the observer Sun 17 January 2010
Drawing together more than 30 unpublished letters, this new collection spans Pepys's entire political career, and a fascinating period of British history. While the early letters contain rare vignettes of political life in the dying days of the Protectorate, the later correspondence maps the complex web of loyalties and allegiances of the Restoration court, culminating in the Glorious Revolution. The letters form an illuminating counterpoint and frame to Pepys's diary: less carefully orchestrated, they reveal a more complex and multi-faceted individual. The inclusion of a number of letters written to Pepys reveals him in the eyes of his correspondents as a man who commanded respect and affection.