A Quote by Lord John Orrey on certainty, desires, language, purpose, truth, words, and writing

To tell you the truth, my tenants have a notion that I am atheistically inclined, by putting up heathen statues and writing on them certain words in an unknown language. They immediately suspected me for a papist, and my statues had been demolished, my woods burnt and my throat cut had not I suddenly placed a seat under a holly bush with this plain inscription, "Sit Down and Welcome." I have assured them that all the Latin mottoes are to this purpose, and that in places where they cannot sit down, I have desired them in the old Norman dialect to go to the lodge, and drink whiskey.

Lord John Orrey (1707 - 1762)

Source: Letters

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