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Bandbox Plot

(The) Rapin (History of England, iv. 297) tells us that a bandbox was sent to the lord-treasurer, in Queen Anne's reign, with three pistols charged and cocked, the triggers being tied to a pack-thread fastened to the lid. When the lid was lifted, the pistols would go off, and shoot the person who opened the lid. He adds that [dean] Swift happened to be by at the time, and seeing the pack-thread, cut it, thereby saving the life of the lord-treasurer.

Two ink-horn tops your Whigs did fill
With gunpowder and lead;
Which with two serpents made of quill,
You in a bandbox laid;
A tinder-box there was beside,
Which had a trigger to it,
To which the very string was ty'd
That was designed to do it.

Plot upon Plot (about 1713).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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