WHEN the Earl of Bradford was brought before the Lord Chancellor, to be
examined upon application for a statute of lunacy against him, the
chancellor asked him, How many legs has a sheep?--Does your lordship
mean, answered Lord Bradford, a live sheep or a dead sheep?--Is it
not the same thing? said the chancellor. No, my lord, said Lord
Bradford, there is much difference; a live sheep may have four legs; a
dead sheep has only two: the two fore legs are shoulders; but there are
but two legs of mutton.