|GR: The Ramsdens and the Austens
Written by Myretta
(10/29/2003 9:04 p.m.)
...Bessy Ramsden not only performed all the family's sewing and mending, but had to do the same for forty Charterhouse schoolboys in the absence of a matron.
I know Rev. Austen had nowhere near forty students in his house, but someone must have had to do the mending and other "motherly" tasks for the boys.
According to Claire Tomalin, Mrs. Austen was responsible for the vegetable garden, poultry yard and dairy and "had to supervise the preparation of meals for so many hungry growing boys, and make sure they and their linen remained reasonably clean." It does not say whether she did any of this herself.
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