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was exceedingly offended that his coach was not per-
mitted to come into the Court, till, being told that no
King's Ambassador did, he was pacified, yet requiring
an attestation of it under the hand of Sir Charles Cot-
terell, the Master of the Ceremonies; being, it seems,
afraid he should offend his Master, if he omitted the
least punctilio. It was reported he condemned his son
to lose his head for shaving off his beard, and putting
himself in the French mode at Paris, and that he would
have executed it, had not the French King interceded
— but qy, of this.

30th November, 1681. Sir Christopher Wren chosen
President [of the Royal Society], Mr. Austine, Secretary,
with Dr. Plot, the ingenious author of the " History of
Oxfordshire. >> There was a most illustrious appearance.

nth January, 1681-82. I saw the audience of the
Morocco Ambassador, his retinue not numerous. He
was received in the Banqueting House, both their Maj-

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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 Duncomb 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, « f or that reason," replied the Bishop,

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