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To The Editors Of The English Woman's Jo...
proved converse successful with theni , she on will the graduall subject , y mentioning find their opposition instances wh give ere way the , p for lan they has
friendl like the y interest intercours shown e once them established , even if will they be do likel not y like to produce the topic confidence chosen . in A matters their emp but loyers on , subjects and dispose of a them hiher to order listen . not only to their advice on money
It is perhaps , needless to add g , that opportunities always present themselves -on the payment of wages . _Not wishing to trespass further on indul
I remain your , _Ijadies , yours gence respectfull , y ,
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Open Council. 213
OPEN _COUNCIL . 213
To The Editors Of The English Wo7na?I F ...
To the Editors of the English Wo 7 na ? i s Journal . Female Servants .
_LiADIES I quite , agree with the remarks of your two correspondents on the above subject , in the March [ Number of the Journal . See Open Council , pp . 66 , 67 .
giving I think from ladies time may to time do e the ach results other and of their the domestic experience cause in good the management service , by of their households . I should like to hear of an Association for improving the
moral Combined and industrial effort in training thisas of in domestic most other servants matter . shas so much more force and influence than , can be hoped for by individual , strivings after
reform . For instancein the matter of " dress ; " if all ladies when engaging refuse servants all would applicants , insist who upon object a neat to conform and becoming to reasonable style of regulations attire , and in woul that d
respect secure moderation , the task would in the not dress be of so their difficult servants for one . It famil seems y here strange and that there there to men should make be so no much objection liberty to wear of choice the livery in the of case the of famil female . servants , while the
I have been able to eifect reform in the dress of my y domestics so far as to insure concession short sleeves the wearing has , and been brown of obtained washing Holland onl cap y s aprons upon without the , for trimmin condition their working g , lilac of wearing print dress gowns ; what but with they this
black like when caps they or dirty are blonde " dressed of a ; morning " however , and , it black is something aprons , which to have might banished as well be \ t understood dirty if they , by are not not . permitting I have obtained any gay some ribbons check to upon come their in " to dress prayers , " be ,
neither With silks reference , _tiqy flimsy to late material hours , I s never of muslin allow or female wool . servants to be out after _3 iarh ut expect , summer all or the winter servants ; I never to attend give the permission nearest church for visiting and to on return Sundays from ; _,
, iervants _jervice I have direct have been . of obli going ged to to the make most these walk distan rules t church in consequence , for must the sake be of of the the habit booit walk
here and back . Of course this " " on Sundays a great o those servants who have no opportunity from one week ' s end to another _^ > f taking wholesome exercise and fresh air ; and if littl emp relaxation loyers do from not stud their y-
tor Luties he health inquire during of too the their closel week servant y , th how ey s are b spare y not giving hours likel them y to on consider a the Sunday e their are to moral disposed _have welfar their of e ; ,
ideed , I believe it is sometimes stipulated by servants : Sundays is a day upon out , " and which this the is selfishl absence y conceded of a servant on the generall part of y the causes famil less y , because
inconenience I am , however than on , any addressing other . those mistresses who wish to arrange these ield to unreasonable
latters for the good of their servants , but y requests
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), May 1, 1862, page 213, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01051862/page/69/