DIARY OF LONDON best fund in England, the Post Office, nobody would take at 30 per cent discount. 3d August, 1696. The Bank lending the ^200,000 to pay the army in Flanders, that had done nothing against the enemy, had so exhausted the treasure of the nation, that one could not have borrowed money under 14 or 15 per cent on bills, or on Exchequer Tallies under 30 per cent. Reasonable good harvest weather. I went to Lambeth and dined with the Archbishop, who had been at Court on the complaint against Dr. Thomas Watson, Bishop of St. David's, who was suspended for simony. The Archbishop told me how unsatisfied he was with the Canon law, and how exceedingly unreasonable all their pleadings appeared to him. September, 1696. Fine seasonable weather, and a great harvest after a cold, wet summer. Scarcity in Scotland. 6th September, 1696, I went to congratulate the mar- riage of a daughter of Mr. Boscawen to the son of Sir Philip Meadows; she is niece to my Lord Godolphin, married at Lambeth by the Archbishop, 3oth of August. After above six months' stay in London about Green- wich Hospital, I returned to Wotton. 24th October, 1696. Unseasonable stormy weather, and an ill seedtime. November, 1696. Lord Godolphin retired from the Treasury, who was the first Commissioner and most skillful manager of all. 8th November, 1696. The first frost began fiercely, but lasted not long. More plots talked of. Search for Jacobites so called. i5th-23<l November, 1696. Very stormy weather, rain, and inundations. i3th December, 1696. Continuance of extreme frost and snow. i7th January, 1696-7. The severe frost and weather relented, but again froze with snow. Conspiracies con- tinue against King William. Sir John Fenwick was be- headed. 7th February, 1697. Severe frost continued with snow. Soldiers in the armies and garrison towns frozen to death on their posts. (Here a leaf of the MS. is lost.)rfect winter.