This is hardly a book really Only 62 pages ong And 37 Pages Of That 37 pages of that the introduction and glossary The introduction is an excellent source of book titles in a similar vein I added 24 books to my want to read shelf while reading it The content itself is interesting a window into another world It was nice to find a housekeeping book that was actually used as opposed to guides published to be used by others There were errors in the introduction which should have been corrected but other than that the only way to improve this ittle book would be to put in copious footnotes to EXPLAIN THINGS UNFAMILIAR TO MODERN READERS EG USING MILK things unfamiliar to modern readers eg using milk clean a floor cl. Much of Susanna Whatman's Housekeeping Book was written in 1776 during the first year of her marriage to James Whatman the noted English papermaker As. .
Ouse proud woman We find some fascinating ists of duties for the hard working servants and duties for the hard working servants and good The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States little glossary of old terms I suppose the moral of it all is that a system eg putting paper on your bed top to collect the dust makesife easier all round Personally I would have iked detail and certainly a few old receipts for cleaning The real surprise to me was how carefully Susanna protected her fine fabrics and furniture making sure the blinds were pulled down to a timetable just
LIKE THE PRESENT DAY NATIONAL TRUSTRATHERthe present day National TrustRather I notice that Susanna s home Turkey Court is now part of an business park though you can hold a wedding in the orangery. Ing 24 years The Housekeeping Book of Susanna Whatman offers an engrossing picture of ife below stairs in one of the great 18th century English houses.