The Earl of Norwich ((George Lord Goring, who had been recently sent to negotiate an alliance, and obtained from Mazarin promises of aid both in arms and money. Charles, to reward him, made him Earl of Norwich, 28th November, 1644. –AD)) came as Ambassador extraordinary ((A role in which he formally represented the king -GS)): I went to meet him in a coach and six horses, at the palace of Monsieur de Bassompière ((The famous marshal, Francois, Baron de Bassompierre, 1579-1646. Having been confined for twelve years in the Bastille by Richelieu, he had been released by Mazarin, and reinstated in his position of Colonel-General des Suisses. – AD)), where I saw that gallant person, his gardens, terraces, and rare prospects.