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of the general produce of the work done in the house, according to the proportion of the
value of their duty and labour. 6. Each person lies in a separate bed, and has a
chest for her cloaths and linen, under a lock,
the key of which is kept by herself. 7. Where the rooms admit of it, a small closet,
or apartment is provided for the retiremene of the most serious and best behaved, in the intervals of their employment, and these are also considered as the reward of good con
duct. 8. A fick ward is also provided.
XIII. Of the NAMES. 1. Their true names are registered, but if they
are desirous of concealing themselves, they
have liberty to assume a feigned name. 2. Reproaches for past irregularities are for
bidden under the severest injunctions ; neither is any enquiry into the names or families permitted, but all possible discouragement given to every kind of discovery, which the parties themselves do not choose to make.
XIV. Of their DRESS. 1. If, upon their admission, their apparel is
clean, it is ticketted, and laid by, in order to be
returned to them whenever they leave the
house. 2. They wear an uniform of light grey, and in
their whole dress are plain and neat.
XV. Of their Diet. 1. A diet for breakfast, dinner, and fupper, is
appointed at the discretion of the committee, and the same written in a fair hand-writing, and hung up in the conimittee-room, which diet may be settled at the first meeting in
2. Each ward dines at a separate table. 3. The matron may dine at the head of the table
of the superior ward. 4. The superior of each ward dines at the upper end of each table, and says grace.
XVI. Of their EMPLOYMENT, 1. Each person is employed in such work or
business as is suitable to her abilities, and may have such part of the benefit arising from her labour and ingenuity, as the committee shall judge her deserving of; which sum may be increased by the bounty of the house, as far vourable opportunities happen for establishing
them in the world. 2. One in each ward presides, and is answerable to the matron for the industry and good be
haviour of the rest; and such as are capable of instructing others, Ihall be properly re
warded. 3. No part of their labour is sold in the house,
but at some other place appointed by the
committee. 4. The articles intended for the employment of
these women, are, to make their own cloaths, both linen and woollen ; spinning the thread and making the cloth.-To knit their stockings from the raw materials.-To make bone lace.Black lace.-Artificial flowers. Childrens toys.—Spinning fine thread; also woollen yarn.-Winding silk.--Embroidery.--All branches of millenary.--Making women and children's shoes, mantuas, stays, coats.Cauls for wigs ; weaving hair for perukes.-Knitting hose and stockings.Making leathern and silken gloves.—Making garters.
Drawing patterns.--Making foldiers cloaths and seamens flops.- Making carpets after the Turkey manner, which may be easily suited to their strength and abilities. -Or whatever employment their several abilities and genius lead to *.
• The chief objects in which they have hitherco been employed are spinning of wool, and flax, winding filk, inaking fine, and also flop shirts ; making gloves, and embroi. dering the backs of them, and making all the houshold linen, and all their own cloaths.
5. Quick fale shall be made of the product of
their labour and ingenuity, that they may know how their property accumulates, as an
additional spur to industry. 6. In their work, as in every other circumstance,
the utmost delicacy and humanity are ob. served, that this establishment may not be thought a house of correction, or even of hard labour, but a safe retreat from their distressfui circumstances.
XVII: Of times of REST and Diet. 1. From Lady-day to Michaelmas they rise at fix,
and go to bed at ten ; and from Michaelmas to Lady day rise at seven, and are in bed at nine ; and after that time no fire or candle are al
lowed, except in the fick ward. 2. They breakfast at nine o'clock, and are allowed
half an hour; and dine at one o'clock, and are allowed an hour; and leave off work at fix in the winter, and seven in the fummer.
N. B. Besides Sundays, there are certain days of relaxation : amongst these, Good-Friday, and Ash-Wednesday are devoted to piety and reading
XVIII. Of Cautions relating to VISITORS. 1. The physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries,
when they visit the wards, are attended by the matron or affistant matron.
2. No governor, or any other person, is
permitted to visit the wards, or see any of the women, without leave in writing, first obtained from the treasurer or chairman, and two of the committee, except in cases provided for; and in all cases the matron is to attend them.
XIX. Of DISMISSION for FAULT S. 1. Abusive or reproachful language, insolence
or disobedience to the officers, indecent or profane expreffions, and such kind of turbu. lent conduct, subjects them to confinement in a room for six hours for the first offence. For the second offence they are admonished publickly by the chaplain and the matron; and the rest of their own ward are also appealed to, for the disapprobation of such conduct. The third offence subjects them to be confined for twelve hours, and to have but one spare meal during the whole day; and, if found incorrigible, then to forfeit a certain proportion, or the whole of what they may have acquired by their labour, at the discretion of the committee : it also subjects them to the consequences of their agreement; and dismission from the house, never to be re
admitted. 2. After the continuance of any woman in the house for three years, or upon her modest and