Up and by coach to my Lord Peterborough’s, where anon my Lord Ashly and Sir Thomas Ingram met, and Povy about his accounts, who is one of the most unhappy accountants that ever I knew in all my life, and one that if I were clear in reference to my bill of 117l. he should be hanged before I would ever have to do with him, and as he understands nothing of his business himself, so he hath not one about him that do.
Here late till I was weary, having business elsewhere, and thence home by coach, and after dinner did several businesses and very late at my office, and so home to supper and to bed.
up and to my ash
ever new in my life
if I were clear
I would understand nothing
so I do a weary
elsewhere business at home
Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 8 February 1665.