Today's Regency post is about a very important person in an upper class household, the lady's maid.
The lady's maid was the personal servant of the mistress of the house. She was in charge of her mistress' clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics. She made sure her mistress was always presentable and attended to her every need.
In the servants' hierarchy, she was basically equivalent to the master's valet or "gentleman's gentleman". Hence, she had a bit of cache, as it were, among the lower servants, being addressed as Miss.
In the introduction to the section titled Lady's Maid in The Servants' Guide and Family Manual from 1831, it says:
Below is a book clip of the above quote. Clicking will take you to the Google book.
*The Servants' Guide and Family Manual, p 97 (1831)