The History of Leith

August 16, 2012

The daughters of tradesmen

In 1783 the daughters
even of tradesmen consume the mornings at the
toilet (to which rouge is now an appendage) or in
strolling from the perfumer’s to the milliner’s.
‘They would blush to be seen at market. The
.cares of the family devolve upon a housekeeper,
and Miss employs those heavy hours when she
is disengaged from public or private amusements
in improving her mind from the precious stores of
a circulating library.”

source-old and New Edinburgh

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