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Written by Rachel G
(9/7/2009 1:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Was Barton Cottage offered rent free?, penned by kathleen (elder)
“The Complete Servant” by Samuel & Sarah Adams, first published in 1825 gives the following information about the servants “usually employed” at different levels of annual income by “a Gentleman and Lady with one, two or three children”:- (Info. edited by me for brevity.)
£400 – Three female servants, or two and a boy
£500 – Three females and a boy as groom & to assist in house & garden.
£500 to £600 – Three females and one man (a livery servant as groom & footman.
This implies that the Dashwoods' expenditure on servants was quite usual for families with their level of income.
I know no-one has suggested otherwise, and this may be a little off-topic from the main lines of this thread. I offer it as a bit of (hopefully relevant) contextual information while we are on the subject of servants.
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