Lydia Becker to her Aunt

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Refers to a picture (in process of being worked) which their mother wished her to have (Mrs Becker died on 13 Feb 1855) An important piece of news to communicate: Papa has just told them retrenchment in household expenditure a necessity: domestic work is a physical impossibility for her and the only thing is for her and one other sister to obtain situations as governesses. The minimum salary should be £40. And she knows of salaries up to £70 or £80. She hopes her aunt will approve of the scheme.