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2-251 (Text)

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Speaker:
author,female,Chisholm, Caroline,34 addressee
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Report
Word Count :
354
Plaint Text :
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Public Written
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Reports
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http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_South_Wales
Created:
1842
Identifier
2-251
Source
Teale, 1982
pages
52-53
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Extent:
1807
Identifier
2-251-plain.txt
Title
2-251#Text
Type
Text

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One of the most serious evils I know is the practice of young women being allowed to make engagements on board ship. Some families, of high respectability, do engage servants in this way; but I also know that some people, of the very worst character, go there and engage servants - servants, no; they are not required as servants - they are not wanted to work. Many have I known, who have been taken to houses of the worst character the first day of their arrival. Shall this evil continue? God forbid! But I will give you a few facts.
E. A. - - , an orphan, fifteen years of age, per ship - - - , was sent to me by a person who saw her danger, and advised me of it. According to the rate of wages given at the time, she was worth three shillings per week: she was engaged at six shillings. I asked what work she had to do? 'None.' 'What, do you not sweep the rooms?' 'No.' 'Wash the tea-things?' 'No; all I have to do is to carry notes, and buy fruit and cakes.' 'What houses do you take the notes to?' 'No houses; I walk between - - - street and - - - street, and my mistress tells me to keep near - - - office, about two o'clock, and give to gentlemen, answering a particular description, the notes.' I need not say more, than that the child said, when I asked if she had received any presents? - 'Yes; all the girls get presents; and a gentleman is to give me two pounds.' A government Registry-office would, in a great measure, prevent this evil - . - I may also state another fact, and one well known to some of the members of the Immigration Board, that a gentleman is known to visit nearly every ship, and there engage a single woman. He came to my office, but his character was known to me; I would not give him one. He left my office for the ship - - - , then in harbour, and engaged one.

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