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tsar's engagements

John Evelyn, pleased to have rented his house to Peter the Great in 1697, notes in his diary some of the tsar's engagements in England that spring:

'Jan. 2. The Czar of Moscovy landed and came to London.

Feb 6. The Czar Emperor of Moscovy, having a mind to see the Building of Ships, hired my House at Says Court, & made it his Court & palace, lying & remaining in it, new furnish'd for him by the King.

Mar. 20. The Czar goes to Portsmouth to see the representation of a sea fight.

April 21. The Czar of Moscovy went from my house towards Russia.'

John Evelyn Diary, Oxford University Press, 1959

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