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1662 - Pepys Diary Entry

Samuel Pepys, (Clerk of the Acts or Secretary to the Navy Board since 1660), on a visit to Portsmouth dockyard was made a Town Burgess.

Pepys’s diary records:“and with much civility give me my oath, and after the oath, did by custom shake my hand; so I took them to the tavern, and made them drink, and paying the reckoning went away. It cost me a piece in gold to the Town Clerke, and 10s. to the Bayliffes, and spent 5 shillings.”