"... there preached Dean Harding; but, methinks, a bad, poor sermon, though proper for the time; ..."
I tried to read it, and have to agree with Pepys. Dean Nathanial Hardy was trying very hard to be relevant, but ...
Lamentation, mourning, and woe. Sighed forth in a sermon preached in the parish-church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, on the 9th day of September. Being the next Lords-day after the dismal fire in the city of London. By Nath. Hardy D.D.D.R. Chaplain in ordinary to His Majesty, and Vicar of the said parish-church.
Many of his writings and sermons are available here:
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.