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4885 Arthur Wellesley

AUTHOR:Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769–1852)
QUOTATION:Circumstances over which I have no control. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Mem. by the Duke, 2 Sept. 18, 1836.
Note 1.
This phrase was first used by the Duke of Wellington in a letter, about 1839 or 1840.—Sala: Echoes of the Week, in London Illustrated News, Aug. 23, 1884. Greville, Mem., ch. ii. (1823), gives an earlier instance. [back]
Note 2.
Stanhope: Conversations with the Duke of Wellington, p. 81. [back]