Plea

This morning at the office, and, that being done, home to dinner all alone, my wife being ill in pain a-bed, which I was troubled at, and not a little impatient. After dinner to Whitehall at the Privy Seal all the afternoon, and at night with Mr. Man to Mr. Rawlinson’s in Fenchurch Street, where we staid till eleven o’clock at night. So home and to bed, my wife being all this day in great pain.
This night Mr. Man offered me 1000l. for my office of Clerk of the Acts, which made my mouth water; but yet I dare not take it till I speak with my Lord to have his consent.

Ill
in pain: im-
patient.
All
night and
all this day in
great pain.

Off
me.
My mouth dare
not speak
my consent.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Monday 6 August 1660.

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