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 CHAPTER XI. page 45

On another occasion he won about L8000; and one of his bond-
creditors, who soon heard of his good luck, presented
himself and asked for payment. `Impossible, sir,' replied Fox;
`I must first discharge my debts of honour.' The bond-creditor
remonstrated, and finding Fox inflexible, tore the bond to pieces
and flung it into the fire, exclaiming--`Now, sir, your debt to
me is a _debt of honour_.' Struck by the creditor's witty
rejoinder, Fox instantly paid the money.[127]


[127] The above is the version of this anecdote which I
remember as being current in my young days. Mr Timbs and others
before him relate the anecdote as follows:--`On another occasion
he won about L8000; and one of his bond-creditors, who soon
heard of his good luck, presented himself and asked for payment.'

`Impossible, sir,' replied Fox `I must first discharge my debts
of honour.' The bond-creditor remonstrated. `Well, sir, give me
your bond.' It was delivered to Fox, who tore it in pieces and
threw it into the fire. `Now, sir,' said Fox, `my debt to you is
a debt of honour;' and immediately paid him .

 

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