English Jests and Anecdotes. (Nuggets for Travellers)

English Jests and Anecdotes. (Nuggets for Travellers)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...of negotiating a peace, Charles Townshend, being asked whether the French government had sent the preliminaries of a treaty, answered, "He did not know, but they had sent the outline of an ambassador." BACON. A malefactor of the name of Hogg, under sentence of death, petitioned Lord Chancellor Bacon for a reprieve, claiming a relationship. His lordship said, he could not possibly be bacon till he had first been hung. DR. BENTLEY. When the great Bentley, afterwards so distinguished, was examined for deacon's orders, he expected that the bishop would himself examine him; and his displeasure at what heconsidered neglect he vented in such answers as the following: --Chaplain. Quid est fides? Bentley. Quod non vides. C. Quid est spes? B. Quid non habes. C. Quid est charitas? B. Maxima raritas. This is said to have been enough to satisfy the chaplain, who took the rhymer to the bishop. STRIKING LIKENESS. Some years ago, a then itinerant portrait painter, whose reputation has since risen much above the point it at that time occupied, being employed to delineate the features of a musician of some eminence, who had taken up his temporary quarters at a watering place, the son of harmony was dissatisfied with the resemblance, and expressed his disapprobation rather strongly. "Who is that like, my dear?" asked the mortified artist of a fine little boy, the eldest hope of his employer. "Papa!" said the child. "So it is, my darling. You see, sir, your son is a better judge of a likeness than yourself. And where is it like papa, my dear?" "It's very like papa about the fiddle!" was the answer. It is unnecessary to add, that no more questions were asked of the juvenile connoisseur. ENDS OF JUSTICE. It is strange...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611039
  • 9781236611031