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From: "Richard Callard" <>
Subject: WOOLEN SHROUDS
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 09:56:34 -0800
I took the MYTH "That Woolen Burial Shrouds were used to help
the British Woolen Industry" as truth.
Well acording to Barbara Krasner-Khait article on paper
in the HISTORY Magazine Oct/Nov 2000, page 24."The Ever-Practical Paper"
WE MUST REMEMBER PAPER WAS NOT ALWAYS MADE FROM WOOD PULP.
"The sharp rise in demand for books, newspapers and magazines
during the first part of the 18th(17th) century depleted the supply of
cotton and linen rags that served as paper manufacturing mainstays."
"To save linen and cotton for the paper industry, the British
parliament decreed in 1666 that ONLY WOOL COULD BE USED TO BURY
THE DEAD. In this way, about 2000,000 pounds of linen and cotton
were saved in one year."
My first notation of burial in Wool is 20 Aug 1678
in Buckfastleigh, Devon.
Down with MYTHS, Up with the TRUTH.
Question everything and get to the TRUTH.