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99)-Last words (New York Times, Dec. 23, 1899).

I see no reason why the existence of Harriet Martineau should be perpetuated.

HARRIET MARTINEAU (1802-76) -Last words. Preceded by: "I have had a noble share of life, and I do not ask for any other life."

I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness-satisfied!

CHARLES WESLEY (1708-88)— Last words.

I shall retire early; I am very tired. THOMAS LORD MACAULAY (1800-59)-Last words; to his butler.


I shall soon know the grand


ARTHUR THISTLEWOOD (17701820,-Dying words, at his execution for high treason, May 1, 1820. (Annual Register). See Je vais quérir un grand peut-être.

I should like to record the thoughts of a dying man for the benefit of science, but it is impossible.

DR. GEORGE MILLER BEARD (1839-83)-Last words. See I wish I had the power of writing &c. I should not be a better king, however splendidly I was dressed.

EDWARD I (1239-1307).

Is Lawrence come-is Lawrence come?

JOHN HENRY FUSELI (c. 17421825)-Last words; alluding to his friend. (Life of Fuseli)

Is that you, Dora?

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (17701850)-Last words. (Memoirs of Wordsworth, vol. ii, p. 506.)

"Is this a dagger which I see before me?

WILLIAM POWELL (1735-69)— when on his death-bed, suddenly quoted the above line from Shakspere, Macbeth, act ii, sc. 1, 1. 33, A with an appropriate attitude. moment after he cried 'O God!' and expired.

Is this death?

GEORGE LIPPARD (1822-54)— Last words, to his physician; also attributed to JOHN QUICK (17481831).

Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this thing?

REV. SYDNEY SMITH (1771-1845) -when advised to have his portrait painted by Landseer. Cf. "Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?" (2nd Book of Kings, ch. viii, v. 13).

I still live!

DANIEL WEBSTER (1782-1852) -Last words.

I strike my flag.

COMMODORE ISAAC HULL (17751843)-Last words.

I succeed him; no one could replace him.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) -Reply, when asked by the Comte de Vergennes if he replaced Mr. Franklin.

It came with a lass, and it will go with a lass.

JAMES V. of Scotland (1512-42) -Last recorded words, referring to the Scottish crown. Hume's version is: "The crown came with a woman, and it will go with one." (Hist. of Engl.)

It grows dark, boys: you may


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It has all the contortions of the

sibyl, without the inspiration. EDMUND BURKE (1729-97)—referring to Croft's Life of Dr. Young, which was spoken of as a good imitation of Dr. Johnson's style. "No, no," said he, "it is not a good imitation of Johnson; it has all his pomp without his force; it has all the nodosities of the oak, without its strength; it &c. (Prior's Life of Burke, p. 468.)

It hath been said, that an unjust Peace is to be prefer'd before a just War.

SAMUEL BUTLER (1612-80) (Two Speeches made in the Rump Parliament, 1659-Butler's Remains, 1759, vol. 1, p. 284). Followed by: "because the Safety of the People, the End of all Government, is more concerned in the one than the other. Cf. There never was a good war or a bad peace (B. Franklin, Letter to Quincy, Sep. 11, 1773).

I think I shall die to-night.

DANTE GABRIEL Rossetti (182882) Last words.

I think it would, madam-for a toad.

DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON (170984)-on a lady showing him a grotto she had made and asking him if it would not be a cool habitation in summer.

I think the author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother

who talks about her own children.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI [Earl of Beaconsfield] (1804-81)—in a speech at Glasgow, Nov. 19, 1870.

I think you had better send for the doctor-I am so faint. JOHN SHERMAN (1823-1900)— Last words.

It is a difficult task to lead the House of Commons, a more difficult one to manage a Cabinet Council; but to lead an army in the field must be the most difficult of all.

W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-98)in later life. Sir W. Reid's Life, 1899, pp. 479-80).

It is all the same in the end.

TITUS OATES (1620-1705)-Last words.

It is a very easy thing to devise good laws the difficulty is to make them effective. VISCOUNT BOLINGBROKE (1678. 1751).

It is beautiful.


It is better to wear out than to rust out.

BISHOP CUMBERLAND (16321718)-see Richard Sharp, Letters and Essays. p. 29. Cf. "Horrible as it is to us I imagine that the manner of his [General Gordon's] death was not unwelcome to himself. Better wear out than rust out, and better break than wear out." Huxley, Letter to Sir J. Donnelly, 16th Feb. 1885 (Life and Letters, 1900, vol. ii, p. 95). It is done.

HORACE GREELEY (1811-72)—— Last words.

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JAMES HOGG, "the Ettrick Shepherd" (1772-1835)-Last words; to his wife, whom he had asked to watch by his bedside during the night.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI [Earl of BEACONSFIELD] (1804-81)-in the debate on the Queen's Speech, Jan. 24, 1860) Cf. "La critique est aisée et l'art est difficile" ("Criticism is easy and art difficult.”)—NéricaultDestouches, Le Glorieux, act. ii, sc. 5.

It is not best to swap horses when crossing a stream. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-65) -on being re-nominated to the Presidency of the United States, June 9, 1864. He said, "I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in this country; but I am reminded in this connection of the story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked that it was not best to swap horses when crossing a stream.”

It is not that women are not often

very clever (cleverer than many men), but there is a point of excellence which they never reach.

JAMES NORTHCOTE, R.A. (17461831).

It is not the first time they have

turned their backs upon me. DUKE OF WELLINGTON (17691852) to Louis XVIII, on the latter apologising to him for the French marshals turning their backs on him and leaving the king's levée. Preceded by: "Don't distress yourself, sire, it is not" &c.

