Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes

Masters and servants


subjects: servants, conditions of work,

  • 1. Masters and servants: their relative duties. To which is added, a proposal for the establishment of a "Servant's Provident Hotel".
    20.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-3] 4 [5] 6-52   double frontis
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    The frontispiece plates show a sketch of Oram's proposed "Servants' Provident Hotel' and a plan of the hotel, both signed "W. Webbe Architect'. Oram was himself a servant, and explains in his introduction that the angry letters which appeared in newspapers in early 1857 concerning relations between employers and servants prompted him to write the book. His aim was to define clearly the rights and duties of servants and to introduce a more amicable feeling between the employer and the employed. One of his main concerns was the problem of accommodation for servants who were in-between positions, and his proposed solution was the hotel, to be financed jointly by employers and servants. A request for comments is bound in with the text, but Oram's scheme seems not to have led to any practical result.