DRESS AND MANNERS
ON the homely subject of washing an excellent little paper may be found in Chambers Book of Days. What were the 11 things 11 put out for the lavender or
laundress? The common people wore neither shirts nor socks nor any under-
From contemporary engravings by Hollar.
clothing at all. Towels, napkins, table-cloths, sheets, pillow-cases, were the things that were washed, in all houses except the very poorest; the mediæval inventories of furniture show that pillows and cushions were much used in every house. Of personal things linen shirts were not anciently worn even by great and rich nobles;