(Tuesday). Up betimes by water to the Temple. In the way read the Narrative about prizes; and so to Lord Crew’s bedside, and then to Westminster, where I hear Pen is, and sent for by messenger last night. Thence to Commissioners of Accounts and there examined, and so back to Westminster Hall, where all the talk of committing all to the Tower, and Creed and I to the Quaker’s, dined together. Thence to the House, where rose about four o’clock; and, with much ado, Pen got to Thursday to bring in his answer; so my Lord escapes to-day. Thence with Godage and G. Montagu to G. Carteret’s, and there sat their dinner-time: and hear myself, by many Parliament-men, mightily commended. Thence to a play, “Love’s Cruelty,” and so to my Lord Crew’s, who glad of this day’s time got, and so home, and there office, and then home to supper and to bed, my eyes being the better upon leaving drinking at night.
Water, 1s.
Porter, 6d.
Water, 6d.
Dinner, 3s. 6d.
Play part, 2s.
Oranges, 1s.
Home coach, 1s. 6d.

the last night of a mine
we all talk
of where to escape

love’s cruelty
a daytime office
a home to drink in

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys: unfinished entry for Tuesday 14 April 1668

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