ready, willing and able-1825
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Apr 30 13:53:56 UTC 2004
It's a legal phrase. I can take it back to 1813, but it's probably older than that. "When a court is called upon to vacate a contract by reason of the non-execution thereof by the other party, the defendant has a right in equity to offer himself able, ready, and willing to perform it; and if he do so offer, the court ought to suffer him to perform, if time be not of the essence of the contract." Hepburn & Dundas v. Auld, 11 F.Cas. 1191, 1192 (C.C.D.C. 1813) (No. 6389), rev'd sub nom. Hepburn & Dundas' Heirs v. Dunlop & Co., 14 U.S. (1 Wheat.) 179 (1816).
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Subject: ready, willing and able-1825
I found an 1825 newspaper cite, "..ready and willing and able.."
Most of my sources are silent on this phrase. Anything earlier?
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