23rd Dec 1760 got to London abt Eight at night cost in Expences 12s
24th Paid Mr Hall Portridge of my Box and Lettr 12d
No mention at all of Christmas. The huge celebration does seem to have been a Victorian invention!
And he did not leave Richard Dale with bad feeling because...
12 Jan 1761 Sent Three Barrills of Oysters to my three Friends E Newton, Geo. Ayscough Richd Dale.
19 Jan 1761 Went to Drury Lane playhouse to see the Miner with Polly HoneyComb 2/9
The main piece that evening was "The Minor" by Samuel Foote, a piece which sought to satirise the Methodist movement. The text is available here.
Polly Honeycomb is a one act play by George Colman and you can download the whole script here. The playwright is usually referred to as "the elder" to distinguish him from his son, also called George.
This portrait is by Sir Joshua Reynolds (while he was successful as a playwright, he was also independently wealthy which probably explains a portrait by such a fashionable artist).