Prologue: Making Shift

  • Pamela Sharpe
Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)


In the extremely high price year of 1801, Amy Hill wrote from Deptford in London to her settlement parish of Rainham in Essex:

It grives me as food is Dear we canot get cloths to shift our selves In; my husband has not only one old pachd shirt to put on as well as the rest of the family and shall be humbly thankful for one a peice wich your goodness be pleased to grant I will Take Care with ...... my husband as well as the rest of us livs so hard I sometimes think he die as John Cook who doctor Smith says was starved he was at work with my husband a fortnight befor he died & has left a wif & three Children to the parish … when my childrn grow out of the way or food cheaper I am shur I believe I shall not trouble any Moor.1


High Price Great Part Historical Record Eighteenth Century Public Sphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Sharpe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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