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Business, Law, Government & Finance

The Victorian era was no less a time of systems and bureaucracies than the modern day. Here's a look at some of the government, business, legal and financial systems of Victorian Britain.


VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT

The Government of Our Country, by the Hon. Mrs. Armytage (GOP 1881)
Politics for Girls, by Frederick Ryland (GOP 1896)
"It seems probable that before the girls who read this page grow into full womanhood, the Parliamentary franchise - that is, the right and duty of voting for Members of Parliament - will be given to women in the UK as it has already been given in some of the Colonies... If, then, women already do take part in politics, and are likely, before long, to be called on to take a more important part, is it not worthwhile for girls to give some little attention to the subject?" The article then goes on to provide a detailed overview of British government.

BUSINESS & FINANCE

From the Mine to the Mint, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1897)
How coins are made at the Royal Mint in London.
A Peep Behind the Scenes at the Government Post Office, by A. J. Hayes (GOP 1892)
The Romance of the Bank of England, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1887)
Subtitled "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street," this multi-part feature looks at the history and contemporary practices of the Bank of England.

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL ADVICE

Advertising Swindles, by Ardern Holt (GOP 1887)
Advertising scams have a long history!
On Answering Advertisements: A Word of Warning (GOP 1882)
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street Again (GOP 1896)
A short article advising "girls" to invest in "Accumulative India Stock"!

LAW

Coming of Age (GOP 1900)
Laws regarding girls and women: when they come of age, when they may be betrothed (seven!), and more.
Landlord and Tenant, by Mary Pocock (GOP 1890)
Legal issues of landlords, tenants, leasing and rents.
The Law of Mistress and Servant, by a Solicitor (GOP 1886)
The legal obligations between master (or mistress) and domestic servants.
Letters from a Lawyer (GOP 1899)
Brief notes on a variety of legal topics.
The Married Women's Property Act, by A Solicitor (GOP 1891)
An overview of the 1882 act that ensured that women could retain rights to their own property, and earn a separate income, even when married. (The act had pros and cons; no longer was a husband responsible for whatever debts his wife incurred, and a wife could become responsible for her husband's debts!)
Practical Points of Law, by A Lawyer (GOP 1901)
The Rights and Obligations of Parents and Children, by C. Page Deane (GOP 1891)
"My role is... of giving you some idea of the extent to which 'the eye of the law' regards what parents must do, and what children ought to do."

HOSPITALS & THE MEDICAL SYSTEM

Hospitals and the Benefits They Confer, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1887)
The Mary Wardell Convalescent Home for Scarlet Fever, by Anne Beale (GOP 1889)
A Sketch of the Children's Incurable Hospital, by Rosa Carey (GOP 1882)

CHRISTMAS IN THE WARDS
Christmas Day in a London Hospital (GOP 1890)
Christmas in the New Hospital for Women, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1884)
How Christmas is celebrated in the wards of a London women's hospital.
Hospital Sketches (GOP 1898)
Take a moment to discover how patients enjoyed "Christmas in the wards"!
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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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