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Hendrik

The Willet-Holthuysens also employed their own footman. Documents reveal that his name was Hendrik, and that he had his own room in the basement of the house. Hendrik outranked the housemaids, and we know that he earned between 2 and 7 guilders a month – the equivalent of between €9 and €32.

Having their own footman emphasised Abraham and Louisa’s status, especially when he received guests at the monumental entrance on the first floor, dressed in his livery (uniform). He would welcome the guests and escort them to the ladies’ salon, which was used as the reception room. Hendrik sometimes accompanied the Willet-Holthuysen’s on their travels; he was a strong and handy servant to have around. These trips were a fantastic opportunity for him to see a little of Europe.