A Yankee Reply to a British Insult

EXCELLENT ANECDOTE.

An American officer who carried a flag over to the British lines, after having dispatched the business of his mission, was invited by the British commanding officer to dinner. As usual the wine was circulated, and a British officer being called upon for a toast gave Mr. Madison, “dead or alive,” which the Yankee drank without appearing to notice. When it came to the American’s turn to give a toast, he gave the Prince Regent “drunk or sober.” Sir, said the British officer, bristling up and colouring with anger, that is an insult. No sir, answered the American very coolly, it is only a reply to one.

Petersburg Courier.

Ohio Repository, The (Canton, Ohio) Mar 30, 1815

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