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|Doesn't sound like it
Written by Tracy W
(9/18/2006 9:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How necessary is a man?, penned by Mary Ellen
I've linked to a post below from the L&T archives. For incomes below 500 a year a family would just have one or more maidservants, not a manservant. Yet such families appear to have survived for decades on end.
If I may cite _Emma_ for historical reference purposes, in there Mrs and Miss Bates only have a single maidservant.
I've never heard of any social barriers to women employing or negotiating with men in Regency times.
|Linden's post on incomes and what they would get|
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