(Sir Jeffrey.) The famous dwarf, at one time page to Queen
Henrietta Maria. Sir Walter Scott has introduced him in his Peveril of the Peak, chap. xxxiv. Vandyke has immortalised him by his
brush; and his clothes are said to be preserved in Sir Hans Sloane's
museum. (1619-1678.) The person slain in a duel by this dwarf was the
Hon. Mr. Crofts.
“We fought on horseback—breaking ground and advancing by signal;
and, as I never miss aim, I had the misfortune to kill [my adversary]
at the first shot.” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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