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Samuel Pepys

(1633—1703) naval official and diarist

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Best known for his famous diary of the 1660s, now handsomely edited by R. Latham and W. Matthews (10 vols, 1970–83), Pepys was an outstanding administrator at the Navy Office and in 1684 was President of the Royal Society. See Richard Ollard, Pepys: A Biography (1991 edn). His collection of cheap books and ballads (in the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge) was used by Margaret Spufford in Small Books and Pleasant Histories: Popular Fiction and its Readership in Seventeenth‐Century England (1981).

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