1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Anonymous, "Sir William Jones and Thomas Day, Esq." The Kaleidoscope [Liverpool] NS 1 (9 October 1821) 109.



One day, upon removing some books at the chambers of the former, a larger spider dropped upon the floor; "Kill that spider, Day; kill that spider!" "No," said Mr. Day, with that coolness for which he was so conspicuous. "I will not kill that spider, Jones; I do not know that I have a right to kill that spider! Suppose when you are going in your coach to Westminster-hall, a Superior Being, who, perhaps, may have as much power over you, as you have over this insect, should say to his companion, 'Kill that lawyer! kill that lawyer!' How should you like that, Jones? and I am sure, to most people, a lawyer is a more noxious animal than a spider."