Category Archives: Servants

A Happy Master on Term Saturday – May 1913

It is almost too good to believe that we are actually having a dry, warm, sunshiny day after weeks of persistent wet. It makes such a tremendous difference to have good weather when we have no servants — but the … Continue reading

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“Out” Girls and “In” Girls – March 1917

The employer who said that the “conditions of farm service in Cumberland farmhouses are so degrading that no respectable girl will enter them” is not telling the truth and he knows it. I should very much like to face that … Continue reading

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Thinking of the Mistress – February 1817

Mrs Catherine Blair says that I argue on the assumption that all mistresses are able and willing to supervise — a false assumption.” Now, I never suggested that the mistress should have personal supervision of the whole conduct of her … Continue reading

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Morality Among Servants – February 1917

It is natural that a “servant” should wish to protest against my statement that the standard of sexual morality in country service is deplorably low. But we all know it so well that evidence is superfluous. A good deal of … Continue reading

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Getting an Umbrella Repaired – Thusday January 1902

As we are able at present to sell all the butter and eggs in the house, it is not necessary for one of us to go to market. This convenience has its little inconveniences for we used to get our … Continue reading

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Christmas and a Maid – Monday December 1900

The characteristic of this day is wholly determined by the circumstance that tomorrow is Christmas which is kept with us like a Sunday. Nobody does unnecessary work. You are expected to go to church and you are sure to be … Continue reading

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Workers Tea Breaks – December 1900

In one of our weeklies, I noticed a complaint that in the eastern mainland counties of Scotland, the ploughman and labourers pause at mid forenoon and mid afternoon to refresh themselves with tea and bread which is carried to them … Continue reading

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“Put to it” by Absence of Workers – November 1900

It is the custom in this part of the country for all country servants, hired by the half year and living in the house to take a week’s holidays at Whitsuntide and Martinmas. The very shortest period they will consent … Continue reading

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Must Have Their Sunday Meals – Sunday October 1900

Our servants, neither man nor woman ever make any pretence of going to public worship. When they come, we tell them the hours and the days they are at liberty to go, but they never avail themselves of it that … Continue reading

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Working to Catch a Man – September 1910

While listing to a harangue upon the tiresome delinquencies of a servant girl — for there was nothing really very bad complained of — I could not help wondering why experienced mistresses continue to cherish such a high standard of … Continue reading

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