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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Henry Luttrell

  • [“A wit among lords and a lord among wits;” the friend of Rogers, Sydney Smith, Lord Holland, etc.; poet, wit, and author; born 1770; wrote “Memoirs of Tom Moore;” died 1851.]
  • I dislike monkeys: they always remind me of poor relations.

  • He also said, “Mr. ——’s face always reminds me of boiled mutton and poor relations.”
  • When asked if Mr. —— was not on one occasion very disagreeable, he replied, “He was as disagreeable as the occasion would admit.”
  • Tom Moore said of an acquaintance, that the dye of his old trade of a hatter had become ingrained in his face; “Darkness that may be felt,” remarked Luttrell.
  • His illustration of English climate was, “On a fine day, looking up a chimney; on a rainy day, like looking down it.” One foreigner remarked of London that “it has weather, but no climate;” and another, that it had “nine months winter, and bad weather the rest of the year.”
  • Samuel Rogers said of Luttrell and Sydney Smith, “After Luttrell, you remember the good things he said; after Smith, you merely remember how much you laughed.”
  • Of a female aëronaut, who, when last seen, was still ascending, Luttrell suggested, “Handed out by Enoch and Elijah.”
  • When told that the Bishop of —— would be present at a certain dinner-party to which he was himself invited, he objected: “I do not mix well with the dean, but I shall positively effervesce with the bishop.”
  • He was told by Lady Holland to make room at table for a late comer: “Certainly,” he replied, “it must be made, for it does not exist.”