[The following excerpts from vol. 40 of the diary are taken from the Sussex Archaeological Collections, XI, 199-200.]
In the evening the Duke of Newcastle came to Halland, as did Lord Gage, Sir Francis Poole, Mr Shelley, Colonel Pelham, Mr Pelham and several more, and stayed all night. What seems very surprising to me in the Duke of Newcastle is that he countenances so many Frenchmen, there being ten of his servants, cooks etc. which [were] down here of that nation.