|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Richard Bentley (16621742)|
|QUOTATION:||The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Sermons, vii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692).|
That fortuitous concourse of atoms.Review of Sir Robert Peels Address. Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835).
In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms,a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell.Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54. [back]