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“What an unbuttoning!” The best historical accounts of long, hot summers

From Samuel Pepys to Denis Howell, extracts from memoirs

By Ian Irvine   August 2017

Minister for Drought Denis Howell. Photo: SWNS.com

On 7th June 1665, Samuel Pepys records in his diary:

“It being the hottest day that ever I felt in my life, and it is confessed so by all other people the hottest they ever knew in England in the beginning of June, we to the New Exchange, and there drunk whey, with much entreaty getting it for our money, and [they] would not be entreated to let us have one glasse more. So took water and to Fox Hall, to…

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