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Radcliffe Library

(Oxford). Founded by Dr. John Radcliffe, of Wakefield, Yorkshire. (1650-1714.)

“When King William [III] consulted [Radcliffe] on his swollen apkles and thin body, Radcliffe said, `I would not have your Majesty's two legs for your three kingdoms.' ” —Leigh Hunt: The Town, chap. vi.

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