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The wider context of the John Evelyn archive

The Evelyn Papers are not just one man's archive but a rich and varied collection, spanning several generations and illuminating many aspects of public life, society and culture from the Tudor period to the nineteenth century. The extensive papers of Evelyn's father-in-law, Sir Richard Browne, and his colleague Sir Edward Nicholas, Charles I's Secretary of State, join those already at the British Library and shed new light on royalist politics and the life of the exiled court during the Civil War and Interregnum. Browne's grandfathers, respectively Treasurer of the Navy and household official to Elizabeth I, left important material concerning the Tudor navy and court. The diarist's grandson and heir, Sir John Evelyn 1st Baronet (1682-1763), kept a fascinating diary of his own, as well as leaving a rich correspondence with many of the leading families of his day. And as a last major addition to the Archive, there are the 12 magnificent albums, containing nearly 1500 historic letters and documents in all, assembled by William Upcott (1779-1845), the discoverer and editor of Evelyn's diary and the greatest autograph collector of his time.

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