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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

5488 Henry Peter

AUTHOR:Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778–1868)
QUOTATION:Death was now armed with a new terror. 1
Note 1.
Brougham delivered a very warm panegyric upon the ex-Chancellor, and expressed a hope that he would make a good end, although to an expiring Chancellor death was now armed with a new terror.—Thomas Campbell: Lives of the Chancellors, vol. vii. p. 163.

Lord St. Leonards attributes this phrase to Sir Charles Wetherell, who used it on the occasion referred to by Lord Campbell.

From Edmund Curll’s practice of issuing miserable catch-penny lives of every eminent person immediately after his decease, Arbuthnot wittily styled him “one of the new terrors of death.”—Carruthers: Life of Pope (second edition), p. 149. [back]