Death is better than drinking Milk (Post no.7639)

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Post No.7639

Date uploaded in London – 1 March 2020

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More Death bed Anecdotes

Cough Practice!

When Curran, the witty English lawyer of the eighteenth century, lay on his death bed, he was told by his physician that he coughed rather easier than before,

“In faith, so I think I ought , for I have been practicing all night”.


Lord Holland

When Lord Holland was on his death bed, his friend George Selwyn called to enquire how his Lordship was, and left his card. This was taken to Lord Holland who said,

If Mr Selwyn calls again, show him into my room. If I am alive, I shall be glad to see him. If I am dead I am sure he will be delighted to see me.


Politest Message

An old French Countess of the most exquisite politeness was about to breathe her last, when she received a call from acquaintance ignorant of her mortal illness. The answer sent down from the chamber of the departing sufferer was eminently unique.

“The Countess de Rouen sends her compliments to Madame de Calais , but begs to be excused , as she is engaged in dying”.


Apologizing for Dying Late

Louis XIV lingered in a prolonged death bed agony, during the whole of which, the courtiers of his chamber were required to the in attendance. After some days of his slow decrease, the King opened his eyes and remarked faintly

“Gentlemen, I must apologise for being such an unconscionable time dying”.


Death is better than drinking Milk

When John Donne, the English poet, was dying, the great physician Dr Simon Faxe told him he might be restored by cordials and drinking milk twenty days together; but the Dean loathed milk and passionately refused to drink it. Upon the doctor’s insisting, he did try it for ten days, then said he would rather die than continue since he didn’t fear death.

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Post No.7630

Date uploaded in London – 28 February 2020

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During his last illness a number of Pennsylvania politicians called upon Thaddeus Stevens (1792- 1868) to pay their respects and in the course of conversation one of him remarked on his appearance.

“Ah, gentlemen, he said, it is not my appearance that I am concerned about jut now, but my disappearance.”



Serope Davies, said Lord Byron, is a wit and a man of the world and feels as much as such a character can do.

Davies was a great gambler and was always backing horses, and when at Cambridge, as a student , he had a peculiar habit of attempting to cut his throat after every Newmarket meeting  when he lost.

Indeed so frequently did he amuse himself  in this way that on one occasion the doctor who was sent for declined to hasten himself when he heard it was Serope’s throat that he was required to attend to, saying,

“There is no  danger of him, I have sewn him up six times already”.

Serope Davies,was enabled to survive this little  peculiarity over forty years and died a Serope Davies,death in Paris.



Sir Samuel Garth (1661-1719) , the London doctor, lay dying.  The presence of officious friends troubled him; and when he saw his doctors consulting together, he raised his head from his pillow and said with a smile,

“Dear gentlemen! let me die a natural death”.

After he had received extreme unction, a friend approached him, and asked how he was feeling,

“I am going on my journey, was the answer.

They, pointing to doctors, have greased my boots already.

(unction= treatment with a medicinal oil or ointment)

Xxx subham xxxx