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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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To Scullery-Maids in great Houses.

| | 217 There are several Rooms that you must keep sweet and clean, as the Kitchen, Pantry, Wash-house, etc.

That you wash and scowre all the Plates and Dishes which are used in the Kitchen, also Kettles, Pots, Pans, Chamber-pots, with all other Iron, Brass, and Pewter materials that belong to the Chambers or Kitchen; and lastly, you must wash your own Linnen.

Thus Ladies; I have endeavoured to shew your Servant their duties in their respective places and what qualifications they ought to have, which may enable and fit them for your service. I shall now return to the Compleatment of those Accomplishments which best become your noble and gentile extraction.

I have already declared how you ought to be educated from your Minority to better Maturity of years, and from thence what your deportment ought to be to all persons in all places; there remaineth only some instructions how you may talk and that elegantly, to the same persons at a distance whether relations, friends or acquaintance, and that is by Letter; having given you some general instructions how to pen them I shall lay you down some choice patterns of Letter upon several occasions for your imitation. I shall conclude at present this Treatise with some witty Dialogues, or interchaneable Discourses between several of your Sex emi-nent for birth, worth, and ingenuity.

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