Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 32. Of seruants faithfulnesse about their masters children.

Great faithfulnesse may seruants manifest to their ma∣sters * in and about their children: as while they are young and not able to looke to themselues, to be tender ouer them, and well to tend them: maids especially neatly to handle and looke to them, and cleanly to bring them vp: and they that haue a particular charge of them, to seeke their good in euery thing they can, and giue them their due portion: and (be∣cause Page  631 children are much in seruants company) to vse in their hearing such speech as may minister grace to them, and to teach them good things, and (when they grow to some ripe∣nesse of yeares) to beare a reuerend respect to them, and esteeme them their betters because they are their masters chil∣dren. It is noted of Abrahams seruant, that he called his ma∣sters * sonne, Master.

Children are deare to parents: the honour and kindnesse done to them they account as done to themselues: this kinde of faithfulnesse therefore must needs be highly esteemed by masters in their seruants: and assuredly it is a great meanes to worke a good respect in masters towards them.

Yet Contrarily doe many seruants carrie themselues to∣wards * their masters children, as is apparent by these parti∣culars.

1. Some in their cariage are very hoggish and churlish to their masters children when their parents are out of sight.

2. Others are very carelesse of them, and tend them very sluttishly, not caring how they goe: whereby they oft procure great displeasure from their master and mistresse.

3. Others get from their masters children what they can: and depriue them of their allowance, turning it to their owne gaine.

4. Others exceedingly corrupt their masters children with their filthy and corrupt communication: teaching them to sweare, blaspheme, and vse all manner of vncleane speeches: thus is that prouerbe verified, euill communications*corrupt good manners. Children oft times in their young yeeres learne such ill language and behauiour of lewd seruants, as their parents can neuer get them to leaue againe: so as they may curse the day that euer such seruants came into their house.

5. Others allure them to stage-plaies, to dice-houses, and other like places, which are the very bane of youth: and draw them to spend in riot such allowance as their parents allow them, yea and beyond that allowance, so as they runne in debt, and get such an habit of spending, as at length they make away their whole estate.

Page  632 6. Others inueagle their affections: and oft draw them to folly and vncleannesse. This filthy kinde of vnfaithfulnesse is so much worse then that which was * before noted betwixt fellow seruants, by how much neerer and dearer children are to their parents then seruants to their masters.

7. Others that dare not commit this abominable wicked∣nesse, sticke not to doe that which is little better, namely to draw them on to be contracted, yea and maried to them often times, and that priuily without consent of their parents: whereby parents affections are oft so alienated from their chil∣dren, as they will not acknowledge them for children, but cleane cast them off. These are the fruits of this lewd kinde of vnfaithfulnesse in seruants.