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L. AND G. SEELEY, FLEET STREET ; HOULSTON AND STONEMAN, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCXLI.

LONDON: G Palmer, Robert-street, Bedford-row. PREFACE.

The completion of our Fourth volume calls for an expression of thankfulness, that He, whose glory we earnestly desire to promote, still gives us favor in the sight of the supporters of the London Female Mission, and permits our unpretending periodical to continue in existence. We desire, also, to acknowledge the kindness of our fellow-helpers in the work. We hope, in the ensuing year, to see their number extended, and trust that the “Advocate" will yet increase in interest, circulation, and usefulness.

THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.

THE YOUNG WOMEN OF LONDON.

No, 1.-DRESS-MAKERS' APPRENTICES.

It is a somewhat singular circumstance, that, notwithstanding the great variety of objects embraced by the comprehensive philanthropy of this vast metropolis, scarcely any attention should have been paid to a class of persons who possess the most urgent claims to the commiseration of the Christian and humane portion of the community ;-we allude to the dress-makers' and milliners' apprentices. Were their condition better known, we feel assured it could not fail to excite a feeling of deep and universal sympathy.

The number of young girls employed in dressmaking and millinery in London, is much greater than the public have any idea of. It is impossible to ascertain the number with the exactitude which could be desired; but we have certain data in our possession, by means of which we may make a pretty close approximation to it. The number of females whose names are on their doors as the mistresses of dress-making and millinery establishments, is nearly one thousand. It is no exaggeration to assume that the number of persons who live by these branches of business without having their names on the doors, is five hundred. This would make, in round figures, the entire number of “mistress” dress-makers and milliners to be 1,500. The question then occurs

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