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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 13, March 29, 1999, Article 4

NOT ONE CENT FOR TRIBUTE  

    Here's another interesting tidbit for American numismatists 
    taken from The Historical Magazine (Third Series, Vol. 2, 
    No 5, November 1873), concerning a phrase seen often on 
    U.S. "Hard Times" and Civil War tokens:  

    SCRAPS - The famous sayings of great men are, one by one, 
    dropping from sight.  The last to suffer is the "Millions for 
    defence, but not one cent for tribute."  Nearly eighty years ago, 
    General Pinckney, then Minister to France, was informed that 
    the payment of a certain sum might settle the diplomatic dispute 
    between the two countries; and history says that General 
    Pinckney indignantly replied: "Millions for defence, but not a 
    cent for tribute."   And now comes a respectable citizen of 
    Charleston, S.C., and shows, by indisputable authority, that, 
    at a meeting of the Cossack-club, of which General Pinckney 
    was a member, the latter was asked by another member whether 
    he ever made such remark, and replied: "No: my "answer was 
    not a flourish like that, but "simply, 'Not a penny, not a penny.''" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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