Sponging the body with very dilute solutions of sulphuric acid is useful to diminish the night-sweats of phthisis.
Bishop Heber described them as follows: - "The country is burdened with a crowd of lazy, profligate, self-called sawars (cavaliers), who, though many of them are not worth a rupee, conceive it derogatory to their gentility and Pathan blood to apply themselves to any honest industry, and obtain for the most part a precarious livelihood by sponging on the industrious tradesmen and farmers, on whom they levy a sort of blackmail, or as hangers-on to the wealthy and noble families yet remaining in the province.
When the temperature continues to rise in spite of wet sponging and cradling, recourse must be had to the cold bath.
Contributions towards setting the poor to work, erecting the Royal Exchange, cleansing the city ditch, discovering new countries, furnishing military and naval armaments, for men, arms and ammunition for the defence of the city, are among what Herbert calls the sponging expedients of the government.
I use oxides, pigments and colored slips on unfired clay, employing various techniques, which include brushwork, sponging and sgraffito.