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SERVANTGALISM;
OR, WHAT'S TO BECOME OF THE MISSUSES? No.2

Servant Gal. "WELL, MAM - HEVERTHINK CONSIDERED - I'M AFRAID YOU WON'T SUIT ME. I'VE ALWAYS BIN BROUGHT UP GENTEEL; AND I COULDN'T GO NOWHERES WHERE THERE AIN'T NO FOOTMAN KEP'."

Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1853


SERVANTGALISM;
OR, WHAT'S TO BECOME OF THE MISSUSES? No.6

Cook. "WELL TO  BE SURE, MUM! LAST PLACE I WERE IN MISSIS ALWAYS KNOCKED AT THE DOOR AFORE SHE COME INTO MY KITCHEN!!"

Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1853


MORE SERVANT-GALISM

Servant-galism has lately reached a new phase, and visiting cards are now printed for the use of the "Young Ladies" who condescend to "accept office" as cooks, nurses, and housemaids in our domestic establishments. We have heard an instance in which a servant going into a new place has left cards with all the small tradesmen she may deign to call upon, and we have no doubt the Marine Store Dealer would be among the first to receive, and to acknowledge, the compliment. We only hope that if the fellow has the audacity to return the call at any respectable house, he will at once be given into the custody of the police, which will be the best mode of introducing him to his proper "station."

Punch, July 26, 1856


SERVANTGALISM

Mistress. "WHY, NURSE - WHAT A TERRIBLE DISTURBANCE! - PRAY, WHAT IS THE MATTER?"
Nurse (addicted to Pen and Ink.). "OH, MUM, IT'S DREADFUL! - HERE'S NEITHER ME NOR MANY CAN'T ANSWER NONE OF OUR LETTERS FOR THE RACKET!"

Punch, June 13, 1857