Don Hagist of the British Soldiers, American War blog unearthed this item from the Cumbria Packet, a regional British newspaper, on 9 June 1778. It turns on the aftermath of the Battle of Saratoga, and how British politics uses the word “returned” as a synonym for “elected.”
Bon Mot.Ha ha! Well, maybe one had to be there.
A day or two after General [John] Burgoyne arrived, a large party being at dinner, the conversation turned upon the propriety, or impropriety, of his taking his seat in Parliament, previous to a court of inquiry:
“Poh, poh, (says a gentleman of the party) independent of his borough here, he has a right to take his seat in the House.”
“How will you make that out?” said the company,
“because (says the other) he’s returned by America.”
(Burgoyne’s image above comes courtesy of the University of Houston’s Digital History site.)