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Obliged to return the governor’s hospitality at the British Consulate, Gordon’s party deployed from the storeroom the remainders of Samuel Baker’s supplies: Sèvres plates, crystal goblets from Bohemia, vintage burgundy and champagne.
Dutifully they trooped to her privy chamber, where a table was set with crystal goblets and golden plates for the children who were able to comport themselves with such finery: Mary herself, Lusty, Flamina, Beaton, and Seton, Francois and Elisabeth.
His guests ate French food from silver plate, and drank Veuve Cliquot and Chateau Yquem from gold-rimmed crystal goblets monogrammed with a golden “I.”