4 Annotations

First Reading

David Quidnunc  •  Link

She had some connection with the Cromwells . . .

. . . through her family which may have helped her husband, John, get his job at the Excise Office.

Like the Pepsyses, at the start of the diary the Hunts were young, without children and living in the Axe Yard. They came from East Anglia.
-- Claire Tomalin, "Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self," p. 68.

vincent  •  Link

on the 10th jan "...So to Mrs. Hunt, where I found a Frenchman, a lodger of hers, at dinner, and just as I came in was kissing my wife, which I did not like, though there could not be any hurt in it..."
and on the 15 th jan
"...By and by comes in my boy and tells me that his mistress do lie this night at Mrs. Hunt

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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.

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