from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The gown forming part of a livery-dress, especially that worn by a London liveryman.
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In this pamphlet Shadwell seems to have been assisted by a gentleman of the Temple, so zealous for the popular cause, that Dryden says he was detected disguised in a livery-gown, proffering his vote at the Common-hall.
Temple, so zealous for the popular cause, that Dryden says he was detected disguised in a livery-gown, proffering his vote at the
The Templar may be discovered, when we learn, who hired a livery-gown to give a vote among the electors.
The most minute circumstances of the elections are described so lively, that a man, who had not heard he was there in a livery-gown, might suspect there was a _quorum pars magna fui_ in the case; and multitudes of electors, just as well qualified as himself, might give their party the greater number: but throw back their gilt shillings, which were told for guineas, and their true sum was considerably less.
I have heard, that a Whig gentleman of the Temple hired a livery-gown, to give his voice among the companies at Guild-hall; let the question be put, whether or no he were a true elector?