Note from a governess to her employer

Sarah Elizabeth Hamp Adams1896-06

Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office
Matlock, United Kingdom

In this note, a governess, Miss Sarah Hamp Adams, pleads with her employer, Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe, to be able to stay in contact with one of his daughters, whom she had been teaching, after she leaves. Miss Adams had been dismissed by Sir Vauncey, and this is one of three notes she wrote to him to settle her final salary and leaving arrangements.


  • Title: Note from a governess to her employer
  • Creator: Sarah Elizabeth Hamp Adams
  • Date Created: 1896-06
  • Location Created: Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, 52.800531,-1.4
  • Provenance: Harpur Crewe family of Calke Abbey (D2375/F/L/7/1/1/8)
  • Subject Keywords: Governesses, Teachers, Handwriting
  • Transcript:
    Calke The Beeches, [struck out] Ross, [struck out] Herefordshire [struck out] Sir Vauncey As you did not reply to my letter yesterday will you let me know what you wish arranged. Believe me when I tell you I am so utterly miserable I ask you to do anything to make some definite arrangement. I asked Lady Crewe if she would let me see Freddy after I had left and she said “Ask Sir Vauncey”. Do please do this. It is the greatest favour I can ask for and she wants it herself. Do anything you like with the money. Beastly stuff what do you think I care about a few pounds only please do this. It is because I love her so much tho’ perhaps you will not understand. You can send those wretched notes, cheque, or whatever it is to a Governess House and do the other for me. Will you? Please [underscored 3 times] do, Truly[?] yours Miss S Hamp-Adams
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