16 September 2011

—1867—
What Young People
Should Know
(Part 2)

#49



A few weeks ago I posted Part 1 of this excerpt, and we learned what every boy in 1867 should know. Now we will learn what was important for every girl in the Agrarian Nation to know....

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Every girl should know how:

1. To sew and knit.
2. To mend clothes neatly.
3. To make beds.
4. To dress her own hair.
5. To wash dishes and sweep carpets.
6. To trim lamps.
7. To make good breads, and perform all plain cooking.
8. To keep her room, closets, and drawers, neatly in order.
9. To work a sewing machine.
10. To make good butter and good cheese.
11. To make a dress, and children’s clothes
12. To keep accounts, and calculate interest.
13. To write, fold, and superscribe letters properly.
14. To nurse the sick efficiently, and not faint at the sight of a drop of blood.
15. To be ready to render efficient aid and comfort to those in trouble, in an unostentatious way.
16. To receive and entertain visitors when her mother is sick or absent.

A young lady who can do all those things well, and who is always ready to render aid to the afflicted, and to mitigate the perplexities of those about her, will bring more comfort to others and happiness to herself, and be more esteemed, than if she only knew how to dance, simper, sing, and play the piano.
[Thomas’s Farmer's Almanac]


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5 comments:

Deborah said...

Thank you for posting this! I was looking forward to it.

I have been considering getting this http://www.amazon.com/Training-our-daughters-keepers-home/dp/B0006F7BSS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I9QM97RVTVCKK&colid=24JNZ95ODYJ9J to teach my daughter (and myself, since I still haven't learned some of these things)

farmer_liz said...

I was looking forward to it too after I read the boys' list, which was very sensible, as is this list. Thank you for publishing it!

Nancy said...

Very well said.

Anonymous said...

#6: I can change a lightbulb!

Georgiaberry said...

Ah, to mitigate the perplexities of those around us is indeed an art! Well put...