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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Lord Plunket
 
        [William Conyngham Plunket, first Lord Plunket; an eminent Irish orator and judge; born at Enniskillen, July, 1764; educated at Trinity College, Dublin; member of the Irish Parliament; solicitor-general, 1803; attorney-general, 1805, in which year he was elected to the British House of Commons; lord chief justice of the common pleas for Ireland, 1827–30; lord chancellor, 1830–41; died 1854.]
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Stop, and you shall have something more to take down!
          When some one in the Irish House of Commons called out to take down Plunket’s words, which interruption enabled the orator to draw a still stronger picture of the misfortunes of his country. When some one remarked how sick of his promotion a storm must have made Lord Campbell in crossing the Irish Channel, to succeed Plunket as Irish Chancellor; “Yes,” said the latter, “but it won’t make him throw up the seals.”
  When asked by a judge, during the trial of a cause, the meaning of the word “kites,” a slang term for bills of exchange, Plunket replied, “In England the wind raises the kites, but in Ireland the kites raise the wind.”
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