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XX . —OPEN COUNCIL . _£ As these pages are intended for general discussion , the Editors do not liold themselves responsible for the opinions expressed . J _**& _,.
To The Editor Of The English Woman's Jou...
To the Editor of the English Woman ' s Journal . Apropos op the _G-ovebness _Question .
As I a be member permitted of tlie to say class something having the on one deepest point interest concerned in thi in s it question , which ,
has may been especially dwelt upon by several of your able and benevolent correspondents ? I allude to the suggestion should that seek governesses situations not teachers finding private in
tuition remunerative or agreeable , as our national shopwomen schools hair , - or dressers else , discarding ' assistant all setc cravings . for " gentility , " should become
A recent , contributor to " Once a Week , " also , writing in a spirit of Idndly but symp is ath clear y for -sig which hted enoug we are h to bound perceive , to how feel difficult grateful it , would reiterates be for this an counsel English , the United States of America
it lad is y to erfectl act upon true it , that in any our country profession save is overstocked , just because it is . a _Now profession p : all y the other employments open to women are trades , and there can
be sep subject aration no doubt herself from whatever to the a comp society , that lete of loss a her lad of y nearest caste enterin , in relatives g mo upon st cases . any A involving one few of ladies them a comp may would lete be 1 to thialternative
while but found since possessing they we allow are sufficient merit not living to courage make in its and a own republic philosop , to h but almost y under disregard any institutions eminence s in which church , :
way or state , still recognise and respect " orders and degrees of men " ( and women are too ) the amongst daughters us ; since of private a large and proportion professional of the gentlemen governess , " it bread is but -winners natural " , their fathers
that and brothers they ( when have called preferred on to , exert a profession themselves to ) a should trade . prefer Until , as , therefore , the gentlemen of England consent to countenance the admission of social women statu to one
I a of profession say the the professions gentlemen gives , , the or of to number Eng some land emp of , because governesses loyments I cannot giving is not hel as likel p good thinking y a to be , that lessened shop s as - ,
tici _keepers pating and in tradesmen their work generall . - A tradesman y have little having or three no objection or four daug to women hters , par may
the send counter out one or as marr a governess them , to but men he will in their in all own likelihood rank of li p fe lace . the Since rest our behind - ! fession is so , overstocked y it would have been wiserdoubtlessfor him to keep pro , ,
he them amb has ition all the in to good trade raise fortune the ; but soci , , as to al live I position have , hel alread p of to create his y said children and , the encourage . institutions If he in takes him , under the a laudable wrong which
means to attain this endif he gives his daughter a half education , a mirable smattering of frivolous on Female accomp Education , lishments , ( " whi women ch , as continue Sidney Smith to practise in his ad till
essay says , they because are that driven is the out of particular them by supp derision ly for and whi diameter ch there , " is ) I most believe demand he does in the so , feminine education market .
entreat Witho of ut howev gentlemen er dwell whose ing upo writings n this po evince int , I would a symp in ath conclusion y for the sufferings earnestly finements of women and born associations in their own as rank their of own life wive , delicatel s and y daughters nurtured h amidst ave been its , re to that is
t assist o throw in the open to y u p lan one of practical the profe value ssions for , relieving and some bur such condition employments ; as ,
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), April 1, 1860, page 133, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01041860/page/61/