Source 8b

Extract from the first codicil to the will of Samuel Pepys (catalogue ref: PROB 1/9)


I Will That my Executor doe give unto Each of my Servants that shall be remaining with me at the time of my decease, a whole Yeares Wages, over and above what shall be Severally due to them; Together with Mourning Suitable to their respective degrees.   

Simplified Transcript

 I wish that my executor gives each of my servants who is working for me when I die, a year’s wages in addition to what is already owing to them and mourning clothes which are suitable for their position as servants. 


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Look at Source 8a and 8b.

  • What else did Pepys leave William Hewer? 
  • Why is it perhaps not surprising that Pepys had a collection of these objects? [Clue: Find out where Pepys worked.] 
  • What two things did Pepys leave to his servants? 
  • How do you think servants’ mourning clothes would differ from those of their master? 
  • What do these bequests [gifts] tell us about Samuel Pepys?