March 26. 1668
Ann Pett to Sam. Pepys.
My husband died last Sunday, and has left me in a mean condition, having spent by losses and sickness my own estate and his, and I have 4 children and am 300/. in debt.
His sickness has cost, since he came to Woolwich, 700/., besides what is now to pay.
I intreat you to assist me in obtaining 500/. due to my husband, as also money owing in the yard, and to stand my friend to the Navy Commissioners, that I may continue in my house some time longer;
my husband always attended to his Majesty's service, and never looked after his own concerns.
[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 71.]
'Charles II: March 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green (London, 1893), pp. 262-320. British History Online
Apparently Pepys did not see this letter as he seems ignorant of Ann Pett's plight when she comes to see him on April 8, 1668:
"This morning Mr. Christopher Pett’s widow and daughter come to me, to desire my help to the King and Duke of York, and I did promise, and do pity her."
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.