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 Willy-nilly.Wil’t or Welk, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wil’mington,
 
invoked by Thomson in his Winter, is Sir Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, the first patron of our poet, and Speaker of the House of Commons.   1
 


 Willy-nilly.Wil’t or Welk, 

 
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