Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Saturday 13 April 1661
The custom of bequeathing memorial rings was well-established by Pepys' day. When William Shakespeare died in 1616, his will left twenty-six shillings apiece to his friends Heminges, Condell and Burbage so they could purchase memorial rings. This was, apparently, a common gesture in Elizabethan wills.