Manuscript account and justification of the yearly house expenses and servants wages of an Englishman living in India

Object Title

Manuscript account and justification of the yearly house expenses and servants wages of an Englishman living in India

Manuscript account and justification of the yearly house expenses and servants wages of an Englishman living in India

Date

early 19th century

Reference

IND 4

Level

File

Scope and Content

A document detailing and laying out the yearly 'House Expenses & Servants Wages' of £306 2s 4d, giving in the process an interesting account of the duties of servants, 'You may possibly not understand what the Occupations of the following Servants are viz. Peon, he is a man who runs before your Palanquin to clear the way, delivers messages, and is employed to catch any Servant that runs away from your Service. Sircar, is the person who keeps your Money, pays all your Bills and settles your Accounts with the Servants, etc. Consuma, is just the same as a Butler, takes care of the Plate, Dishes, Glasses, etc and lays out your Table. Derwan, a very necessary Servant, whose business is to take care that nothing is carried out of the house without our Orders. Compadore, the man who goes to the market and buys the meat, Fowls, Greens, etc. Matraney, a person who sweeps the Rooms and keeps the House clean, These People are so obstinate, that none of them will do the Business of their Fellow Servant, they will leave your service is you require it. Your Sircas will not do the Business of the Consuma, nor the Consuma that of the Compadore and so on, so that we are obliged to keep many Servants. You are to observe that an arcol Rupee is equal in value to 2/5 Sterling [Booksellers description]

Extent

1 document

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

Single quarto leaf, written in hand on both sides

Access Conditions

Open access