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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/1660/10/02/ ). 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)

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