A seasonble Proposal for the Benefite and Ad­vantage of Women-Servants.

THO Projects of this Nature at first view are generally slighted, yet if it be conside­red deliberatly, how much these Servants are exposed in an ignominious manner, when through Age, Sickness, or Accidents, they are rendered incapable to serve; It will be found to have its due weight, seing it tends not only to prevent the Abuses that are committed by such rigid dealing with Servants, who without their own fault are disabled from working, but also will prove a great Encouragement to Servants to be more faith­ful and useful in their Service.

It must be a melancholy Prospect, and discouraging for Servants to consider, that by reason of the smalness of their Fees, they cannot in many years put as much to the fore as will maintain them one Month in Sickness, and in case any Accident befall them, they foresee themselves to be undone, which tempts many of them to take unlawful Means to prevent these foreseen evils to the prejudice of their own Soul, and of the interest of those they serve.

And therefore it is unquestionably a Duty that proper Methods be fallen upon to re­medy this Evil; In order to which, a very small part of Servants Fees, not exceeding Twelve pennies of each pound Scots, ought to be collected to begin a Fund for erecting an Hospital for maintaining such Servants, as through Age, Sickness, Infirmity, or other Accidents are rendred uncapable to serve; And it's certain there is no Servant will grudge at this small Proportion, when they know it is to be applyed only to the use foresaid, so much for their Advantage and Encouragement: Neither can it be uneasie or burden­some, the Proportion being so small.

The Advantages that will attend this Undertaking are, 1. It will ease the Place of a Burden that is otherways more than sufficiently burdened already. 2. It will encourage Servants to be dutiful and honest when they foresee a Remedy provided for them in case of distress. 3. It will provoke others to go in to the Example. 4. It will prevent the Uncharitable and Inhumane Ejection of Servants when in distress. 5. When any Servant is advanced to a better Station, she may be provoked to a charitable Contribution for such a good Work in favours of those that are in the Station she once was in. 6. The Hospi­tal may be under such a Government as may help to take care of the Souls as well as the Bodies of such as come into it, and so prevent the unlawful Means that many take sh [...]n their Misfortune.

Some will alledge that such small In-comes will never make a Fund suitable to the De­sign, and the collecting thereof w [...]ll be difficult.

To which it may be answered 1. That many Smalls make a Great. 2. [...]perience shews that smaller Contributions has produced Funds effectual for such[?] Designs, such as the Contribution of single Senti [...]els to their Invalides, Sea-men Serva [...]ts to their Poor, viz. 8 Pennies per pound of their Wages each Voyage Journeymen in I [...]corporations, Carters, Porters, Trone-men, yea even L [...]nk-boyes in Edinburgh have such [...]egular Contributions in favours of the Poor of their [...]wn Societies, and the condition of Women servants is much better than several of thes [...] forementioned, and their Numbers vastly above any of them. 3. There may be other funds besides their Fees, out of which these Contributions may be made, such as a part of the legal Pains imposed by Law against Profaneness and Immoralities of Servants, and many People may be induced to give considerable Con­tributions to such a charitable Work, from a plain Sense of the charitableness and use­fulness of the Design. And Lastly, there will be no difficulty in collecting, seing Ma­sters will readily and cheerfully advance the Proportion from the plain Advantage and Prospect they will reap by the designed Project at any time after the Fee falls due, and the Collector may in a shorter time, and with less Trouble gather in the whole, than many of the small Branches of the Towns Revenues are collected; considering, that it will take no great Time or Pains for the Collector or Thesaurer to visite all the Families within the City sometime after Whitsunday and Martinmass, and take up the Names of all the Servants, and those the [...] serve, with the Quantity of their termly Fees, and book the same, which will clear the Quota of the Contribution to be collected.

As to the Government of the said Hospital within the City of Edinburgh, it may be lod­ged in Eleven or Thir [...]en Persons chosen out of Masters of Families, Ministers and Town-Council, viz. 9 Masters & Families, one Minister to be chosen out of the general Meetings of the Sessions, and one of [...]he Town Council to be chosen by their Council, with a Thesau­rer or Cash-keeper and Collec [...]or, &c. besides the foresaid Eleven, the Quorum declared to be 5 or 7, and this Nomi [...]ation is to be renewed annually, with Power to them to choose their own Preses, or any o [...]her more effectual way of Management may be conside­red upon by the Magistrats, and eight Sessions in case the Project take.

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