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Fr ' • - ^ To The ^Editor Of The English...
_diseval times a somewhat unkind recei _3 tion . Mrs . Balfour concluded as quietly as she had begun , amidst the _buzzinguthanks of her hearers , and as
their we walke capacity d away to we follow wished the that calling more of women the lecturer could and in would a dignified thus prove and effective manner .
I remain , Madam , Yours obediently ,
A _Londoner .
Open Council. 67
OPEN _COUNCIL . 67
To The Editor Of The English Womanss Jou...
To the Editor of the English _WomanSs Journal *
A Plea fob , Ladies' Maids , Mada : m ,
each At requiring the present for time its , due when execution so many considerable plans of benevolence command are of dail time y broached , money _^ , and deserve demanding influence none attention on of the the part three All o £ its who , ori and hav ginators within e ever , the it inquired has power aj > peared int of o almost the to s me ubject every that lad must one y , ,
s some . have been struck by the very general ill-health of ladies' maids , and the number who are compelled after some years service subsistence to give up It their will situations be found _^
that b and the , with in late by them hours far , the often they greatest all are hope obli majority ged of a to tolerable keep of cases . Being , this at habitual the . same illness time is exp caused ected y
reall to rise y out do earl constantl not y , obtain at least an sufficient astonishing two or rest three . quantity hours In very sooner of many needlework than cases their , is when mistress required the , lad they ( in y
goes y , , itself when to an this \ exhaustin are added g and the unwholesome -weary hours of occupation _waiting till , when the ni a g dail ht y is one far , gone ) and , it cannot be a matter of ' surprise that the maid _first ' s health and should little soon give way
handiness entirely ; a would very small put an effort end of to self this . denial at ., a soon-acquired and Every unfasten yo , ung her 1 lad dress y should herself surely If be the able latter to arrange is the difficulty her own hair it should at night be ,
perp voking so made lexing contrivances as , but to render this fashionable need it practicable not . be milliners submitted : it is deli true to ght ; that a in little the are intricate ingenuity sometimes , and would most probetter than the old hook and
eye easil , y now devise unfortunatel some more y supersede simple metho d by d the , none fatal lace , the source of endless trouble and entanglement . But if the inability be real , and proceed neither
from idleness nor habitI will venture to make a bold suggestion , i . e ., —to make li and ght attract trimming the evening attention down gown the , middle fasten If once would in this front wholesome entirel , as y all conceal reform morning could the ones hook be now establi s or do lace sh : a -
no . ed and become " the fashion , " we should all wonder in a week at our folly in having so long endured our fetters .
in Let a few every lad how y who she was may dressed read this and , think in what how fashion little it will her si gowns gnify mi to g her ht be made years but how much whether she , considered the health , and consequently
the whole , lifeof those so dependent upon her ! Surely in those instances where dresses perform a above such mother trifling , suggested and offices daug needless hter for each or two other Sli sisters ht , making as go it is out _the it _^ together sli would ght alteration , I they am aware could in
, . g , prove Much to is most expected an insuperable of a lady ' difficulty s maid , . more than from any , other servant , —
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Sept. 1, 1859, page 67, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01091859/page/67/