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  • A treatise on the use and abuse of the second, commonly called, the steward's table
  • Subjects: household management, servants,

    • 1. A treatise on the use and abuse of the second, commonly called, the steward's table, in the families of the first rank. etc. [by a coachman].
      London: printed for the author   and sold by Mr. Carter   [c.1758]
      20 cm.   70 p. frontis   1 sh. 6 d.  
      GB:   LBL*  
      US:   CtY   MH   MnU  

      1. This work is an attack on the nobility and gentry for their disregard of the welfare of their staff, and the way in which the occupants of the 'second table' were used to keep other servants under strict control. As Dr J. Jean Hecht has explained in her work: The Domestic Servant Class in Eighteenth-Century England, op. cit., p. 35, '. . . in large establishments, upper servants dined together at the second table, while the lower servants sat at the third', and ibid., p. 51 , 'Of the inferior [or lower] manservants-those who wore livery-the coachman ranked highest.' Hence the significance of the pseudonym, which implied that the protest was from the senior member of lower order of servants, who sat at the head of the third table, not only against his masters but also those who held power over him on the second (or steward's) table. The class divisions between servants were as rigid and as important as the class divisions within and between the upper, middling, and 'employing' sections of society, and this


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