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Samuel Abbot Collection
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Mss 761 1754-1819 A129
Box 71, folders 17-25
Box 73, folders 13 and 16-20

The papers of an eighteenth-century merchant and Overseer of the Poor in Boston, Massachusetts, include letters from women requesting aid, accounts of payments to teachers, and records of female domestic laborers in his employ.

Women and the Law > Living in Poverty (box 71, folders 17-25)
Samuel Abbot was Overseer of the Poor in Boston's second ward from 1750 until 1775. The papers in this part of the collection include letters from people in need, payments to teachers, accounts, and letters of reference. All the teachers paid for schooling of the poor are women.

Women at Work: Manual Labor > Pre- and Non-industrial Labor (box 73, folders 13 and 16-20)
The collection contains late eighteenth-century receipts recording payments to various women for spinning and washing yarn, picking wool, and for general domestic work.

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