[Fenton called] Long and confidential disclosure of their troubles. On leaving them on Wednesday they went to call ok the widow Mrs William Emmett – old Wilkinson ‘courting’ her! Had offered half a dozen times and she obliged to run round the table to escape him. Mr Fenton had consulted his friend Mr Torre who had advised his making a friend of the lady – I seconded the advice. If the lecherous old man does not get her, he will take a worse. Mr Fenton to persuade the lady to have him if possible, if not to keep him in play. How shocking. He would never make any settlement on either of his married daughters but said he would allow Mrs F- a hundred a year. Mr William Fenton has just lent Mr Rawson, Christopher, three thousand five hundred at four and a half percent on bond. I said I would not take his bond. Mr William Fenton has nineteen thousand and a half on mortgage at Halifax.
A- says she understood the last money to be lent to Mr Rawson!