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Title Eighteen Maxims of Neatness and Order
Collection Pockets of History Project
Author Theresa Tidy
Date 1819
Description This extract comes from a pocket-sized book intended for children. Rather like a 21st century lifestyle and ‘de-clutter' commentator, the author notes that ‘litter is a hydra which it requires constant attention to overcome. In a thousand shapes it haunts every room, drawer, shelf, table, sofa, and even chair…' She reminds her young readers that neatness and order are ‘the foundation of those feelings and habits which are to form part of the female character' regardless of their station in life. In this case, the tie-on pocket is strongly preferred to a reticule, not just for carrying money and utilitarian things, but for concealing the pocket handkerchief. Conduct books such as this one were published in large numbers and matters of dress and style were incorporated in their advice. Theresa Tidy is the pseudonym of Mrs Elizabeth Susannah Graham. She was also the author of books on religious themes for children.
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Original Text ‘Never sally forth from your own room in the morning without that old-fashioned article of dress – a pocket: discard for ever that modern invention called a ridicule (properly reticule), and remember that a pocket-handkerchief is the most disgusting and un-ladylike article of litter that can be exposed to view, which must often occur when there is no pocket. It is also expedient to carry about you a purse, a thimble, a pincushion, a pencil, a knife and a pair of scissars (sic), which will not only be an inexpressible source of comfort and independence, by removing the necessity of borrowing, but will secure the privilege of not lending these indispensable articles. The establishment of needles and thread is to be kept not only ready for service, but bright in action.' (8th edition) J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, London
Subject Contents/Using and Losing, Wearing/Using and Losing
Rights Owner Published by J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, London
Rights Status The information within and all images that appear may be used for educational purposes only. They may not be copied, altered or amended for any other purpose, without prior permission of the copyright holder(s).



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