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CHARLES KINGSLEY (1819-75)-attributed erroneously to him (Cf. his Life, vol. ii, pp. 74-5) Lord Lytton uses the phrase: "The Rev. John Stalworth Chillingly was a decided adherent to the creed of what is called Muscular Christianity,' and a very fine specimen of it too." (Kenelm Chillingly, ch. 2.) My anchor is well cast, and my

ship, though weatherbeaten, will outride the storm. REV. SAMUEL HOPKINS (17211803)-Last words. My Christ.

JOHN BROWN (1720-87)-Last words.

My desire is to make what haste

I may to be gone.

OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658) -Last words. Another version has it that this last words were "Then I am safe," on being assured by his chaplain that in grace is always in grace.' My God!



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DR. EDWARD BOUVERIE PUSEY (1800-82)-Last words.

'My God, my Father, and my Friend,

Do not forsake me at my end."

WENTWORTH DILLON, Earl of Roscommon (1633-84)-Last words; quoted from his own translation of the Dies Irae. (Diet. Nat. Biog., vol. xv, p. 88)

My heart is fixed, O God! my heart is fixed where true joy is to be found.

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My hope is in the mercy of God. FISHER AMES (1758-1808) Last words. Preceded by "I have peace of mind. It may arise from stupidity, but I think it is founded on a belief of the Gospel." My Lord, why do you not go

on? I am not afraid to die.

MARY II, wife of William III, (1662-94)-Last words; to Archbishop Tillotson, who, overcome with grief, paused in reading a prayer. See I do not fear death; I am not in the least afraid to die.

My rigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.

EDMUND BURKE (1729-97)—in a speech on Conciliation with America Mar. 22, 1775. (Works, 1897, vol 1, p. 462)

My sayings are my own, my actions are my ministers. CHARLES II (1630-85)—Reply to the following lines written by the Earl of Rochester and fastened to the king's bed-chamber door: "Here lies our Sovereign Lord the king, Whose word no man rely'd [relies] on, Who never said a foolish thing, Nor ever did a wise one."

My servant will give you more gold if you do your work well.

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have heard that you struck him three or four times."

My trust is in God.

JEREMY TAYLOR (1613-67)—Last words.

My ways are as broad as the king's high-road, and my means lie in an inkstand. ROBERT SOUTHEY (1774-1843). My work is done; I have nothing to do but to go to my Father.

SELINA, COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON (1707-91)-Last words. Nationality is the miracle of

political independence. Race is the principle of physical analogy.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI [Earl of Beaconsfield] (1804-81)-in a speech in the House of Commons, Aug. 9, 1848. Preceded by: "There is a great differenee between nationality and race. Cf. "The difference of race is unfortunately one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance"-in his speech in the House of Commons, Feb. 1, 1849.

Nature can do physicians.

more than

OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658) - said during his last illness. Nature is religious only as it manifests God.

MARK HOPKINS, D.D. (b. 1802) -in a sermon before the Pastoral Association of Massachusetts, May 30, 1843.

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. HENRY WARD BEECHER (181387).

Necessity is the argument of

tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

WILLIAM PITT (1759-1806)-In a speech on the Indian Bill, Nov. 18, 1783, in the House of Commons.


"It was true, the bill was said to be founded on necessity; but what was this? Was it not necessity, which had always been the plea of every illegal exertion of power, or exercise of oppression? Was not necessity the pretence of every usurpation? Necessity was plea for every infringement of human freedom. It was the argument of tyrants: it was the creed of slaves." (Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Wm. Pitt in the House of Commons (1806), vol. i, pp. 90-1) Cf. also Parly. Register, vol. xii, p. 51.

Cf. So spake the Fiend, and with necessity,

The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds."-Milton, Paradise Lost, bk. IV., II. 393-4

Never has my mind wandered from Him.

