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Last Updated:  Thursday, 10 April, 2003, 19:19 GMT 20:19 UK
Historic Pepys papers uncovered
Samuel Pepys and one of the recently found documents
Samuel Pepys and one of the recently found documents
Historic documents relating to the 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys have been rediscovered in an archive in Cambridgeshire.

The papers discovered in the county record office in Huntingdon, where Pepys grew up, show he was in trouble with the authorities.

The documents - more than 300 years old - were uncovered accidentally, by a historian going through old court records, as part of research into life in the 17th century.

One dated 1689 records that Pepys was fined in Huntingdon - where he owned property.

'Paid a fine'

Alan Akeroyd, principal archivist, said: "He paid a fine of a shilling for not bothering to do jury service."

Another document reveals he was renting a cottage in Brampton in 1698.

He paid just one and a half pennies a year in rent.

Pepys was a student at the old grammar school in Huntingdon, now the Cromwell Museum, during the civil war.

All the documents will be put on display in Huntingdon later this year.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Pepys.


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