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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 House-Maids in great Houses.

Your principal Office is to make clean the greatest part of the house; and so that you susser no room to lie foul; that you look well to all the stuff, and see that they be often brushed, and the Beds frequently turned.

That you do not misplace anything by carrying it out of one room into another, for that is the way to have them lost, or you soundly chid for their being not in their proper places.

That you be careful for, and diligent to all Strangers, and see that they lack nothing in their Chambers, which your Mistress or Lady will allow; and that your Close-stools and Chamber-pots be duly emptied and kept clean.

That you help the Laundry-maid in a morning on a Washing-day.

That in the Afternoon you be ready to help the House-keeper or the Waiting-woman in their Preserving and Distilling.

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