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 Pom’padour,Pompey’s Pillar, 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A generic name for a black footman, as Abigail used to be of a lady’s maid. Moll or Molly is a cook; Betty, a housemaid; Sambo, a black “buttons;” etc. One of Hood’s jokes for a list of library books was, Pompeii; or, Memoirs of a Black Footman, by Sir W. Gill. (Sir W. Gell wrote a book on Pompeii.) Pompey is also a common name for a dog.   1

 Pom’padour,Pompey’s Pillar, 


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