, during his residence in the Court of France, and so with a much greater sum due to Sir Richard from his Majesty; and now this part of the arrear being paid, there remains yet due to me, as executor of Sir Richard, above ^6,500 more; but this determining an expensive Chancery suit has been so great a mercy and providence to me (through the kindness and friendship to me of Lord Godolphin, one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,) that I do ac- knowledge it with all imaginable thanks to my gracious God. 6th June, 1687. I visited my Lady Pierpoint, daughter to Sir John Evelyn, of Deane [in Wilts], now widow of Mr. Pierpoint, and mother of the Earl of Kingston. She was now engaged in the marriage of my cousin, Evelyn Pierpoint, her second son. There was about this time brought into the Downs a vast treasure, which was sunk in a Spanish galleon about forty-five years ago, somewhere near Hispaniola, or the BaJhama islands, and was now weighed up by some gen- tlemen, who were at the charge of divers^ etc., to therds to come.