E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A parish clerk or jack-of-all-trades, in Colmans play called The Review, or Wags of Windsor, which first appeared in 1808. Colman borrowed the character from a farce by Henry Lee (1798) entitled Throw Physic to the Dogs.
I resolved, like Caleb Quotem, to have a place at the review.Washington Irving.