From Lord Chesterfield's letters to his son, which are an excellent insight into the life of
a gentleman in the mid 18th century, just a little earlier than the Malloren novels.
"I would neither have that man, nor him whom you have already, put out of livery, which makes them both impertinent and useless.
I am sure that, as soon as you shall have taken the other servant, your present man will press extremely to be out of livery, and (become) valet de chambre ; which is as much as to say, that he will curl your hair, and shave you, but not condescend to do anything else.
I therefore advise you never to have a servant out of livery ; and though you may not always think proper to carry the servant who dresses you abroad in the rain and dirt, behind a coach or before a chair, yet keep it in your power to do so, if you please, by keeping him in livery."
Interesting distinctions that they take for granted. The valet de chambre was a high-ranking
servant and almost a companion. He would dress in style, and if he accompanied his employer
he would travel in the coach, or have a sedan chair of his own. Livery placed him closer to a footman.
Not Georgian, but Regency -- RITA winning An Unwilling Bride is newly available now.