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.

3. It is alleadged that wiues haue as great a care in getting * goods, or in preseruing them for the good of the familie: therefore it is iust and equall, that they should haue a like power in disposing them.

Answ. Though question may be made of the former part, at least for the greater sort and number of wiues, yet for answer to this reason I need not question it; for the consequence doth not follow, though that be granted. The right of disposing goods doth not simply rise from the care and paines of get∣ting and preseruing them: but from that order that the Lord hath beene pleased to set downe. A wise and industrious childe may be a meanes to raise and increase his fathers estate, when his father taketh little care and paines about it: yea a faithfull and wise steward or other seruant (as Iaakob and Io∣seph were) may doe much more by his paines and care in get∣ting and preseruing the goods of the familie, then his master: yet will it not thereupon follow, that such a childe, or such a seruant hath as great a right and power to dispose such goods as his father or his master.