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

Joseph Jekyll

  • [A witty English barrister; born about 1752; member of Parliament, and solicitor-general to the Prince of Wales, 1805; died 1837.]
  • The farther I go west, the more convinced I am that the Wise Men came from the East.

  • Quoted by Sydney Smith. When some one said that a deceased attorney left but few effects, “It could scarcely be otherwise,” remarked Jekyll: “he had so very few causes.”
  • Of Lady Cork, the friend of Dr. Johnson and the literati, who wore an enormous plume at one of her receptions, Jekyll said she was “exactly a shuttlecock,—all Cork and feathers.”