chapter  2
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Occupations

T he word “sweating” seems to have been originally used by journeymen tailors, among themselves, to describe contemp­ tuously the action of those of their number who worked at home, out of hours. Aided, at first in the way of overtime only, by their wives and daughters, these men gradually found it convenient to do all their work at home, and thus introduced a complete system of home-work. Finally, employing others besides members of their own family, many of them became sweaters in the second meaning of the word: that is, those who make others sweat.