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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Humphrey (Master).
The imaginary collector of the tales in Master Humphrey’s Clock, by Charles Dickens.   1
   The good Duke Humphrey. (See GOOD DUKE HUMPHREY.)   2
   To dine with Duke Humphrey. To have no dinner to go to. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, son of Henry IV., was renowned for his hospitality. At death it was reported that a monument would be erected to him in St. Paul’s, but his body was interred at St. Albans. When the promenaders left for dinner, the poor stay-behinds who had no dinner used to say to the gay sparks who asked if they were going, that they would stay a little longer and look for the monument of the “good duke.”   3
        To dine with Duke Humphrey in Powl’s Walk.
   A similar locution is To sup with Sir Thomas Gresham. The Exchange built by Sir Thomas being a common lounge.   4
“Though little coin thy purseless pocket line,
Yet with great company thou art taken up;
For often with Duke Humphrey thou dost dine,
And often with Sir Thomas Gresham sup.”
Hayman: Quodlibet (Epigram on a Loafer), 1628.

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