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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 991

Miscellaneous papers of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn


Letters by English diarists John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys to various correspondents.


  • 1656-1700

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Correspondence of John Evelyn with various people. Also includes one letter from Mary Evelyn to Samuel Pepys; letters written by Samuel Pepys to various correspondents, some on naval matters; as well as letters received by Pepys, including two from Evelyn.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Pepys, English diarist and naval administrator, is also chiefly celebrated for his highly detailed and honest Diary, kept mostly between 1660 and 1669. John Evelyn (1620-1706) was an English country gentleman whose life-long diary is considered an invaluable source of information on life in 17th-century England. Evelyn and Pepys formed a lifelong friendship after the Restoration.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.
Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703. Miscellaneous papers of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, 1656-1700: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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