[Ads-l] Die, my dear doctor! That=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=99s_?=the last thing I shall do

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 28 16:50:29 UTC 2021

Wonderful! Thanks for searching and locating this valuable citation,
Peter. I will try to update the QI article soon. There will be a delay
before the changes are visible on the website.

On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 11:54 AM Pete Morris
<mr_peter_morris at outlook.com> wrote:
> antedating the 1883 May 17 version to December 1866
> https://tinyurl.com/4vzp9whs
> "Die! - why should he die? What would he get by that?" interposed Lord
> Elenborough adding to the pile of jests by which men have endevouured
> to keep a grim , unpleasant subject out of sight - a pile to which the
> latest mot was added the other day by Lord Palmerston , who during his
> late attack of gout exclaimed , playfully , · Die , my dear doctor ?
> That's the last thing I think of doing.
> Some interesting points here:  It attributes a quote he said "the other
> day" more than a year after his death. And it was said during his "late
> attack of gout", rather than during his final illness, or on his
> deathbed. Wiki's account of his death doesn't indicate that he was
> suffering from gout at the time. I have to wonder if the article was
> written a few years earlier, while he was still alive.
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