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.

§. 38. Of the*restraint of wiues about allowance for them∣selues or families without their husbands consent.

That which hath hitherto beene deliuered concerning a wiues subiection in disposing goods, may also be applied to other things concerning her selfe, children, seruants, &c. whereof I will giue some examples.

A wife hath not power to appoint what she list her selfe without or against her husbands consent, either for her owne allowance, or for her family; she must rather rest satisfied with that which he appointeth: for he being the head, must haue the ouer-ruling stroake therein. Besides he better knoweth what may be afforded.

Quest. What if an husband make himselfe poorer then he is: and the allowance which he appointeth be meaner then his meanes, and vnbeseeming his place and state?

Answ. She ought, if possiby she can by her owne instant perswasion, or any other faire meanes, moue him to that which tendeth to his honour and reputation: but if she can Page  309 no way preuaile, her subiection requireth contentment and patience.