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    (October 31, 1620-February 27, 1706)
    Born in Wotton, England, United Kingdom
    British civil servant
    Kept a diary from 1641 to 1706
    He was a prolific author, but the only writing of his that is still remembered is his diary.
    His diary is overshadowed by the one kept by his contemporary, Samuel Pepys.
    He avoided most of the English Civil War by going on an extended journey through Europe.
    He presented a plan for rebuilding London after the Great Fire (1666) but it was ignored by King Charles II.
    He rarely mentioned his wife's feelings in his diary, even when describing the deaths of his children.
    He and Mary Browne were married for 59 years until his death.
    He and Mary outlived seven of their eight children.
    He was a founding member of the Royal Society (1660).
    While Pepys' diary covered only a decade, Evelyn's documented most of the 17th century.
    He and Pepys were good friends, with Pepys writing, 'The more I know him, the more I love him.'

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