E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap. (Shakespeare: Henry IV. parts 1 and 2.)
Mistress Quickly. Servant of all-work to Dr. Caius. She says: I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself. She is the go-between of three suitors to Anne Page, and to prove her disinterestedness she says: I would my master had Mistress Anne, or I would Master Slender had her, or in sooth I would Master Fenton had her. I will do what I can for them all three, for so I have promised; and Ill be as good as my word; but speciously for Master Fenton. (Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor.)