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DIARY OF                           WOTTON

successors. After this, lie gave them his hand to kiss.
It was reported the subscribers were above 1,000.

But this is not so remarkable as an address of the
week before (as I was assured by one present), of some
of the FAMILY OF LOVE. His Majesty asked them what
this worship consisted in, and how many their party might
consist of; they told him their custom was to read the
Scripture, and then to preach; but did not give any fur-
ther account, only said that for the rest they were a sort
of refined Quakers, but their number very small, not con-
sisting, as they said, of above threescore in all, and those
chiefly belonging to the Isle of Ely.

i8th June, 1687. I dined at Mr. Blathwaite's (two miles
from Hampton). This gentleman is Secretary of War,
Clerk of the Council, etc., having raised himself by his
industry from very moderate circumstances. He is a very
proper, handsome person, very dexterous in business, and
besides all this, has married a great fortune. His income
by the Army, Council, and Secretary to the Committee of
Foreign Plantations, brings him in above ^2,000 per

23d June, 1687. The Privy Seal for ^6,000 was passed
to me, so that this tedious affair was dispatched. Hith-
erto, a very windy and tempestuous summer. The French
, sermons to the refugees were continued at Greenwich

i9th July, 1687. I went to Wotton. In the way, I
dined at Ashted, with my Lady Mordaunt.

5th August, 1687. I went to see Albury, now pur-
chased by Mr. Finch (the King's Solicitor and son to the
late Lord Chancellor); I found the garden which I first
designed for the Duke of Norfolk, nothing improved.

15th. August, 1687. I went to visit Lord Clarendon at
Swallowfield, where was my Lord Cornbury just arrived
from Denmark, whither he had accompanied the Prince
of Denmark two months before, and now come back.
The miserable tyranny under which that nation lives, he
related to us; the King keeps them under an army of
40,000 men, all Germans, he not daring to trust his own
subjects. Notwithstanding this, the Danes are exceedingly
proud, the country very poor and miserable.

22d August, 1687. Returned home to Sayes Court from
Wotton, having been five weeks absent with mv brothernheer Diskvelts, the