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About three weeks ago I was very seriously alarmed by intelligence which I received of an illness under which I then laboured. My informer was certain of his fact, but enjoined me not to mention it again; he had, it seems, been let into the secret by a friend of his, who had been told of it by an acquaintance of his, who had had it from a near relation of his, who had been informed of it by an intimate of hers, who had heard it from the best authority.
        Microcosm, No. XVIII. March 12, 1787.
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She knew a man, who knew another,
Who knew the very party’s brother.
        Ed. Moore.—Trial of Slim Sal.
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How prove you that, in the great heap of your knowledge?
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act I. Scene 2.
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That which you hear you’ll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs.
        Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act V. Scene 2.
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We’ll leave a proof, by that which we will do,
Wives may be merry and yet honest too.
        Shakespeare.—Merry Wives of Windsor, Act IV. Scene 2.
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        Give me the ocular proof;—
Make me see’t; or, at the least, so prove it,
That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop,
To hang a doubt on.
        Shakespeare.—Othello, Act III. Scene 3.
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Prove it before these varlets here; thou honourable man, prove it!
        Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 1.
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I will prove it legitimate, sir, upon the oaths of judgment and reason.
        Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 2.
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Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.
        St. Paul, 1 Thessalonians, Chap. v. Ver. 21.
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