Stimulants of Great Men
BONAPARTE took snuff when he wished to stimulate his intellect, or when he was greatly annoyed.
BRAHAM (the singer) drank bottled porter.
The REV, WILLIAM BULL, the Nonconformist, was an inveterate smoker.
LORD BYRON took gin and water.
G. F. COOKE took all sorts of stimulants.
LORD ERSKINE took large doses of opium.
GLADSTONE'S restorative is an egg beaten up in sherry.
HOBBES drank cold water.
ED. KEAN drank raw brandy.
J. KEMBLE was an opium eater.
POPE drank strong coffee.
WEDDERBURNE (the first Lord Ashburton) placed a blister on his chest when he was about to make a great speech. (Dr. Paris: Pharmacologia.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894