E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ise Yorkshire, too. I am as deep as you are, and am not to be bamboozled. The North-countrymen are proverbially long-headed and cannie. A tale is told of a Yorkshire rustic under cross-examination. The counsel tried to make fun of him, and said to him, Well, farmer, how go calves at York? Well, sir, said the farmer, on four legs, and not on two. Silence in the court! cried the baffled bigwig, and tried again. Now, farmerremember you are on your oathare there as many fools as ever in the West Riding? Well, no, sir, no; weve got our share, no doubt; but there are not so many as when you were there.