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‘I put it to you that you were obviously drunk when you took my client’s instructions,’ said counsel.

Mr Tewkesbery affected to look pained. ‘That I was obviously drunk?’, he asked.

‘Don’t repeat the question, sir, kindly answer it.’

‘If I was obviously drunk, why did he give me his instructions?”

‘Don’t ask me questions, sir, answer mine.’

Mr Tewkesbery thought for a moment.

‘The best answer that I can give you is that I was obviously not obviously drunk.’

‘Were you drunk?’

‘That’s quite a different question.’

‘Kindly answer it.’

‘What exactly do you mean by drunk?’

‘I mean drunk, sir. Unfit by reason of alcohol to conduct your affairs.’

‘Then I was certainly not drunk, sir. I may have been fit by reason of alcohol to conduct my affairs. I won’t deny that – but unfit, never.’

–Henry Cecil, Daughters in Law (1961)

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