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Re: Question of propriety

November 03, 2016 12:30PM
on the stage or mailcoach there is considered to be safety in numbers of the chaperonage of strangers to some extent - ie it's not improper, just risky, and having a maid with her would have been better. London, it's more walking about the streets, where a lady should have both the protection and chaperonage of a male servant walking behind her. [footmen accompanied their master or mistress and walked one pace behind them, with any parcels that needed carrying; it's why their vulgar name was 'fartcatchers'.] A maid was considered sufficient chaperonage to walk out with a young lady in the provinces such as Bath, but London was both more formal, and more dangerous. Staying in an inn, a young lady without a maid would be looked at rather askance, and mine host might not be very polite to her.
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