Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baths and Privies

In the great houses of England.
The numerous visitors to Moccas included: 
The old Duke of Norfolk (in his old coach and four black horses) who always drank like a fish, and it was said that he used to make a compromise with his coachman, saying ‘John, you must be sober tonight, I shall be drunk,” or vice versa. Sometimes he slept at Moccas, but never brought a clean shirt with him and came down to breakfast next morning with a portwine spotted shirt, generally himself unwashed. The servants considered him a dear man, as he never wanted any water in his bedroom.
Lady Duff Gordon to her niece, Mrs. A.C.Master (unpubl.) 20.11.1872
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