3. Sarah’s Advice To A Dissolute from her diary, 1830 (Extract from The Bleaching of Richard Peaudane)

An impertinent fellow has attended our Friends Meeting House; offending our plainness. If a Man would have me for a Wife; he would not decorate himself in extravagance: buckles and silk. And a manner more presumptious could not be imagined; and he imagined himself a Quaker.
I could only speak of self-reformation if he would a husband make. I had heard of such a fellow. Rumour, may not be a good way to dispel ignorance but it provides the cIues to a fellows standing in his society. Richard Peaudane is a dissolute, a frequenter of taverns. His industry being linen manufacturing, is a respectable one and such pillars of our society as William Wilson, linen manufacturer recently removed from Cheshire and set up his business in Bamsley should be his example: plain in dress, plain in manner. I told him this and I will not dismiss the fellow outright: such would not have the spirit of generosity. Perhaps with his effecting of changes to his manner and nature he may be a suitable fellow for my consideration. His face is kind his business prosperous: his father was a draper and grocer. Youth may be the reason for his impertinence but the state of marriage is one for mature persons. I told him this also.

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