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OF A

H OU SE K E E P E R.

BY MRS. CLARISSA PACKARD.

Quickly. Look you, I keep his house, and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, drens
meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself.

Simple. 'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS,

NO. 82 CLIFF-STREET,
AND SOLD BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT THE

UNITED STATEY.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

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TO) MRS. FAY,

Of Cambridge, Massachusetts,

THE FOLLOWING AUTHENTIC SKETCHES,

THE MINGLED RESULT

OF

OBSERVATION AND EXPERIENCE,

ARE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED BY

THE AUTHOR.

Charleston, S. C.

RECOLLECTIONS

OF A

HOUSEKEEPER.

CHAPTER I.

Ici tout est vivant, tout parle à ma memoire

TRENEUIL.
Far up the tide of time I turn my sail.

ROGERS.

My maiden name was Clarissa Gray. I was born in the neighbourhood of Boston (Mass.), in 17, and educated with the few facilities at that time afforded for the young; that is, I read “No man may" in Webster's Spelling-book, then advanced to the more elaborate “Art of Speaking,” and committed to memory, page by page, Morse's Geography, without maps, of course in glorious uncertainty with regard to the position even of my own country. My

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