(Office day). This morning Sir W. Batten and Col. Slingsby went with Col. Birch and Sir Wm. Doyly to Chatham to pay off a ship there. So only Sir W. Pen and I left here in town.
All the afternoon among my workmen till 10 or 11 at night, and did give them drink and very merry with them, it being my luck to meet with a sort of drolling workmen on all occasions. To bed.
This pen and I work
till 11 at night.
I drink and err with luck—
a droll occasion.
Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Friday 28 September 1660.