Today’s Birthday: JOHN EVELYN (1620)

John Evelyn (1620)

From 1631 until his death in 1706, Evelyn kept a diary that is today an invaluable source of information on 17th-century British social, cultural, and political life. He corresponded frequently with Samuel Pepys, another now-famous diarist of the time. Living as a wealthy country gentleman in Deptford, he wrote about 30 books on various subjects including reforestation, vegetarianism, and numismatics. In 1661, he wrote the Fumifugium, believed to be the first book written on what topic?More… Discuss

2 responses to “Today’s Birthday: JOHN EVELYN (1620)

  1. One of my favourite people- a lovely chap, I often re-read his diaries, Pepys said of him, ‘the more I see of him, the more I love him…’.

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