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 Hard as the Nether Millstone.Hardy (Letitia). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hardouin (2 syl.).
E’en Hardouin would not object. Said in apology of an historical or chronological incident introduced into a treatise against which some captious persons take exception. Jean Hardouin, the learned Jesuit, was librarian to Louis le Grand. He was so fastidious that he doubted the truth of all received history, denied the authenticity of the Æneid of Virgil, the Odes of Horace, etc.; placed no faith in medals and coins, regarded all councils before that of Trent as chimerical, and looked on Descartes, Malebranche, Pascal, and all Jansenists as infidels. (1646–1729.)   1
        “Even Père Hardouin would not enter his protest against such a collection.”—Dr. A. Clarke: Essay.

 Hard as the Nether Millstone.Hardy (Letitia). 


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