David Quidnunc • Link
Hunt worked at the Excise Office . . .
. . . a job his wife, Elizabeth, may have helped him get through her family connections with the Cromwells.
The Hunts, like the Pepyses, were young and without children when the diary begins. The couple was originally from East Anglia.
-- Claire Tomalin's "Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self," p 68
Pepys's wife had a habit of spending time with the Hunts while Pepys was away evenings.
-- John Hersey, "Young Mr. Pepys," p. 14
Emilio • Link
'Twould appear Sam had a hand in getting that excise job for him
"After dinner I to Whitehall, where I met with Mrs. Hunt, and was forced to wait upon Mr. Scawen at a committee to speak for her husband, which I did" (http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1… ). From Paul Brewster (and L&M) for that day: "Robert Scawen (M.P. for Cockermouth) . . . had been recently appointed one of the commissioners for regulating the Excise. John Hunt either now or shortly afterwards held a sub-commissionership under him."
New commissioners were appointed on 24 Feb., 1660/61, but John got back in quickly--"John Hunt was serving as a sub-commissioner for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in December 1661, and later [early in 1666]." (L&M footnote for 12 Mar. 1660/61)
L&M Companion: John and Elizabeth Hunt -- Friends and neighbors in Axe Yard. Their house, taxed on 8 hearths, lay a few doors away from the Pepys'. John, a Cambridgeshire man, seems to have been sympathetic to the political and ecclesiastical extremists. In Feb. 1660 he disapproved of the return of secluded MPs, and in 1665 stood bail for sectary William Hayer. Elizabeth was a relative of Cromwell's. John was employed in the Excise; after doubts about his future at the Restoration, he was serving in the Excise Commission for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1661, and for Cambridgeshire in 1666.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.