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 Charles’s Wain.Charlotte Elizabeth. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Charleys,
 
or Charlies. The old night watch, before the police force was organised in 1829. So called from Charles I., in whose reign the system was re-organised. (1640.)   1
 


 Charles’s Wain.Charlotte Elizabeth. 

 
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