Made funnier by the fact that Adams actually was a lawyer.
As was Dickinson.
Also fribble is an actual word along with piddle, twiddle, pish posh, gay, and queer.
Adams' morose worry that for all his effort to make America free, his contributions would never be known:
Franklin: Don't worry, John. The history books will clean it up. Adams: It doesn't matter. I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang... George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them - Franklin, Washington, and the horse - conducted the entire revolution by themselves. Beat Franklin: I like it.
Pretty much everything Ben Franklin says. He was pretty much our nation's first Deadpan Snarker.
Franklin: (to arriving delegate Dr. Lyman Hall) "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a Great Man before?" And Adams: Wake up, Franklin, you're going to New Brunswick! Franklin: (Half asleep) Like Hell I am. What for? Hopkins: The whoring and the drinking! (Franklin gets up and marches off right behind Adams)
Adams realizing that Jefferson and his wife were having the 18th century equivalent of a booty call:
Adams: You mean they're going to... in the middle of the afternoon??
Franklin: Not everybody's from Boston, John!
"This is a REVOLUTION, dammit! We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!"
Adams finally brings up one last quibble about the Declaration: arguing that the word is "unalienable" not "inalienable":
Jefferson: I'm sorry, Mr. Adams, but "Inalienable" is correct. Adams: I happen to be a Harvard graduate, Mr. Jefferson. (some laughs from congress) Jefferson: Well, I attended William & Mary. (more cheers) Hancock: Mr. Jefferson, will you concede to Mr. Adams' request? Jefferson (relishing the moment): No, sir, I will not. Adams (realizes he can't win): Oh, very well, I withdraw it! Franklin: Oh, good for you, John!
Adams mutters under his breath he'll talk to the printer later and change it then.