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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2028
AUTHOR:Sir Henry Wotton (1568–1639)
QUOTATION:An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Reliquiæ Wottonianæ
 
Note 1.
In a letter to Velserus, 1612, Wotton says, “This merry definition of an ambassador I had chanced to set down at my friend’s, Mr. Christopher Fleckamore, in his Album.” [back]
 

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