TV dinner

Nothing to do at our office. Thence into the Hall, and just as I was going to dinner from Westminster Hall with Mr. Moore (with whom I had been in the lobby to hear news, and had spoke with Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper about my Lord’s lodgings) to his house, I met with Captain Holland, who told me that he hath brought his wife to my house, so I posted home and got a dish of meat for them. They staid with me all the afternoon, and went hence in the evening.
Then I went with my wife, and left her at market, and went myself to the Coffee-house, and heard exceeding good argument against Mr. Harrington’s assertion, that overbalance of propriety was the foundation of government.
Home, and wrote to Hinchinbroke, and sent that and my other letter that missed of going on Thursday last. So to bed.

dinner with the news
ash in a dish of evening

my coffee an argument against
that overbalance of propriety


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 14 January 1659/60. (See the original erasure.)

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