I guess that pretty well covers it.
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 7:11 AM
Subject: Eliot on birth control (was: Off topic and off color)
> BTW, in a somewhat more serious note, in the Inspector Morse
> series. an episode called "Lost Bus to Woodstock", Morse
> says something about the Elizabethans using leather condoms.
> Has anyone ever encountered anything on that phenom. at all?
It says here that the Dutch made fine leather condoms:
And making this an on-Eliot-topic the Wikipedia article says:
"In 1930 the Anglican Church's Lambeth Conference sanctioned
the use of birth control by married couples." I believe that
Eliot had something to say about this in his "Thoughts after
There is also TWL's silk handkerchiefs. Though the years I've
made a number of on-line searches to get some proof that they
were used as condoms but, while it seems likely, I haven't
quite gotten enough evidence.