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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:10435
AUTHOR:Appendix
QUOTATION:Gentlemen of the French guard, fire first.
ATTRIBUTION:Lord C. Hay at the battle of Fontenoy, 1745. To which the Comte d’Auteroches replied, “Sir, we never fire first; please to fire yourselves.”—Fournier: L’Esprit dans l’histoire.
 

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