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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bandbox Plot (The).
 
Rapin (History of England, iv. 297) tells us that a bandbox was sent to the lord-treasurer, in Queen Anne’s reign, with three pistols charged and cocked, the triggers being tied to a pack-thread fastened to the lid. When the lid was lifted, the pistols would go off, and shoot the person who opened the lid. He adds that [dean] Swift happened to be by at the time, and seeing the pack-thread, cut it, thereby saving the life of the lord-treasurer.   1
       
“Two ink-horn tops your Whigs did fill
With gunpowder and lead;
Which with two serpents made of quill,
You in a bandbox laid;
A tinder-box there was beside,
Which had a trigger to it,
To which the very string was ty’d
That was designed to do it.”
       
Plot upon Plot (about 1713).
 


 Bandbox.Bande Noire. 

 
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