✹ About The Plot Against Pepys Oliver Mundy on 28 Jul 2020 • Link A belated point: – In citing the friendly letter from the mysterious 'Deborah Egmond' to Pepys, the Longs date it to January 1679, whereas Guy de la Bédoyère, in his selection from Pepys's letters, places it ten years later. Who is right? A seventeenth-century 7, with the tail curving round to the right at the bottom, could look very like a sketchy 8 with a flat top. In the letter Pepys's address is given as York Buildings, and I understand that he did not move there until July 1679; but Deborah could have followed the old English practice of reckoning 25 March as the first day of the year, so that her January 1679 (if that is indeed the year she wrote) would actually be our January 1680. This would correspond to Pepys's time of greatest danger and anxiety, although coincidentally he was of course under some threat again in 1689 as a supporter of the fallen King James. Has any reader of this seen the original letter?