Lord Chesterfield

WHEN Lord Chesterfield was in administration, he proposed a person to

his late majesty as proper to fill a place of great trust, but which the

king himself was determined should be filled by another. The council,

however, resolved not to indulge the king, for fear of a dangerous

precedent, and it was Lord Chesterfield's business to present the grant

of office for the king's signature. Not to incense his majesty by asking

him abruptly, he, with accents of great humility, begged to know with

whose name his majesty would be pleased to have the blanks filled up.

With the devil's! replied the king, in a paroxysm of rage. And

shall the instrument, said the Earl, coolly, run as usual, Our trusty

and well-beloved cousin and counsellor?--a repartee at which the king

laughed heartily, and with great good-humor signed the grant.

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