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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4230
AUTHOR:Horace Walpole (1717–1797)
QUOTATION:The whole [Scotch] nation hitherto has been void of wit and humour, and even incapable of relishing it. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 1778.
 
Note 1.
It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding.—Sydney Smith: Lady Holland’s Memoir, vol. i. p. 15. [back]
 

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