[January 1887]

MS location unknown. Printed in the Girls’Friendly Society Associates’ Journal and Advertiser (January 1887) 7.

-‘A Berkshire Associate’ writes, that a girl was censured at the Winchester Conference for giving her premium to her mother, and that no one defended her.1

Let me state that mention of the fact was not heard at the table where the members of Council sat, and it is not mentioned in the notes of the report. If it had been heard there would have been some inquiry whether the mother was in any special need, such as would have rendered the act desirable and merciful. If not it might have said that the G.F.S. was meant primarily for daughters not mothers; and that though the individual deed might be commendable and noble, it was not to be a precedent. A Member who spent her premium on an ostrich feather was mentioned; and perhaps the other case was lost in the shock thus created.

I remain

1Premiums were small loyalty payments by a branch to a member who stayed in her post for two or more years.
Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/7902/to-the-editor-of-the-girls-friendly-society-associates-journal

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