"it is shocking how much of [the vagina] is neglected, especially in the Northern part of this Island. The Face, the neck, the Hands, I owe are clean, but of a Whiteness which would rival Leda's lover. All the rest, alas! is hid in mysterious Sluttishness."Wilkes was also known to famously say, "the nobler parts are never in this island washed by women; they are left to be lathered by men." This naturally leaves one to wonder how clean Mr. Wilkes' gentlemen-bits were.
In the last quarter of the century bath basins became slightly more widespread, at least in the homes of the more well-to-do. Dr James Graham who would be dismissed as a quack (and was Scottish) for his work in the sexual field was a strong advocate of frequent bathing. When childless couples came to him for help in the bedroom, a relaxing bath was usually part of the procedure. Graham's novel advice seemed to catch on, for one of the prostitutes in Harris' List of Covent Garden Ladies's trademark was her hygiene which, "from a practical knowledge of its increase of pleasure, from motives of cleanliness, or as a certain preventative we will not pretend to say; but we know it makes her the more desirable bed-fellow." Based on this evidence it is safe to say that there were prostitutes that were cleaner than heads of state, yikes!