I came to work at Uptown Alley in 1843, when I was fourteen years old. There were cooks and under cooks, butlers and under butlers, valets and boot boys, a ground- house and gatekeeper, 1st and 2nd footmen and many others. The estate was owned by the Severus sisters: Athena, Bellona, Andraste and Victoria. They ran the place with an iron fist. But was it not Mrs. Beeton who said: “The functions of the Mistress resemble those of the general of an army or the manager of a great business concern.” I will never forget my place, but in my hearts of hearts I worship them. I would fight a violent mob or walk through fire for them. They are so strict and elegant, so understanding and unforgiving. They’re Angels from the heavens above and they give meaning to my life. No doubt I will serve them till I die. I just wished I could be here forever. But long after I’m gone I will be born again, in a different time and a different life. Then I will write about the wonderful life they’ve given me. Not on paper, no. But on something new that connects people from all over the world. John – October 1892.