Lady Startwell has proved, that, at twenty-one years of age, well-born, well-educated and * For the information of those who comfort themselves that the morals of the lower classes arc now so bad as to ex- empt the higher from all solicitude about them, we quote an instance within our own knowledge, of a young woman, taken from the service of a careless family, where she had been, * nothing loth' indulged in every possible folly, who congra- tul^ed herself on removing to the service of persons of a very different description, that she was now placed where * she had not the power of doing wrong.' To any lady desirous of improving herself in the dut^ wc submit to attention, we recommend the epitaph of Lady Mar* garet Hastings, in the church of North Cadbury, in Somersct- «hire, of whom it is said, hat * In government of those that did her serve Most wise, most stout, most kind she ever was : Most kind to such as sought well to deserve, Most stout to those that did neglect their place. And those encourage that would seek to please.* And XXviil INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.
We deny the assertion, that it is impossible to take care of a large family of servants — it may Le a labor of Hercules to cleanse an Augean stable : but we trust there are few such slovens as the king of Elis ; and if it were our lot to inherit after so dirty a predecessor, there are strong streams that may even now, and in this country, be turned to the purifying purpose of the Alpheus or the Peneus *.
Amused with the ludicrous, and teazed with the absurd criticisms I have been forced to hear- — and sometimes a little startled by reflecting on the irre- levant ADVERTISEMENT. Good honest roast beef and plum-pudding for me, And your kickshaws of France I wouid ne*er wish to see. And pray dt^i't forget that a cook should be neat In whatever i elates to the food that we cat. The charms of soft opium what numbers declare, So lulling to sense and so soothing to care! Ou] Our feast of to-day a grand It^cture has been, \Vc cannot but profit by what we have seen. The present relaxed mode of govern- ing a family, in too many instances deprives females of that protection which the affluent might, without injury to themselves, and certainly with a great increase of sober satisfaction, afford to the indigent.
For one glaring fault I certainly would apo- logize — the length of the work; but having as often heard it wished six volumes as two, perhaps it is its brevity that I ought equally to defend. Tis shocking to see, with some that are young That nothing is fit to pass over their tongue, Without such profiuion of spirit and spice As would ruin their almost in a trice: It brings on disease, from which physic can't save, And sends them, ai last, to a preniature grave. And let me beseech you would, wholly abstain From using narcotics, which puzzle the brain. The sev'ral ingredients put into the dish Corresponded exactly with what wc could wish. In that of Servitude, we meet an obstacle at the outset.
— Then, indeed, we could say no more, but ceased to won* der that his infirm lordship had his separate estu* blishment in another county *\ The ♦ That the innocent suffer for the guilty, couhj be pr .vn# in all the affairs of life.
But for still greater, far greater favors have I to return thanks to those who have said ' As parents^ we are indebted to you* — * As inexperiencedy we own your assistance* — * As our friend^ let us know and associate with you.' But to record only praise would intimate that nothing contrary to it has been bestowed. It would, I grant, have been more correct, had Gertrude married from a situation of perfect content ; but would the youjig have liked her as well, if she had not shewn a little human weakness ? Such hints would still heighten the joys of the table. If you could but inform me what's fitting and best For my poor sickly children, 'twere kind I protest ; For now (and I ne'er was to fiction inclin'd) They are nothing but humors in body and mind; And unless by home radical change, my dear friend, Their tempers and health I can rnanage to mend, Without all romancing, I plainly can see They'll live to be ni agues to themselves and to me, LADT LADY PRETERITE. Blendish, I cannot but saj You gave us an excellent dinniv to-day, As this lady observes; — and I freely confess I can scarcely find language its praise to express: But do you not think — I speak under tavor—- It might still be improv M by a more refin'd flavor? And could you not, madam, — rho' I may be wrong — Have omitted the beef as a little too strong, And then in its stead have plac'd a nice chicken, For those whose weak stomachs want delicate picking? On this basis we urge, and as a point of worldly prudence we recommend to ladies of rank and wealth, as a branch of that protection which the powerful should bestow on the powerless, the duty of doing all that can be donf XXVl INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.
You say it is a distinction you would wish to place on your tomb, as Sir Fulk Greville did on his, that of ' Friend to Sir Philip Sydney.' I cannot give a greater proof of respect than in obeying you; — but the natural anxiety felt on ap- pearing before the public, makes m.e con- gratulate myself that, in looking round for a name to give credit to mine, I fixed on one which needed no designation. To the flattery which seems to assume, that an author expects more than a due share of praise, has been added the discriminating approbation of superior talents and superior virtue ; and civil speeches, well-penned letters, and elegant poetry have been afforded with no niggard spirit. To one suggestion, from a very sensible mother, 1 certainly would have submitted, had it reached me in time. o INCEnow,mydear friend,\viihmuch judgment and learning, To our diet and food your attention you're turning, (For such is your skill, your intention quite charms us, As now you'll prevent us from eating what harms us,) I wish you'd devise something clever and smart, Which when Nature's o'crcharg'd would new vigor impart, Or if e'er we indulge, would not fail to correct Of over-indulgence the latent effect. Blendish, bestow a kind thought, And teach us to feed our poor babes as we ought. with all this I agree to a letter, nd less sc As'ning had doubtless been al The flavor is much too decided for me.- And less sc As'ning had doubtless been all for the better: MRS, PLEASE-ALL. Yet still I would hint for your consideration — It will be but a trifling, the' wise alteration — To remove, and 1 hope you v/ill all acquiesce — Those terrible cholic I a fortress :' it tells us to do good according to our ability : it bids us look to the bounty of Heaven, and strive to imitate it.
"VVc, who pa^ rcaciy money, unr^k Xx X INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.
The pride felt by some ladies in seeing their servants drest above their station in life, is another circumstance of unfitness for protection, and an injury to the lower classes, that can result from nothing but pride.
The means are very easy, if the mind can be abstracted from this world's paltry inter- ruptions ; and Lady Startwell will never, unless some great calamity beiall her, have half the trouble in managing her houshold well, that others take to ruin the morals of their servants and their own tempers ; for she knows what she has to do, and she does it ; yet she is not apparently more occupied in her houshold-affairs than other women of her own rank, nor half so busy as Countess Pennywise who entertains her friends with the generosity of her tradesman in advising her * not to buy soap when the price had suddenly risen.' Were all mistresses of great families like Lady Startwell, there would be no difficulty in sheltering the modesty of an humble girl in a situation of protection : such girls would be received in sub- ordinate capacities there, instead of being driven to an alehouse and the society of quartered sol- diers ; and from those of good habits, they would learn them.