Up, and all the morning at the office. At noon to the ‘Change, and thence after business dined at the Sheriffe’s, being carried by Mr. Lethulier, where to my heart’s content I met with his wife, a most beautifull fat woman. But all the house melancholy upon the sickness of a daughter of the house in childbed, Mr. Vaughan’s lady. So all of them undressed, but however this lady a very fine woman. I had a salute of her, and after dinner some discourse the Sheriffe and I about a parcel of tallow I am buying for the office of him. I away home, and there at the office all the afternoon till late at night, and then away home to supper and to bed.
Ill newes this night that the plague is encreased this week, and in many places else about the towne, and at Chatham and elsewhere.
This day my wife wanting a chambermaid with much ado got our old little Jane to be found out, who come to see her and hath lived all this while in one place, but is so well that we will not desire her removal, but are mighty glad to see the poor wench, who is very well and do well.
my heart is a beautiful fat woman in childbed
and I am the bed
I increase in any place
where I want to live all in one place
Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 13 February 1666.