E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Leap in the Dark (A).
Thomas Hobbes is reported to have said on his death-bed, Now am I about to take my last voyagea great leap in the dark. Rabelais, in his last moments, said, I am going to the Great Perhaps. Lord Derby, in 1868, applied the words, We are about to take a leap in the dark, to the Reform Bill.