Worth The Money

SIR ROBERT WALPOLE having misquoted a passage in Horace, Mr. Pulteney

said the honorable gentleman's Latin was as bad as his politics. Sir

Robert adhered to his version, and bet his opponent a guinea that he was

right, proposing Mr. Harding as arbiter. The bet being accepted, Harding

rose, and with ludicrous solemnity gave his decision against his patron.

The guinea was thrown across the House; and when Pulteney stooped to

pick it up, he observed, that it was the first public money he had

touched for a long time. After his death, the guinea was found wrapped

up in a piece of paper on which the circumstance was recorded.

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