(Hume, Hist. of Engl., ch. 44.) QUEEN ELIZABETH (1533-1603) -Reply, on her death-bed, to the Archbishop of Canterbury's exhortation to turn her thoughts to God. Never heed! the Lord's power is over all weakness and death.

GEORGE FOX (1624-90) founder of the Society of Friends-Last words.

Never mind! I shall soon drink of the river of Eternal Life. HENRY TIMROD (1829-67)—Last words, on not being able to swallow

some water.

Never mind! let them fire away; the battle's won, and my life is of no consequence now. DUKE OF WELLINGTON (17691852)—when remonstrated with by

one of his staff for exposing his life at Waterloo (June 18, 1815). Never mind! we'll win this battle yet.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON (17691852) during the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815), when the issue seemed doubtful.


EUGENE ARAM (1704-59)-Last word, when asked if he had anything to say on the scaffold. Nobody, nobody but Jesus Christ; Christ crucified is the stay of my poor soul. ANDREW BURN (1742-1814), Major General in the Royal Marines -Last words, when asked if he wished to see anyone.

No furniture so charming as

books, even if you never open them, or read a single word. REV. SYDNEY SMITH (17711845).

No; it is not !

OLIVER GOLDSMITH (1728-74)· Last words, to the physician who asked whether his mind was at ease. No! it was one Tom Campbell.

THOMAS CAMPBELL (1777-1844) -Last words, to his friends, who, in order to ascertain whether he was conscious or not, spoke of the poem Hohenlinden as being by someone else.

No man can be a good critic who is not well-versed in human nature.

DR. PARR (1747-1825).
No man can write my epitaph.

ROBERT EMMET (1780-1803)—in his speech on his trial and conviction for high treason, Sept., 1803. "Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my

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No man, I fear, can effect great benefits for his country without some sacrifice of the minor virtues.

Rev. Sydney SMITH (1771-1845) Cf. "Le bien public requiert qu'on trahisse, et qu'on mente, et qu'on Montaigne, Essais,


bk. 3, ch. 1. (The public weal requires that a man should betray, and lie, and massacre.)

No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. He will make one man ungrateful, and a hundred men his enemies, for every office he can bestow.

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826)-—alluding to the election of his son as President of the U. S. (Quincy, Figures of the Past, 74.) See J'ai fait dix mécontents et un ingrat. No mortal man can live after the glories which God has manifested to my soul.

REV. AUGUSTUS MONTAGUE TOPLADY (1740-78) author of the hymn Rock of Ages-Last words. None but Christ! none but Christ!

JOHN LAMBERT (d. 1538), burnt His at the stake-Last words. real name was Nicholson. No, no!

EMILY BRONTË (1818-48) -Last words, to her sister, who entreated her to let them put her to bed. She died sitting upon the sofa.

No one can be more willing to send me out of life than I am desirous to go.

WILLIAM LAUD (1573-1645). Archbishop of Canterbury-Last words. Executed Jan. 10, 1645.

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No one ever laid down the book of Robinson Crusoe without wishing it longer.

DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-84). No popery!

Popular Cry, on the occasion of the Gordon Riots, Lord George Gordon (1750-93) having on 2nd June, 1780, assembled a vast mob, which broke into the lobby of the House of Commons. (Hume, Hist. of Engl.) The cry was again raised in 1807, when a bill was brought forward to enable Roman Catholics to serve in the army and navy in England as well as in Ireland. No popery! No slavery!

Party Cry, on the occasion of the election of a new parliament which met at Oxford, 21st March, 1681. (Hume, Hist. of Engl.)

Nothing except a battle lost can

be half so melancholy as a battle won.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON (17691852)-in a despatch of 1815. Emerson, in his essay on Quotation and Originality, quotes (on the authority of Samuel Rogers) the following reply by Wellington to a lady who "expressed in his presence a passionate wish to witness a great victory." Madam, there is nothing so dreadful as a great victoryexcepting a great defeat. Emerson continues; "But this speech is also D'Argenson's, and is reported by Grimm."


