A vignette from that master of gossip, John Aubrey. Discussing Sir William Petty (died 1687) he suddenly diverts us with this little tale:
Sir William Petty had a boy that whistled incomparably well. He after wayted on a
Lady, a widowe, of good fortune. Every night this boy was to whistle his Lady asleepe.
At last shee could hold out no longer, but bid her chamber-mayde withdrawe: bid him
come to bed, setts him to worke, and marries him the next day. This is certeyn true.