It is small, very small indeed.

ANNE BOLEYN (1507-36) wife of Henry VIII-Last words, just before being beheaded, alluding to her neck, which she clasped with her hands when speaking.

It is still our duty to fight for our country, into what hands soever the government might fall.

ADMIRAL ROBert Blake (15981657) to his seamen. After the victory of Santa Cruz, April 20, 1657, being ill with dropsy and scurvy, he hastened home, but died in sight of land, off Plymouth, Aug. 17, 1657. (Hume, Hist. of Engl.) It is the custom here for but one man to be allowed to stand covered.


CHARLES II, (1630-85)-at the same time removing his hat while William Penn, the Quaker, remained covered. Penn "Friend Charles, keep thy hat on." Another version is: "Friend Penn, it is the custom of this court for only one person to be covered at a time." (Percy Anecdotes, vol. vi, p. 331)

It is the day of no judgment that I am afraid of.

EDMUND BURKE (1729-97)Reply to William Pitt, who had said in 1791, speaking of French affairs, that England and the British Constitution were safe until the day of judgment.

It is the duty of a minister to stand like a wall of adamant between the people and the sovereign.

RT. HON. W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-81)-in a speech at Garston, Nov. 14, 1868.

It is warm work, and this day may be the last to any of us

at a moment.

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BENJAMIN DISRAELI [Earl of Beaconsfield] (1804 81)-on the proposed increased grant to Maynooth College, April 11, 1845. Preceded by: Something has risen up in this country as fatal in the political world as it has been in the landed world of Ireland-we have a great Parliamentary middle" till and followed by: having obtained a position to which he is not entitled, he cries out, 'Let us have no party questions, but a fixity of tenure.'"


It matters little to me; for if I

am but once dead they may bury me or not bury me as as they please. They may leave my corpse to rot where I die if they wish.

GEORGE BUCHANAN (1506-82)Last words; to his servant, who asked who would defray the expenses of his burial.

It matters not where I am going whether the weather be cold or hot.

LORD CHANCELLOR JOHN SCOTT ELDON (1750-1838)-Last words; to someone who spoke to him about the weather.

It was a great day for England. WILLIAM IV (1765-1837)—Last words, on hearing the cannons firing on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

It was not British blood which had been spilt, but it was British honour that bled at every vein.

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN (1751-80)-in the House of Commons, Oct. 29, 1795, alluding to the conduct of Commodore Warren at Quiberon, Oct. 27, 1795. Preceded by: ". it was true, the blood of French emigrants only had flowed-it was not British blood" (Speeches of Sheridan, 1816, vol. iv, pp. 106-7) It will be but a momentary pang.



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MAJOR JOHN ANDRÉ (1751-80)— Last words before being shot as a spy, Oct. 2, 1780, during the Preceded American Revolution. by: "All I request of you, gentlemen, is that you will bear witness to the world that I die like a brave These are sometimes quoted as his last words. Another account says: "But I pray you to bear witness that I die like a soldier." (Percy Anecdotes, vol. 2, p. 161) I want, oh, you know what I mean the stuff of life. BAYARD TAYLOR (1825-78)— Last words.

I want to go away.

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I were miserable, if I might not die.

DR. JOHN DONNE (1573-1631)— Last words. Other versions: "Thy

will be done"; and "I repent of my life except that part of it which I spent in communion with God, and in doing good."

I will be your captain. Come Iwith me into the fields and you shall have all you ask. RICHARD II (1367-1400)—to the rebels who were about to avenge Wat Tyler's death, 1381. (Dict. Nat. Biog., vol. xlviii, p. 147)

I will die in the last ditch.

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WILLIAM III (1650-1702)—to the Duke of Buckingham: There is one certain means by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin I will die in the last ditch. (Hume, Hist of Engl. ch. 65) I will govern according to the common weal, but not according to the common will. JAMES I (1566-1625)—Reply to a demand of the House of Commons in 1621.

I will lie down on the couch; I can sleep, and after that Í shall be entirely recovered. ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH Duchess of Kingston (1720-88)-Last words. I will lose all, or win all.

JAMES II (1633-1701)—to the Spanish Ambassador, who advised moderation after the trial of the Seven Bishops, June 1688.

I will maintain the liberties of England and the Protestant religion.

WILLIAM III (1650-1702)—words displayed upon his banner when landing in England, 1688.

I will not stand at the helm during the tempestuous night, if that helm is not allowed freely to traverse.

SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788-1850) -during the agitation for the repeal of the Corn Laws.

I will sit down now, but the time will come when you shall hear me.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI [Earl of Beaconsfield] (1804-81)-Conclusion of his maiden speech in the House of Commons, Dec. 7, 1837. (Cf. Sir M. E. Grant Duff's Notes from a Samuel Diary, vol. I, p. 112.)

Smiles (in Self-help ch. 1, p. 23) quotes the words thus: "I shall sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me." See Give me time, and I will yet &c.

I wish I had the power of writing, for then I would describe to you how pleasant a thing it is to die.

WILLIAM CULLEN (1712-90)— Last words. See I should like to record &c.

I wish Vaughan to preach my funeral sermon, because he has known me longest.

ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, Dean of Westminster (1815-81)Last recorded words.

I wish you to understand the true principles of government; I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, President of the United States (1773-1841)-Last words.

I would have the English Republic as much respected as ever the Roman commonwealth was.

OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658) See By such means as these we shall make &c.

I would not give up the mists that spiritualize our mountains for all the blue skies of Italy.


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