"This new domestic, whose name was Maurice, underwent, with great applause, the examination of our hero, who perceived in him, a fund of sagacity and presence of mind, by which he was excellently qualified for being the valet of an adventurer; he was therefore accommodated with a second hand suit, and another shirt, and at once listed under the banners of Count Fathom, who spent the whole afternoon in giving him proper instructions for the regulation of his conduct."
— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)
(I.xxvii, p. 203)
Smollett, Tobias. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom. By the Author of Roderick Random. (London: printed for T. Johnson, 1753).