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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Appendix. (continued)
    Drive a coach and six through an Act of Parliament.
          Macaulay (“History of England,” chap. xii.) gives a saying “often in the mouth of 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 quando se bene gesserit.—Statutes 12 and 13 William III. c. 2, sect. 3.
    Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.
          Declared by Captain O’Kelley at Epsom, May 3, 1769.—Annals of Sporting, vol. ii. p. 271.
    Emerald Isle.
          Dr. William Drennan (1754–1820) says this expression was first used in a party song called “Erin, to her own Tune,” written in 1795. The song appears to have been anonymous.
    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, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment 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 against despots. What is it? Distrust.—Demosthenes: Philippic 2, sect. 24.
    Fiat justitia ruat cœlum.
          William Watson: Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions (1602). Prynne: Fresh Discovery of Prodigious New Wandering-Blazing Stars (second edition, London, 1646). Ward: Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America (1647).

Fiat Justitia et ruat Mundus.—Egerton Papers (1552, p. 25). Camden Society (1840). Aiken: Court and Times of James I., vol. ii. p. 500 (1625).

January 31, 1642, the Duke of Richmond in a speech before the House of Lords used these words: Regnet Justitia et ruat Cœlum. (Old Parliamentary History, vol. x. p. 28.