Wrote to John Wentworth1 by Coll. Josiah Willard. Spent the Eve, sup’d and lodg’d at Major Chandler’s, with
that universal Scholar, gay Companion, and accomplish’d Gentleman Mr. Robert Treat
Pain.2 Misty, thick Weather.
1. This letter to a classmate, who was to become the last royal governor of New Hampshire
and subsequently lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia (see DAB), has not been found.
2. Robert Treat Paine (1731–1814) preceded
into the law by a few years, and the two became keen professional rivals. The eulogistic
phrases in this first mention of Paine in the Diary are not untouched by sarcasm;
’s later references are in the same tone. Paine became a member of the first and later
Continental Congresses and a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. His papers
(in MHi) are being edited for publication by the Society.