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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Instructions for Nursery-Maids to Gentlewomen, both in London, or elsewhere.

Let me advise you, first to consider the charge you take in hand, and not to desire [illegible - 8 letters] many do, because it is an easier kind of life, void of labour and pains-taking, thinking a [illegible - 5 letters] Children are easily pleas'd with any thing: I can assure you the contrary; for it is a troublesome employment, and the charge is of greatest weight than such vainly imagine.

You ought in the first place to be of a gentle and good disposition, sober in your Carriage, neat in your Apparel; not sluggest nor heavy-headed, but watchful and careful in the night- season, for fear any of the Children should be ill; and keep due hours for their up-rising and going to bed.

Take special care that they eat nothing which may over-charge their Stomacks. If you observe their Faces at any time paler than ordinary,or complain of pain in their Stomach, conclude it is the Worms that troubles them, and therefore give them remedies suitable to the distemper, do this often whether you see those Symtoms or no, the neglect of which hath been the destruction | | 212 of many hopeful Children.Keep them (whatever you do) sweet and clean, and moderately warm; teach them some good forms of prayer, and to read as they are capable; refrain them from drinking too much Wine, strong Liquors, and eating over-much Fruit.

Be loving and chearful with them, not thumping or beating them as many do, contrary to the knowledg and pleasure of their Parents: That Mother is very unwise that will give liberty to Servant to strike her Children; and that Servant is over-fawcy and ill natur'd who dares do it without her Mistresses privity and consent.

This is your duty; and unless you can and will do this, never undertake this charge.

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