Above Westminster the Thames is quite frozen over...Many fantastical experiments are daily put in practice, as certain youths burnt a gallon of wine upon the ice and made all the passengers partakers. but the best is of an honest woman (they say) that had a great longing to have her husband get her with child upon the Thames.
-- John Chamberlain January 8 1608
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The articles in this ongoing series will include brief biographies on some of London's famous people. However, it will also include notes and anecdotes about the people of London who have not made it into the history books.