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The Complete Servant by Samuel  Adams
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May 12, 08

bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read in January, 2003

When I was working on my own Jane Austen fanfic, which focused on the Pemberley servants, this book was recommended as a primary source for my research. It was written circa 1825 by a husband and wife who were the highest-ranking servants in their household. They wrote it as a practical guide for people seeking work as servants. Each chapter describes the different positions and the jobs required in each. The introduction with general advice was especially useful for me, but my favorite part was the stillroom chapter, which included recipes for homemade cosmetics and perfumes. And most of all, after reading this book, I began to see the presence of servants much more clearly in the Jane Austen books I'd loved and read for so long.
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