23 May 2006, 3:49 a.m. - pauline

The Stevenson/Steventon who was Hewer's uncle may have been John Stephenson, traceable as a purser in 1655, 1664, and 1676. I.e., not the 1664-5 Mayor of Portsmouth whose debauched wife was " acidentally burned to death in 1665 when in a drunken stupor." from L&M Companion, where ironic understatment and letting the chips fall-as-they-may please me endlessly.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.




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