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OPEN COUNCIL. 139 I
To The ^Editor Of The English Woman's Jo...
life always wish , to be be apprenticed to a dressmaker , and never enter on domestic service if their father can afford to pay the necessary to premium , —
these day althoug , and premises h town a country is one that s are dressmaker there far worse is something onl paid y . earns The in the from conclusion apprenticeshi eightpenee to be p necessary drawn a shilling from to a
avoid prep that are a . . raw them Now g let irl for us , takes gentlemen see in is what probabl ' s service this y apprenticeshi with that a the small girls p consists farmer dislike ; . and she The endeavor earns first three place to
works pounds hard a year all , which day . If Is her not master quite enoug and h mistress to keep are her humane in clothe , s her , and place she , thoug casethey h far are from hard comfortable ing , is not le painful she is , worked but if , far as beyond is too commonl her strength y the .
, grasppeop , heavy After aspire two and to a years p - roug lsice h spent in but a small in more a farmer genteel exhausting ' s famil servic y from e , in she a the town is late partl , where hours y trained her kept work , and and is may less her
consequent want , of sleep . Here she must rise early in her capacity of maid housemaid with , the for small , and ranks gente sit up el late is peop part to le put cannot of her luxury mistress go to with bed to the bed unattended middle , in her ones quality - Hel it is p of lessness a lad point y ' s
of honor upper so for the sake a of her mistress ' s , dignity the poor maid must lose her natural , rest . She seldom gets more than six hours' sleep , though doctors After say a coup that le of eig years ht is spent necessary with small to the genteel health families of all house she young may where women be con she - .
sidered trained , and may aspire to a place in a gentleman ' s , they in fortable may her reap are old life not the , age strong and fruit . being But , of decline the comparativel enabled hard even labor to to save y attempt she few _enoug has pass it undergone , h the and to ordeal ke become ep , her ; by many from seamstresses leading who the a parish know com at - retire from the contest
with once . broken Of others constitutions who do attemp heling t it also , many to swell fail , the and crowd of needlewomen . classes useful It scho is ols from , , were who for this they could to cause be enable never established that have some , training passed p to in schools become such their numbers to apprenticeshi servants teach as girls in greatl families p the . Yet domestic to of , if increase the industrial arts higher the are
number of servantsand so decrease the rate of wages , I doubt y if they would able mand not do to for more save servants enough harm , than , wages from good her are , not wages for hi at g the her to provide present than is just moment for her . A , old woman in age spite , oug to of will pay ht the to her de be
barel less is y to permit commit of an her act doing of inj so . ustice A housemaid , yet the usual who receives rate of fourteen wages pounds now thirty a year wages this , cannot makes save thre more hundred than ten pounds pounds the a interest year at of the which outside is . nine In
years e , I which pounds wish makes to a year call seven ; attention or if shillings she "buys to per another an week annuity circumstance , not and more so than doubles . Maids is requisite it , ei who ghteen for receive comfort pounds the . , receive
to hig enable hest wages them are to the provide most inclined for their to old save age ; those spend who what do not little they have enough in finery . They know that the workhouse attends them bonnets unless they can excellent catcli
persons a husband obj , ect so their to giving money hi goes gh wages in buy , ing fearing becoming to encourage . extravagance Some in dressbut a little observation of facts will show that high wages tend to
provants that duce _theie , , saving that is scarcity a habits want . of being I emp wish loyment caused by this b for y letter wom the painful en to in create spite nature two of the impressions of scarcity the hi _^ necessary her of : than first
serapprenticeship ; and secondly that wages for maids are now no g is just , but rather the contrary .
I am , Madam Yours , faithfull y ,
J . E . . B ,
Open Council. 139 I
OPEN COUNCIL . 139 I
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1859, page 139, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101859/page/67/