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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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The Whigs are all cyphers, and I am the only unit in the cabinet which gives a value to them.
        Fuller’s Holy War, Book I. Page 16, Chap. x.; Plutarch’s Apophthegms, for a saying of Orontes; Bacon’s Apophthegms, and a note to the saying in Bohn’s edition of Bacon’s Essays, Page 175.
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And therefore like a cypher, yet standing in rich place, I must multiply with one,—we thank you, many thousands more that go before it.
        Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act I. Scene 2. (Polixenes.)
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I look upon the Whigs and Dissenters to be exactly of the same political faith.
        Swift.—Examiner, No. 40. (Swift’s Life by Roscoe.)
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There is hardly a Whig in Ireland who would allow a potato and buttermilk to a reputed Tory.
        Swift.—To Dr. Sheridan. (11th Sept., 1725.)
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1.  A most fine figure!
2.  To prove you a cypher.
        Shakespeare.—Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act I. Scene 2.
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