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From: Turenne <>
Subject: Re: Duke of Buccleuch Dies
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:52:11 -0700
One of the great Parliamentary put-downs emanated from the 1st Baron
Sir Robert Spencer, one of the richestmen in England, was created
Baron Spencer of Wormleighton. The new noble made his appearance in
the House of Lords and promptly began giving advice on the conduct of
the government. The Earl of Arundel thanked the new baron for his
suggestions and reminded him that while the ancestors of the other men
present were dying in battle for the glory of the nation, the sheep
grazing Spencers of Warwickshire had amounted to absolutely nothing."
Lord Spencer is reported to have answered, "When my ancestors were, as
you say, keeping sheep, yours, my lord ,were plotting treason."
I don't need to remind this group of the regular appearances of
members of the Howard family to the executioners block!
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