Nothing has a better effect upon

children than praise.

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN (1751-1816). See Praise is the best diet for us after all.

Nothing is denied to well-directed

labour; nothing is to be obtained without it.

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS (1723See Excellence is never


granted, &c.

Nothing is so contemptible as a despised prince.

CHARLES I (1600-49)—just before his execution.

Not till the general resurrection: strike on!

ALGERNON SYDNEY (1622-83)Last words, when asked by the executioner if he would like to rise again, after laying his head on the block (7th Dec., 1683).

Now am I about to take my last voyage a great leap in the dark.

THOMAS HOBBES (1588-1679)— Last words. Another version is: "I am going to take a great leap into obscurity." "He was very much afraid of death, which he called 'taking a leap in the dark.”“” (Watkins, Anecdotes of Men of Learning and Genius, 1808, p. 276.) Cf. Sir John Vanbrugh, The Provoked Wife, act 5, sc. vi, produced 1697. is enough; I'll not fail. (Aside.) So, now, I am in for Hobbes' Voyage; a great leap in the dark. (Heartfree). (The Mermaid Series, 1896, pp. 306-7). [A note refers to the Voyage of Ulysses (Hobbes' translation), but it appears to be rather an allusion to his last words] See Je vais quérir &c. Now comes the mystery.

HENRY WARD BEECHER (181387) Last words. See I shall soon know the grand secret.

Now God be praised! I die happy.

GENERAL JAMES WOLFE (172659), killed in the battle of QuebecLast words, on hearing the cry

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JOSEPH BLANCO WHITE (17751841), author of the sonnet On Night-Last words (Thom's Life of White).

Now I know that I must be very ill, since you have been sent for.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-82)-Last words, to his sister, who had journeyed from Portland (Maine).

Now I shall go to sleep.

LORD BYRON (1788-1824)-Last words (Moore's Life of Byron, ch. Ivi. Other versions are: "I must sleep now"; and "I wish it to be known that my last thoughts were given to my wife, my child, and my sister."

Now it is come.

JOHN KNOX (1505-72). Last words. Another version is: "Live in Christ, live in Christ; and the flesh need not fear death."

Now or never.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON (17691852)-to General Alava at the battle of Waterloo (18th June, 1815), after the signal for the advance had

been given (Notes and Queries, 9th ser., vol. xxxii).

Now pass thee onward as thou wast wont, and Douglas will follow thee or die.

SIR JAMES DOUGLAS (c. 12861330)-referring to the heart of Robert Bruce in a casket, which he threw before him in a battle on the plains of Andalusia in Spain. Other versions are: "Onward as thou wert wont, Douglas will follow thee. (Dict of Nat. Biog., vol. xv., p. 304.) "Pass first in fight, as thou wert wont to do, and Douglas will follow thee or die." Cf.

Heart! that didst press forward still. (Mrs. Hemans, Heart of Bruce in Melrose Abbey, l. 1)


Pass on, brave heart, as thou wert wont
The embattled hosts before :

Douglas will die or follow thee

To conquest as of yore.

(Lady Flora Hastings, Legend of the Heart of Bruce.)

O Diamond, Diamond! little do you know the mischief you have done me!

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727) -addressed to his little dog, Diamond. The animal is said to have overturned a lighted taper upon some valuable MS. Another version is: "Oh, Diamond, Diamond! thou little knowest what mischief thou hast done." Sir David Brewster, however, denies the authenticity of the story. Dr Thomas Cooper (c. 1517-94) is said to have remarked to his wife, she having destroyed the materials for his edition of the Bibliotheca Elyota, "Dinah, thou hast given me a world of trouble,” and sat down to another eight years' labour to replace the notes thus lost. Another account says that the work destroyed was his Thesaurus. "He patiently set to work and re-wrote it." (Dict. of Nat. Biog., vol. xii. p. 149.)

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