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Peter the Great
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In 1697, Peter sent a diplomatic mission – the Grand Embassy – to Western Europe, which he led incognito under the assumed name of Peter Mikhailov.   The mission spent three months in Britain, during which time Peter met the sociable Halley.   It is said that the two men got riotously drunk before taking to the wheelbarrow and assaulting an unlucky hedge.