Hints to Mistresses. Dow Mrs.
Hints to Mistresses.

Hints to Mistresses.

London: Bosworth & Harrison, 1856. First edition. A guide for wealthy women on how to cultivate friendly and trustworthy relationships with their servants. The author observes that experienced servants are hard to come by and encourages her readers to set an example of moderation and religious observance when dealing with their household staff. Minor foxing and dustsoiling. Still a very good copy of a scarce, fragile item. Cream-colored paper booklet. Lacking paper wrappers. 4 in. x 6 in. 20 pp. Item #17079

She writes, “Everyone who has to rule over servants is complaining now, how very different they are from what they used to be long ago. How much more difficult it is to get a faithful servant…to get an attached servant; how ready they are to change from house to house, how full of vanity and pretension, how unsuitably dressed, how light minded. We turn with affection to the remembrance of those servants whom we knew in our childhood, with their old-fashioned dress, and the quiet, dignified, and yet respectful demeanor of persons who knew their own place, and kept it…” (p. 5). Mrs. Dow also wrote Hints to Young Women About to Enter into Service (1855) and Scripture Lessons (1859). We could not locate any information on Dow, including her dates and full name.

OCLC records three copies: National Library of Scotland, British Library, Cambridge.

Price: $250.00

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