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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Little Gentleman in Velvet (The).
 
The mole. “To the little gentleman in velvet” was a favourite Jacobite toast in the reign of Queen Anne. The reference was to the mole that raised the mole-hill against which the horse of William III. stumbled at Hampton Court. By this accident the king broke his collar-bone, a severe illness ensued, and he died early in 1702.   1
 


 Little Red Ridinghood.Little Packs become a Little Pediar. 

 
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