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5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
"I was subpoenaed as a witness in a medical case in which my testimony was demanded as to the character of a certain surgical operation, which terminated fatally. Unused to the technicalities of Westminster Hall, or perhaps speaking 'hastily,' I observed my impression was so-and-so. Lord Tenterden immediately corrected me by saying that the court did not ask me for my impressions, but for the facts of the case.
Ever since this incident I have made it a rule not to trouble the public with my impressions, first, second or third; but if I have anything to say to them, to do it not 'hastily' but deliberately; not according to impressions, but according to the 'I saw'-'I heard-or 'Thus it is written.'
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