Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
from L&M Companion Kt 1661 (d. 1669). Baltic merchant and navy contractor; member of the Tangier Committee and the committee of enquiry into the Chatham Chest from 1662, and of the Royal Fishery from 1664; Pepys preferred Capt. John Taylor. He had an imposing Elizabethan country house at Bethnal Green and was allowed by licence to drive his coach across the green to church. At the time of the Fire, Pepys sent his valuables there (including his journal) for safe-keeping. His wife was Priscilla, daughter of Roger Tweedy.
Sir William Rider's house was at Bethnal Green, and was popularly associated with the ballad of the "Beggar's Daughter of Bethnal Green." It was long known as the "Blind Beggar's House."---Wheatley, 1899.
It's of a blind beggar who had lost his sight,And he had a daughter most beautiful bright,Let me seek my fortune, dear father, said sheAnd the favour was granted to charming Betsy.etc.
See the diary entry for 26 June 1663: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/06/26/
Bethnal Green: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/6421/
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