result of his reluctance to leave the gaming tables but requiring a quick and easy snack to munch on.
"Foote, I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end; but I think, that you must either die of the pox,
or the halter."
"My lord", replied Foote instantaneously,
"that will depend upon one of two contingencies; whether I embrace your lordship's mistress, or your lordship's principles."
This retort is often misattributed to John Wilkes.