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Drive a coach and six through an Act of Parliament. Macaulay (“ History of England,” chap. xii.) gives a saying “often in the mouth Stephen Rice (afterward Chief Baron of the Exchequer), 'I will drive a coach and six through the Act of Settlement.'"
During good behaviour.
That after the said limitation shall take effect, ... judge's commissions be made quandiu se bene gesserit. — Statutes 12 and 13 William III. c.2, sect. 3.
Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.
in a party song called "Erin, to her own Tune," written in 1795.
Era of good feeling.
The title of an article in the “Boston Centinel," July 12, 1817. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a
prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance ; which condition if he break, servi
once the consequence of his crime and the punislıment of his guilt. – John Philpot CURRAN : Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as
What is it? Distrust. — DEMOSTHENES : Philip
tude is at
Fiat justitia ruat cælum.
PRYNNE: Fresh Discovery of Prodigious New Wandering-Blazing
Stars (second edition, London, 1646). WARD: Simple Cobbler of Fiat Justitia et runt "Mundus. - Egerton Papers (1552, p. 25). „Cams
den Society (1810). AIKIN : Court and Times of James I., rol. ii.
p. 500 (1623). January 31, 1642, the Duke of Richmond in a speech before the House
of Lords used these words : Regnet Justitia et ruat Cælum. (Old Parliamentary History, vol. x. p. 28.
Free soil, free men, free speech, Frémont.
The Republican Party rallying cry in 1856.
According to Brady (" Clavis Calendaria "), this designation arose
from the fact that in an old romance a prince of the name of Cris-
Marry, because you have drank with the King,
Gentlemen of the French guard, fire first.
Lord C. Hay at the battle of Fontenoy, 1745. To which the Comte
d'Auteroches replied, "Sir, we never fire first ; please to fire your. selves." – FOURNIER : L'Esprit dans l'histoire.
Good as a play.
An exclamation of Charles II. when in Parliament attending the dis
cussion of Lord Ross's Divorce Bill. The king remained in the House of Peers while his speech was taken
into consideration, a common practice with him ; for the debates
Sir William Temple.
Greatest happiness of the greatest number.
That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the great,
est numbers. HUTCHESON: Inquiry concerning Moral Good and
Evil, sect. 3. (1720.) Priestley was the first (unless it was Beccaria) who taught my lips to
pronounce this sacred truth, – th.t the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. — Ben.
THIM : Works, col. x. p. 142. The expression is used by Beccaria in the introduction to his “Essay
on Crimes and Punishments.” (1764)
Hanging of his cat on Monday
Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys (edition of 1805, p. 6)
Hobson's choice. Tobias Hobson (died 1630) was the first man in England that let out hackney horses. When a man came for a horse he was led into the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to take the horse which stood next to the stable-door ; so that every customer was alike well served according to his chance,
from whence it became a proverb when what ought to be your election was forced upon you, to say, “Hobson's choice.” – Spectator, No. 509.
Where to elect there is but one,
chap. iv. p. 326.
Intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle. Lord Coleridge remarked that Maule told him what he said in the " black beetle"
matter: “Creswell, who had been his pupil, was on the other side in a case where he was counsel, and was very lofty in his manner.
Maule appealed to the court : ‘My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friend's manner would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.'" (Repeated to a member of the legal profession in the United States.)
It is a far cry to Lochow.
Lochow and the adjacent districts formed the original seat of the
The expression of “a far cry to Lochow" was pro-
. chap. ii. South: Sermon, vol. viii. P. 403. DRÝDEN: MacFlecknoe. Mathew Henry: Commaintaries, Panim lx.rxriii. JOHNSON: Life of Lyttelton. BURKE:
On the French Revolution. Nisi suadeat intervallis.
BRACTON : Folio 1243 and folio 420 b. Register Original, 267 a.
Mince the matter.
CERVANTES: Don Quixote, Author's Preface. SAKESPEARE: Othello,
William Kisg : Ulysses and Teresias.
act ii. sc. 3.
Months without an R.
It is un seasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an
Nation of shopkeepers.
From an oration purporting to have been delivered by Samuel Adanis at the State House in Philadelphia, Aug. 1, 1776. (Philadelphia, printed; London, reprinted for E. Johnson, No. 4 Ludgate Hill, 1776.) W. V. Wells, in his Life of Adams, says: "No such American edition has ever been seen, but at least four copies are known of the London issue. A German translation of this oration was printed in
1778, perhaps at Berne; the place of publication is not given." To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of
customers may at tirst sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. - ADAM SMITH: Wealth of Nations, vol. ii. book ir.
chap. rii. part 3. (1775.)
TUCKER (Dean of Gloucester) : Tract. (1766.)
TRAND BARÈRE. (June 11, 1794.)
This new page opened in the book of our public expenditures, and this
new departure taken, which leads into the bottomless gulf of civil pensions and family gratuities. — T. H. Benton: Speech in the U. S. Senate against a grant to President Harrison's widow, April, 1841.
Nothing succeeds like success.
(Rien ne réussit comme le succès. - DUMAS: Ange Patou, rol. 2. p. 72
1854.) A French proverb.
Orthodoxy is my doxy; Heterodoxy is another man's
on the Test Laws, “ of the words orthodoxy' and 'heterodoxy;'
Paradise of fools; Fool's paradise.
The earliest instance of this expression is found in William Bullein's
“Dialogue,” p. 28 (1573). It is used by Shakespeare, Middleton, Milton, Pope, Fielding, Crabbe, and others.
Paying through the nose.
Grimm says that Odin had a poll-tax which was called in Sweden 8
nose-tax; it was a penny per nose, or poll. — Deutsche Rechts Alter thümer.
Public trusts. It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any till they are first proved, and found fit for the business they are to be intrusted with. MATHEW HENRY: Commentaries, Timothy iii. To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.
BURKE: On the French Revolution. When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. - THOMAS JEFFERSON (** Winter in Washington, 1807 ''), in
conversation with Baron Humboldt. See Rayner's "Life of Jefferson,” p. 356 (Boston, 1834). The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party. – John C. Calhoun: Speech, July 13, 1835. The phrase, “public office is a public trust,” has of late become com
mon property. CHARLES SUMNER (May 31, 1872).
DORMAN B. EATON (1881).
ABRAM S. HEWITT (1883).
- DANIEL S. LAMONT (1884). Rather
your room as your company. Marriage of Wit and Wisdom (circa 1570). Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
on the cannon near which the ashes of President John Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of a high hill near Martha
Stiles : Ilistory of the Three Judges of King
com; and in his handwriting. It was supposed to be one of Dr. Frank-
From an inscription
Bay in Jamaica.
Rest and be thankful.
An inscription on a stone seat on the top of one of the Highlands in
It is also the title of one of Wordsworth's poems.
Rowland for an Oliver.
These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's twelve
land for his Oliver," to signify the matching one incredible lie with
another. - Thomas WARBURTON.