Lady's friend

LADY'S FRIEND. The name of a functioner in the British house of commons. When the husband sues for a divorce, or asks the passage of an act to divorce him from his wife, he is required to make a provision for her before the passage of the act; it is the duty of the lady's friend to see that such a provision is made. Macq. on H. & W. 213.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
He gave me some letters of introduction, in the name, I think, of my travelling companion; they bore reference to a supposititious little boy who had been left with a widowed mother who didn't know what to do with him; the poor lady had thought, as a means of thawing the tardy compassion of her relations in his behalf, of sending him to a Yorkshire school; I was the poor lady's friend, travelling that way; and if the recipient of the letter could inform me of a school in his neighbourhood, the writer would be very much obliged.
"Twenty thousand pounds is rather a large sum to be given up by the lady's friends at two days' notice," I said.
'Why cannot I communicate with the young lady's friends?'
The Young Lady's Friend (1837) urged women to remember that "the great end of existence, preparation for eternity, may be equally attained in married or single life; and that no union, but the most perfect one, is at all desirable." For this end, young women were urged to set their standa rds high: "The more perfectly you perform all your duties, the more diligently you carry on your moral and intellectual education, the higher is your standard of character, and the more spiritual are your aims, the less will be your danger from the tenderness of your heart." [30] By "tenderness of heart" the author meant an undiscriminating romantic sensibility.
(30.) The Young Lady's Friend, by a Lady [Eliza Ware Farrar] (Boston, 1837), 288, 312.
See, for example, "The Romance of an Old Maid," by Clara Augusta, The Lady's Friend, vol.
(124.) See for example "A Spinster's Story," The Lady's Friend, vol 1, no.
In 1864 Deacon and Peterson bought the Lady's Friend, which Peterson's wife Sarah edited until 1874.
The lady's friends have organised the makeover as a surprise for her.