Sir William Petty (1623-1687)

ABOUT 1660 there was a great difference between him and Sir Hierome Sankey (one of Oliver's knights) ...They printed one against the other. (This knight was wont to preach at Dublin.) The knight had been a soldier, and challenged Sir William to fight with him. Sir William is extremely short-sighted, and being the challengee, it belonged to him to nominate place and weapon: he nominates for the place a dark cellar; and the weapon to be a great carpenter's axe. This turned the knight's challenge into ridicule, and so it came to naught.

From Aubrey, Brief Lives, ii. 143.

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