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3087 Rihard Bentley 1662-1742 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Richard Bentley (1662–1742)
QUOTATION:The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Sermons, vii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692).
Note 1.
That fortuitous concourse of atoms.—Review of Sir Robert Peel’s Address. Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835).

In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms,—a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell.—Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54. [back]