How to Spit, 1651

painting of boy apparently spitting melon seeds Bartolomé Esteban Murillo,
Boys Eating Grapes and Melons (detail), 1645

Spet not farre off thee, nor behinde thee, but aside, a little distant, & not right before thy companion: but if it be some grosse flegme, one ought, if it may be, tred upon it. Be-spet not the windows in the streets, nor spet on the fire, nor on a bason, nor on any other place where the spettle cannot be taken away by putting thy foot thereon.

Francis Hawkins, Youths Behavior

The trick to public spitting is a nimble foot. It’s preferable not to be-spet your companion, but if you do, just tread upon him discreetly.