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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3101
AUTHOR:Tom Brown (1663–1704)
QUOTATION:To treat a poor wretch with a bottle of Burgundy, and fill his snuff-box, is like giving a pair of laced ruffles to a man that has never a shirt on his back. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Laconics.
 
Note 1.
Like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.—Sorbienne (1610–1670).

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