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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4398
AUTHOR:Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
QUOTATION:The wisdom of our ancestors. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Ibid. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill, 1793.
 
Note 1.
Lord Brougham says of Bacon, “He it was who first employed the well-known phrase of ‘the wisdom of our ancestor.’”

Sydney Smith: Plymley’s Letters, letter v. Lord Eldon: On Sir Samuel Romilly’s Bill, 1815. Cicero: De Legibus, ii. 2, 3. [back]
 

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