a man of "veracity and fortune"

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a man of "veracity and fortune" = a man who is honest and rich? Is that a set phrase? Many thanks.

Parsons agreed to move his daughter to Aldrich's house for further testing on 22 January, but when that morning Penn and a man of "veracity and fortune" called on Parsons and asked for Elizabeth, the clerk told them she was not there and refused to reveal her whereabouts.

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  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    I've never heard that phrase and it doesn't seem to be very natural to combine those two qualities that way.


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    British English (Sussex)
    You haven't told us what this is about.

    You can find "a man of fortune" and "a man of veracity" in older texts. "A man of fortune" (a wealthy man) was a not uncommon phrase.

    The quotation marks are an indication that these words are being quoted—presumably from an older source (18th/19th centuries). It isn't the kind of phrase anyone would use nowadays.
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