Mistress

And so rose, called up by my Lord Peterborough’s gentleman about getting his Lord’s money to-day of Mr. Povy, wherein I took such order, that it was paid, and I had my 50l. brought me, which comforts my heart.
We sat at the office all the morning, then at home. Dined alone; sad for want of company and not being very well, and know not how to eat alone. After dinner down with Sir G. Carteret, Sir J. Minnes, and Sir W. Batten to view, and did like a place by Deptford yard to lay masts in. By and by comes Mr. Coventry, and after a little stay he and I down to Blackwall, he having a mind to see the yarde, which we did, and fine storehouses there are and good docks, but of no great profit to him that oweth them for ought we see.
So home by water with him, having good discourse by the way, and so I to the office a while, and late home to supper and to bed.

a rough gentleman
paid me for my heart

we sat alone and not alone
like a place to lay a wall


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 12 July 1664.

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