The majority of commentators hold the view that Davison did not intend to martyr herself, but rather wished to attach a ‘Votes For Women’ scarf to the horse as a way to gain publicity for the movement.

Pepys had begun writing his diary in January 1660. Since being published in 1825 it has become an important source for historians studying the period of the Restoration. He stopped writing due to a fear that constant writing by candlelight was damaging his eyesight.