The Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard commented on one aspect of 'the problem with servants'. Complaints, it said, were frequently made about the short time domestic servants were now staying in one place, and of the inconvenience of the frequent changes which mistresses were compelled to make in their households. It commented that its readers would not be surprised to learn that girls would become unsettled in their situations when they saw the promises that were now held out to them. The paper quoted a note addressed simply to 'the domestic' from the Registry Office, All Saints Street, Stamford which had been delivered the previous Sunday to the house of a lady not many miles from Peterborough. It read: 'I take the liberty to inform you that if you require a situation as general servant or cook, I am in want of several immediately, and will obtain one for you if you will call, or forward by post my fee, which is 14 stamps.' The Standard hoped that when missives of this description were received by servants they would, as in this case, hand them promptly to their mistress. Of course - they may not do that.
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.