Austerity measures

(Lord’s day). In the forenoon I alone to our church, and after dinner I went and ranged about to many churches, among the rest to the Temple, where I heard Dr. Wilkins a little (late Maister of Trinity in Cambridge). That being done to my father’s to see my mother who is troubled much with the stone, and that being done I went home, where I had a letter brought me from my Lord to get a ship ready to carry the Queen’s things over to France, she being to go within five or six days. So to supper and to bed.

Alone, I went
to church in a stone
and went home to a car
to go five or six days
to supper.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 25 November 1660.

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