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  • No man was more negligent in his dresse, and habitt, and meene, no man more wary and cultivated in his behaviour and discourse, insomuch as he had the greater advantage when he was knowne, by promisinge so little before he was knowen.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • Favorite, who he knew would be alwayes looked upon as the workemanshipp of his owne handes, he had obtayned a quicke conception and apprehension of businesse, and had the habitt of speakinge very gracefully, and pertinently.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • He wore and affected a habitt very different from that of the tyme, such as men had only beheld in the pictures of the most considerable men, all which drew the eyes of most and the reverence of many towards him, as the image and representative of the primitive nobility, and natife gravity of the nobles, when they had bene most venerable.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • They went severall times about our ship, and sang several songs very sweetly; very rich in habitt, and very courteous in behaviour; but would not com on board, though invited; but having taken their friscs, returned as they cam.

    Notes and Queries, Number 236, May 6, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • Now hee's drinkeing I'le put myselfe in the habitt of one of my Mris servants, and see if I can cozen him of his pouch of Gold

    Three Hundred Years Hence

  • Sir William, returning from the wars, came in a palmer's habitt amongst the poor to Haghe, who, when she saw and congetringe that he favoured her former husband, wept, for which the knight chastised her; at which Sir William went and made himself known to his tenants; in which space the knight fled, but neare to Newton

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • We went up and saw the Duke dress himself, and in his night habitt he is a very plain man.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 10: April/May 1661

  • I not being neat in clothes, which I find a great fault in me, could not be so merry as otherwise, and at all times I am and can be, when I am in good habitt, which makes me remember my father Osborne's 'rule for a gentleman to spare in all things rather than in that.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 12: September/October 1661

  • My Lord and his people being gone, I walked to Mr. Coventry's chamber, where I found him gone out into the Park with the Duke, so the boy being there ready with my things, I shifted myself into a riding-habitt, and followed him through

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete 1662 N.S.

  • The following provision speaks for itself -- "For the restrayning that pernicious and abominable sinne of perjury too much used in these licentious times, every myner convicted by a jury of 48 miners in the said Court shall for ever loose and totally forfeite his freedome as touching the mines, and bee utterly expelled out of the same, and all his working tooles and habitt be burnt before his face, and he never afterwards to be a witness or to be believed in any matter whatsoever."

    The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account

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