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Re: Keep your powder dry

Posted by Baceseras on March 15, 2007

In Reply to: Keep your powder dry posted by Peter Wells on March 12, 2007

: Hi there.

: Was interested in your description of the origin of the phrase "Keep your powder dry" and the fact that Cromwell used it in one of his speeches exhorting his troops to great things. I would like to suggest that more than the fact that it "...was seen only as an additional insurance..." it was also seen as beneficial to have a "foot in both camps". Faith in God in those days was immense but I don't think it hurt to back up the spiritual with a bit of secular good management.

: Keep up the good work.

: Peter Wells
: Wellington
: New Zealand

Probably bears some relation to the song, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise_the_Lord_and_Pass_the_Ammunition