Do Diário de Samuel Pepys (https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/09/25/)
Thursday 25 September 1662
Up betimes and to my workmen, and then to the office, where
we sat all the morning. So home to dinner alone and then to my workmen till
night, and so to my office till bedtime, and so after supper to my lodgings and
This evening I sat awhile at Sir W. Batten’s with Sir J. Minnes, &c., where he told us among many other things how in Portugal they scorn to make a seat for a house of office, but they do … [Discussion of toilet facilities which are again too much for Mr. Wheatley. D.W.] all in pots and so empty them in the river.
I did also hear how the woman, formerly nurse to Mrs. Lemon (Sir W. Batten’s daughter), her child was torn to pieces by two doggs at Walthamstow this week, and is dead, which is very strange.
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25 Sep 2005, 11:11 p.m. - Rex Gordon
"they scorn to make a seat ..." (L&M): "I sat a while at Sir W. Batten's with Sir J. Mennes &c., where he told us, among many other things, how in portugall they scorn to make a seat for a house of office. But they do shit all in pots and so empty them in the river." (I am reminded of a visit to a former territory of the Roman empire in the early 1970s, where one could still encounter, in the more rustic sort of eatery, a "toilet" which consisted of two painted outlines of human feet on either side of a hole in the floor, the rushing water of a stream audible beneath.)