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Mother Douglas

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A noted procuress, introduced in The Minor by Foote. She also figures in Hogarth’s March to Finchley. Mother Douglas resided at the north-east corner of Covent Garden; her house was superbly furnished and decorated. She grew very fat, and with pious up-turned eyes used to pray for the safe return of her “babes” from battle. She died 1761.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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