E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One - horse Universities.
Petty local universities.
The provincial University of Toronto was thrown open to Nonconformists, unluckily not before the practice of chartering sectarian institutions had been introduced, and Canada had been saddled with one-horse universities.Prof. Goldwin Smith: Nineteenth Century, July, 1886, p. 21.