All day looking after my workmen, only in the afternoon to the office where both Sir Williams were come from Woolwich, and tell us that, contrary to their expectations, the Assurance is got up, without much damage to her body, only to the goods that she hath within her, which argues her to be a strong, good ship.
This day my parlour is gilded, which do please me well.
All day looking
at her body, a good ship;
his, a gilded well.
Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Monday 17 December 1660.