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" I wish you had arrived a little sooner! Why, it isn'ta fortnight since I destroyed several baskets-full of letters and papers, in order to clear a small chamber for some young partridges which I wish to bring up alive : and as to Shakespeare, why there... "
The Confessions of William Henry Ireland: Containing the Particulars of His ... - Page 31
by William Henry Ireland - 1805 - 317 pages
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New-Shakespeareana, Volumes 1-2

1902
...wish you had arrived a little sooner! Why, it isn'ta fortnight since I destroyed several baskets full of letters and papers in order to clear a small chamber...partridges which I wish to bring up alive ; and as to Shakespeare, why, there were many bundles with his name wrote upon them. Why, it was in this very fireplace...
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New Shakespeareana: A Twentieth Century Review of Shakespearean ..., Volumes 1-3

1902
...wish you had arrived a little sooner 1 Why, it isn'ta fortnight since I destroyed several baskets full of letters and papers in order to clear a small chamber...partridges which I wish to bring up alive ; and as to Shakespeare, why, there were many bundles with his name wrote upon them. Why, it was in this very fireplace...
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The Living Age, Volume 311

1921
...burned several basketsful of old letters and papers, many with Shakespeare's name 'wrote upon them,' 'in order to clear a small chamber for some young partridges which I wish to bring up alive.' Apparently, this cock-and-bull story suggested to the younger Ireland the exploit that made his name...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Art

Russell A. Fraser - 1988
...Quizzing the gentleman-farmer who occupied the manor, he was appalled to hear this Williams say: "By God, I wish you had arrived a little sooner! why, it isn'ta...partridges which I wish to bring up alive: and as to Shakespeare, why there were many bundles with his name wrote upon them." Pitched on the hearth —...
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