Dined at the Honble. John Ervings, with Gray, Pitts, Hancock, Adams, Townsend, J.
Erving Jur., G. Erving, Boardman. We had over the Nominations of Nat. Hatch to be
Judge of the common Pleas, and Ed. Quincy to be a Justice of the Quorum, and H. Grays
Story of a Letter from a repentant Whigg to him.
H. Gray. “The general Court is a good School for such Conversation as this”—i.e. double Entendre,
Affectation of Wit—Pun—Smut, or at least distant and delicate Allusions to what may
bear that Name.
Gray said He could sometimes consent to a Nomination when he could not Advise to it.
And says he I can illustrate it to you Mr. Hancock.—Suppose a young Gentleman should
ask his Father's Consent that he should marry such a young Woman, or a young Lady
should ask her father's Consent that she should marry such a young Man. The Father
says I cant advise you, to have a Person of his or her Character, but if you have
a Desire, I wont oppose it. You shall have my Consent.—Now Mr. Hancock I know this
Simile will justify the Distinction to a young Gentleman of your Genius.
A light brush happened too between Pitts and Gray. Pitts hinted something about the
strongest Side. Gray said, there were 2 or 3 of Us last May, that were Midwives, I
kn[ow]. But you have been always of the strongest side, you have been so lucky.
When the Co[mpany] 1st. came in, they began to banter Blair Townsend, upon his approaching Marriage
which it seems is to be this Evening, to one Mrs. Brimmer. Treasurer punned upon the
Name. (N.B. Shenstone thanked God that his Name was obnoxious to no Pun). And We had
frequent Allusions, Squints, and Fleers about entering in &c. among the Merchants
and Widowers and Bachelors, &c.