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" ... easiest mattresses in the world to lay under our quilts instead of straw ; because, besides their tenderness and loose lying together, they continue sweet for seven or eight years long, before which time straw becomes musty and hard. "
Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain ... - Page 1962
by John Claudius Loudon - 1838 - 6 pages
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The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful ..., Volume 12

...common in Britain. Evelyn sa) s t๎iat " being gathered about the fall, and somewhat before they arc much frost-bitten, they afford the best and the easiest...before which time straw becomes musty and hard. They arc thus used by divers persons of quality in Dauphiny; and in Switzerland I lave Eometiraes lain on...
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