"This was not the Paris that good Americans went to when they died.The person alluded to in quot. 1858 was Thomas Gold Appleton (1812-84). Quot. 2002 alters the sense from the implied equivalence of Paris with Heaven."

"To these must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men: ‘Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.’" — O.W. Holmes in Autocrat of Breakfast-Table vi,  1858, alluding to Thomas Gold Appleton.

"They say that when good Americans die they go to Paris." O. Wilde  in Woman of no Importance I. l. 16, 1894.