LORD WILLIAM POULAT was said to be the author of a pamphlet called The

Snake in the Grass. A gentleman abused in it sent him a challenge. Lord

William protested his innocence, but the gentleman insisted upon a

denial under his own hand. Lord William took a pen and began: This is

to scratify that the buk called 'The Snak'--Oh! my Lord, said the

person, I am satisfied; your Lordship has already convinced me you did

not write the book.