The earliest reference to the special undergarment worn by the Holy Order of the endowment reads for this date: "they have oil poured on them, and then a mark or hole cut in the breast of their shirts...to keep the Destroying Angel from them and their families." From the eighteenth century to the 1840s, "shirt" referred to an undergarment which was often worn with a separate, tight-fitting underpant reaching to the knees.
[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]
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