"I can supply you from the poor-basket"
Interior with woman sewing (between 1764 & 1831)
Public DomainInterior with woman sewing (between 1764 & 1831) - Credit: Wybrand Hendriks

 The poor-basket would have contained material that could be made into items for the poor of the parish, as an 'act of charity'. In the next sentence, it is revealed that the basket contains calico, a cheap white or cream-coloured unbleached cotton.