Letter to the Editor: "Prisoners of Poverty" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

Letter to the Editor: "Prisoners of Poverty" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

"The Domestic Service Question; A "Lady-Help"; To the the Editor of The Tribune"

by: Hope Ledtard | publication date: February 5, 1887 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 2

A certain Mrs. H who is engaged as a teacher during several hours of each week, after suffering martyrdom from the dirt and carelessness of different servants, decided to try "lady-help." She sound a Norwegian widow who wished to try living out. Mrs. H. explained to this widow that she could pay $16 a month, would give the helper a pleasant home and treat her as one of the family.

In this letter to the editor Mrs. Letard relates a story of a friend who hired a Norwegian widow to help her around the house. Within days of starting work, the window complained that the work was too hard. She suggests that well-to-do women should try to do without domestic help, claiming that "regular housework brings them health and vigor."