WILLIAMSBURG, October 30, 1779.
A person well skilled in household economy, mantuamaking, etc. and well qualified to instruct young Ladies in reading, writing, marking, and other needle work, and can faithfully discharge herself in either capacity with care, diligence and prudence, is desirous to get in a good genteel family, either as a governess for young Ladies, a companion, or assistant. A speedy application is required, as she thinks of quitting the state. For terms enquire of the printers.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon Nicolson) October 30, 1779
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Gentry females were taught the skills enumerated in this advertisement, skills that made them desirable as wives. Women who did not marry and had no financial support were forced to seek employment as a governess or companion within the same level of society to which they were accustomed.