mrs. beeton’s words of wisdom

on early rising…

early rising is one of the most essential qualities which enter into good household management, as it is not only the parent of health, but of innumerable other advantages. indeed, when a mistress is an early riser, it is almost certain that her house will be orderly and well-managed. on the contrary, if she remain in bed till a late hour, then the domestics, who, as we have before observed, invariably partake somewhat of their mistress’s character, will surely become sluggards. to self-indulgence all are more or less disposed, and it is not to be expected that servants are freer from this fault than the heads of houses. the great lord chatham thus gave his advice in reference to this subject:–“i would have inscribed on the curtains of your bed, and the walls of your chamber, ‘if you do not rise early, you can make progress in nothing.'”

so there you have it. and even lord chatham agrees.   off to stitch those words on the curtains of my bed…

mrs. isabella mary beeton (1836-1865) was one of the first domestic divas; the victorian answer to martha stewart.  she was the author of mrs. beeton’s book of household management published in 1861.  the volume’s 1,112 pages  contain over 900 recipes and numerous hints and bits of advice on running the proper victorian household.  a wife, and mother of four children, she died at the age of 28 following the birth of her fourth child.  to learn more,  i highly recommend the secret life of mrs. beeton.   a tad bit dark, i suggest off-setting it with a cup of tea and a package of milano cookies.


One Comment to “mrs. beeton’s words of wisdom”

  1. just this am I was telling someone that i made a note in my journal in the mid 70’s that i need to get up at 5 in the morning and here 40 years later I’m still struggling. this one was for me.

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