Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 30 of 432
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amusements for the fair and fashionable. Among
the arrangements of Mr. Bodisco's establishment, I
could not help being attracted by the splendid garniture
of a posse of black servants, who, with cocked
hats and vestments stiff with " Barbaric pearl and
gold," did their ministering in a style of conscious
importance that must have rejoiced the self-love of
"All the Russias," could they have witnessed by
delegation the gorgeous show. I have been tempted
into a notice of these sable servitors by a characteristic
anecdote, which I heard in reference to the
trappings with which they. were invested.
The Russian Minister had been waited upon previously
by white attendants-an excellent class in the
States, when well chosen, but, of course, with Republican
ideas of personal dignity. On a certain day,
Mr. Bodisco summoned his male domestics, who
were attired in the usual garb of citizens, and announced,
with an air of graciousness, that his imperial
master, the Emperor, had, as a mark of
respect, been pleased personally to select a uniform
for his (the Minister's) household, which was of the
most attractive description, and which he invited
them to examine, in fiull persuasion of their grateful
acceptance of the same. After a brief survey of
the cocked hats, emblazoned coats, and glowing in
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/30/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .