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First Reading

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
John Dekins, or Dicksons (as he spelt the name), was a hemp merchant whose daughter, Elizabeth, Pepys called his 'Morena'.... [spoiler held back]

Cumgranissalis  •  Link

see http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1…
The burial of Elizabeth, daughter of John Dekins or Dickens, is recorded in the parish register of All Hallows, Barking, as having taken place on October 22nd. See ante, October 3rd

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Elizabeth Dekins or Dickins, sometimes styled Morena (or brunette), daughter of John Dekins. She died in October, 1662.
---Wheatley, 1899.

Bill  •  Link

The only burial recorded in the parish Register of All Hallows, Barking, as having taken place on the 22d October, 1662, is that of Elizabeth, daughter of John Dickens; and the circumstance of her father's interment being entered in the same book, just a week before, leaves no question that she was the person alluded to. The word being doubtful in the MS., Morena is here substituted for Morma, which has no intelligible signification, at the suggestion of Mr. J.S. Warden; see Notes and Queries, vol. vii., p. 118. Morena, he tells us, is good Portuguese for a Brunette; and it was probably adopted by Pepys to indicate that Miss Dickens had a dark complexion. It is further possible that the same expression was applied to Catherine of Braganza, who, as is well known, was a beauty of a similar description, and the courtiers might naturally wish to pay Her Majesty a compliment in the language of her own country.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.

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