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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 Laundry-Maids in great Houses.

Your duty will be to take care of all the Linnen in the house, excepting Points and Laces; whatever you wash, do it up quickly, that it may not stink and grow yellow, and be forced to the washing again before it be used.

Let all the bracks in the Linnen, or rents, be duly mended; and keep your certain days of washing, and other days for the making clean of such | | 216 Rooms as are appointed you.

Be sparing of your Soap, Fire and Candle.

Entertain no Chare-woman unknown to your Lady or Mistress.

Be careful that your Tubs and Copper, or whatever else you make use of, be kept clean, and in good repair.

That you rise early every morning, but more especially on Washing-days.

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