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You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.

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Viscount Melbourne, of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, was a title created for Peniston Lamb, 1st Baron Melbourne in 1781 in the Peerage of Ireland. He had previously been created Lord Melbourne, Baron of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, in the Peerage of Ireland, in 1770, and was further created Baron Melbourne, of Melbourne in the County of Derby, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1815. The 2nd Viscount was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, while his brother, the 3rd Viscount, was a diplomat who was created Baron Beauvale, of Beauvale in the County of Nottingham, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1839, before succeeding to the Viscountcy. All the titles became extinct on the death of the 3rd Viscount.

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