Document: First page of Samuel Pepys' will (PROB 1/9)
Samuel Pepys, whose famous diary described events like the Great Fire of London, died on 26 May 1703. This is the first page of his will.
The main text of this will was written by somebody else, probably a clerk working for Pepys or for his legal advisers. The opening phrase is clearer and larger as it is the first phrase in the document and because it is a prayer to God. The clerk has left spaces in the document for Pepys to insert his name and position, the names of the people to whom he left his land and property, and various sums of money.
Explore more of Pepys' will in our recent Samuel Pepys lesson: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/samuel-pe...
Will of Samuel; Pepys; 2 August 1701. Includes two codicils dated 12 May 1703 and 13 May 1703. Proved 25 June 1703.
Owner: The National Archives UK
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✿ willem ツ
It takes time to get used to this style of handwriting!