Foote And Lord Townsend

FOOTE, dining one day with Lord Townsend, after his duel with Lord

Bellamont, the wine being bad, and the dinner ill-dressed, made Foote

observe, that he could not discover what reason could compel his

lordship to fight, when he might have effected his purpose with much

more ease to himself. How? asked his lordship. How? replied the wit,

why you should have given him a dinner like this, and poisoned


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