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.
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This is so farre from helping seruants in their estate, as it may proue their vtter vndoing.

Answ. 1. They haue then none iustly to blame but them∣selues, Iustice (in case of necessitie) must haue her course, though through the iniquitie of man some mischiefe follow thereupon.

2. The execution of this on some, may make others better looke to themselues.

3. It may make them that are thrust out to be the more du∣tifull vnder another master, or more diligent in another course of life.

Contrary is their course who obserue no course, or order * in drawing on their seruants to doe their dutie, but begin with that which should be last: nay only vse that remedy which should not be vsed, vnlesse no remedy will serue the turne, which is to turne their seruants out of doores for euery small occasion. No instruction, perswasion, admonition, rebuke, threatning is vsed by many when their seruants haue offended, but this thunderbolt cast at them, be gone, get you out of doores. If this were taken notice of as a fault, longer might seruants tarry in an house then ordinarily they doe: and more good might master and seruant reape one from another: yea and the secrets of an house be better kept; for the oft chopping and changing of seruants is it that maketh all things done priuat∣ly in houses to be blazed vp and downe.