Tuesday 12 June 1666

Up, and to the office, where we sat all the morning. At noon to dinner, and then to White Hall in hopes of a meeting of Tangier about Yeabsly’s business, but it could not be obtained, Sir G. Carteret nor Sir W. Coventry being able to be there, which still vexes [me] to see the poor man forced still to attend, as also being desirous to see what my profit is, and get it. Walking here in the galleries I find the Ladies of Honour dressed in their riding garbs, with coats and doublets with deep skirts, just for all the world like mine, and buttoned their doublets up the breast, with perriwigs and with hats; so that, only for a long petticoat dragging under their men’s coats, nobody could take them for women in any point whatever; which was an odde sight, and a sight did not please me. It was Mrs. Wells and another fine lady that I saw thus. Thence down by water to Deptford, and there late seeing some things dispatched down to the fleete, and so home (thinking indeed to have met with Bagwell, but I did not) to write my letters very late, and so to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"I find the Ladies of Honour dressed in their riding garbs, with coats and doublets with deep skirts, just for all the world like mine, and buttoned their doublets up the breast, with perriwigs and with hats; so that, only for a long petticoat dragging under their men's coats, nobody could take them for women in any point whatever; which was an odde sight, and a sight did not please me."

Cf. James Durham's Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments (1665)

"Also interchanging of apparel is condemned; men putting on women's, and women men's clothes, which is unsuitable to that distinction of sexes which the Lord hath made, and is condemned in the word, as a confusion, an absurd, unnatural thing, and an inlet to much wickedness. Whereof the Dutch annotators, as several fathers did long before them, on 1 Cor. 11:14, make men’s nourishing and wearing of long hair to be some degree, it being given to women, not only for an ornament and covering, but also in part for distinction of the female sex from the male."

http://virginiahuguenot.blogspot.com/2009/06/of...

cgs   Link to this

"...Ladies of Honour..."
such wonderful subject for woman's rights.
Just lacked a good equalizer, Deringer.

Not all 'staid' home for the little man to do the HONORS.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"... I find the Ladies of Honour dressed in their riding garbs, with coats and doublets with deep skirts, just for all the world like mine, and ,buttoned their doublets up the breast, with perriwigs and with hats; so that, only for a long petticoat dragging under their men’s coats, nobody could take them for women in any point whatever; which was an odde sight, and a sight did not please me."

"Especially those signs they carried, 'Down with the Profiteering, Lecherous Clerk of the Acts'. Funny that didn't make it into your Diary."

"Bess...The World must never know."

Bradford   Link to this

But two women hardly makes a quorum of cross-dressers. Spoiled the balcony view, did it, those close-buttoned clothes? And a historically informed reading of I Cor. 11:14 would yield a different slant on just what outraged the contemporary social critic.

JWB   Link to this

Exercise in coats & doublets on a mid-June afternoon by infrequently bathed meat eater...have a look into Poucher's perfumes, cosmetics and soaps - Google Books
http://books.google.com/books?id=4HI8dGHgeIQC&p...

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