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About Saturday 8 August 1668

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"I hear that Colbert, the French Ambassador, is come, and hath been at Court incognito. When he hath his audience, I know not."

Charles Colbert, Marquis de Croissy, was ambassador-extraordinary, later ambassador-in-ordinaryuntil 1674. He had now taken up residence at Leicestter House. His official audience did not take place until 19 August: SCO Venice 1666-68. The incognito visit (the first of two) excited the suspicion that France was anxious to break up the understanding between England and Holland and could not wait for the formalities of of public entry and formal audience to be completed before démarche: ib., pp. 250, 251, 252-3. For his public entry see http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/08/17/ and
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/08/17/#c34... and
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/08/17/?c=5...

About Monday 17 August 1668

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"the French Embassador Colbert..., he being to have his entry to-day"

Colbert's state entry took the usual form of a journey by royal barge from Greenwich to the Tower, followed by a procession by a procession of coaches through the principal streets to his residence at Leicester House. The affair was complete even to a punctilious dispute about the order of precedence for the coaches. There were six sumpter mules with bells. (L&M)

Sumpter http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sumpter

About Saturday 8 August 1668

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"Up, and I walked out, and met Uncle Wight, whom I sent to last night, and Mr. Wight coming to see us, and I walked with them back to see my aunt at Katherine Hill"

L&M: Uncle Wight (half-brother of Pepys's father) had a house at St Catherine's Hill, nr. Guildford. .Mr. Wight' was possibly his son William.

About Thursday 6 August 1668

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"At Gilford we dined; and, I shewed them the hospitall there of Bishop Abbot’s"

L&M: The Hospital of The Blessed Trinity, on the n. side of High St.,; founded (1619-22) by George Abbott (d. 1633) Archbishop of Canterbury and a native of the town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbot's_Hospital

About Thursday 6 August 1668

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"it is about a quarrel between [Fitzgerald] and Witham"

L&M: Both had served in the Tangier garrison. Fitzgerald had been Deputy-Governor until 1666; Witham, a cavalry captain now back in England to bring a report on the state of the fortifications and the mole, had been made redundant by the reduction of the garrison in March 1668. PRO and Routh, pp. 313-4 and n.

About Wednesday 5 August 1668

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"[Sir Thomas Allin] and I being designed to go down to Portsmouth by the Council’s order"

Allin's instructions had been revised by the Privy Council on this day. He was to compose the disputes between Algiers and Tangier and conform the peace that had been made with Algiers in 1664. The Council's order about the journey mentions Fitzgerald (late Deputy-General of Tangier) but not Pepys. Allin sailed from St Helen's road on 16 August and renewed the peace with Algiers on 30 October. (Per L&M footnote)