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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Henry Muddiman (1629-92). Journalist; he wrote most of the content of the government newspapers Apr. 1660-Aug. 1663, the earlier numbers of the *Oxford/London Gazette* 1665-6, and a remarkable run of newsletters 1660-88, in which he gave correspondents both domestic and foreign news.He worked under successive secretaries of state, and in close association (ubtil 1666) with Joseph Williamson, the Under-Secretary. Together they built up a system of news gathering and news distribution far superior to any previously known in England. (L&M Companion ) In eary 1660 he and Pepys belonged to drinking "Club," (SP)

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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