References in classic literature ?
If a man deal with another upon conditions, the start or first performance is all; which a man cannot reasonably demand, except either the nature of the thing be such, which must go before; or else a man can persuade the other party, that he shall still need him in some other thing; or else that he be counted the honester man.
AN Insurance Agent was trying to induce a Hard Man to Deal With to take out a policy on his house.
Thurston, it is necessary to deal with me in perfect sincerity.
All vessels are handled in the same way as far as theory goes, just as you may deal with all men on broad and rigid principles.