19. Dined at the Govrs. and spent the Evening at Mr. Allans.
mr. allans: probably William Allen (1704–1780), Philadelphia merchant and chief justice of Pennsylvania 1750–74. Allen had held a number of other important posts in the provincial government. His son James (1742–1778) mentions in his diary that “Governor Eden & Coll. Washington are in Town came to the races. . . . I asked Gov. Eden & Coll. Washington to dinner but they are engaged during their stay” (ALLEN description begins James Allen. “Diary of James Allen, Esq., of Philadelphia, Counsellor-at-Law, 1770–1778.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 9 (1885): 176–96, 278–96, 424–41. description ends , 180).