ready, willing and able-1825

Page Stephens hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Apr 30 13:51:04 UTC 2004

An old friend of mine who was in the marines in WWII used to use the phrase
"ready, willing and Mabel" to describe a willing girl.

Page Stephens

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Clements" <SClements at NEO.RR.COM>
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 7:17 AM
Subject: ready, willing and able-1825

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> I found an 1825 newspaper cite, "..ready and willing and able.."
> Most of my sources are silent on this phrase.  Anything earlier?
> Sam Clements

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