Mindnight

Up betimes, and to my business at the office, where all the morning. At noon comes Mrs. The. Turner, and dines with us, and my wife’s painting-master staid and dined; and I take great pleasure in thinking that my wife will really come to something in that business. Here dined also Luellin. So after dinner to my office, and there very busy till almost midnight, and so home to supper and to bed.
This day we have newes of eight ships being taken by some of ours going into the Texel, their two men of warr, that convoyed them, running in. They come from about Ireland, round to the north.

in my wife’s painting
something of midnight

a bed is a ship
being taken round
to the north


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 9 May 1665.

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