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From Volume 3 of the Naval Chronicle (1800), an account of a Mr. Bartlett, who was a superannuated carpenter:

"...Although in perfect health, he, for some unaccountable reason, confined himself to his room for the last twenty-three years of his life. He wore nothing but a morning gown, never made use of fire or candle, nor read any books. He would suffer no person to intrude on his privacy (except the relations with whom he lived). He passed his hours in an uniform solitary state of indolence, never, by any means or contrivance, amusing his mind, or diverting his sullen misanthropy. He never cut his hair, or nails; nor shaved himself during the whole period of his retirement. His hair, from the want of combing, was matted together, and although it nearly reached the floor, was as hard as a board; his nails were about one inch longer than his fingers, curved like a parrot's beak."

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