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 Sil’chester (Berks)Silent (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Silence gives Consent,
Latin, “Qui tacet consenti’re vide’tur;” Greek, “Auto de to sigan homologountos esti sou” (Euripids); French, “Assez consent qui ne dit mot;” Italian, “Chi tace confessa.   1
“But that you shall not say I yield, being silent,
I would not speak.”
Shakespeare: Cymbeline, ii. 3.

 Sil’chester (Berks)Silent (The). 

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