E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Plain Dealer (The).
Wycherly was so called, from his celebrated comedy of the same title. (16401715.)
The Countess of Drogheda inquired for the Plain Dealer. Madame, says Mr. Fairbeard, since you are for the Plain Dealer, there he is for you, pushing Mr. Wycherly towards her.Cibber: Lives of the Poets, iii. p. 252.