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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Vails, Perquisites, and Allowances: The Moral Economy of Servants

Vails, Perquisites, and Allowances: The Moral Economy of Servants

(p.64) 4 Vails, Perquisites, and Allowances: The Moral Economy of Servants

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the allowances and perquisites given to domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It looks at the customary practices which determined what servants might expect to receive over and above their annual wages. Though the origin of such practices is not clear they became so established that servants regarded them as rights. This chapter also discusses the concerted attack of employers on those practices and the equally firm resistance by servants to attempts to abolish them.

Keywords:   allowances, perquisites, domestic servants, England, customary practices, compensation

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