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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mother Douglas.
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.   1

 Mother Country.Mother Earth. 


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