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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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From the above-nam'd M.G. to the said S.L. acknowledging her and her School-fellows sorrow for her absence, giving an account of the accustomed care of her Governess.

| | 234 Dear Friend,

WE remain in the state and condition you left us, there being no access as yet, of any more numbers, but only of your griefs for your absence, which increase, as our desires do increase or our daily discourses of you. We under stood not our happiness till your departure from us, being now made sensible of the good we enjoyed, by being deprived thereof. Our Governess is as active and watchful as ever, down with the Sun and up with the Lark, and then doth her messenger summon us to desert our beds, if she perceives any unwilling, she subtilly tempers the unpleasantness of her early importunity; she perswades them thereunto, by alledging, what benefit thereby will accrew to their healths; nor is her accustomed care to be discommended, since therein she aims not only at the benefit of our Bodies, but the eternal welfare of our Souls in the performance of our duties to God and our Parents. She continues her former jealousie, not suffering a Letter to come into the house wihtout her knowledg thereof; and herein her prudence is highly to be commended, for by her strict examination of these Paper-messengers, she shuts the doors against a great many which might be the Bawds which might betray | | 235 the Obedience of some, and the Chastity of others. Neither are there any Answers returned to any Letters but what she is privy to; by which means, there is nothing we write we need be ashamed of, were it legibly written on our Foreheads as well as Papers. I question not but you have heard your old Bed-fellow Mrs. F.G. hath lately entertained a new one, being married to a Gentleman, as deserving in excellency of parts as nobility of birth; I long to hear of the like in you whose good fortunes shall always be attended with the greatest acclamations of joy which can proceed from

Your most affectionate Friend, M.G.