George Farquhar (1677–1707), The Beaux' Stratagem
AIMWELL. Can he speak English, Landlord?
BONNIFACE. Very well, Sir, you may know him, as the saying is, to be a Foreigner by his Accent, and that's all.
AIMWELL. Then he has been in England before?
BONNIFACE. Never, Sir, but he's a Master of Languages, as the saying is, he talks Latin, it do's me good to hear him talk Latin.
AIMWELL. Then you understand Latin, Mr. Bonniface?
BONNIFACE. Not I, Sir, as the saying is, but he talks it so very fast, that I'm sure it must be good.