What would you with me, honest neighbour?
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Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but, in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.
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A good old man, sir; he will be talking; as they say, "When the age is in the wit is out."
4. Edinburgh Review #534 was, according to the Wellesley Index, definitely written by James Mill. Wellesley cites "Brougham, Life, I, 264-265, which discusses editorial revisions of this art. by Jeffrey and Dr. Ferriar." The "Quarterly" here refers to the Edinburgh Review as a quarterly journal. The Manchester doctor is John Ferriar (1761-1815), later a reviewer for the Quarterly Review (see #195).