In 1674 British diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) received a diplomatic gift from Samuel Martin, the English consul in Algiers. What was it?

Answer: A Lion. Pepys kept it at his house in Westminster and wrote to Martin to inform him that the lion was “as tame as you sent him, and as good company.”

Source: Samuel Pepys and His Books by Kate Loveman

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