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WANTED, A GOVERNESS.
The following application, in answer to an advertisement for a Governess, was actually received a few months ago by a member of the C.L.A., who is the Honorary Secretary to one of our valued local institutions.
For the satisfaction of any of our readers who may wish to secure the services of a young lady possessing such qualifications as the applicant, we may say that she is, we believe, still disengaged and anxious to distinguish herself.
By the kindness of the gentleman who has permitted us to make use of this correspondence, we are enabled, also, to give a rough copy of the carte de visite which accompanied the testimonials.
“ 21, 3, '79. * Dear Sir,- I have only just seen your adver. tisement for a Governess for your charity schools, or I should have applied earlier; but, as you don't want one until the 25th, I conclude, Sir, I am quite intime. The situation will just suit me, and I
consider myself suitable for it. If you have appointed anyone, I think aster you have read my testimonials, you will feel inclined to secure my services and cancel the other person. My family were bread and born in the district, altho' Scotch by descent. I have been in a many places, but I did not stay long at any of them, tho' I could if I had wished. You may
rely, Sir, upon my keeping order among the orphans, if you will only leave them entirely to me. My motto has always been discipline! discipline! I am single, so I should prefer being resident, providing the eating and drinking is good ; and you must excuse my mentioning that I have always been accustomed to a little mountain dew of an evening-you understand, Sir, what I mean. I hope I shall hear from you this week, offering me the situation. I have requested Mr. M- who has a little acquaintance with me, to speak to you for me, and I have no doubt he will be glad to do so.
“ Yours truly,
" ABERDEEN, July ist, 1868. “GentLEMEN,- Miss McD. tells us that she is an applicant for the situation of Schoolmistress. We feel it a duty to Miss McD. to say that she possesses unusual qualifications. Not only have we found her competent to take charge of
the school, but we consider her competent to manage even the Managers. We can conscientiously recommend her to the Managers of any school requiring a Teacher of this description.
“ January, 1874. - Martha McD- -D has asked me for a Testimonial. I have known her two months, and she leaves us with much regret. Ours is only a small school, and we find that she requires more scope for her energies. She is a powerful disciplinarian, in fact I may say, we have had frequent disputes, but she has always carried her point.
“ March 19th, 1879. “I consider Miss McD -D invaluable in a school where decision of character and physical strength are necessary. I have merely to mention the fact that, in our day school, at the present time, two of the most refractory girls are in the hospital, and another is not expected to live. She has been with us upwards of six weeks, and is only leaving us now at the unanimous request of the Managers. It is very possible we shall never see her like again.
As nearly a month had elapsed and no reply had been returned from the Committee of the Institution, Miss M. naturally inferred that she had not been elected. She, therefore, wrote again to the Secretary as follows:
“ Miss McD—-'s compliments to Mr.
Hon. Sec,. and is much surprised she has not heard from you. Miss M. is quite sure you will very much regret not engaging her. She begs to state that you have no right to keep her Photograph and Testimonials, and must request that you will return them to her at once.
“ Wednesbury, 14, 4, '79."
Being anxious to retain the carte de visite as a souvenir of a lady who evidently made great impressions upon all with whom she had come in contact, Mr. intentionally neglected to return the documents, conduct which called forth the following indignant letter from the lady's brother :
“N-K STREET, WEDNESBURY,
“ April 17th, 1879. * SIR,,My sister, Martha, has told me of the shameful treatment she has received from you. I suppose because she is of an amiable, gentle disposition, you can treat her how you like. If you do not want to engage her for your Hospital, why not say so at once, like a man? and do not stick to her testimonials and photograph. I consider it most ungentlemanly of you to take no notice of her letters, it is simply brutal to the poor girl. Luckily, she has a brother, as you will probably find out to your cost. I do not know, Sir, who you are, or what you are, but if I do not make an example of you—even if you are as big as Goliaith-my
name is not Andrew McD
-d. If you force me to go to Birmingham, I feel sure I cannot keep my hands off you, so you had better send those letters and photograph back at once, or it will be worse for you.
“I am, yours, &c.,
ANDREW McD---D." On receipt of this epistle, our friend wrote a very conciliatory letter to the brother, expressing the deep interest he had felt in the dear girl's welfare ever since he had been privileged to gaze upon her photograph, and assuring him of his desire to obtain a suitable situation for her as soon as possible. We trust, therefore, that the publicity thus given to her application and testimonials will secure the object desired.
THE WORK OF THE SESSION.
April 4th.-IMPROMPTU Debate, the subject selected by the Chairman being
“That the School Board is justified in letting the rooms under its control for Lectures on Sundays.” The following gentlemen were selected by lot, and took part in the discussion : affirmative, Messrs. Stubbin, Walter Clarke, Innes, Eborall, Norrington, W. H. Williams, and F. Grew. Negative, Messrs. Gardiner, Pardoe, T. G. Griffiths, Perks, Reeve, Willmott,
and Duchemin. Voting-affirmative, 15; negative, 17. Attendance, 37. April 18th.— DEBATE, upon the question—"That the conversion of manufacturing
concerns into Limited Companies has had a prejudicial effect both upon the course of trade, and upon the standard of workmanship.". The discussion was opened in the affirmative by Mr. W. Perks, followed by Messrs. W. Mountfort, Greenway, and Liddell ; and in the negative by Mr. Thomas Griffiths, supported by Messrs. Harding and A. H. Griffiths. Voting
affirmative, 18; negative, 6. Attendance, 40. May 2nd.—The last meeting of the Association for the present session was
devoted to a LECTURE by Mr. John Long, upon “The Songs of Shakespeare," with musical illustrations by members and friends; being the third of the Annual Series of “ Evenings with the Poets." The meeting was held at the Grand Hotel, and was in every way eminently successful, the attendance being about 270. At the close of the proceedings a very cordial vote of thanks to Mr. Long, and to Mr. G. H. Johnstone, and the ladies and gentlemen who had kindly provided the musical portion of the entertainment, was moved from the chair, and passed by acclamation.
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