[Ads-l] a red herring, if not a red herring

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 11 22:10:57 UTC 2022

When eminent poet and divine Jasper Mayne died in 1672 his servant
discovered that a red herring in his will was a red herring.

Year: 1769
Title: A Description of England and Wales
Volume 3
Chapter: A Description of Devonshire
Quote Page 169
Publication Note: Printed for Newbery and Carnan, London
Database: Google Books Full View


[Begin excerpt]
He died in 1672, and was buried in the choir of Christ's-church
Oxford. By his will he left five hundred pounds towards the rebuilding
of St. Paul's cathedral, and among several other legacies, the
following strange one. He had a servant, who had been long with him,
to whom he bequeathed a trunk, and in it something, which would, he
said, make him drink after his death. The doctor's eyes were no sooner
closed, than the servant paid a visit to the trunk, where, to his
great surprise, he found only a red herring.
[End excerpt]

Garson O'Toole

On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 3:09 PM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
> …those sagacious country gentlemen, who had so long vociferated for the American war , ( a war which he should ever think impolitic, unjust, and inexpedient ) who had so long run on the red herring scent of American taxation , before they found out there was no game on foot; they, who (their prototype) Don Quixote, had mistaken…
> p. 508 in The Parliamentary Register, or History...House of Commons
> OED red herring, n. 2, 1807f
> Stephen
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Parliamentary_Register_Or_History_of/Kj_gAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=scent+%22red+herring%22&pg=PA508&printsec=frontcover
> [https://books.google.com/books/content?id=Kj_gAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&edge=curl&imgtk=AFLRE73c_gQafI6Gq1evGV3dgSuSLbWczX_YTAH8oJrr1f9_KSPRiDo5dVNL4oqsxH8qsRDZJV8MHZ2rA8K91yPvkFI34jXuy-r0yXJq8cSTMkRdOqT7wfR50YT_ShIbqMFo6Ax3uBp6]<https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Parliamentary_Register_Or_History_of/Kj_gAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=scent+%22red+herring%22&pg=PA508&printsec=frontcover>
> The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the [House of Lords and House of Commons]<https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Parliamentary_Register_Or_History_of/Kj_gAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=scent+%22red+herring%22&pg=PA508&printsec=frontcover>
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