Rode to Ipswich and put up at the old Place, Treadwells. The old Lady has got a new
Copy of her GranGranfather Govr. Endicott's Picture, hung up in the House. The old
Gentleman is afraid they will repeal the Excise upon Tea and then that we shall have
it plenty, wishes they would double the Duty, and then we should never have any more.
is who is to succeed Judge Ropes—whether Brown or Pynchon or Lee or Hatch.1
The Bar here are explicit vs. the 2 last, as unfit. Lowell says Pynchon would take
it, because he wants to make Way for Wetmore who is about marrying his Daughter.
Pynchon says Judge Ropes was exceedingly agitated all the time of his last Sickness—about
the public Affairs, in general, and those of the Superiour Court in particular—afraid
his Renunciation would be attributed to Timidity—afraid to refuse to renounce—worried
about the Opinion of the Bar, &c.
Mr. Farnum is exceedingly mollified—is grown quite modest, and polite in Comparison
of what he used to be, in Politicks. Lowell is so too—seems inclined to be admitted
among the Liberty Men.
At a Meeting of the Bar a Doubt of Brother Lowell was mentioned upon the Law of the
Prov[ince] for the Relief of poor Prisoners for Debt. Questions were asked whether appealing
an Action was not fraud, whether trading without insuring was not fraud &c. A Question
also about the Duty of the Sheriff? Whether a Party Plaintiff could controul the Kings
Precept, &c., by ordering the Sheriff not to serve it &c. Mr. Wetmore was agreed to
be recommended for the Oath &c.