February 23, 1846
To: Barbara Fergusson, governess to Marianne and Meta Gaskell
My dear Daddy,
You have been very good in writing to me twice; and pray thank Marianne [MA] & Meta for their letters. I will try and answer them tomorrow. MA’s has much more news in it than usual.
I am sorry to say Aunt Ab has got both housemaid & cook; the former a young woman who has gone into service for the first it,e under much circumstances as the Miss Blackmores; and the latter an awful ‘treasure’ of a servant; such a treasure for faithfulness, good cooking &c that she may be as cross as she likes, and do what she likes and Aunt Ab daren’t say a word…
Daddy name of endearment towards Miss Fergusson
Aunt Ab or Abigail was known for her rather difficult temperament