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Governor Giles, of Virginia, once addressed a note to Patrick Henry, demanding satisfaction:

"Sir, I understand that you have called me a 'bob-tailed' politician. "I wish to know if it be true; and if true, you meaning.

"William. B. Giles."

To which Mr. Henry replied:

"Sir, I do not recollect having called you a 'bob-tailed' politician at any time, but think it probable I have. "Not recollecting the time or occasion, I can't say what I did mean, but if you will tell me what you think I meant, I will say whether you are correct or not.

"Very respectfully, Patrick Henry."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself."

- Mark Twain (1835–1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 29, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” (1897)