In Reply to: The White Sergeant posted by John Housser on August 23, 2010 at 13:55:
: This is a phrase from a lithograph from 1792 called "The Smoaking Room". The phrase is: "that bane of good fellowship, the White Sergeant". Can anyone tell me what the "White Sergeant" is? Thanks.
An 1891 " Dictionary of American Slang" (full text available here: http://www.archive.org/stream/americanslangdic00maitiala/americanslangdic00maitiala_djvu.txt) says that 'a woman who usurps the entire control of her husband's affairs...is known as the "Grey Mare," or the "White Sergeant."'. Does that make sense in the context of your lithograph? (VSD)